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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About 30 believers stepped out in faith on Sunday, taking part in Detroit Lakes' first-ever Prayer Walk of Faith. The group met at Veterans Memorial Park at about 3 p.m. for an opening prayer, then walked down Washington Avenue to the City Beach, worshiping and singing. A large cross and burning barrel were set up in front of the Pavilion, near the water's edge of Detroit Lake, and people were able to offer their personal prayers there. The event ended with a moment of silence.
A couple of years back, the adventurous folks at The Gardens at Pheasant Run went fishing for a different way to farm — and they caught on to aquaponics. Sustainable and environmentally friendly, this unique method of growing things combines plants and fish in a symbiotic system. The plants, which are cultivated in water instead of soil like in conventional farming or gardening, get their nutrients from the natural byproducts of the fish. In other words, the plants feed off the fish poop.
It's every bargain shopper's dream: spend a few bucks at a rummage sale only to find out later that what you bought is worth thousands of dollars. For one Detroit Lakes man, that dream just came true. David Hiney, an insurance agent at the local Farmers Insurance office, learned on Saturday that he's been literally sitting on a small fortune. An old lounge chair he bought for $40 at a rummage sale in town back in 1982 — a chair that's just been sitting in his basement ever since — is valued at $25,000.
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A 20-year-old Vergas native rescued a man who had gotten pinned under the driver's side door of his semi-truck after a rollover accident near Killdeer, North Dakota on Saturday. Logan Schrupp, who works in the oil fields, was on his way home to get some sleep after finishing a 12-hour overnight shift when he saw another man standing in the road ahead, waving his arms to flag him down. Schrupp saw the crashed semi lying upside-down on the side of the road, then turned on his hazard lights and pulled over.
A Vergas woman has opened up the gates of her horse ranch to underprivileged youth in a mission to spread love, connect kids with animals, and teach them about responsibility and the value of hard work. Emily Mingo says she was called by God to create her new Firefly Fields Youth Ranch, and she considers the faith-based nonprofit organization a personal ministry. "I give credit to God for its existence," she says of the ranch. "God's got a plan."
It was a "Battle of the Books" at Detroit Lakes Middle School on Thursday, as about 80 young readers tested their trivia skills in a fun challenge to find out who knows their books best. Students in grades 5-8 competed, gathering in the school's auditorium to answer questions about the characters, plot lines and other elements of various books they've been reading over the past few months. Kids from the middle school, as well as Rossman Elementary School and Holy Rosary Catholic School, all took part.
Ian Renner is pretty sure he'll work at BTD Manufacturing after high school. Talking over the loud buzz of machinery inside the metals lab at Detroit Lakes High School on Monday and wearing a protective green overcoat and safety goggles, the senior said his two older brothers already work for BTD, and he plans to do the same. In-between drilling and assembling parts for a tugger cart project he and his classmates are working on, Renner explained how he's gaining real-world work experience while he's still in high school, before he even hits the BTD manufacturing floor.
Janie Sherman is exactly the kind of gentle soul that patients love to have at their hospital bedsides. She's known for her nurturing demeanor, kind smile, and the careful attention she pays to every little detail of her patients' care and comfort.
Cor·ner·stone (noun): 1. An important feature on which a thing depends or is based. Synonyms: foundation, mainstay, core, backbone, heart A community and youth center is in the works on Main Avenue in Frazee, and the project is raising the bar on what it means to have a "heart" of downtown.