Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes and Perham, both in Minnesota.
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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—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. According to several witnesses at the scene, Todd, who was off duty and wearing a Hawley Nuggets shirt, arrived on bicycle to the fields to watch the game between Detroit Lakes and Hawley.
To the students who walked out of class, You will hear about a lot of nasty comments made by adults because of what you did Wednesday. Don't listen. You will hear them so bravely (from behind a computer) rip you apart on social media because you apparently "don't even understand why you're protesting."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A photo being shared around the Detroit Lakes area has some parents and community members angry and even calling for "somebody to be fired over at the high school".
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Fifteen-year-old Parker Eastman of Detroit Lakes remains missing as of Friday morning, suspected of running away. He's got no cell phone, no money, no personal transportation, no ID, and his friends and family have heard nothing. "I have no idea where he is or if he's even safe," said his mother, Meghan Eastman, as emotion catches in her voice. Eastman has been spreading her mission to find her son on social media in the hopes that somebody will come forward with information.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—The little Detroit Lakes boy whose doctor said he would never, ever have the ability to smile is now cracking some pretty great little grins, thanks to his "smile surgery." "See how it curls up?," said his mom, Nikki Larsen, pointing to the right side of Ryan's face. "That's him smiling." Ryan Larsen, 5, was born with Moebius Syndrome, which essentially means he was missing the two nerves in his head that make it possible for people to smile and blink. He went through four solid years of never smiling, even when he was happy on the inside.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—He had been teaching Detroit Lakes High School students the Ojibwe language for only a little more than a semester when Michael Dahl handed in his resignation. The school board swifty approved his decision at its last meeting.
MAHNOMEN -- The people of White Earth came together for the annual State of the Nation address at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen on Tuesday to hear the good, the bad and the ugly of reservation life over the past year.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- Now that White Earth is without a chairperson, what happens now? Former chairperson Erma Vizenor, whose term isn't up until the fall, stepped down early on Thursday after seeing the writing on the wall as the council was poised to vote her out of office anyway. Despite her abrupt resignation, according to White Earth Secretary/Treasurer Tara Mason, it'll be business as usual.
MAHNOMEN — The Tribal Executive Committee of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe voted to censure White Earth Chairwoman Erma Vizenor in a hearing held last week at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen.
MAHNOMEN -- The hearing for White Earth Chairwoman Erma Vizenor that was due to be held Wednesday was postponed after Vizenor collapsed and was taken to the hospital by ambulance before arriving to the hearing. According to sources close to Vizenor, she had been ill all week. Vizenor was supposed to go before all 12 members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) at a hearing to face allegations that she violated MCT law by “working outside of her scope of authority” and continuing efforts to implement the new White Earth constitution, voted in two years ago.