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In her quiet, steady way, Iraq War veteran Kayla Simon of Frazee has made an outsized difference in the community, and people have noticed. Simon, 34, a married mother of four with an unusual career, is one of 21 Minnesota veterans to be awarded the Veterans' Voices Award by the Minnesota Humanities Center. The award goes to veterans who have shown exemplary community service beyond their military service.
When maps and graphics just don't cut it, one way to help a community visualize what a proposed street project will look like is to show them—right there on the street. That's what the Missing Link project is all about. Using all-temporary materials, like potted trees, bike lanes, removable street art, pedestrian bump-outs, street signs and other tricks, a community can spend several weeks "trying out" a design before launching the permanent project.
With the nighttime temperatures dipping below freezing this week, area gardeners may want to consider protecting the perennials that are starting to shoot up, said Linda Perrine, Master Gardener program coordinator. That means leaving winter mulch and dead leaves in place to protect outdoor plants for a few more weeks, or even putting that mulch back if you already removed it, she said. It's all part of the spring balancing act: Remove the mulch too soon and risk frost damage to the plants; leave the mulch too long and risk problems with mold.
People with developmental disabilities often have great personalities and a zest for life, but in some places in Minnesota they have to put up with a lot of change among their care providers. And that's not good for anyone. The problem is that pay at developmental achievement centers and residential group homes across Minnesota is not keeping up with pay increases in other fields, including the fast food industry. Sylvia Silvers, executive director of the Wadena County DAC, said some of the 18 employees have been on the job for more than 30 years.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson met with about a dozen Internet service providers in Detroit Lakes on Friday, Feb. 24, to help solve a nagging problem - how to get high-speed Internet service out to everybody, even rural areas where there is only one home or farm every mile or two. One possible solution - put funding for it in the new Farm Bill, which would cut red tape, simplify the regulatory and funding process, and put the focus on rural areas where the need is greatest.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson met with about a dozen Internet service providers in Detroit Lakes on Friday, Feb. 24, to help solve a nagging problem—how to get high-speed Internet service out to everybody, even rural areas where there is only one home or farm every mile or two. One possible solution—put funding for it in the new Farm Bill, which would cut red tape, simplify the regulatory and funding process, and put the focus on rural areas where the need is greatest.
VERGAS, Minn. — Opponents of the Star Lake Casino say the White Earth Nation project is still a long ways from being built. It faces environmental obstacles, internal opposition within the tribe, and a shortage of potential workers, says Ty Dayton, president of the Star Lake Concerned Citizens Group.
OGEMA, Minn.—An Ogema man under investigation for the starving death of three horses in his care has a GoFundMe site seeking $10,000 to create a "family horse rescue ranch." Michael E. Dahl, a White Earth spiritual leader and Ojibwe teacher at Detroit Lakes High School, set up the still-active Go-Fund-Me site on Sept. 25, 2015 and has so far received donations of $841 towards his $10,000 goal.
White Earth Tribal police are looking into the deaths of three horses that apparently starved to death over a period of several months on land near Strawberry Lake owned by Michael Dahl, a White Earth spiritual elder. Dahl did not answer his cell phone and his voice mailbox was full and could not accept messages. One of the horses, a 2-year-old filly, was the great-granddaughter of the famed racing horse Secretariat, a Triple Crown winner in 1973, according to her previous owner, Amber Shaide.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Thanks to a lot of work done over the summer, there's plenty of room for tubing now at Detroit Mountain. A new tubing area has been created to essentially doubled the size of the old area. There are now 10 lanes for the downhill ride and two central magic carpet conveyor belts to bring people back up to the top of the hill. "It offers an exhilarating ride," said Jeff Staley, general manager of Detroit Mountain Recreation Area.