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For more than 70 years, the Detroit Lakes American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars have each maintained a separate Color Guard, charged with providing military honors to deceased military veterans as well as presenting "the colors" (i.e., the American flag) at various ceremonies and celebrations, and marching in area parades. But on April 27, that tradition of maintaining separate entities came to an end, as a total of 24 members of both color guards voted to merge into one, incorporated under the name Lake Region Veterans Color Guard. "We had several preliminary meetings," said color
The caseload at the Becker County's Veterans Service Office is up -- way up. According to Veterans Service Officer Lauri Brooke, the caseload is up about 30 percent this year -- and it's not just new veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan either. "We're seeing a lot of veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam ... veterans who have never been in our office before," she said.
There's nothing that signals the start of summer quite like that first community parade, and in Detroit Lakes, the time is now. DL parade, ceremony Detroit Lakes' annual Memorial Day Parade gets underway at 10 a.m.
Since 1987, Mike Summers has been teaching tae kwon do to students in the Detroit Lakes area. In fact, he's been teaching the Korean martial art of tae kwon do since it was still known as karate. "There weren't a lot of peo-ple in it (martial arts) when I started," he says. "Now, just about every town has a tae kwon do school... it's become an Olympic sport. "In junior high, there were about 10 of us that started taking it together, and I stayed with it," he says.
"Jesus Christ Superstar," the groundbreaking theatrical masterpiece by legendary writing team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is coming to the Fargodome on Wednesday, May 30, for a 7:30 p.m. show. The cast of this production may include some familiar names for some: Internationally beloved star Ted Neeley, best known for his Golden Globe-nominated depiction of Jesus in the Norman Jewison film version of "Jesus Christ Superstar," is reprising his most renowned role for this tour. Also headlining the 2006-07 tour of JCS is Corey Glover as Judas.
A couple of months after a Becker County committee charged with mapping out a 70-mile trail for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes got bogged down in controversy, the Becker County Board has opted to take a new approach. The board voted Tuesday in favor of a proposal by Natural Resources Management administrator Mark "Chip" Lohmeier to establish a new Comprehensive Off-Highway Vehicle Policy Committee. Lohmeier's proposal for the makeup of the new committee included a membership that was as balanced as possible, with representatives from various organizations and interests includin
The 10,000 Lakes Festival held annually at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, is a celebration of musical creativity that features a wide range of genres, from blues and jazz to rock and reggae. In its first four years of existence, the 10KLF has attracted fans from more than 40 states, to listen to and enjoy the kind of music rarely heard on commercial radio.
For 36 years -- more than half his life -- Frederick Floan has been teaching students at Rossman Elementary School in Detroit Lakes, day in and day out, September through May. This Thursday, May 24, will be his last day in the classroom -- as a full-time instructor, at least. Floan, a third-generation Detroit Lakes native, is retiring after a teaching and coaching career that spanned three and a half decades, and included more than 950 students and an untold number of young athletes. During his career, Floan has taught fourth grade (12 years), sixth grade (14 years), and most recently, f
Remember that first year of high school? For many, the experience is a confusing one. In fact, surveys have shown less than half of all incoming freshmen have any feeling of connection to their new school. "There is research out there showing that kids are having difficultly transitioning to high school," said Detroit Lakes School Superintendent Lowell Niklaus.
For the past five years, the employees of Detroit Lakes Public Schools have enjoyed a group health insurance plan where year-to-year premium increases "beat the trend" for projected increases statewide, according to District Business Manager Ted Heisserer. Not this year.