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Though it was Ted Schaum's "swan song" as a National Issues Forum facilitator, Wednesday's forum on "News Media & Society: How to Restore Public Trust" was as lively as any previous gabfest organized by the retired Minnesota State Univer-sity Moorhead professor. Despite relatively sparse at-tendance, with about two dozen people populating the conference center at Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Detroit Lakes, the discus-sion often became quite heated. At the heart of the debate was the issue of differentiating between what is fact, what is fic-tion, what is truth and what is
The Detroit Lakes School District will be undergoing some major changes this year, with a new superintendent scheduled to take the reins in July, and seven long-term instructors planning to retire. But perhaps the biggest change of all was approved at Monday night's school board meeting, when the board officially accepted the retirement resignation of Business Manager Richard Lundeen. His retirement will take effect on Sept.
It's been an eventful week for the Detroit Lakes School Board. Not only did the board members select three finalists for the position of district superintendent, and accept the resignation of district business manager Richard Lundeen (see related stories), but they also approved a major change in the "instructional delivery method" for the Detroit Lakes Middle School. This change, which will take effect for the 2006-07 school year, will move the middle school from a trimester class schedule to a semester schedule.
The Detroit Lakes School Board narrowed its list of candidates for district superintendent from 13 to three at a special meeting Tuesday morning. Three finalists were selected to be interviewed for the position next week (a fourth finalist, whose name was not disclosed, withdrew their name from consideration "for personal reasons," according to Superintendent Lowell Niklaus).
"The dog ate my homework." You remember that hoary old excuse students from one generation to the next have used for not getting their homework assignments in on time? Well, thanks to a new student data reporting system known as Centerpoint, that excuse may soon become history. Because the system was just implemented district-wide at Detroit Lakes Public Schools this fall, staff and students are still discovering all its possible applications. But one intriguing possibility, according to Superintendent Lowell Niklaus, is that students may soon be able to receive their classroom assignm
It's been more than three decades since Rick Hanson walked through the doors of Lake Park Elementary School to teach a classroom full of fifth graders. During that time, he has completed a degree in education administration, served as a half time teacher, half time principal at Lake Park, then as a half-time principal in both the Lake Park and Audubon districts, and finally, when the districts began pairing and sharing for athletics and academics, he became a full-time elementary principal for Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School in Audubon. "I've been working in this building now for 20 ye
As of Monday morning, a total of 15 applications had been received for the position of superintendent at Detroit Lakes Public Schools. Superintendent Lowell Niklaus, who has tendered his resignation to take effect at the end of the 2005-06 school year, said the applications received thus far had come from "all over the place," but primarily from Minnesota. "The vast majority are from people working in Minnesota," Niklaus stated, adding that most also had prior experience as a superintendent.
A winter storm swept through Becker County late Tuesday afternoon, causing numerous minor accidents in a relatively short period of time. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon noted that his officers had been called to the scene of four accidents in "just a little over an hour." At 4:50 p.m., a rollover was reported near Audubon on County Road 15, just one mile south of the Highway 10 intersection. The juvenile male driver was uninjured, Gordon said. The sheriff's department was also called to assist at the scene of another rollover, which occurred shortly after 4 p.m.
Though the number of families making use of the Becker County Food Pantry hasn't seen a drastic increase over the past year, it hasn't decreased any either. "The first half of the year, it (usage) was down, but the second half made up for it," said Food Pantry director Jack Berenz. Becker County distributed 140 tons of food in 2005, up from 136 in 2004. The number of families served also increased, from 1,898 in 2004 to 1,942 in 2005.
Christine Burnside wears many hats at Emmanuel Community -- and recently, she has put on one more. Since December, Burnside has been the coordinator of volunteer services at Emmanuel.