With her wedding day now just a little less than two weeks away, Kesley Tweed might be forgiven for being a little preoccupied.
"I've pretty much been consumed by wedding plans," she admits, adding that she and fiancé Darrin Myhre plan to tie the knot on Saturday, July 15.
But since May, Tweed has also been busy learning the ropes at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, where she serves as the new marketing coordinator for both the Historic Holmes Theatre and the Fitness & Aquatics Center.
"I'm really interested in fitness and athletics," says Tweed, who enjoys running, water and snow skiing, and pretty much anything that involves being outdoors. "But there's also a part of me that's very artsy and creative -- it's great to work in a place that offers both."
Tweed, a native of Sykeston, N.D. -- a town of "about 150-200 people," she says -- is a May 2005 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, with a degree in mass communications, "with an emphasis in broadcast journalism, advertising and public relations."
For the past year, Tweed has been working in the University of North Dakota's television center, where she was its marketing director.
But when Myhre got a job as a high school business instructor at Lake Park-Audubon Public Schools this past fall, she started looking for work a little closer to the lakes area.
"We've always liked the lakes area and the atmosphere here," she says, adding that her fiancé has a brother living in Detroit Lakes.
In fact, Tweed adds, Darrin's brother has been providing them with a place to stay while house hunting.
"We just had our offer on a house accepted this week," she said. "We close on it Sept. 1 -- we're very excited. We've been looking ever since we moved here, and we think we've finally found the perfect place."
Tweed is equally excited about her work at the DLCCC.
"I have big goals," she says. But for the immediate future, she is concentrating on increasing attendance at shows for the Holmes Theatre.
What that involves, Tweed says, is not only writing news releases and putting together ads for local media, but designing event posters and putting together a season booklet advertising the various programs and events coming up.
"I had to do a budget too; that was interesting," she says, admitting that one of the reasons why she went into communications in the first place was because "I hated numbers.
"This is a really unique place to work," she continues. "Not a lot of towns this size have something like this facility to offer -- it's really something special."
She also enjoys the fact that she's able to do "something different every day.
"I wanted to find something where I would be able to do a variety of things. And the people here are great too -- really fun to work with."
But even with all the excitement of a new job, Tweed still has other things on her mind right now.
"The wedding plans are coming along," she says. "There are programs to be printed, my final fitting for the dress -- all the little details. The big things are taken care of."
Once the wedding is behind them, she and Darrin are also looking forward to settling into their new home.
"I came from a really small town, to living in Fargo and Grand Forks," Tweed says. "(Detroit Lakes) is the perfect size. The people here are friendly, and they care about you -- it's a really welcoming community that has a lot to offer.
"I hope to find a place within the community and make it home."