Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune as a reporter and magazine editor in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in Detroit Lakes with her husband, Dan, their 4-year-old son and toddler daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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Editor’s note: This is the fourth in an 8-part series of weekly feature stories written in conjunction with the ongoing “Inside Out” community campaign to normalize mental illness. This story is the first of a two-part feature on the topic of suicide, examining the issue from the standpoint of a mother who lost her young son (in this story), and then from a woman who has herself had suicidal intents (that story will be published Sunday, March 24, in print and online).
Group travel sometimes gets a bad rap, but when the group is as fun and easy-going as the Parrot Heads, the travel is actually really fun and easy. Every two years, local Lakes Area Parrot Heads join other club members from the Midwest region and beyond to take a trip together for some social time in the sun and sand. This year, their destination was St. John, the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean.
How many kids know the difference between a heifer and a cow? That might be an easy one for kids raised on a farm, but for everybody else, it's not such common knowledge. Thanks to Ag-In-The-Classroom, though, hundreds of kids from the Detroit Lakes area can now explain that difference, plus lots of other farm-related concepts, facts and safety tips.
Editor’s note: This is the third in an 8-part series of weekly feature stories written in conjunction with the “Inside Out” community campaign to normalize mental illness. Kristina Story had her first panic attack at the age of 21, in a movie theatre.
Editor’s note: This is the second in an 8-part series of weekly feature stories written in conjunction with the “Inside Out” community campaign to normalize mental illness. The second “Inside Out” video, related to this story, is available to watch online at www.beckercountyenergize.com.
Flu season is in full swing, and local healthcare professionals say there's been a pretty steady influx of patients coming in with influenza-like symptoms recently. Kristine Stompro, a certified physician's assistant at the Essentia Health St. Mary's Urgent Care in Detroit Lakes, said the level of influenza activity she's seen so far this season has been comparable to what she saw last season.
Recognizing the need for more childcare in Detroit Lakes, Zion Lutheran Church is exploring a way it might be able to help. Childcare shortages have long been a frustration for parents in the area. Becker County's current supply of childcare openings is a full 650 slots short of the demand. "That's more of a shortage than there was three years ago, and if the need keeps increasing, as it's expected to, it'll only get worse," said Karen Pifher, of Becker County Energize, speaking at a community meeting earlier this month.
Jessica Ekholm has gotten really good at masking her depression. Even on days when her thoughts are dark, her demeanor is bright. Friendly, engaging and often bursting with laughter on the outside, what’s going on inside, she says, is a totally different story.
It was standing room only in the conference center at M State on Tuesday for the "Inside Out: A Step Inside Mental Illness" Video Premiere and Panel Event. A crowd of about 200 people showed up in support of Detroit Lakes' new community campaign to normalize mental illness — enough that there were some without seats even after the last-minute addition of extra chairs.
The "Inside Out: A Step Inside Mental Illness" kickoff event, a Video Premiere and Panel, will take place this Tuesday, Feb. 19 at M State. Resource booths will open to the public at 6:15 p.m., a video premiere will start at 7, and a Q&A with panelists will be held from 7:30-8:15 p.m.