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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Since its inception in 2011, the Patriot Assistance Dogs program has successfully paired 86 military veterans with service dogs trained to assist with their specific needs. This past Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-25, the Detroit Lakes-based PAD program celebrated its five-year anniversary with a reunion weekend that culminated in a ceremony featuring one of its largest graduating classes ever. "We celebrated the graduation of 24 teams in the past 12 months," says PAD founder Linda Wiedewitsch, who also serves as a trainer and foster home provider for the program.
There was a certain buzz in the air at last Thursday's United Way Community Celebration. Well over 1,000 people swarmed the Detroit Lakes Pavilion—the largest crowd ever for the 12-year-old event—so when United Way of Becker County Executive Director LuAnn Porter saw that her two youngest sons, Brian and Mark, were there with their families, she was a bit surprised, but not really shocked, as they live in the area. When she saw that her oldest son Bobby had made the trip all the way from Shoreview to be there, however, she knew something was up.
Despite what recent headlines — and presidential candidate speeches — may have led the general public to believe, people of Muslim faith are not all that different from most Americans. "A lot of people have never met a Muslim," says Fauzia Haider, a member of the Center for Interfaith Projects in Fargo. "Our mission is to get rid of misconceptions and help improve understanding and mutual cooperation between people of different faiths.
When Election Day rolls around on Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Lake Park-Audubon School District will have a bit more at stake than the leadership of its school board — though that will be decided by the first contested election that the district has seen in many years. Of even bigger concern to the district this year is a question which will appear on the ballot, along with the school board candidates' names, seeking approval of a new operating levy referendum.
One day early this summer, Detroit Lakes resident Donna Sauvageau was visiting at a nearby home when her friend’s new foster care charges arrived. She noticed that they were carrying...
Did you know the government has a website that deals solely with bullying? It is stopbullying.gov. On that website they have posted the first uniform federal definition of bullying. That stands to reason...you have to know what it is before you can do anything.
October is almost here, which means that staff and volunteers at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge are in the final stages of preparation for the Refuge's annual Fall Festival. The celebration gets underway Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m., and continues well into the afternoon, with most activities wrapping up by 3 p.m. "We're at three locations this year," says Sue Braun, who is chairing this year's festival as a volunteer with the Friends of Tamarac. "We'll have activities at the Discovery Center, Visitor Center, and the historic cabin site."
Local fans of the HGTV television series "House Hunters" may notice that this week's episode features some mighty familiar locations. Yes, Detroit Lakes is the setting for the series' latest installment, airing locally on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. Titled "Single Mom Seeks Dream Lakefront Home in Minnesota," the episode focuses on Dr. Jennifer Pedersen, owner/operator of Northland Chiropractic in Detroit Lakes. A longtime fan of "House Hunters," Pedersen was seeking to relocate from her Vergas-area home to one in Detroit Lakes.
This hot ticket may cost a cool $60 per person, but the money goes for a truly important cause: Proceeds from the 11th annual Fire & Ice fundraiser for Essentia Health-St. Mary's Foundation, set to take place Friday, Sept. 30 at The Fireside in Detroit Lakes, will be to support the new birth center in the local hospital's obstetrics department. In February, Essentia Health-St. Mary's Hospital launched a year-long renovation of its obstetrics wing, to transform it into "The Birthplace."
For the first time in 22 years, there's a new woman at the helm at Ecumen Detroit Lakes—but she's a familiar face to those residents and staff at the local retirement community who have been with the organization for more than a decade. Katie Lundmark, who began her career in long term care administration as the housing manager of The Madison—part of the Ecumen DL campus—about 10 years ago, became the executive director of the local senior living complex on Aug. 22. Her predecessor, Janet Green, is not retiring, however: She's been promoted.