Good News: Racing life, a wish granted and a personal victory

Think there’s nothing good in the news anymore? Think again. This community is packed with the good stuff. Here’s some of what happened this month.

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Tye Wilke has won three of five races in the early portion of the season in his 72 INEX Legend car. Robert Williams / Tribune

Need for speed

Tye Wilke has won three of five races in competitive INEX Legend car fields on three different tracks this spring.

The Detroit Lakes teen got his start at age 9 racing go-karts and is planning this to be his final season of racing Legends. His next move will be to 305 winged sprint car.

Tye has no plans of stopping there. He wants to make a run at the big time.

“Just keep going up and my goal is NASCAR,” he said.


Signs welcome visitors to White Earth, Minn., on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. The reservation is home to the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Ann Arbor Miller for MPR News

Room to grow

In the 16 years since the White Earth child care facility was built, the Headstart and child care programs have continued to grow. But, the facility has not, and it is now too small for both organizations to fit.

"When they built this building ... they didn't think about expansion," child care/early childhood program director Jessica Jackson said. "There's nowhere on this part that we can even build on."

Instead, the child care/early childhood program is building a whole new facility with space specifically designed to add on if needed. A recently awarded $900,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave them the funds for a new building.

In February, when they applied for the grant, there were 20 children using the program, and 26 more were on a waiting list.

"With the new center ... we plan on opening to allow another 20 children in there," Jackson said.

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"My goal is to have the biggest and best salon in this town," said Lindsey Cooksey, owner of Liv N Dye salon in Washington Square Mall. "I want it to be that very fun environment, I want everyone to feel welcome." (Desiree Bauer / Tribune)

Something to Liv for

For 730 days straight -- two full years -- Lindsey Cooksey used meth.

“It’s so disgusting when you think about it,” she said, looking down at her hands. “I never wanted to keep using. I didn’t. But then you had that come down and you just honestly felt like death.”

That was about 10 years ago. Cooksey's debts are now paid off. She is healthy again, and started a family and opened her own salon, Liv N Dye.

Cooksey opened up to the Tribune to tell her story of addiction and recovery.

"Here’s the deal," she recalls telling her husband, Brian. "I’ve already lost my life. I’ve lost all my money ... The material stuff in the apartment? I don’t need it. I need my life back. I need hair back in my life."

In January, Cooksey opened Liv N Dye salon in Washington Square Mall.

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