Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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"They called me stupid." "They called me a retard." "They told me I didn't look right for the game they were playing." Just about every fourth-grader in Mrs. Courtney Qualley-Landor's class has a personal story about other kids being mean to them. Wearing their new, bright red "Be Buddies Not Bullies" t-shirts in their classroom at Roosevelt Elementary on Tuesday, the kids talked about times they'd been bullied, and then pledged to always treat others with kindness.
The Detroit Lakes community is embarking on its first-ever Feed My Starving Children food packing event, a charitable effort to feed malnourished children in some of the world’s poorest regions. Led by area church pastors from the Detroit Lakes Ministerial Association, the event calls for 500 local volunteers and $22,000 in donations in order to purchase and pack up 100,000 meals.
Laker sophomore Grant Fritch-Gallatin has made it into Minnesota's All-State band. He is the first Detroit Lakes High School student in six years to be accepted into the prestigious program. All-State is offered through the Minnesota Music Educators Association. Top brass (pun intended) music students from all over the state go through a rigorous audition process in hopes of being selected, and competition is tight. "This is the highest honor in the state of Minnesota that a (band) student can get," said Tim Siewert, DLHS band director. "It's a big deal."
There's a clear and enthusiastic consensus among Frazee High School's Adaptive Bowling Team members that the best things about bowling are "Knocking down pins!" and "Getting strikes!" Having tons of fun, making new friends and becoming better bowlers ain't bad, either. The five team members—Bethanie Skunberg, Nic Nolan, Zac Nolan, Jeremy Hausmann and Ashley Moltzan—haven't taken long to warm up to their new sport. The Adaptive Bowling Team just got rolling (pun intended) this year.
Ken Mattson looks forward to counting the loons every summer. "It gets me out on the water," he says, and that's one of his favorite places to be. The longtime Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge volunteer has taken part in the annual loon monitoring program there for about the past 10 years. With paddles in hand and binoculars at arms' reach, he kayaks and canoes the refuge's waterways to look and listen for loons.
She made it through chemo and doctors declared her "cured," but Marna Crow knew her battle with cancer wasn't really over yet. Her body had beaten the odds and survived more than six months' worth of needle pokes, CT and PET scans, chemotherapy and abdominal surgery — all in an attempt to diagnose, and then treat, her lymphoma.
DL Thriving will be holding a wellness festival at the Historic Holmes Theatre on Saturday afternoon as a complimentary event to the play "Seedfolks," showing at the theatre earlier that day. The festival, called "Planting the Seeds to Mental Wellness," will touch on different aspects of mental wellness, particularly among youth, and will feature a guest speaker, informational and interactive stations, live music, food and more.
Tourism is big business in Detroit Lakes, where hundreds of thousands of visitors pump millions of dollars into the local economy every year. Cleone Stewart, the tourism director for the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, said there's no definitive way to tally up the total number of travelers that come to town in a year, but examining the city's lodging taxes can offer a big clue to the impact that tourism has on the community.
25 Years Ago • Oregon murder hits home in DL; Ex-boyfriend charged in shooting death of former resident: Bridgette Nelson, who as a youth lived with her family in Detroit Lakes from 1974-1975, was brutally murdered in her Oregon office on March 2. Her ex-fiancee, Kevin Lust, allegedly walked into the Red Lion Inn/Columbia River, removed a shotgun from a florist's box used for long-stemmed roses, and shot her in front of her co-workers. Eighteen hours prior, Lust had shot another woman, his former wife, in Washington.
Fairness, listening skills and compassion are among the important traits that Tammy Merkins and Kevin Miller say they'll be taking with them as they transition from the attorney's table to the judge's bench. It was announced earlier this week that Gov. Mark Dayton had appointed Merkins, Becker County Attorney, and Miller, an Assistant Becker County Attorney, as district court judges.