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The Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbird seniors took to the basketball court one last time Thursday afternoon to take on...local law enforcement? Kelly Phillips, a recovery officer with the White Earth Police Department, says the force has played against Circle of Life Academy (COLA) seniors a number of times. The officers haven't necessarily set any records, with a 1 to 3 win-lose ratio against the school's seniors, but they decided to test their skills against the Thunderbirds this week anyway.
It's hard to believe the building nestled between Detroit Paint and Glass and JCPenny ever used to be a bakery. The only remnant of the old business is found in the new tenant's appointment desk, which was made by repurposing the Lakes Country Bakery's floor boards. Otherwise, the space, now occupied by True North Salon & Spa, has been completely redesigned with stylists in mind. After 17 years in the business, AJ Klemm, the new salon's owner, had compiled a laundry list of ideas to improve the industry for stylists and customers alike.
The Detroit Lakes School Board tabled approval of a Strategic Planning Services Agreement with the Minnesota School Board Association and struck the bid award for the first Roosevelt/Middle School building project package from the agenda Monday night. The board is looking into other strategic service planning agreement options and hopes to award the first bid for the Roosevelt/Middle School building project at a special meeting on Thursday, April 18. Rather, Monday night's meeting focused on housekeeping matters and administrative reports.
It didn't take long for someone to scoop up the old Country Kitchen building. Rayna and Steve Tucker, the former owners of Ice Cracking Lodge, closed Friday on their purchase of the Highway 10 location, with big plans to keep it a restaurant but flip the food options. "It's (going to be) sushi, hibachi, noodles, and American cuisine," said Rayna, adding that the restaurant will be named Sapphire. "I've always wanted to have a sushi restaurant. I think we've talked about it for, like, 10 years."
When Diego Da Costa moved to the area nearly two years ago, he began looking for a place to train. Da Costa is a professional athlete, who has travelled the world and competed in Judo and Jiu-Jitsu competitions since he was a kid, but he quickly found that Becker County, the new place he called home, just hadn't entered the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) scene yet. "That's when I decided to start teaching Jiu-Jitsu in town," he said, adding that it took him a while to find a space that suited his cause but, this November, he did.
Waubun High School implemented a code red lockdown this morning at approximately 10:58 a.m. when a report came in of a person with a weapon near the school building. The White Earth Police Department, along with the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office investigated the report and determined it to be unfounded. "There is no threat," said Jeremy Cossette, lieutenant with the White Earth Police Department. According to a post on the Waubun Public School's Facebook, the building is still implementing a code yellow, as officers continue investigating the incident.
The rules at the Detroit Mountain's annual Pond Skim event are pretty simple: go fast or fall spectacularly. Either way, the hundreds of onlookers who gather around to watch are entertained.
Area employers have been feeling the sting of low unemployment rates for quite some time now. They are struggling to find qualified job candidates and to keep them around, which is why the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a workshop on recruiting in times of low employment Thursday, April 4. Mike Henke, who will be heading up the presentation, says he's hoping to give employers more tools and maybe a different perspective on filling job openings.
The Boy Scouts of America went co-ed last year, a decision that caused contention for some and excitement for others across the states.
After moving back to her hometown of Detroit Lakes this winter, Ann Taaffe decided to open up a professional pet grooming business in the home she grew up in. Taaffe has been grooming dogs for a number of years in many different settings, since graduating high school. She worked in grooming, as she studied her way to a veterinary technician degree and even got some experience grooming for a veterinarian, before deciding that she wanted to branch out on her own and go at her own pace.