Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes and Perham, both in Minnesota.
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I can't say that I ever thought I'd quote Winnie the Pooh in my professional career, but here it goes: "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." - Winnie the Pooh I feel so blessed as I prepare my last edition of the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Come Monday, you will have a new editor for your community newspaper, and I will be off on another adventure within the Forum Communications company. But boy, this isn't easy. I feel myself blinking back tears even as I write this because everything here has come to mean so, so much to me.
Perham man Duane Donley sits in his Briarwood Assisted Living Apartment. In his hands are old black and white photos of a time most of us only read about in history books. For Donley, though, his memories of World War II are in vibrant color and detail as if it were yesterday.
It was a quick response in Audubon Thursday morning as smoke started filling Orton’s gas station in Audubon, which was evacuated around 8:15 a.m. However, the incident turned out to be a lot of smoke and no fire as firefighters from Audubon and Detroit Lakes found the problem — powerlines going into the building had somehow crossed and were heating up. The Becker County Sheriff’s Office also responded, but although the area had remained taped off for caution, most emergency personnel had cleared the scenes by 8:40 a.m.
Twenty five year-old-Dillon Wilson left his Detroit Lakes house Monday morning in his normal way — saying a quick goodbye to his longtime girlfriend, Amber Bauer, and their son, four-year-old Waylon. "I got to hug him...at least I got to say goodbye to him," said a teary Bauer.
Denise Warweg was cooking up some bacon in her kitchen on the north side of Cotton Lake Monday night, despite her neighbor's warning. "They said, 'Don't be cookin' bacon if there's a bear around.''' Warweg says she'd been hearing about a large black bear that had been "terrorizing" bird feeders in the neighborhood, but the thing was, she was hoping he'd come around. "I'd been wanting to take a picture of him for a long time," she said, adding she assumed he was a "he" based on the bear's size and the fact that there were no cubs with it.
This is no ordinary house. "And behind here we've got a hidden room," said Heather Ware Nelson, as she pushes open a bookcase to reveal a secret room. It's just storage — nothing creepy or exciting — but the house at 51097 East Wymer Lake Road is more than 10,000 square feet of unique nooks and crannies that has visitors amazed and sometimes lost. The estate is currently being transformed from a home that everybody knows about in Frazee to a vacation rental that will soon be ready for the world to explore.
A middle of the night fire broke out at the Baer Trucking building, located between Audubon and Lake Park, with firefighters getting the call sometime after 4 a.m. Saturday. "When we got here it was fully engulfed," said Lake Park Fire Chief Dave Coufal, whose fire department was one of the ones called in to help the Audubon Fire Department. Standing outside a massive, smoldering steel building charred with damage, Coufal says the good news was that nobody was in the building at the time. The bad news is, there's tons of property that was destroyed.
For the first time ever, the Minnesota Newspaper Association handed its prestigious Mills Trophy to two newspapers, deeming them "the top weekly newspapers in the state of Minnesota" — the Detroit Lakes Lakes Tribune and its sister paper, the Alexandria Echo Press. This is the eighth time the Tribune has walked away with the award since it began in 1981 and the sixth time in the last eight years. Tribune staff accepted the award at the Minnesota Newspaper Association's conference and award ceremony Thursday in Bloomington.
She stood there in the airport lobby, waving three little Norwegian flags and beaming from ear to ear. "Welcome to Norway!" she said to me and my parents in her thick Norwegian accent, adding, "Finally!"
Detroit Lakes Students in Tom Johnson's American Government class received a lesson on the legislative branch Thursday from somebody who knows that branch inside and out — U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson. The democrat representing Minnesota's 7th congressional district, who is running for re-election after 28 years in the U.S. Congress and 10 in the Minnesota legislature, was in the hot seat as students peppered him with questions ranging from his accomplishments, his criticisms, his opinion on President Trump and more.