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The Becker County Museum has offered two summer camps this summer so far, with one left coming up in August: Robotics camp. Since they've gone over pretty well, they expect to make it a tradition of relieving parents of hectic mornings for three days each month and getting the kids out of their usual routine. Art camp just wrapped up, having lasted from July 10 to 12, and bringing in a group of about 25 kids. The camps do cost money, which goes directly back to supplies. If there's any leftover, it benefits the museum.
The Hospice of the Red River Valley merged with Lakes Area Hospice 25 years ago, and a lot has changed since then, but their mission remains the same. "We serve patients at the end of life's journey and help them through it. Something we're not always comfortable talking about is what that looks like, but anyone that's entitled to that kind of care, we want to ensure that we're able to provide that care to everyone that deserves it," Marketing Director Deb Gemar said.
Mayor Duke is over 90 years old in dog years. Now, after four terms in office, the elderly statesman has had about enough traveling, appearing in talk shows and parades, and serving as the small village's ambassador. "Woof," he said, while reflecting on all the years of hard work and dedication to his community. Duke, a Great Pyrenees, has been the write-in winner of the mayoral seat of Cormorant Township since 2014, but now he's retiring. His plan after leaving office is to lay on the lawn and hang out with his owner, Dave Rick, and his adopted mother, Karen Nelson.
Darla Abu-Shanab grew up in Detroit Lakes. She has pale skin, bright blue eyes, Scandinavian and German ancestry, and she practices Islam. Growing up Christian, with a German name like Darla Schnitzer, Abu-Shanab didn't experience strange looks going about her daily life like she does now. In the early '90s, she married a Muslim man and later converted to Islam. They now have four children ages 13, 14, 17 and 28. Darla Abu Shanab chose to expose her new religion right before arguably the most tragic period in recent American history.
Silver Leaf Home Center, formerly known as Silver Leaf Cabinets, recently moved to 820 Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes after a fire destroyed about 80 percent of its former showroom at 1004 Randolph Road. The fire happened on Sunday, June 3 when the shop was closed and none of the staff was present. It was reported by a bystander around 11:20 a.m. "My phone was blowing up that morning with people saying, 'Your shop's on fire!'" said design consultant Paula Linn. At that point, it was too late and the fire had ravaged the majority of the showroom.
A drone was able to capture photos of the work being done at Roosevelt Elementary and Detroit Lakes Middle school. All of the construction underway is part of two separate projects known as the middle school exterior project and the site projects. The bus drop off lane on the north side of the schools is nearly complete, along with the staff parking lot at the northwest corner where the playground used to be. Overall, the projects are meant to improve traffic flow, student safety, parking lots and operational costs.
A recent report by WalletHub found that Minnesota is the third best state for summer road trips based on category rankings like safety and activities. Many of those activities are involving the plentiful forests and lakes that the state of Minnesota has to offer. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there are 66 state parks in Minnesota, as well as 25 state trails, 35 water trails, and 62 state forest campgrounds and day-use areas.
"When you're going to school in a small town you think that you have three career options: lawyer, doctor or teacher," Strive founder Jake Grinaker said about his decision to pursue med school at an early age. His dad suffered a major heart attack and lost his life when Jake Grinaker was 18. He said the experience was traumatizing and remembers peering across the hall of the emergency room at another family who had just lost a relative from a car accident at the same time.
When Jody and Gail Weidenbach got married in 2000, they didn't plan on having eight children. They were young and fell in love. She was 18 and he was 24. They bonded over pizza while on break at their jobs, got married, and shortly after started churning out children about once every other year. Now they are parents to Wyette, Angel, Questis, Zell, Elizabeth, Seeley, Sherman, and Temperance Weidenbach.
Commodore Gail Tronnes and her husband have led the July 4th boat parade on Lake Melissa for 40 years and said that about 80 boats of all kinds are expected to attend this week. "It was about 40 years ago when my husband, Hans Tronnes, decided it was time to restart the boat parade. He ran off flyers and we drove around the lake and delivered them to as many cottages as we could," she said. The boat parade had fizzled out for reasons unknown, but they were determined to keep the tradition alive.