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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A $3.4 million sanitary sewer and watermain extension project along north Highway 59 and Stoney Road will be installed this coming year, with the site of the new Becker County Jail to be one of the chief beneficiaries. But after more than an hour of questions and a presentation from City Engineer Jon Pratt, residents of the Willow Springs/Hillcrest area who packed the Detroit Lakes City Council chambers for last week's council meeting were somewhat relieved to learn that the city and Becker County would be paying the brunt of the assessable costs for the immediate future.
Bluegrass, rock, country, traditional Celtic or indie pop... whatever your musical taste, chances are there is a concert you'll love coming to a venue near you this weekend. Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre is hosting not just one, but two concerts over a three-day period, as is Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, while New York Mills' Cultural Center and the Top Hat Theatre in Ulen will be hosting some headliners of their own for one-night-only performances. Holmes Theatre
Are Detroit Lakes City Council members adhering to the state's open meeting law with regard to their committee meetings? At Tuesday night's council meeting, City Attorney Charles Ramstad presented some questions that had been raised by a "concerned citizen" — identified as city resident Kyle Braaten during the subsequent discussion — regarding whether too many council members had been participating in certain committee meetings.
About two dozen Detroit Lakes city staff and council members took part in a long-range planning session Thursday at city hall. During the full-day session, facilitators Richard and Irina Fursman helped the group to come up with a list of seven objectives, and a two-year "action plan" for implementing them. "It was a good process," said City Administrator Kelcey Klemm on Friday. After the objectives were established, he added, "We set dates for the more tangible steps we have to take to accomplish those goals and objectives."
Drag racing on ice — it doesn't sound like the smartest idea, does it?
Ever since they were kids, Hannah Kenney and Andrew Bartlett have loved making movies. "Me and my brothers watched a lot of Roy Rogers and Andy Griffith," says Bartlett, 20. "That was our inspiration — making westerns in our basement in Fargo, on 8 millimeter tapes. "Later on, we did some slapstick videos with the Kenney family," he added. "We started making movies together for fun," added Kenney, 26, noting that their families had been friends since before they were even born.
Detroit Lakes native Maria Amundson, a teacher at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School in Audubon since 2008, has been chosen as Teacher of the Year for 2016-17 by her peers at LP-A. "It was a huge honor to be selected," says Amundson, who received her award at a reception Monday morning at the school. "I was very surprised when I found out I had been chosen," she added. "We have so many outstanding and deserving teachers here."
The year 2016 was a "remarkable" one for the City of Detroit Lakes, according to Mayor Matt Brenk. "(It was) remarkable, I think, in several areas," Brenk said during his "State of the City" address, which concluded Tuesday night's council meeting.
They're baaaaack! For the first time since 2015, "lake LeMans"-style snowmobile racing returns to the ice of Big Detroit Lake this month, as the J & K Beach Bar 200 is making a comeback on Jan. 14-15. "They (USXC Racing Association, which runs the event) moved the race to Devil's Lake last year," said Kevin Tinjum, owner of race sponsor J & K Marine. But after a one-year absence, the ice of Big Detroit in front of the Holiday Inn on the Lake will once again be home to the two-day USXC event, which features racers of every age and skill level.
The weather outside may be pretty frightful right now, but getting in a good, competitive workout doesn't have to involve freezing temperatures, thermal underwear or strapping on a pair of skis.