Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes and Perham, both in Minnesota.
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The flags are flying at half staff on White Earth today, as the tribe has announced the death of former District I Representative, Steven "Punky" Clark. "Our nation sends its most sincere condolences to his family," said a message on the White Earth Nation facebook page.
He didn't just become a student-favorite when he announced he had cancer last year — Marc Henderson had always been one of those warm, light hearted, caring kind of teachers that his middle school students have always loved. His positivity and smile proved infectious for students and staff. On Sunday, however, Henderson succumbed to esophageal cancer that had metastasized to his liver. He was 50 years old. He was a father of three girls and the husband of fellow science teacher Courtney Henderson, whom he worked across the hall from for 15 years.
Two Detroit Lakes homeowners working on their basement Friday evening got an unexpected complication when the fumes from the cleaning materials they were using caused more than irritated eyes. "They were trying to clean concrete, and fumes got to their water heater, and it ignited," said Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Scott Fynn. "It's a gas water heater." The fire broke out around 4:45 p.m. Flynn says when they got there, the only thing really burning was the chemicals on the concrete floor, which they had out in about 15 minutes.
A spectacular, vibrant wall cloud that hung over Detroit Lakes Monday night caught everyone's attention, but according to WDAY Meteorologist John Wheeler, this was a weather event that had "more bark than bite". Although many spectators feared this was a funnel cloud that developed over the Detroit Lakes area around 9 p.m., Wheeler had some calming news.
A spectacular, vibrant wall cloud that hung over Detroit Lakes tonight caught everyboyd's attention, but according to WDAY Meteorologist John Wheeler, this was a weather event that had "more bark than bite". Although many spectators feared this was a funnel cloud, Wheeler had some calming news. "It's funnel shaped, but it's not a funnel cloud - it's a wall cloud," said Wheeler, who says there was rotation within the wall cloud and condensation gave it an inflow tail, but says the brief thunderstorm was not all that powerful.
An inmate that walked away from a Becker County work release program has been captured. According to Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander, Ricardo Daniel Gomez, 41, of Willmar was picked up in Swift County and is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail, where his original conviction was out of.
Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd is being investigated for allegations of assaulting a 12-year-old boy at a baseball game in Detroit Lakes. The incident in question occurred Wednesday, June 20 at the Washington Park Baseball Fields in front of a crowd of spectators.
“ Thanks for supporting us, thanks for the donation, now watch as this baby starts saving lives in a couple of months,” said Jim Sinclair, chairman of the Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation. This was right before he and others broke ground on land that will soon hold a new, easy-access helipad, which will accommodate life flights in traumatic situations.
Nobody alive today in Detroit Lakes can remember a time when Norby's Department Store wasn't right there on Washington Avenue, an old, dependable anchor to the ever-changing downtown.
One of the most long standing, historical businesses in Detroit Lakes is closing. The front windows of the Norby's Department Store is splashed with signs indicating they are now going out of business after 112 years serving Detroit Lakes. One of the family owners, Michael Norby, confirmed that following the annual Memorial Day sale Monday, they closed the store until June 6-7, during which time they will have a two-day liquidation sale.