DL News Staff
Sept. 19, 1915-Feb. 10, 2006 Opal F. Gwynn, 90, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, February 10, 2006 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Opal Florence Halvorson, the daughter of Halvor and Mulla Halvorson, was born Sept. 19, 1915 in Pine Creek, Minn. She was the fifth of 10 kids in the family, and grew up in Minnesota with her parents and siblings. Opal was married to Lester Gwynn in 1935; they remained married for 46 years, until Lester's death in 1981. Together they raised four sons, moving between Minnesota and California.
May 26, 1977-Feb. 11, 2006 Former Detroit Lakes resident Mark Piche, 28, of Breckenridge, Colo., died Saturday, February 11, 2006 in Breckenridge. Mark Benjamin Clifford Piche was born to Ben and Sylvia (Bevolden) Piche on May 26, 1977 in Crookston, Minn. He came to Detroit Lakes with his family in 1981, and attended Detroit Lakes Public Schools. After completing school, he worked in the Detroit Lakes area doing sheet rock work, and later drove a delivery truck for Beverage Wholesalers of Detroit Lakes. Mark moved to Dillon, Colo., in 2001 and to Breckenridge, Colo., in 2004.
Feb. 3, 1921-Feb. 8, 2006 Gertrude "Gert" E. Reynolds, 85, of rural Nevis, Minn., passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. Gertrude Evelyn Hewitt was born to Colby and Louise (Redepenning) Hewitt on Feb. 3, 1921 in Dorset, Minn., where Gert attended school through the eighth grade. She went on to attend Park Rapids High School, graduating with the class of 1939. During her teen years, Gert was active in Walter League at the First English Lutheran Church in Dorset, and also worked for her father at the Farmer State Bank in Dorset.
ATTENTION! ATTENTION! Help us help you. Make sure each item submitted for Happenings is legibly written or typed and includes a date, time and place, as well as a contact person's name and telephone number. Submissions, questions and corrections (labeled "Happenings") may be e-mailed to Pippi Mayfield at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Thursday, Feb. 16 Garden Club Lake Region Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. in the Lakes Homes office on Highway 59 south. Kelly Blackledge, Tamarac Refuge ranger, will speak on "Backyard Birding." Blood screening St.
A Detroit Lakes woman was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District court Monday. District Judge John Pearson stayed adjudication of a prison sentence against Jennifer Solmon, 23, of 1008 Madison Avenue, for felony issuance of dishonored checks. Solmon must serve 30 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $560, must make restitution of $1,060.33, and be on supervised probation for up to five years. Solmon was charged with issuing bad checks to a Detroit Lakes business in January and February 2005.
A Detroit Lakes woman was sentenced in Becker County District court on a felony charge Monday. District Judge John Pearson stayed adjudication of a prison sentence against Stacey Riddle, 35, of 730 Mountain View Street, for issuance of dishonored checks. Riddle was placed on supervised probation for up to five years, must serve 30 days in jail with credit for time served, and was fined $1,087. Riddle issued bad checks in Becker County in May and June 2005, according to the court complaint.
Get in the Mardi Gras spirit! Ministry of Jazz, the dixieland band that wowed audiences last year, will be back at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. for another stunning concert, as part of the center's Hot Jazz for Cold Nights concert series. Ministry of Jazz consists of Joe Riewer on drums, Harley Sommerfeld on clarinet, Ed Christenson on trombone, John Peterson on trumpet, Detroit Lakes' own Kathy Brekke on keyboard and vocals and Kent Karch on the upright bass.
The 31st annual Toothpick Engineering Contest, sponsored by Minnesota State University Moorhead and the F-M Engi-neers Club, starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the university's student union ballroom. It's open to any student, any age. The object of the event is to build a model span bridge by gluing together roughly 500 round, wooden toothpicks. The bridges should be strong enough and built to support nine-inch metal weights while clearing a 22-inch span.
Wednesday, February 15 Book signing Vergas author Ernest Francis Schanilec is signing copies of his books at Sunflower Hill, Detroit Lakes, from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, February 16 Book signing Vergas author Ernest Francis Schanilec is signing copies of his books at Sunflower Hill, Detroit Lakes, from noon to 2 p.m. Dulcimer Jam A Dulcimer Jam is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Faithful Expressions, Washington Square Mall. The public is welcome. Lake Region Garden Club Lake Region Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Lakes Homes office on Highway 59 south.
In a case that could have ramifications for laid-off Detroit Lakes workers, District Judge Jay Mondry has ordered TEAM Industries to pay a former employee nearly $255,000 for age discrimination. The discrimination lawsuit, brought by Edward LaBonte, 62, of Park Rapids, began in June. Over 11 days throughout June, July and August, Mondry heard arguments from TEAM's attorney, Alec Beck of Minneapolis, and LaBonte's attorney, Stephen Cooper, Minneapolis, former Minnesota Commissioner of Human Rights. "We are pleased that Mr.