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Next Saturday, April 5, five candidates will be vying for the title of Becker County Dairy Princess. The coronation will be held at 8 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes American Legion. Prior to the coronation ceremony, each of the five candidates has to undergo a mock radio interview and a personal interview with the judges.
The sap is running, the sugarhouses are busily cooking syrup and pretty soon, the pancakes will be a-flipping. Yes, it's almost time for Vergas's annual Maple Syrup Fest. The community celebration, now in its ninth year, is set to take place this Saturday, April 5. Originally sponsored by the local Maple Syrup Association, the event has grown so much that the Vergas Community Club (VCC) took it over three years ago. "We still work very closely with the Maple Syrup Association (on the festival)," says Melissa Bunkowske, VCC president.
DETROIT LAKES -- In 2005, the Becker County United Way did a comprehensive community assessment that identified mental health care access for children, and for adults, as two of the county's top five greatest needs. Three years later, those needs are gradually being met through a broad-based collaboration between human services and mental health agencies, area schools and health care providers. The most recent piece of the puzzle fell into place recently, when Becker County Human Services learned that its application for a $500,000 Children's Mental Health Crisis Grant had been approved by
Cows, ponies and sheep wait patiently in their parking-lot pens as groups of young students pet them and feed them carrots. Meanwhile, inside the classrooms of Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Detroit Lakes, other groups from schools in Lake Park-Audubon, Ogema/Waubun, White Earth and Detroit Lakes (Holy Rosary, Rossman and Roosevelt) learn about hogs, sheep, beef, dairy, grains, turkeys and sugar beets, as well as soils and farm safety. It's all part of Ag in the Classroom, an annual program sponsored by the Becker Coun-ty Farm Bureau, the Soil & Water Conservation District a
Mystical prophecies. Governments waging war against each other. The human race, having poisoned the Earth's atmosphere with its own excesses, is forced to abandon the surface world for a new life beneath it. If you think this sounds like the plot of the latest mini-series being launched by the SciFi channel, well, you're half right.
DETROIT LAKES -- For the first time in its history, Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Detroit Lakes will soon have its very own honor society. On April 1, the MSCTC-DL chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will hold a joint chartering and induction ceremony, starting at 7 p.m. in the college's main conference room, C-101. Phi Theta Kappa, founded in 1918, is recognized as the official honor society for two-year colleges.
As the executive director of Natural Innovations, Erika Johnson has long been involved with environmental issues on a local level. But recently, the Detroit Lakes resident has been able to reach a more global audience, by filming a series of short documentary pieces for the National Geographic television show "Wild Chronicles." The first segment in that series, "Forest Police," will air locally on PBS Channel 2 tonight (Sunday) at 7 p.m.
Though six Becker County townships may have opted to move their official elections from March to November this year, 31 others did not. With the exception of Eagle View, Evergreen, Forest, Maple Grove, Round Lake and Savannah townships, all others held their elections this past Tuesday, March 11. The results from those 31 elections have now been canvassed, certified and submitted to the Becker County Auditor's Office. As expected, there were few upsets, with the majority of incumbents being elected to another term in office.
With names like Too Slim, Ranger Doug, Woody Paul and Joey the CowPolka King, it's not too surprising to discover that the musical quartet known as Riders in the Sky intersperses quite a bit of comedy into their performances. And it's a formula that's worked for more than three decades, according to Doug. "We're entertaining others and keeping alive a great American tradition at the same time," he said in a telephone interview Thursday.
It's not every day that a young woman who grew up in a small town in northwest Minnesota gets an opportunity to spend a year in Belfast, Ireland, as a student at Queens University. And it's even more rare that she would get a full scholarship to do so. But come September, that's exactly what Detroit Lakes native Martha Josephson will be doing. Martha, who is the daughter of Roger and Sharon Josephson of Detroit Lakes, was selected as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar for the 2008-09 academic year.