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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The weather outside may not show it yet, but spring has sprung at the Becker County Museum, which will be hosting a plethora of spring-themed events this weekend in Detroit Lakes. "We will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child (April 16-20) all week long, with some hands-on learning fun, including sensory bins, kids' activities and a scavenger hunt that families with young children can all do together," says Emily Buermann, the museum's programming director.
Did you, your older siblings, cousins, parents, grandparents or great-grandparents ever attend classes in a country schoolhouse? Do you have photos, documents or other family keepsakes from that time — or an interesting story or two that you might be willing to share? Then the staff of the Becker County Museum would like you to get in touch with them. The museum's research library director, Jenn Johnson, is gathering information, photos and stories for a commemorative book on the county's 132 rural school districts that is scheduled for publication this summer.
The fairy tale of "Cinderella" is a famous one, with a heroine who is so cheerful, good and kind that woodland birds and animals flock to her windowsill. But what if that familiar, predominantly cheerful tale was filtered through the dark lens of the Brothers Grimm, with a heroine who battles against depression and the temptations of the seven deadly sins? This is the premise of "The Ash Girl," which will be presented by a cast of Detroit Lakes High School thespians this weekend as their spring play production.
The long-term impact of abuse, neglect and other traumatic childhood events on an adult survivor's mental and emotional health has long been documented. But did you know that these Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, can have physical and behavioral consequences as well?
BTD Manufacturing has come a long way since its days as a tool and die operation (yes, BTD once stood for "Bismarck Tool & Die") back in 1979. Today, nearly 40 years later, the Detroit Lakes-based business operates facilities at five different locations and employs over 1,200 people. In 2017, the company reached $200 million in revenue for the first time, and reached No. 4 on the "Fab 40" list of top industry manufacturers published annually by "The Fabricator," the official publication of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) International.
A children's theater production that has thrilled audiences from Cape Town, South Africa to Seattle, Washington, as well as smaller theaters throughout greater Minnesota, is coming to Detroit Lakes this week.
The City of Detroit Lakes' most ambitious — and expensive — building project to date officially got underway Monday afternoon, as groundbreaking ceremonies were held for its new $34 million wastewater treatment plant. "This new facility is going to be state of the art," said Detroit Lakes Public Utilities General Manager Vernell Roberts," with membrane bioreactors (and) very high quality filtration... that's going to drive us into the next generation of wastewater treatment."
The Detroit Lakes Middle School will be getting a $2.2 million facelift this summer. The DL School Board awarded contracts of just over $1.5 million for remodeling the building's exterior "skin" at its Monday night meeting. Bids for the project were opened on March 29; Zerr Berg Architects and Gehrtz Construction Services reviewed the bids, and recommended that three "packages" included in the original bidding process be removed and re-bid, due to a lack of bidders on those portions of the project.
Detroit Lakes' downtown will once again be 'crawling' with creativity come Thursday, April 19, as a plethora of the community's downtown businesses open their doors to kick off the 2nd Annual Detroit Lakes Art Crawl, which runs through Saturday, April 21. Last year's inaugural event drew upwards of 75 people for its kickoff, which included live art demonstrations, 'art talks' and refreshments by 10 different artists at nine downtown businesses.
The teaching staff at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School will be a little smaller next year. The LP-A School Board voted to reduce the number of first grade class sections from three to two for the 2018-19 school year, due to the combination of a smaller projected enrollment — there are currently 43 students in the kindergarten class — and budget concerns.