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Summertime is finally here in the Detroit Lakes area. Whether it’s gardening, home improvement projects or exploring the parks and recreation areas within a few hours drive of Detroit Lakes, this is the time to revel in the warmth and sunshine. Try raised gardens to maximize your enjoyment of the plants and soil; discover hidden gems in Glendalough State Park near Battle Lake, Lake Bemidji State Park and La Salle State Recreation Area near Itasca State Park. Need a small amount of paint or chemicals for your do-it-yourself project? Check out the household product exchange.


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anis Schram is a gardener through and through. Growing up on a farm, she gardened with her family out of necessity. Now she does it for the fresh produce and the pure enjoyment of being outside in the dirt. “I love to dig in the soil. I just love the smell of soil,” she said. She reads through any gardening magazines she can find, and enjoys not only the physical labor of gardening, but also the science behind it. “I’m always experimenting and reading, the geeky stuff on growing,” she said with a laugh. When she and her husband, Gerry, moved to their rural Detroit Lakes home, she located her garden best, it was the best soil on the land. After years of successful gardening, she decided to take her traditional garden and turn it into


TOP: Janis Schram turned her traditional garden into raised beds, which are much easier to access. ABOVE: She installed fences on some of the beds for her climbing produce.

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something more user friendly — raised beds. “It’s easier. I’m not getting any younger,” she said with a laugh. “There are hardly any weeds and you’re not dependent on soil because you can put whatever you want in them.” So she saw raised beds in a magazine and decided to give it a try. The Schrams had taken the deck off their house, so she used the boards to have some beds built. In the spring of 2009, she had a couple made and liked them so much that the following fall, she had several more made. She now has a total of 11 raised beds and still maintains a large area of raspberries. She also has a large flowerbed to greet visitors and several large pots full of flowers around the house. The heights of her raised vegetable garden beds vary from a few inches to a few feet. The tall ones, she said, are first layered with chunks of wood and then covered with soil. There’s no need to have that much soil since the vegetables don’t grow that far down, she said. Several of the beds are long, but they are only wide enough so that she can reach to the middle of them to plant and weed. She said it’s nice having the separate beds because she doesn’t have to worry about paths between rows of planted produce. Some of Schram’s beds have fences built into them for her climbing produce like cucumbers and peas. To get an early start on some of her veggies, like lettuce and onions, Schram uses a hoop house, similar to a mini high tunnel, to “start lettuce so it can start growing way ahead of time.” The sun warms the tunnel and keeps the cold out, growing the produce.

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LEFT: Janis keeps the pathways between her raised gardens covered with wood chips, producing a cleaner look to her garden.

ABOVE: In full bloom: Janis said she rotates her produce every three years to avoid plant diseases. RIGHT: Her garden produces so much, Janis said she’s happy to give away the extra. She gets the seeds started even earlier indoors in front of the patio door, she added. And with the early start, she and her husband have been eating lettuce for weeks already, and her onions are about to harvest. “I compost and use peat moss mulch with grass clippings and leaves just to keep the moisture in.” Careful to keep her garden viable, Schram rotates her vegetables every three years to prevent disease. Outside her beds, she has paths with wood chips down, making the garden look clean and fresh at all times. With an abundance of produce for only two people, Schram said she gladly gives away what she and her 10 

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ummertime drags its feet getting here and runs away fast in Minnesota. Better get out there and enjoy it while it lasts. Here are a half-dozen interesting day trips in the Detroit Lakes area. The $25 annual state park vehicle permit will get you into the parks, and may be the best investment you make this summer. 12 

La Salle Lake

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deepest inland lake at 213 feet. Other highlights include a coldwater stream, a scientific and natural area, and a pristine stretch of the Mississippi River. La Salle Lake State Recreation Area is located eight miles north of Itasca State Park. To get there: From the north entrance of Itasca State Park, go north on Clearwater County Road Summer living Magazine

LEFT: At Glendalough State Park near Battle Lake, benches and picnic tables along the Annie Battle Lake Trail provide sites for resting or eating a picnic lunch along the way.

There are a half-dozen state parks and recreation areas a few hours away from Detroit Lakes.

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ABOVE: Glendalough State Park’s popular camper cabins are located in the cart-in campground, 250 to 1,200 feet from the parking area, and share the campground’s shower and toilet facilities. A cart is provided to haul your gear. Cabins have one sleeping room and a screen porch. Year-round cabins have heat and electricity. A picnic table and fire ring are outside. sition zone between prairie and hardwood forest. Glendalough offers a true respite from civilization. Crystal clear Annie Battle Lake is a 335acre, non-motorized “Heritage Fishery” that provides a tranquil fishing experience second to none. Special regulations sustain a steady supply of large sunfish, crappie, and the occasional walleye for the frying pan, and large bass for the camera. Near the pristine shores of this lake are a cartin campground and canoe-in campsites, all free from the traffic and noise of traditional drive-in camping. Annie can also be the starting point for an exploration of the park by canoe or kayak on the connecting creeks. The restored historic Glendalough lodge on the north side of the lake details the park’s history as a private retreat and game farm for the Minneapolis Tribune. A paved bike trail loop and numerous hiking trails, includ-

ing two interpretive trails, meander along five lakes, through rich woods and blooming prairies. Wildlife abounds year-round, and there are many observation decks along the trails. Trails are groomed in winter for skiing and snowshoeing. Picnicking and swimming is available on two sandy lakes. To get there from Battle Lake, go 1.5 miles north on Highway 78, then 1.8 miles east on Ottertail County Road 16.

Lake Bemidji

Lake Bemidji State Park is a great playground any time of year, offering visitors swimming, boating, fishing, bird-watching, hiking, camping, biking, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and year-round naturalist-led activities. Hikers can explore the beauty of a tamarack bog carpeted with showy lady’s slippers, pitcher plants, dragon’s mouth, grass pink, and insect-eating sundews. 13

Most flowers are blooming in the bog during late spring and early summer. The park is located 10 minutes north of Bemidji off Highway 71 North. Follow the park signs.

Buffalo River

Buffalo River State Park is for prairie lovers. Trails wind through one of Minnesota’s finest and largest remnant prairies. Listen for bobolinks, prairie chickens, marbled godwits and upland sandpipers. A picnic area, swimming area and campground are located in the hardwood forest along the Buffalo River. The park is only 14 miles from Fargo-Moorhead, and offers a popular swimming beach. To get there from Detroit Lakes, take Highway 10 west for 31 miles and look for the signs.


The maple forest turns brilliant shades of orange, gold, and red in the fall at Maplewood State Park, but it’s a great scenic drive to get there any time of the year. It’s especially popular with motorcyclists in the summertime. Eight major lakes and many ponds offer water lov14 

TOP: Glendalough State Park offers the only canoe-in group camp in Minnesota’s state parks. It is perfect for small youth and family groups up to 20 people. The group camp has its own landing site. ABOVE: Maplewood State Park is known for its trails and scenic foliage. Summer living Magazine

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TOP: The swimming beach at Lake Bemidji State Park is a beautiful sight at sunset. RIGHT: Lake Bemidji State Park near Bemidji is a great place for swimming, boating, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, camping, biking and picnicking, and naturalists there offer programs all summer long.

ers places to swim, fish, boat, and simply relax. Lake Lida has a sandy beach and large picnic areas for visitors. Drive along the scenic route to observe the wildlife: The park is host to 150 bird species and 50 species of mammals. The extensive trail system attracts hikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers. To get there from Pelican Rapids, go east for seven miles on Highway 108.


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Stand under towering pines at Preacher’s Grove and get a taste of what the great forest looked like hundreds of years ago. Visit the Itasca Indian Cemetery or Wegmann’s Cabin, landmarks of centuries gone by. Camp under the stars, or stay the night at the historic Douglas Lodge or cabins. Explore Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, one of Minnesota’s seven National Natural Landmarks. Or climb aboard the 141-passenger Chester Charles II excursion boat for a cruise around Lake Itasca. The south entrance to the park is 23 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71. The north entrance is 21 miles south of Bagley on Highway 92-Highway 200. All the state parks and recreation areas have summer programs for kids and adults. Check their websites for details. Summer living Magazine

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conserve the refuge’s natural habitat and maintain its visitors’ amenities. It will be a full 40-hour work week for these young students who have already applied with an interest in wildlife. Out of several who apply, only three or four will get the job, depending on funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This year, there are three new summer employees there. “They do receive a lot of training for the work that they’re going to do,” said Tamarac Senior Park Ranger Kelly Blackledge, who with the help of other Tamarac experts, assembles and helps train the green environmentalists. Although Blackledge says many of them come in with some sort of hunting, fishing or wildlife experience from home, they are often stepping into their Summer living Magazine

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LEFT: The crew transplanted trees to the RV volunteer campsites and the Chippewa picnic area where they will provide shade to campers and visitors. BELOW: The YCC crew, including (from left) Wyatt Monroe, Tawney Warren and Connor Yamane, plant trees on the refuge. first full-time job, and safety training is the No. 1 priority. “And that’s because they’ll do maintenance projects like assisting with some of the signage around the refuge that need to be fixed or replaced,” said Blackledge. “They’ll be painting, landscaping and heading out onto the lakes for biology projects.” “I applied for the job because it’s fun to be in the woods and be around animals,” said Tawny Warren, a local 11 th grader. “I’m always fishing and hunting with my brother, and like be outdoors. I wanted to get experience around animals more because I want to be a veterinarian.” If this appears to be a cake summer job full of nature hikes and playing with fluffy animals, Youth Conservation Corps trainers say young workers will be surprised. The crew recently cleaned out an old historic farmstead on the refuge, and this labor intensive project wasn’t for the weak. “They were taking some old cars out of a wetland, and that showed them that it really does take a lot of 20 

hard, behind-the-scenes work to do the things we do and to keep these habitats healthy so that these animals will be around for future generations to see,” said Gina Kemper, who has been the crew leader for the Tamarac Conservation Youth Corps for five years now.

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ummer weather is finally here, and that means one thing: it’s beach season. After a long, cold winter spent hunkered down indoors, many find themselves not quite bikini-ready by the time summer rolls around. With temperatures rising, getting outside for a workout can be a welcome change in stale fitness routines, and local instructors are making the most of the summer sun. Two classes offered by the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center are using the city’s beach-side location to add a new twist to an old favorite. Instructors Amy Lundberg and Jessica Stuewe are taking their yoga classes from indoors to out, and their new locations might surprise you.


TOP: Instructor Amy Lundberg warms up her group for their first outdoor yoga class of the summer. ABOVE: Lundberg, an instructor for 13 years, says the waves, sand and fresh air add to the overall yoga experience.

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Yoga hits the beach The feel of the sand and the sound of waves lapping against the shore set the backdrop for Lundberg’s summer beach yoga class. Beginning June 16 and offered Mondays at 8:30 a.m., she says the class enhances a traditional yoga experience. “There’s a certain energy about it,” she said about holding the class outside. Lundberg considers yoga, which traditionally encompasses inner stillness along with outer strength, to be a great fit for the outdoors. With the area’s long winters and short summers, she said that when she teaches yoga outside there’s always a good turnout as people take advantage of the nice weather. She hopes that this summer’s class, offered for a second year by the community center, will see even greater attendance. “People are sharing how awesome it is,” she said, anticipating that the word-of-mouth buzz will have more people heading to the beach once classes get started. Designed for participants of all skill levels, Lundberg, who has been teaching yoga for 13 years, said anyone is welcome to come and try it out. She offers different poses and modifications to accommodate different abilities, from beginners to those who have been practicing for years. “Just come and have fun,” Lundberg said, and make sure to bring along your yoga mat.

ABOVE: Class attendees stretch into Mountain Pose, finding their center.

Paddle and pose: yoga goes aquatic After gaining popularity in the lakes area over the past few years, stand-up paddleboards are being utilized in a new way. The boards, which resemble large surfboards and are traditionally used by standing and using a paddle to move about on the water, add a unique element to a

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ABOVE: Jess Stuewe demonstrates some yoga techniques on her paddleboard. She teaches paddleboard classes throughout the summer. traditional yoga class. It might look intimidating at first, but Stuewe said that participants of all skill levels are welcome to her paddleboard yoga class. She said that the difficulty of the moves taught is “completely dependent on what the class is comfortable with.” During the class, participants paddle out and execute yoga moves on the boards. The balance required by being on the water adds to the overall effectiveness of the workout. This is the third year Stuewe has taught the class through the center. Previous years have been taught earlier in the spring and held in the center’s pool, so Stuewe is excited to take the class outdoors. “That’s one of the reasons we love living here, enjoying being out on the water…why not do your fitness there as well?” she said. 24 

While Stuewe doesn’t often see class attendees take a spill into the water, she advises having a change of clothes and a towel nearby just in case. Boards are provided for participants, and she said that putting on a swimsuit underneath normal workout clothes is a good idea. And, according to Stuewe, the most important thing to bring to the class is an “adventurous attitude.” Something else Stuewe adds to the class is an emphasis on giving back. During the class she sets up a free-will donation to March of Dimes. Her son was born prematurely a year and a half ago, and she hopes class attendees will show support for the charity, which funds research on premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. Those who are interested in the class should call the center beforehand, as the number of available Summer living Magazine

boards is limited. Stuewe also recommends showing up 15 minutes prior to the class’s start time to get set up and ready to paddle out. Other options available, too Whether in a studio, on the beach or out on the water, the benefits of yoga go beyond looking good in a bathing suit. Increased flexibility and an emphasis on overall wellbeing make yoga a good option for both casual fitness-seekers and serious athletes alike. The classes are open to community center members, but other interested participants can use a day pass or multiple use punch-pass to check the classes out. Those passes are offered through DLCCC. And if yoga’s not your style, the center is offering a host of other classes to keep yourself beach-ready this summer. Options include cycling, high intensity interval training (H.I.I.T), Zumba and many more. Lundberg also said that through her personal business she is offering a re-boot program in Washington Park. The class will focus on both inner and outer fitness and nutrition. Lundberg said the class will “work at the soul level,” and benefit those who have spent years feeling “fatigued and overwhelmed.” Information on class start dates and registration can be found on Lundberg’s website: Stuewe offers additional stand-up paddleboard classes through her business, Lakes Pace. Contact

ABOVE: Stuewe teaches both paddleboard classes and yoga on a paddleboard. information and class details can be found on her website: More information on both yoga classes can be found at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center and on their website.

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re you in need of a little paint or wood stain to finish off a bathroom or a new piece of homemade furniture? Do you have a can of paint, stain or varnish left over from a home decorating project? Or maybe some old herbicide sitting around your garage? It may be time for a visit to the Becker County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility, located adjacent to the solid waste transfer station off County Road 144 north of Detroit Lakes. Open every Wednesday from

AT TOP: Once latex paint has been frozen, it is rendered completely unusable and needs to be disposed of at a household hazardous waste (HHW) site such as the regional facility in Detriot Lakes. ABOVE: All flammable and toxic liquids are collected at the regional HHW facility in Detroit Lakes and labeled for proper disposal. 26 

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8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April through October, the HHW building offers area residents a free product exchange. Bring in your leftover paints, stains, varnishes, solvents, garden pesticides and lawn care products, cleaners and aerosol cans, and the HHW will dispose of them free of charge. If there is enough usable product left in them to be considered salvageable, they will be placed in the product exchange area — where you can pick up as much or as little of these items as you need, also free of charge. “We serve Becker, Mahnoman, Hubbard, Norman and Clay counties,” says Sandy Gunderson, who coordinates the regional HHW program as well as the county recycling and waste education programs. Anyone from these counties can bring in their household cleaners, paints, varnishes and other hazardous wastes from around the house —items that should not be thrown away with the rest of the household trash, warns Gunderson. “If people throw them away, the chemicals could get into our water system,” she explained — which would be a decidedly toxic combination. On the other hand, if they bring their waste items into the HHW facility, someone else might find a use for them, Gunderson noted. There is no limit to the amount of products that people can take home, she added. “All we ask is that you take what you can use

e r o f e b I bought an old used buffet which came with a piece of glass on top. I had my carpenter cut out the drawer fronts and put on fold-down hinges. I bought black glass for the drawer fronts. My carpenter cut out the two side doors and put in flat pieces of wood. I painted it all black. Now I use it as a TV stand with components and storage inside. I put new black handles on it to match. Submitted by: Jane Foltz

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ABOVE: The shelves at the product exchange inside the Becker County Household Hazardous Waste facility are filled with paints, stains, varnishes, herbicides that have been disposed of by area residents, but are still usable for others who might need just a small amount for a home and/or garden project. There is no limit on the amount of products that you can bring home — all they ask is that you use what you take and don’t throw them away.

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ABOVE: The Becker County Household Hazardous Waste facility disposed of over 37 tons of hazardous household products last year — products that otherwise could have ended up in a landfill or flushed in the sink to contaminate the local water supply.

up in the next few months — if you can’t, then share them with a friend, or bring them back here.” While the HHW facility is only open to the public one day a week, people who have products to bring in can also drop them off at the county’s solid waste transfer station during regular business hours, six days a week. “We’re going to build new offices this year,” she said. “They will include a re-use room that will be open six days a week.” Though the paint and stain products that people bring in to the HHW facility are not usually in large quantities, there can sometimes be enough to finish up a room or paint some cabinets — especially if they are mixed together.

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ucts we had on hand here for re-use,” Gunderson said. But if you are keeping leftover paints and stains to bring them into the exchange, they should be stored properly, she cautioned. For instance, latex paint that has been left to freeze in a garage or shed over the winter will no longer be usable. “Latex paint is water based,” Gunderson said. When it freezes, the product becomes cottage cheese-like, and cannot be salvaged. In addition, household cleaners and pesticides should be stored in locked cabinets or high on closet shelves — “out of little hands,” Gunderson said. For more information, please call the Household Hazardous Waste facility at 218-847-9664. Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

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Ingredients: 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1 1/4 cups Italian salad dressing, di-vided 4 cups fresh spin-ach, torn 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese 8 sun-dried toma-toes, packed without oil, chopped 1 (1 pound) loaf focaccia bread, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 1/4 cup olive oil

Ingredients: 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1/4 cup minced onion 5 slices cooked bacon, chopped 5 jalapeno peppers, chopped 1 teaspoon ground cum-in, or more to taste 1 teaspoon garlic powder 30 mushrooms, stems removed, or more as needed

Directions: 1. Place the chicken and 1 cup salad dressing in a bowl. Cover, and marinate at least 3 hours in the refrigerator. 2. Preheat the grill for high heat. 3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Discard dressing used for marinating, and grill chicken 7 minutes per side, or until juices run clear. Cool and shred. 4. In a large bowl, mix the cooked chicken, spinach, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and remaining dressing. 5. Brush the focaccia bread with olive oil, and cook 1 minute per side on the prepared grill, or until lightly toasted. Place portions of the chicken mixture on the toasted focaccia to serve.

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Servings: 1 pizza Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 9 ounces ground chicken 1/4 cup cooked, diced ham 1 egg 1/2 cup bread crumbs 8 ounces Swiss cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes Canola oil for pan-frying Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine the chicken, ham, and egg in a large bowl until well blended. Gradually add bread crumbs until the mixture loses its stickiness and can be easily formed into balls. 3. Form the chicken mixture around the cheese cubes, forming 2 inch balls. Place on a plate. 4. Heat 1-1/2 inches of oil in a deep skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fry the balls until the outsides are golden brown, about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels, and place in baking dish. 5. Bake in preheated oven until cooked through and cheese is soft, about 20 minutes. Cool briefly before serving.

Ingredients: 1 (16 ounce) package refrigerated pizza crust dough 4 ounces sliced provolone cheese 1 Bosc pear, thinly sliced 2 ounces chopped walnuts 2 1/2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 2. Place pizza crust dough on a medium baking sheet. Layer with Provolone cheese. Top cheese with Bosc pear slices. Sprinkle with walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese. 3. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is lightly browned. Remove from heat. Top with chives and slice to serve.

Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup margarine, melted 1 (29 ounce) can sliced canned peaches, drained 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Pour milk into dry ingredients and then stir in melted margarine. Mix thoroughly. 3. Pour mixture into a 9x13 inch baking pan. Arrange peaches on top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

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