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.
DETROIT LAKES — Four-year-old Ryan Larsen has never cracked a smile — not once, not ever. The Detroit Lakes boy is a one-in-a-million kid who suffers from Moebius syndrome. That means he is missing the two nerves in his head that make it possible to smile, frown, look peripherally and blink. It’s what gives us facial expressions. Ryan has never been able to do any of that, but things are about to change. That smile that his parents know has always been in there is about to show its face.
WHITE EARTH — They were fed up and looking for change — a group of Native Americans gathered at the tribal headquarters of the White Earth Reservation Wednesday afternoon with...