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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It was just about two years ago that a group of local residents began making plans to establish a food co-op in Detroit Lakes that focused on locally grown food products — and now those plans have become reality. "Our store is now open!" says Wendy Gordon, founder and board president of the MANNA Food Co-op. "We had our 'soft' opening Aug. 26, and the support of this community so far has been over the top fantastic."
Attention, all Detroit Lakes-area hobbyists: Do you have a collection of dolls, miniatures, sports cards, model trains, china cups, spoons, matchbooks, or any other unique form of memorabilia that you'd like to show off? Then bring it to the Becker County Museum this Saturday, Sept. 23, for a special "Show My Collection" event that's being held in conjunction with the Smithsonian-sponsored National Museum Day.
When the Historic Holmes Theatre debuts the original theatrical work, "Unveiling Nimuué," this Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m., it will be Detroit Lakes' own Marisa Pace stepping into the title role in the Fargo-Moorhead Ballet's performance of "Essence of Nimuué," which opens the show. At just 15 years of age, Pace will be taking the lead in a ballet performance for the first time. So is she nervous? Not so much.
With limited seating available for the 12th annual Fire & Ice fundraiser for Essentia Health-St. Mary's Foundation (EHSM), it's the hottest ticket in town this week. "We limit the number of tickets sold to 250," says EHSM Foundation Director LeAnn Mouw, explaining that organizers felt this was the maximum number that could be seated comfortably inside The Fireside restaurant (where the annual event is held).
Detroit Lakes’ Historic Holmes Theatre will be the setting for the debut of an original theatrical work, “Unveiling Nimuué,” which premieres this Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. This historic and unique piece of theater depicts the discovery of the “Glacial Minnesota Woman,” a 20,000 year old skeleton found near Pelican Rapids in 1931, as well as examining how she might have lived, and died, during prehistoric times.
"This is truly a war we're fighting." Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander didn't mince words during his brief presentation as part of a panel of speakers at Monday night's "Understanding Opiates" forum on the campus of M State-Detroit Lakes. And judging by the crowd that filled the M State conference center for the two-hour forum, local residents agreed with him. Glander noted that heroin usage has become an epidemic in the region.
Following a Tuesday public hearing about repeated noise complaint violations at Detroit Lakes' Zorbaz restaurant, the city council took action, issuing a 3-day suspension of the popular local hangout's 2 a.m. liquor license — but the establishment's management team says the consequences will be far less temporary.
There must have been a higher power at work this past May when Becker County Sheriff's Deputy Kayla Jones happened to notice the predicament of 11-year-old Wyatt Simon, who had been out playing in Eilertson Lake, south of Audubon, when he suddenly found himself in over his head — literally.
After almost two hours of testimony on Tuesday night, some of it quite emotional, the Detroit Lakes City Council opted to take no action on a proposed ordinance to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 within city limits — though the vote was not unanimous. At the conclusion of the public hearing on the proposed ordinance, Alderman Ron Zeman introduced a motion, seconded by Alderman Barb Voss, to not give the ordinance a first reading. "If this were a statewide law I'd be on board with it, but from a city standpoint I'm not sure how effective it would be," said Voss.