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The howls and yips of a pack of black dogs broke out over Shell Lake this afternoon, as Ed Streeper and a group of friends and family rigged up 20 mushing pups to a line of 10-sleds. The air was cold, a bitter -22 degree windchill, but Streeper was determined to make history. "We're going to pull more sleds ever pulled in recorded history behind one team," said Streeper. "The record that we could find is at six sleds, and we thought well, if we're going to do seven, we might as well do 10."
After years working together and working on hair, best friends Jen Metelak and Katie Schiller, have finally fulfilled their dream of partnering up to open a hair salon, Parlor 102 in downtown Detroit Lakes. The two make a great duo when it comes to cutting and styling hair because Metelak specializes in womens' cuts and Schiller specializes in men's. "We have the concept of a parlor for everybody, where guys and ladies can hang out," said Schiller, explaining the myriad of salon services the two offer.
The Detroit Lakes Tribune reported that 85 students in the Detroit Lakes School District were considered homeless in Jan 2016. As that school year came to a close, that number rose to 147, the highest the district has ever reported. Since that peak, the number of homeless students has steadily declined. At the end of the last school year, in spring 2018, roughly 100 students were listed as homeless. Currently, there are 81, 23 of whom are teens.
The Patriot Ice House on Little Detroit Lake was broken into and burglarized sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, the Becker County Sheriff's Office is reporting. The lock securing the fish house was cut and an ice auger and two fish locators were reportedly taken from the building. The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information to call their direct line, 218-847-2661. They're also reminding people to keep their items secure and watch out for anything suspicious on the lake.
2019 is gearing up to be a big year for trails in Becker County. Not only will the Heartland Trail extension between Detroit Lakes and Frazee see construction this summer, but the hope is also to get construction moving on the first phase of the Mountain Link Trail. The construction on the Heartland Trail will carry the trail from the tunnel that is already constructed under Highway 10 just east of Detroit Lakes all the way to where County Road 10 intersects with Highway 10 just west of Frazee, though it will happen in two phases.
The Becker County Sheriff's Office has begun raising money for a second K9 unit, as of official board approval Tuesday. The sheriff's office received overwhelming support during the fundraiser for their first K9, back in 2015. They still have some funds left over from donations, so they only need to hit about a $10,000 to $12,000 mark this time around to be able to afford a second dog, the training and purchase of which cost about $15,000.
Marijuana is slowly creeping onto the scene of Minnesota's medical industry. Whether people are for it or against it, cannabis has been approved to treat 13 qualifying conditions, from cancer to glaucoma to Alzheimer's, which was the latest to join the list.
Laure Zirbel has been an avid sewer for most of her life. She can make just about anything, but she's been using a pattern for the last 20 years to make something really sentimental: memory bears. Zirbel says she started making the memory bears over two decades ago, when her sister's husband passed away. "She had two little girls. They were 10 and eight...she asked me to make bears for them out of his clothes," recalled Zirbel.
There's a new doctor in town, a naturopathic doctor, to be precise. Joan Waters graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine with a four-year, doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine and an emphasis in gut health and, after practicing in Fort Collins, Colorado, she's decided to move her clinic to the "Deep Freeze." "I moved up here to be closer to family," said Waters, adding, "When I moved up here, which I call the Deep Freeze...I decided that I have to have at least one clinic in a warmer location, so I also opened a clinic in Colby, Kansas."
Becker and Otter Tail Counties awoke to a sheet of ice covering many area roads this morning. The slick conditions have led to several crashes and vehicles sliding off the road. Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow tweeted that Highway 108 between Pelican Rapids and Lake Lida was blocked with several crashes and stuck vehicles. All the incidents were minor, resulting in no injuries, just a lot of chaos and trouble getting vehicles out.