Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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The 10,000 Lakes Festival held annually at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, is a celebration of musical creativity that features a wide range of genres, from blues and jazz to rock and reggae. In its first four years of existence, the 10KLF has attracted fans from more than 40 states, to listen to and enjoy the kind of music rarely heard on commercial radio.
For 36 years -- more than half his life -- Frederick Floan has been teaching students at Rossman Elementary School in Detroit Lakes, day in and day out, September through May. This Thursday, May 24, will be his last day in the classroom -- as a full-time instructor, at least. Floan, a third-generation Detroit Lakes native, is retiring after a teaching and coaching career that spanned three and a half decades, and included more than 950 students and an untold number of young athletes. During his career, Floan has taught fourth grade (12 years), sixth grade (14 years), and most recently, f
Remember that first year of high school? For many, the experience is a confusing one. In fact, surveys have shown less than half of all incoming freshmen have any feeling of connection to their new school. "There is research out there showing that kids are having difficultly transitioning to high school," said Detroit Lakes School Superintendent Lowell Niklaus.
For the past five years, the employees of Detroit Lakes Public Schools have enjoyed a group health insurance plan where year-to-year premium increases "beat the trend" for projected increases statewide, according to District Business Manager Ted Heisserer. Not this year.
For the second time in one week, White Earth tribal officials gathered to celebrate an historic occasion Thursday afternoon. Just two days after Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor signed a contract with the U.S.
For Methodist pastors, spending 12 years serving the same congregation and living in the same community is a gift that is accorded to very few. Rev. William F. Meier, who has served as pastor of Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church since June 1995, is aware of just how rare an occurrence it is. "When I was a kid, we would move every 2-3 years," Meier said, referencing the fact that his father was also a Methodist minister. Even now, a pastor's tenure with one congregation averages out to be about four years, he added. "We were fortunate to be here for so long," Meier said.
Blood. It's an essential component of any hospital's operations, because like the air we breathe, it's something no human being can live without. St. Mary's Regional Health Center is not exempted from this need. But unlike many of its counterparts in other communities, the Detroit Lakes hospital gets its blood from local sources -- specifically, its own blood bank. Though the St.
In a move that has been more than two years in the making, an agreement was signed Tuesday between the White Earth Tribal Council and the U.S.
On Wednesday, more than 1,800 community volunteers including high school students and staff from Detroit Lakes and Frazee-Vergas, as well as volunteers with the United Way of Becker County, went out into the streets of those communities to spend a day helping others. Following an 8:30 a.m.
Five years ago, on May 2, 2002, the Historic Holmes Theatre & Event Center officially opened its doors to the public for the first time, with its debut production of the locally written, produced and directed original play, "Holmes Spun Theatre." In the intervening years, more than 70,000 people have come through its doors to attend well over 200 shows featuring local, regional, national and international artists. "Last week, we had seven public events in five days, plus 10-15 private organizational meetings or classes," said Kesley Myhre, marketing coordinator for the Detroit Lakes Commun