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Payless ShoeSource in Detroit Lakes will liquidate its inventory and close up shop, following an announcement that the company plans to close down all 2,300 of its United States store locations. According to Reuters, a business news organization, Payless plans to file for bankruptcy later this month, which will be the second time the company has done so in the last two years.
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This year's Economic Development Summit will host over a dozen speakers at M State on March 1 at from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The keynote speaker, Jessica Beyer of Children's First Finance, will give an update on Becker County's childcare shortage. "She is going to be talking about what her group is able to do for our community and what our community cohort is working on ... solving some of our childcare issues," said Carrie Johnston, Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce president.
Shawn Gravalin denied allegations he mentally abused and sexually harassed players while he was the head girls basketball coach in Hankinson, N.D., in 2008. Hankinson's superintendent at the time, Jess Smith, investigated Gravalin's conduct and found what appeared to be inappropriate behavior but nothing that supported firing him. Now, over a decade later, Gravalin is an employee and middle school basketball coach in the Pelican Rapids School District and stands accused of inappropriately touching a player's butt during practice in December, an allegation he also adamantly denies.
Groups of anglers gathered in a warming tent Saturday in the middle of Little Detroit Lake, while outside roughly 500 to 600 dedicated fishermen and women guarded their ice fishing posts, making sure their ice holes didn't freeze over in the below-zero temps. "(Attendance is) a little lighter with the cold weather," said Mike Stearns, a member of the Breakfast Rotary Club, which puts on the Poles 'N Holes event each year. "We had fewer people standing in line. We had one person, though, at 6:30 (a.m.) standing in line, waiting to get in."
The loon could retreat into Canada, leaving Minnesota for good by 2080, if climate change continues to deteriorate the bird's habitat in the state. Tamarac Wildlife Biologist Wayne Brininger says climate change has happened gradually for millions of years, and plants and animals have been able to adapt to the slow changes. The problem is, habitats are beginning to change faster as climate change happens faster, and the flora and fauna can't keep up.
Lakeside Tavern debuted their Polar Fest brew today at their Winter Shandy Beer Tasting, part of the festivities kick-off. Nick Murray, the brewmaster at Lakeside says this year he chose to make a chocolate cherry stout, a special request from his wife. "It's a pretty solid winter beer. Darker beers go better in winter, and I'd say we've had a pretty solid winter," he said. In fact, the winter has been so solid, that it actually put a damper on the kick off to Polar Fest. Due to treacherous roads, not many people were out and about Thursday afternoon.
It seems like the whole town has shut down again due to blizzard conditions today. School was cancelled. A number of businesses closed their doors early for the day. The Polar Fest kick off took a hit, as the Grand Lighting Ceremony of King Isbit's Royal Courtyard was moved to Saturday due to the unfavorable weather. Becker County snow plows even had to take a break after 10 hours of clearing the the blowing snow from the roads.
April Imholte says her new gym, The Iron Shed, is a place for women of all fitness levels to get in a great workout. "People can come here whether they're young or old, if they're experienced or have not touched a weight their entire life," she said, stressing that everyone is welcome — as long as they're a woman.