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Though enrollment at the Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community & Technical College was down slightly when classes began this past Tuesday, administrators felt those numbers would even out by this Wednesday. "As of today, we have 659 students, which is down about 30 students from last year, overall," said Helene Hedlund, interim dean of student and academic services. "Our anticipated enrollment for this year was 670, so we're down a little from what we anticipated, but we're pleased with the enrollment overall," Hedlund said. "We're in the second year of a four-year plan to re
When Swen Johanson picked up one of his regular customers, Mrs. E.A. Westman, on Aug. 22, 1946, it might have seemed like any of the other dozens of rides to and from home that Johanson had given her that summer -- until one looked at the amount of luggage being piled in the trunk. Unlike Mrs.
Back by popular demand, the second annual Snellman Days celebration begins Saturday, Sept. 2, with a morning brunch at Gethsemane Lutheran Church from 9 to 11 a.m. Throughout the rest of the day and the following Sunday (also starting at 9 a.m.), there will be a flea market, food, games, live music, crafts and more.
With the Becker County United Way's 2006 fund-raising drive about to get underway, its president, Melissa Lage, is a very busy woman. The fund-raising drive, after all, is where the organization gets the money to fund participating nonprofit agencies in the coming year. "United Way really is a local thing," Lage says. "Our board really appreciates how the national United Way organization allows us to do what we need to do -- less than one percent of what we raise goes to the national organization. "That helps offset the cost of brochures and national advertising...
Though Detroit Lakes Library director Mary Haney urged spectators to make sure they were "wearing their bullet proof vests" and had "secured your valuables," the trio of writers known as the Minnesota Crime Wave made a pretty sedate entrance to Detroit Lakes' Trinity Lutheran Church on Tuesday. In a program designed to kick off the Detroit Lakes Library Club's 99th year in style, mystery novelists Ellen Hart, Carl Brookins and William Kent Krueger -- aka the Minnesota Crime Wave -- talked for more than an hour about the "mysteries" of their profession. "There's no subject you can't deal wi
When the Detroit Lakes Library Club holds its first monthly meeting of 2006-07 this Tuesday, Aug. 22, it will mark the 99th consecutive year that the organization has been in existence. To commemorate the occasion, the club has planned a special 2 p.m. program at Trinity Lutheran Church. "We felt a larger venue would be necessary," said Marlys Douglas, who is in charge of publicity for the club's 2006-07 kickoff event. So what makes this meeting so special?
When Craig Kinsella moved to Detroit Lakes from Norfolk, Neb., eight years ago, to become the dean of academic and student services at what was then Northwest Technical College (now Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Detroit Lakes), he didn't expect that he'd be heading back there to finish out his academic career. Kinsella, who officially left his position at MSCTC-DL July 1, is in the process of moving to a new home in Norfolk, and selling his home in DL. This fall, he will become the new director of continuing education at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb.
Eight months ago, on Dec. 22, 2005 -- right before Christmas -- 30-year-old Nicole Ziegler was tragically killed in a car-train accident near Detroit Lakes. The rural Frazee woman left behind a husband and three young children. A friend of the family, Becky Mallow, decided that she wanted to do something to help.
There might not yet be cause to call it an upward trend, but Detroit Lakes School Board members were smiling Monday when they learned that the projected kindergarten enrollment for the 2006-07 school year was over 200 -- to be precise, 203. If those numbers hold out, there will be a need to add another section of kindergarten, and consequently, to hire another teacher, noted Superintendent Mark Adams. "We have already posted the position -- we don't want to wait until school starts," Adams said Tuesday.
For five years, Helen Erickson has been entering her novels -- written under the pen name Kathryn Keller -- in the National Writers Association's annual novel contest. In every one of those years, she has placed in the top five. Still, the top spot has eluded the Detroit Lakes writer -- until now. Erickson recently won first place in the 2006 contest with her suspense novel, The Ultimate Revenge. "I couldn't believe it," she said. But it wasn't just the shock of finally winning that left her a little nonplussed.