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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For the past couple of weeks, the Detroit Lakes Jaycees have pretty much taken over the town, as the 83rd Northwest Water Carnival brought in record or near-record crowds during its 10-day run, July 6-15.
Since 2011, the American Legion Campground on West Lake Drive has been operated by John Bridges American Legion Post 15 under a management agreement with the City of Detroit Lakes. At its regular meeting on Tuesday night, the council approved some changes to its campground management agreement with the Legion that should, in theory, be beneficial to both parties. The new two-year agreement is set to expire in 2019, and while it is designed to be renewed automatically, it can be renegotiated at that time.
It's been 40 years since the first Art in the Park was held on a Sunday afternoon in Detroit Lakes' City Park, and the festival's tradition of laid back, relaxing summer fun is going stronger than ever. More than 100 vendors are expected to set up shop in the shade of the park's beautiful, tall trees this coming Sunday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Though the Historic Holmes Theatre's 2018-19 season doesn't officially get underway until September, the Holmes will host two concerts on its main stage this month. The Midwest's premier bluegrass and gospel quintet, Monroe Crossing, will perform on the Holmes stage this Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m., while the 'Killer Vees,' a band consisting primarily of family, friends and former band members of the late Bobby Vee, will present a tribute to the Minnesota music legend on Thursday, July 26. Both shows are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
As it has been since its inception, the 2018 Bash on the Beach was one of the biggest draws of the 83rd Northwest Water Carnival — and with two nights of music instead of one, the event drew its largest crowds to date. Attendance at both Friday night's concert, featuring Hairball, and Saturday night's triple-header of ONE, Firehouse and Warrant hovered right around the 2,000 mark, as 1980's-era rock proved to be just the right ticket for lakes-area music lovers.
Though it seems as though the 2018 general elections are still far in the future, filing for prospective school board candidates starts just under three weeks from today — and the seats of the board's three most senior members, David Langworthy, Brenda Muckenhirn and Kylie Johnson, are the ones that will be up for grabs. "It's looking like there may be at least two vacancies on the board," says District Superintendent Doug Froke, adding that Langworthy and Muckenhirn have both indicated it's unlikely they will seek another term.
The final weekend of the 2018 Northwest Water Carnival is just a couple of days away — but there's still plenty of time to catch the wave and make a splash! One of the water carnival's signature events, the Water Fights, get underway tonight (Wednesday) at the Detroit Lakes City Park.
Though water and beach-themed events fill up the majority of the Northwest Water Carnival's 10-day schedule, music is also a major part of the festivities — confirmed by the massive crowd draw Bash on the Beach brings each year, which is larger than any other event at the summer festival.
Summer's here, and the time is right... for a salad luncheon. Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church will take its turn on the salad circuit this Thursday, July 12, serving up a plethora of tasty summer favorites from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "We've got a really big variety," said event organizer Glenette Olson. "Fruits, vegetables, pastas, jello... you name it, we probably have it, along with rolls, (dessert) bars, coffee and lemonade."
Remember when heavy metal glam dominated the music charts, with bands like Warrant, Firehouse, Cinderella and Poison churning out hit after hit?