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Construction begins on Fish Lake Dam makeover
Health and Wellness in Becker County: Summit addresses challenges, highlights reasons to celebrate
Fire in Ottertail: Periwinkle destroyed, liquor store damaged
Watch: Flames engulf an Otter Tail business
Changing lanes: Tyler Shipman car show seeks family to help
Gorden a finalist for NHSACA coach of the year
Squirt B’s fifth at B1 International
Lamoureux sisters give U.S. Olympic gold with dramatic goals
DL Youth baseball sign-up and skill assessment March 5-9
Laker boys pull away from Rangers in second half
It's almost time to light the 'Fire in February': DL preacher's plans taking shape to mobilize community to read Bible's Book of Acts
'Fire in February': DL preacher hopes to mobilize local faith community to read Bible's Book of Acts
LP-A Elementary recognized for achieving positive student outcomes
Snappy side: Festive Pomegranate Salad sure to shine on holiday menu
Social Security supports veterans, active duty military personnel
friends & neighbors
Report: Minnesota solar jobs jumped 48 percent last year
'A Daughter's Love': Sisters open up business caring for seniors
Explore Lake Life Expo scheduled for Feb 23-24
Speakeasy sells to buyer who plans to lease building to Spitfire Bar & Grill
Minnesota gas prices down 2.5 cents this week
What's new in lakes area entertainment this week
Break out the chocolate and wine for that special valentine
Heartfelt harmonies: Barbershop singers to deliver musical valentines on Feb. 14
'The Grumpy Gardener' provides a shovelful of ideas for minimizing gardening angst
Talking Stick accepting literary submissions
Owen Milo Accola
Supporting Denny McNamara
Ed & JoAnne Lillis
Hildur "Peg" Coen
George Anthony Oja
Suzanne J. Rogstad
Anna Marie Smith
Gun violence: Inaction is deafening with every shot
A great president: I (still) like Ike
Letter: One in four high schoolers now use tobacco products
Solar, wind power mean jobs for Minnesota
What people don't know about genetic testing can hurt them
It's nest-building time for bald eagles
Brad Laabs column: Got the itch? Here are some open water spots
Refuting 'keyboard cowboys,' Wis. man verifies authenticity of famous entangled bucks
Don't let fish freeze before cleaning
Cold doesn't stop fun-loving river otters
Adolescent anxiety is on the rise, and social media may be part of the problem
Minnesota Made: Enjoy some movies shot in the Lake of 10,000 Lakes
For the love of the homeless: DL native Luke Pechmann poses for animal adoption pin-up calendar
Welcome to the dark side: Local museum's first 'After Dark' event brings sold-out crowds
Minn. mom, former Olympic swimmer, competes for $1M on Survivor TV show
Totally tube-ular!: Elementary school students get outside to slide
Polar Fest's inaugural hotdish challenge brings in big, hungry crowd
Polar Fest ends with a bang – and a splash
'Building the Ice Palace': Artist Hans Gilsdorf reflects on challenges of construction
Snow much fun: DLHS art students make larger-than-life snow sculptures as part of Polar Fest
August 24, 2011
The final paragraph, 208 columns later
I can't remember exactly why I started writing this column four years ago. I'm sure I needed the money (know so, in fact), and I was desperate for the attention I thought it would afford me. More than that, though -- if my memory serves me at all -- I wanted to find sort of answer,...
August 24, 2011 - 10:15am
August 10, 2011
Forget government: It's all up to us now
Last week, I was shaken out of my peaceful summer dream by a headline. The stock market dropped over 600 points on Monday, signaling a possible slide into our 10th Great Recession in two months. I scanned down the page, looking for some good news, but the dream didn't return....
August 10, 2011 - 11:58am
August 3, 2011
Summer love: She was worth the wait
Somewhere between feeling sorry for myself and single-handedly taking down The System, I came to a place where I realized I was enjoying this summer. Of course, I resisted the thought at first. People like me don't have time to frolic and fish -- or even get our rods wet. I am...
August 3, 2011 - 2:19pm
July 13, 2011
That sound of the social fabric ripping is a little bit funny
Washington, D.C. -- President Barack Obama has officially declared today, this July 11, 2011, a National Day of Laughter. The proclamation comes in a time in desperate need of good cheer. The United States government is ideologically stretched to its breaking point, and teetering...
July 13, 2011 - 12:58pm
June 29, 2011
First-ever High Plains Fest opens Friday
People who were sad to see the 10,000 Lakes Festival go on hiatus in 2010 after seven years will be relieved to know that there is a new alternative...
June 29, 2011 - 11:47am
Anyone can have 15 minutes of fame
Andy Warhol once said that "in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." This must have seemed like nonsense in the 1960s, when there were only a handful of household names and the boundary between "celebrity" and "mere mortal" was drawn clearly in the sand. If you...
June 29, 2011 - 10:43am
June 22, 2011
Column: No reminders: Let past columns rest
"I want to be forgotten, and I don't want to be reminded." That is the opening line to one of my favorite songs of late, "What Ever Happened" by the Strokes. I sang along to it on the way to church one day last week, mimicking the singer's jaded, tired-sounding voice all-too well....
June 22, 2011 - 12:34pm
June 8, 2011
Kitzmann column: Sarah Palin 'allegedly' makes stop in DL
DETROIT LAKES, MN -- Sarah Palin's One Nation bus tour made an accidental stop in Detroit Lakes last Wednesday, offering locals a chance to catch a glimpse of the controversial politician in action. Allegedly, Palin arrived in the small, Northern Minnesota town after spotting a...
June 8, 2011 - 11:22am
June 1, 2011
College is nothing George can't handle
After all that, this was it. My classmates and I had just graduated, had just crossed the gymnasium stage into a new chapter of life. We will eventually many forget many of the kids we went to high school with, as we grow older and start living our futures in new, separate worlds....
June 1, 2011 - 12:11pm
May 18, 2011
Statistically, failing class just didn't add up
I have always blamed my mediocre math ability on heritage or being a "creative," right-brained, left-handed individual. My mind wasn't designed for math, I tell myself. There is no use force-feeding it. Plenty of people are happy to spend their lives crunching numbers and solving...
May 18, 2011 - 11:20am
May 11, 2011
Is rejoicing in the streets appropriate?
Ten years ago this September, I sat in a classroom to watch my childhood end in a pile of carnage, death and mass hysteria. I was too young then to understand much, but I knew that the people who made the towers come down were evil, and the ones who cheered to see so many lives lost...
May 11, 2011 - 10:30am
April 27, 2011
Nathan Kitzmann column: Day the world ends
It wasn't the bombs dropping or the women wailing or the ocean rolling in that told me this was, indeed, the end of the world. It was the music -- a soft, jazzy number that sounded like it might have been from the '40s -- beaming in from the heavens, projecting itself into every...
April 27, 2011 - 1:20pm
April 20, 2011
Column: Short attention spans lead to fast track life
Watch TV. Get bored. Is that my guitar I see in the corner, waiting patiently to be fingered? Sounds like an idea. I strum a B, an A, and a D minor, and decide that I am no good. I drive to the library, and stand in front of the rows and rows of books. My knees tremble and my...
April 20, 2011 - 11:15am
April 6, 2011
The honest emotion behind classical music
Growing up, classical music was a large part of my life. It just wasn't a particularly pleasant one. To me, it meant Saturday afternoon chores: there was always some Brahms or Schubert to accompany the long hours of scrubbing orange scum off the toilet or sweeping the kitchen....
April 6, 2011 - 10:12am
March 30, 2011
From candy to college, hard decisions are everywhere, for any age
About 10 years ago -- when I wore black round-rimmed glasses and dressed like Harry Potter every Halloween -- I went to the theatres and saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first in the series. Being the fan I was, I felt guilty having to leave halfway through to escape...
March 30, 2011 - 12:31pm