Dear Becker County Teachers,

We would like to invite your students to participate in a new exciting project to link local students to the surrounding community through the Detroit Lakes Newspapers and Natural Innovations.

We are starting a new feature in the newspaper that publishes students’ views on environmental issues. This feature will have a format similar to the Star Tribune’s Mindworks, and will be called Inquisitive Nature. The feature will run a few times a year, and each time you will be notified in advance of the question.

This first Inquisitive Nature feature will coincide with Earth Week, and will be published in the April 20th issue of the Detroit Lakes Tribune.

Your students (K-12) are invited to submit a written answer or a drawing illustrating the answer to the proposed question. The limit for written submissions is 100 words. The first question is:

“What do you think is the most pressing environmental issue for your generation?”

We would like to publish a range of ages, but limit the responses so that we can publish as many as possible. Therefore, the first classroom to respond at each grade level will be chosen to submit entries.

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to by Friday, April 5 to reserve your spot. Entries are due to by April 11. If your entry cannot be emailed, please mail them by April 10 to the address below. This feature will be published in the Detroit Lakes Tribune on April 20th.

Submitted entries should have the following information included: student name, grade, school and town where they live.

We look forward to working with you on this project! Please direct any questions to or Pippi Mayfield,, 847-3151.

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