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Angie Moats of Deer Creek says her yellow Lab, Zoe, lived life to the fullest, even though she lived her last several years with diabetes. Zoe, who died a year ago at age 12, basically grew up on the farm with Moats' daughter, Madyson, now age 15 and a high school student at Wadena-Deer Creek. Angie herself grew up in Wadena and teaches first grade in the Wadena-Deer Creek district. The problem of diabetes in pets seems to be getting worse, Angie said. Two other teachers that she knows of in Wadena also have diabetic dogs.
A large power outage in the Lake Eunice area south of Detroit Lakes has left more than 2,000 households without power, according to the Lake Region Electric Cooperative website. As of 9:45 p.m. Thursday, no power had been restored. The temperature in Detroit Lakes was eight below. The outage was caused by a broken switch on a Great River Energy transmission line near Audubon.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A small town police chief in western Minnesota has been sentenced on a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge, for an incident in which he helped a friend avoid a DWI after she crashed her car into a guardrail on Highway 59.
Enjoying this early taste of winter? Looks like it might be especially cold and snowy this year. Time to talk Mahube-Otwa Community Action about energy assistance help. Whether you rent or own your home, you can receive from $200 to $1,400 to help pay your heating bills, and up to $600 more later in emergency situations, if you qualify. You can also get your faulty furnace repaired or replaced.
MNsure, Minnesota's implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act, is in good shape for at least the next two years, thanks to the Legislature, which came through in a big way this year to stabilize a shaky individual insurance market. With the support of Gov. Mark Dayton, the Legislature spent $542 million to set up a reinsurance pool for the next two years. The idea was to lower rates by helping insurers cover large claims. The approach worked: Insurers are imposing only slight premium hikes and even some small price drops for 2018 with reinsurance dollars in effect.
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.