Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 17 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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Since its inception three years ago, Detroit Lakes' Festival of Trees has been a steadily growing post-Thanksgiving holiday tradition. The third annual event, set to take place this Saturday, Nov. 24, will feature a total of 14 trees — up from 12 last year, and 9 the year before — all sponsored and decorated by local businesses. Each tree has a theme, many of which are quite unique and unusual.
Does Becker County have a child care shortage? The short answer is, yes — a big one. A total of 648 child care slots are needed to meet the county's current needs, according to data gathered from a recent survey conducted by the Rural Child Care Innovation Program, or RCCIP.
OK, so with Detroit Lake recording one of its earliest "freeze-up" dates in years on Tuesday, local residents may not be quite ready to celebrate the joys of winter just yet. In fact, with one of the lake's shortest seasons of open water on record, at just 195 days — about three weeks less than average, according to records kept by local resident Dick Hecock on behalf of the Pelican River Watershed District — some might even be thinking that winter has come about a month too early this year.
"The Bluest Eyes in Texas." "I'll Still Be Loving You." "That Rock Won't Roll." "God Blessed Texas." "(Baby I'm) Amazed." "I'm Already There." "What Might Have Been." "Amy's Back in Austin." "Mr. Mom." All of these songs were country radio hits back in the 1990s... from three different bands. But come Friday, Nov. 17, fans will have a rare opportunity to hear each of these songs performed live, on the same stage, by the men whose voices made them chart toppers — plus a few more besides.
As winter once again descends on the lakes area, the Detroit Lakes Ice Harvest Steering Committee — the folks behind the creation of King Isbit's Ice Palace & Palatial Playground, which was such a huge hit last winter — is getting ready to unveil its plans for an encore. "After Polar Fest last year, the big question was, 'When are you going to build another ice palace?'" said committee member Amy Stearns. "And, 'What are you doing next year?'" added fellow committee member Scott Walz, adding that his usual response was, "Whatever you help us do."
When it comes to charitable donations and volunteerism, the Detroit Lakes community has a tradition of giving until it hurts — but by participating in Give to the Max Day, you can make those donations stretch even further.
Have you ordered your holiday pies from Holy Rosary yet? If the answer is yes, then you know that the time for picking up those apple and pumpkin beauties is swiftly approaching: the 36th annual Holy Rosary Pie Sale ends this week, with pickup scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-17. If you haven't placed your orders yet, however, there's still time, says Melissa Lorentz, president of the Holy Rosary Catholic School Parent-Teacher Organization, or PTO, which sponsors the event each fall as a fundraiser for the school.
The Essentia Health St. Mary's Gift Shop will be hosting a Holiday Open House this Thursday, Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. "The open house will be going on all day," says Kelli Sjoblom, who manages the gift shop in addition to her duties as volunteer coordinator. "We'll be displaying all of our brand new holiday items," she added. "There's lots of fun gifts and things that we maybe haven't had before — and there will be gift wrapping too!"
DETROIT LAKES — The organizers of WE Fest 2019 have once again landed some of the biggest names in country music for the 37th annual festival. Superstars Brooks & Dunn and Keith Urban have joined previously announced headliner Chris Stapleton, with each of the three acts taking top billing for one day of the 37th annual festival, which runs Aug. 1-3, 2019 at the Soo Pass Ranch south of Detroit Lakes. Brooks & Dunn's appearance at the festival is their first since 2009, one year before they retired as a duo. Urban last graced the WE Fest stage in 2013.
Freedom is never free. Veterans paid for your freedom. Feel free to use it, but please, don't ever abuse it. "I believe in that saying, big time," says Rob Raethz — so much so, in fact, that the driver for BM Transport of Detroit Lakes has had the side of his semi truck decorated with those very words, along with various other symbols honoring the United States Armed Forces. "I'm a veteran myself," he explained, noting that "a lot of good men died" fighting America's wars in Korea, Vietnam, and more recently, Afghanistan and Iraq.