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Fourteen years of following an interior design passion has turned into a business all her own for Skye Fingalson. "I've been doing this since I was 19," said Fingalson, who has worked interior design in Detroit Lakes since she started out. "It's a total passion .... It's so rewarding to see from the start to the finish. I feel like it's a gift I have, where I can just see a space completed before it's completed, or I can just walk into a space and know what needs to be done."
Members of the White Earth Nation are doing their best to heal, after two rural Ogema boys were murdered and their mother took her own life Monday. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office released a report Wednesday, identifying the woman as Emma LaRoque, 28, and the two boys as Shane Woods, 9, and Frederick York, 4. They were the daughter and grandsons of White Earth Tribal Police Chief Mike LaRoque.
While Minnesota was still only ranked 48th for highest imprisonment rate in 2016, the state was one of four to increase its prison population by more than 10 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the Sentencing Project.
The fifth annual Detroit Lakes Elementary School Carnival is right around the corner, and organizer Amber Bender says they're still looking for about 90 volunteers to help run games and concessions at the event, set for Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. "We really, really need volunteers. That's the thing of desperation we need every year," said Bender, adding that every year they have set up all their games and have had to put some away on the morning of the event because they just don't have enough people to run them all.
Some isolated flooding incidents have been disrupting traffic around town today, Thursday, March 14. The rain from Wednesday into today, coupled with quite a bit of snowmelt runoff, is overflowing from storm drain catch basins that have frozen up in Detroit Lakes, causing big puddles to collect on some streets. Public Works Director Brad Green says this is all just part of winter in Minnesota, and the City Public Works department is doing its best to get around and pop the tops off the basins and clear the ice out to allow them to drain properly.
Thrifty White Pharmacy has made its move. After months of construction, the pharmacy's employees held a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony, complete with merchandise gift bags for the first 100 customers, at their new location Monday morning. Pharmacy Operations Manager Lee Omberg says the store's new location on Highway 10 is actually a tad smaller than their Washington Square Mall location was, but that's because they have honed in on expanding what they are known for: their pharmacy.
After hosting a successful outreach event two years ago, the Lakes Area Vineyard Church decided they wanted to do something special for the special needs population in the area once again. Last time, it was a bowling party but, this year, they've kicked up the fancy and decided to host a special needs prom at their church on the evening of April 13.
Local realtors are stepping up and doing their part to ease the area's housing crisis and make the lakes area a more enticing, enjoyable place to live. Amber Bender, president of Lakes Country Association of Realtors (LCAR), says the local association has been keeping tabs on legislation that will directly impact not only statewide housing but the housing market right in Becker County. Association members also have a plans to spruce up the area to attract buyers to lakes country.
On March 6, officers from the West Central Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Headwaters Safe Trail Task Force and Paul Bunyan Task Force were involved in an investigation where over 50 grams of heroin, with a street value of over $15,000, was seized. Titus Terrell Martin, 43, and Guntallwon Karloyea Brown, 29, both of Minneapolis, Minn., were arrested and charged with first degree possession of a controlled substance.
On the morning of Friday, March 1, Nick Metteer was cruising to work along Highway 54, a few miles west of Wolf Lake, when he hit a timber wolf that darted out in front of his vehicle. "He was running hard. I seen it for just a split second," said Metteer. In fact, Metteer didn't even realize what he hit was a wolf until he saw it trying to crawl off the road in his rearview mirror. At that point, he turned around and called his boss, knowing he was going to be late for work.