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Patrick Thompson's parents found out shortly after his birth that he had a heart murmur, a condition that does not usually cause severe problems, according to his dad, Lowell Thompson. But the 38-year-old started experiencing health issues about a year ago and quickly realized the cause was his malfunctioning heart. "Right where the left ventricle is, where blood leaves the heart, the membrane is starting to get plugged up and causing issues," his dad explained. "It would be best that he has the surgery now to remove it."
The next generation will probably never experience video rental stores and drive-in movie theatres, as charming as they were. Watching a movie is becoming less of an outing and more of a "lazy night-in" activity. Because of online streaming and rising ticket prices, it is no doubt that movie theatres are struggling. But there is something undeniably classic about actually going to the theatre to see a film; the freshly popped corn with liquid "butter" and an unreasonably sized Mountain Dew. Cinemagic 7 at Washington Square Mall is trying to preserve that tradition.
Finding time to exercise can seem impossible when life gets hectic. For Brianna Krejci and Carly Pederson, there is always a little time to center yourself. Whether it's attending one of their yoga classes at a vineyard or taking five minutes to stretch in the morning, there is time. "I don't want to stress myself out by not doing 30 minutes of yoga every day," Pederson said, adding that it would be counter intuitive. Krejci explained that incorporating other healthy habits into the day-to-day routine is equally important.
From bikes that cost more than a decent car and swimming long distances across lakes, triathlon athletes mean serious business. The 14th annual Young Life Triathlon brought hundreds of competitors, including relay racers and solo warriors on August 16 and 17. The event is a fundraiser for Young Life, an organization whose mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. It first established roots in Detroit Lakes in 1974.
The post office in Detroit Lakes reopened this morning during normal business hours, according to USPS. Yesterday, a car drove through the front entrance, shattering glass and causing damage after the driver blacked out while parking her vehicle. She doesn't remember crashing into the building and did not sustain injuries from the crash. An emergency contractor took measurements of the entryway this morning and it should be finished within a week, according to the post office.
Time to sharpen those pencils. The countdown has begun for school to start back up again--that means fresh boxes of crayons and picking out your favorite three ring binder. For parents struggling to make ends meet, two school supply drives in Becker county are helping kids come to school prepared this fall. They will be held on August 21 at the Historic Holmes Theatre and on August 22 at the Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership office.
While bakeries in Detroit Lakes have been disappearing off the map, there is a quaint little nook in downtown Detroit Lakes where ingredients are being mixed with creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit is 'rising' to the occasion. Baked in DL features colorful desserts, whole cakes and cake by the slice, breakfast pastries, and more. This young bakery is not easily searchable on google and also not immediately apparent strolling down Washington Avenue.
Regional competitor Marc Rue will be back this year to rip up the road at the Muscatell Ojibwe Forests Rally on August 24 and 25. With his son Kristian Rue, 21, in the driver's seat, Marc Rue will relay information from the passenger's seat on how to navigate the sharp turns. This year's chairman, Jonathan Atkins, said, "There's a driver and co-driver in each car. The co driver acts as a navigator — he will read pacenotes." The navigator will describe the severity of the next corner and whether it is left or right while the driver focuses on speed and precision.
For Minnesotans, digging a stranger's car out of a snowbank is standard procedure. They would rarely second guess it. For travellers, this may seem like some form of bribery, but it's just common behavior known to many as "Minnesota nice." When Florida natives Christina and Tim Jolly landed in Minneapolis on their way to WE Fest, they weren't feeling very jolly after travel plans became convoluted. The couple travelled almost 2,000 miles to see Carrie Underwood perform. "I can pretty much recite every song from start to finish and always dreamed to see her," she said.
The Real Estate Company recently moved into the location where Jack Chivers Realty once was on the outskirts of Detroit Lakes off Highway 59. Owner Dave Neisen said the main reason for the move was exposure, something that he says they lacked at their previous location near Payless, east of the city center on Highway 10. "We're experiencing more walk-in traffic than we were before," Neisen said, adding that the move has been kind to their business. They moved on July 1 and still plan to have an open house on Thursday, August 23 after they finally get all settled in.