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Looking for something different to do during this week's holiday break? How about a scavenger hunt, with a little history thrown in to keep things interesting? The Becker County History Museum, located at 714 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes (next to the Historic Holmes Theatre), is hosting its first-ever "History Hunt Days," Dec. 29-Jan. 2. Though the museum is closed on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, it will be open to the public today and Thursday, Dec. 31, as well as Saturday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Though he may not have to worry much about "bad hair days" himself, Jon Stone is an expert at making sure his customers don't have one when they get out of his barber chair. For 13½ years now, Stone has worked at Jim's Barber Shop in Detroit Lakes, first as an apprentice, and then as a master barber in his own right. Though it may not have been his initial career path upon graduating from Lake Park-Audubon High School in 1990 -- Stone holds an associate degree in computer programming from Interstate Business College in Fargo -- it turned out to be the right one. "I probably could have ha
After eight years as chairman of the board for the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, DL Newspapers Publisher Dennis Winskowski has stepped down. After serving four consecutive two-year terms, since its inception in 2001, Winskowski had reached the maximum term limit for a board position. He said he may return to the board in the future. Former DL mayor Larry Buboltz was appointed to replace him as chair at the board's December meeting. "Dennis has done a great job," Buboltz said.
For the past couple of years, St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes has been in the process of a transformation that goes much deeper than a change of name. Two years ago, Innovis Health joined with St. Mary's parent company, Essentia Health. That allowed the Detroit Lakes Innovis clinic and St. Mary's Regional Health Center, as it was known at that time, to integrate locally. "Today, we have one board, one management structure, physicians in leadership roles throughout the organization," said Tom Thompson, CEO of St. Mary's. "and every one of our departments have been integrated.
Looking for something fun and different for your kids to do during the holiday break between Christmas and New Year's? Toad Mountain Ranch may have a solution for you. Ranch owner Susan Schlossman is planning two day camp opportunities for boys and girls age eight and up on Monday and Tuesday, Dec.
As anticipated, the Becker County Board of Commissioners adopted a final 2009, payable 2010 property tax levy of $17,501,553 on Tuesday. The total levy reflects an increase of $238,552, or 1.38 percent, over the previous year's levy. In his State of the County address, Board Chairman Harry Salminen said the accomplishment he was "most proud of" during his year as chair was that the county was able to keep the levy down to such a low level. "It could be zero, but I'll take the 1.38 percent," he said. The relatively low levy increase marked "a substantial sacrifice on behalf of some prog
The cities of Callaway, Waubun and Mahnomen could be getting a facelift over the next couple of years -- with a little help from Becker County. The Becker County Board approved a resolution Tuesday to embark on "a program of commercial and residential revitalization, rehabilitation and redevelopment" in the participating cities. To fund the project, the county is seeking a grant from the Department of Employment and Economic Development on behalf of the three communities. According to Becker County Housing Director Jon Thomsen, the county is seeking grant funds to complete the rehabilita
Need to find something for your kids to do while they're on holiday break next week? The Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center may have an answer. For the first time, the DLCCC will be offering a Winter Recreation program during the week of Dec. 28-31.
Though statistics show the frequency of multiple births has been on the rise over the past couple of decades, the birth records at St. Mary's Innovis Health during late October-early November might still be cause for a double take. There were no fewer than five sets of twins -- including nine girls and one boy -- born at the Detroit Lakes hospital during the three-week period of Oct. 20-Nov.
When Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Dan Babine saw the articles about the success of the "Fill the Dome" project in Fargo a few weeks ago, he was inspired to challenge his congregation to attempt something similar. "I've got a 6-by-10 foot cargo trailer that has a capacity of about 360 cubic feet," Babine said. So, he wondered, "can we fill it?" After some experimenting, he found that a box one cubic foot in size could hold 48 pounds of food.