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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They come from towns across Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, with dreams of not only opening a show for some of the biggest stars in country music, but of landing a recording contract of their own. And this year, for the first time, the finalists in the 2017 WE Fest Karaoke Roundup are converging on Detroit Lakes — home of WE Fest itself — to see if they can make those dreams come true. The Grand Finale of this year's Karaoke Roundup will take place this Saturday, July 22, on the main stage of Detroit Lakes' own Historic Holmes Theatre.
He's jumped off a mountain cliff in New Zealand (with parachute attached), dangled from a helicopter off the coast of Vietnam, went parasailing in Mexico and hot air ballooning in Australia. But one thing that longtime Detroit Lakes resident Ed Gehrke had never done was to jump out of an airplane at 8,000 feet above the ground — at least, until now.
Fargo native Shannon Curfman will be returning to her home stomping ground this week, as the headliner for a Thursday, July 20 show at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino. It marks a rare lakes-area solo gig for Curfman in recent years, as she has been touring the world with Kid Rock and his band, the Twisted Brown Truckers, for almost a decade now.
It's been 20 years since the Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics program was first established in Detroit Lakes, and its staff, volunteers and gymnasts are inviting the public to help them celebrate with a hog roast fundraiser this Thursday, July 20 at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area. Titled "A Night for the Stars," the evening celebration will feature not only the above-mentioned hog roast — courtesy of Lush Lola's — but also live and silent auctions, a live band performing, and to top it all off, desserts by Creamy Creations.
When NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo 11 lunar module, Eagle, on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969, Moorhead native Ron Blilie was watching it on television, just like the rest of America. But unlike most of America, he knew just how many years of effort had gone into that one historic moment: Blilie was on the engineering team assigned to help design, build and implement NASA's Lunar Landing Training Vehicle (LLTV), which was used to train the astronauts assigned to the Apollo missions on how to operate the Lunar Landing Module.
Picture this: National Lampoon is filming their newest movie, "Minnesota Vacation," in Detroit Lakes. You and your friends decide to wait until everyone leaves for the day, then sneak onto the set to take pictures. What you didn't count on was the level of security put in place by the production company, and the security for the lead actor, Chevy Chase. Once you're inside, the alarms sound, all exits seal shut and you are finding yourself waiting for police to arrive to detain you. There's some jail time in your future... unless you can find a way out before the cops get there!
Though it seems as though it's only just begun, the 82nd Northwest Water Carnival will end with a big splash this Sunday afternoon, as the Parade of the Northwest winds its way down Detroit Lakes' city streets.
An article that appeared on the front page of the Detroit Lakes Tribune contained some outdated information about the route to be used for this year's Parade of the Northwest.
"What would you like to see West Lake Drive look like?" This was the question posed to the 90-odd Detroit Lakes residents who attended a Monday night "kickoff meeting" for a study on the future development of the West Lake Drive/County Highway 22 corridor, which runs west from Washington Avenue, parallel to the City Beach and then south to County Road 6 and beyond.
Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church is turning 100 years old this year, and as part of its anniversary celebration, the congregation is opening the doors of its Fellowship Hall to the community this Wednesday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a Centennial Salad Luncheon. "There have been centennial events all year long, culminating in our big celebration on Aug. 27," says Norma Smith, president of the First Lutheran Church Women, who are hosting the luncheon.