Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune as a reporter and magazine editor in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in Detroit Lakes with her husband, Dan, their 3-year-old son and baby daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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Otter Tail County on Tuesday became the first county in Minnesota to raise the legal purchasing age for tobacco products from 18 to 21. In a unanimous 4-0 vote, the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance commonly known as Tobacco 21, or T21, at their regular meeting Nov. 13. The new regulations will begin in January, on a phased-in basis.
The Minnesota Department of Health is conducting a study on chemicals that may harm development in children, and volunteer families from Wadena County are among those taking part. The Healthy Rural and Urban Kids Project measures preschoolers' exposure to metals, air pollution, diesel exhaust and different agricultural and home pesticides through urine samples provided by the kids along with brief surveys taken by their parents during normally-scheduled Early Childhood Screenings.
He's been flexing his brain muscles every day for decades as a respected surgeon; now, he's flexing all his other muscles, too, as a bulky bodybuilder. Dr. Francis Cormier, an orthopedic surgeon at Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes, shed his signature scrubs in favor of a new pair of boxer shorts on Saturday for the NPC Upper Midwest Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini Championships in Fargo. The shorts were a compromise with his prep coach for the competition, Cormier said, who wanted him to wear bikini briefs.
Pura Vida: a Spanish expression meaning "pure life" that can be used as a greeting, farewell, or way to say "thank you;" a symbol of a simple way of life that revolves around enjoyment and being happy; the most commonly used phrase in Costa Rica. Surrounded by lush, green mountains on three sides and a gleaming Pacific Ocean on the other, the 13 Midwestern ladies swirled and twirled in one of their resort's three luxe swimming pools, getting their morning fitness fix with a little Aqua Zumba.
Just 20 miles south of Wadena, Kalie Wright says she's "still coming down from Cloud Nine" after being named the new Miss Minnesota USA on Sunday. The Eagle Bend contestant was crowned at the culmination of the 2018 pageant, held at the Ames Center in Burnsville Nov. 25 and 26. During that big moment—literally the 'crowning moment' of the competition—Wright was "shouting and screaming with excitement," she recalls. "I just lost it." She still sounded a little hoarse days later.
Marc Reynolds has received this year's Teacher of the Year award from the Wadena VFW Post 3922. Reynolds is a special education teacher for students in grades 5-8 at Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools, where he has worked for the past eight years. The Teacher of the Year award (formerly known as the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award) is given out by the Wadena VFW every year to honor local teachers who educate students on the importance of integrity, character and becoming good citizens.
Editor's note: November is National Adoption Month, and what better time to talk about family than at Thanksgiving? Family, in all its many modern forms, is truly a thing to be thankful for. Krystal Boyd had long suspected that she might end up adopting a child. The Wadena woman knew from a young age that she would one day want to be a mom, and she also knew she might not be able to have kids of her own due to issues with diabetes.
Rick Sazama says the news of his wife's illness was "a life-changing shocker." When he first heard that Tanya, his high school sweetheart and the mother of their four children, was suffering from a rare form of terminal cancer, "It just kind of took my breath away," he recalls. The devastating diagnosis came last March, after what Tanya thought would be a short doctor's visit in Perham unexpectedly turned into an 11-day stay at a Fargo hospital. She had been dealing with headaches for the previous few months, and then started having pain and heaviness in her chest.
When Bob Riepe first decided to embark on a book series based on real people from Otter Tail County's early days, he thought it would be about a five-book project.
A Perham man suffered small cuts to his face, and his father is in jail, following a shooting incident in rural Perham on Wednesday. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office has reported that Jeffrey Schultes, 53, of rural Perham, fired a .22 caliber rifle at his son, Jesse Schultes, 24, of Perham, as Jesse tried to drive away from the scene. A bullet struck Jesse’s window, shattering it and causing glass fragments to land on his face, resulting in small abrasions. He was not seriously injured.