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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With the first day of spring now behind us, and temperatures jumping up into the 30s, 40s and even 50s, the sap has begun flowing from area maple trees — just in time for Vergas' annual Maple Syrup Festival, which is on tap for Saturday, April 8 at the Vergas Community Events Center. This year, the festival committee has lined up something new to tempt visitors' taste buds: A Maple Syrup Tasting Contest. Or if you'd prefer, go out and tap a tree or two to make your own and enter the contest yourself.
March is Reading Awareness Month, and in honor of that designation, the Humane Society of the Lakes has decided to launch a new program that will benefit both its shelter pets and area schoolchildren. "Book Buddies" allows any child between the ages of 6-15 to come into the Humane Society shelter on Highway 59 and read to the dogs and cats awaiting adoption. "We ask that they attend volunteer orientation first," says HSL board member Lori Thompson, "but after that they can come in to read on any afternoon, Wednesday through Saturday."
The City of Detroit Lakes is getting a dog park. Plans for the new four-acre park were approved at Tuesday night's regular meeting of the Detroit Lakes City Council. "It will be open by June 1 at the latest," says Public Works Director Brad Green, "although we're hoping it will be ready earlier than that. It's all weather dependent." The old softball fields out by Lakeshirts will now be host to the city's four-legged denizens. The main access to the park will be off 10th Avenue, though Green said that there will be an access point on the other side as well.
Do you own a lakefront resort or a lake service provider business such as dock and lift installation and removal, diving services or watercraft rental? Then under state law, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requires that you must attend training for the detection and prevention of aquatic invasive species (AIS) infestation, apply for a permit and pay a $50 permit fee once every three years.
Springtime officially arrives in the lakes area this Monday, and the local calendar of events is blossoming with things to see, do, and of course, taste over the course of the coming week. Holy Rosary's Spring Interlude fundraiser, the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary's 10th Annual Meatball Dinner, a Beauty & the Beast Ball hosted by the Detroit Lakes Public Library and the Washington Square Mall's inaugural Bloomin' Art Spring Craft & Vendor Show are all on tap for local residents and visitors alike to enjoy. Rotary Meatball Dinner
Despite some vocal objections from local residents, the Detroit Lakes City Council approved a resolution to vacate the main portion of Airport Road at its regular meeting Tuesday. Long known as the "back road" to Walmart and Menard's for residents living on the south side of Detroit Lakes, and particularly in the Long Lake area, the popular route will be officially closed to traffic this fall. "The vacation date is Sept. 5," said City Attorney Charles Ramstad during a public hearing on the proposed closure that took place at the start of Tuesday's council meeting.
It was a good news, bad news situation for Bob Spilman and his proposed $25 million, 52-unit condominium project this week. While his request to rezone the 5.5-acre property at 16239 Highland Drive from "R-A," or residential agriculture, to "R-3A," or limited multi-family housing, was approved by both the Community Development Commission and the Detroit Lakes City Council, the conditional use permit that was needed to move forward with the Highland Estates project did not clear either hurdle.
National Puppy Day has been observed since 2006 on March 23rd, and has gone international thanks to the internet. You may ask, what's the purpose of having a National Puppy Day? The purpose is to inform people on the needs of homeless puppies and of course to get them adopted into good homes. It is also designed to educate people on the horrors of puppy mills. Your library's collection includes books on the different breeds of dogs, so you can do your homework before adopting your new family member. If you just like reading about dogs, we can help you there too.
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to get your Irish up and buy a ticket to the Humane Society of the Lakes’ 10th Annual Irish Fundraiser on Friday, March 18 at the SpeakEasy in Detroit Lakes. Fargo-Moorhead’s popular Celtic band, Poitin, will once again provide live entertainment for the event.
Patrons of Cinemagic Washington Square 7 Theatres in Detroit Lakes will have a rare opportunity this week to view an independent, small-market film — one that has its roots in Minnesota.