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New staff means new summer fun

Sallie Eikren, left, Dave Harman and Heidi Mason are the newest faces on the DLCCC staff. Brian Basham/Record

Now that the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center has officially entered its second decade of operation, the staff has begun expanding on its reputation as “the most utilized public building in Detroit Lakes” by bringing its programming out into the surrounding communities as well.

“It’s not just what we do inside these four walls, it’s what we do outside of them too,” said Stu Omberg, who has served as the community center’s CEO since it opened its doors 11 years ago.

“We do so many outreach programs, like Mosaic Mania and the artists in residence who come to do a show at our theater, then go out into the schools and other organizations in the community to do workshops and other activities.”

And then there are events they sponsor in the community, like the Dick Beardsley Run and Mid-Summer Bike Tour, “and all the baseball, softball and summer rec programs that we do,” he added.

But what’s going on inside the four walls of the DLCCC has changed a lot this year as well, Omberg noted.

“We’ve been adding programming at a tremendous rate this year,” he said. “We made the decision to take on some new employees whose background will help us expand our youth and adult programming, as well as help us with our Silver Sneakers program.

“We had some talented people here to start with, but we wanted to supplement that with some more people who were just as talented,” he added.

The three new employees that were recently added to the DLCCC staff are Dave Harman, program coordinator; Heidi Mason, fitness events and relationship coordinator; and Sallie Eikren, wellness coordinator and certified personal trainer.

With their help, the DLCCC was able to considerably expand the offerings in its summer program guide, which came out at the end of March.

“We have over 25 new programs and classes this summer alone,” said DLCCC marketing coordinator Viva Klundt. “And we have three new people (on staff), so there are lots of changes around here.”

“We are excited about all of the new things we are doing,” said DLCCC aquatics director Kim Bettcher.

“Dave has a background in youth sports and programming — he was formerly with the YMCA in Fargo,” she added.

He will be running the indoor baseball programs being offered at the DLCCC for the first time this spring, programs for youth ages 3-4 (“Happy Bats”), 5-6 (“Rookie Baseball”) and 7-8 (“Big League Baseball”).

“Heidi, who has a corporate fitness background (having run a corporate fitness center in the Twin Cities) has been working on enhancing our Silver Sneakers program and working with Terry (Haus) on our corporate and business relationships.”

Sallie, meanwhile, has used her fitness training background to help put together a new youth fitness program called “Food & Fitness for Teens,” which starts Monday.

 This program includes not only “a good workout” each session, but also discussions of healthy food options, hands-on food preparation classes (at La Barista) and field trips to Central Market “to talk about labels and smart shopping choices,” Bettcher said.

She will also be running another youth-oriented fitness program this summer, the “Youth Fun Obstacle Run,” which starts June 29 at the Detroit Lakes City Park.

In addition, Eikren is also a certified instructor for the RIPPED (Resistance, Intervals, Plyometrics, Endurance, Diet) program, a high-intensity, progressive fitness program which will be offered for the first time at the DLCCC starting on Wednesday, April 10.

“Sallie will also be doing some personal training for us,” Bettcher added. “We’ve expanded our adult class offerings too.”

Other new programs offered this spring and summer at the DLCCC will include a “Paddle Board in the Pool” program led by instructor Jess Stuewe of Lakes Pace, a paddle boarding, yoga and outdoor fitness company based in Detroit Lakes; a masters swimming program; triathlon training; “Boxing with Dion,” which starts Tuesday; and a “Too Legit to Quit” Men’s Boot Camp that starts Monday.

“We’ll be doing a ‘Sand & Sweat’ fitness class on the beach this summer too,” Bettcher said, adding, “Prepare to get dirty.”

“If people take a look at our summer guide they’ll see a lot of things we’ve never offered before,” she added.

A complete catalog of 2013 summer programming is available at the DLCCC, located at 826 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes.

More information is also available by calling 218-844-4221 or by visiting the website at

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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