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Audubon's Summer Fest is back for a second year in a big way, with all the same events that brought people out last year and some new ones to pump up the two-day festival. "I'm excited for the outdoor movie this year. I hope we get a really good turnout for that," said Stephanie Poegel, one of the festival committee members. Audubon Summer Fest kicks off on Friday, June 28, with the Junior Miss Summer Pageant, which is how the weekend began last year.
It wasn't long after taking their kiddos out camping that Kellie and Dan Francis decided they wanted to make a career out of the pastime. This May, the Detroit Lakes couple made that dream a reality when they purchased Wilds Resort and Campground on Shell Lake, roughly 20 minutes east of Detroit Lakes. Just starting off their first summer, Dan says things have been going smoothly so far. They're hoping to ease into the industry by running the place the way the previous owners did, since a lot of the returning vacationers are used to the way the campground is set up now.
Essentia Health lost several volunteers recently, leaving the hospital's volunteer coordinator, Kelli Sjoblom, concerned about filling the spots. Currently, Sjoblom says her highest need is for folks who would be willing to pick up a four-hour shift here and there to work in their gift shop. She says they have actually had to close the store a few times for lack of help.
As fire spreads over the prairie and smoke rises high in the sky over Coburn Wildlife Management Area on the northern border of Becker County, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Roving Crew Lead Jason Ekstein explains the necessity of scorching 400 acres of land. "There's a variety of purposes" for burning land, he says. "What we're doing with this one today, we do plan to do a seed harvest off this unit, and if we don't do prescribed fire on the unit, it won't produce a lot of seed for us."
Lake Park residents and surrounding community members will come together Friday, June 14, for a benefit and 56th birthday party in support of a local man who was given a terminal cancer diagnosis at the beginning of this month. Todd Sayler discovered he had cancer spread throughout his body after going to the doctor in December to get checked for a pain he was having in his right leg, following a hip-revision surgery he had in March of 2018. After multiple appointments and many tests, doctors discovered cancer in Sayler's stomach lining.
The Detroit Lakes School District is looking to expand programs for homeless students and families in need. According to the most recent numbers, 124 Detroit Lakes students were flagged homeless this year. That's not the highest number the district has ever seen but not the lowest either. And while the district is still working hard to decrease that number, Shelley Skarie, the school's homeless liaison, says she's hoping to also do more in the way of preventing families from becoming homeless.
After 56 years with State Farm, Keith Inwards has stepped down as the agent for the insurance business on the 700 block of Washington Avenue. Nick Christenson has taken over the reigns, and he says the transition has been going just about as good as he could have imagined. "He (Inwards) has built a super loyal clientele. They've all been absolutely sweet and amazing. It's been very, very nice," said Christenson, excited to now call Detroit Lakes his home.
Longtime friends and neighbors are joining together to host a benefit for an Ogema man who was injured after becoming buried in a trench, while working in an area near Cedar Crest Resort on White Earth, a little over three weeks ago. Kami Lhotka, one friend who is organizing the benefit, says Jason Hoban became trapped in a trench on April 27, when a large piece of wet clay caved in and fell on him. She says his upper body took the brunt of the impact, and he had to spend 15 days in the hospital recovering after being life-flighted to Fargo.
BTD capped off 40 years in business this month, calling Detroit Lakes its headquarters home for the last 39 of those years. "Detroit Lakes has just been a great community for us, and we're hoping after 40 years in Detroit Lakes, they're proud to have us too," said BDT President Paul Gintner. BTD opened a location in Bismarck, North Dakota, in 1979, with the business founders, Paul White and Earl Rasmussen, setting down some shallow roots and quickly deciding Minnesota is where they wanted to be.
This week was Mental Health Awareness week, so one Waubun Secondary student decided to take the opportunity to shine a light on the issue at her school. "Mental health is a big factor in my life. I have gone through trauma," said Waubun ninth grader Ninsonnis "Sunshine" Englund. "We wanted people to realize it's not just something you say. We wanted to get people involved."