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Editor's note: November is National Adoption Month, but it is clear that this "national" recognition is alive and well in our own community, as many local families have their own, beautiful stories to share. This is the second of a two-part series on local adoptions. When Detroit Lakes residents Jammie and Dan Branstad began looking into adoption last winter, they never expected that in less than a year later, they'd already be welcoming a toddler into their home.
An average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute in the United States, amounting to more than 10 million abuse victims annually - that's according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). For those affected, domestic violence is all too real--and is a much longer battle than 31 days.
One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., making it the most common form of cancer in women of any race or ethnicity. While it is estimated that more than 40,500 women--and about 460 men--lose their battle with breast cancer each year, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. reports that about 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.
The average American, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, works 8.1 hours each weekday, amounting to slightly more than 40 hours each week. Gallup data shows that, when weekend days are factored in, full-time employees actually report working an average of 47 hours per week. With the numbers on such reports growing each decade, it's becoming increasingly clear that Americans are spending a large chunk of time in the workplace. But there's another statistic that's important to keep in mind, too: one in five of those adults is also struggling with a mental illness.
Hub 41, Brygge Taps & Tastes, Roasted, Lakeside Tavern, Zorbaz and Northside Bar have come together to bring a new kind of excitement to Detroit Lakes this Halloween: the city's first-ever pub crawl. The Blocktoberfest Halloween Pub Crawl is officially set for October 28 and will begin around 6 p.m., complete with drink specials, live music, a costume contest and giveaways throughout the night.
"Sorry, ma'am," David Rock mouths as he answers the phone and begins speaking to someone on the other end about an apartment he hopes to move into. He's polite, cordial and the corners of his eyes wrinkle slightly when he smiles. He's also a felon, and a recovering drug addict. "It got to a point where I got so involved with making money and not caring about my family that I was isolating myself in the garage and was emotionally abusing my wife," Rock says, his throat tight. "At the time, I couldn't see it. I was blind because I wanted to keep getting high."
Drug overdose deaths among Minnesota residents increased 9.2 percent from 2015 to 2016, extending an alarming trend, according to information released by The Minnesota Department of Health on Sept. 7. The release goes on to explain that, "Preliminary data collected from Minnesota death certificates show 637 people died from a drug overdose in 2016 compared to 583 deaths in 2015." Of those deaths, there were 376 opioid-involved deaths in 2016, up 12 percent from 2015.
For some senior citizens, volunteering is a simple pastime used to fill space in lieu of a nine-to-five job. For others, though, it's practically a second career. Marion Jacobson, who turns 90 years old this November, laughs heartily--and often--speaks openly and could fill an entire resume with the volunteer work she's done. She's been volunteering for over three decades, after all. "My husband and I started getting involved back in 1984," she said. "I'll do it for as long as I can. I just love it."
In Minnesota, almost 15,000 children experienced out-of-home care in 2016 and, on an average day, approximately 9,400 children were in care, based on preliminary 2016 data, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services. As illustrated in the May 7, 2017 issue of the Detroit Lakes Tribune--in the article, "In need of love: Becker County struggles with shortage of foster parents"--Becker County is no exception. In Becker County in 2015, 181 children experienced out-of-home placement in the same year--many of whom entered placement with next to nothing.