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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This Friday, June 3, an 11-year tradition for lakes area residents gets underway in downtown Detroit Lakes -- and this year's Street Faire at the Lakes has more to offer than ever. The area's first of many summer festivals will include a unique mix of live entertainment, tasty foods, kids' activities and over 125 booths showcasing some of the finest arts and crafts to be found anywhere in the Midwest. The artist booths will feature both returning favorites and memorable newcomers, said Street Faire committee member Sue Braun. "One of our new exhibitors, Dazzle Body Art of Fargo, will off
Traditionally, the Memorial Day holiday is meant to be celebrated as a time of remembrance, for those who have died in the service of their country. But the weekend that precedes this observance has also become a time for celebrating the return of summer, with picnics, parades, live music under the stars, and a host of other outdoor activities -- and this year is no exception. The Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes is planning a full weekend of celebrating, starting with live music by Mike Hokenson on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Ever since Emmanuel Community first opened its doors to the public in 1964, the Detroit Lakes nursing home has enjoyed a reputation for loving, compassionate care. So when Detroit Lakes resident Shirley Gunderson was looking for a place to rest, recuperate and rehabilitate after her recent surgery, Emmanuel was her first and only choice. After all, Gunderson herself had been a member of the nursing staff at Emmanuel from 1975 to 1995 -- first as a nursing assistant, then as a licensed practical nurse-- so she knew first-hand how important patient care was to the nurses who worked there.
On Sept. 19, 2010, the congregation of Lund Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes passed its second and final vote to sever its ties with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. One month later, they became affiliated with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. With their departure from the ELCA, Lund's congregation also set themselves apart from the congregations with whom they had shared a pastor for several years, at Bakke and Richwood Lutheran churches. In January, they cemented their status as an independent congregation by calling a new pastor, Rev.
The boys' and girls' track teams at Frazee -Vergas High School earned identical fifth-place finishes at the Varsity Invitational meet in Barnesville Tuesday. Senior Forrest Jackson continued to dominate the 100-meter dash field, earning gold with his time of 10.86.
After a somewhat less than impressive showing against Thief River Falls in their last home outing May 13, the Laker boys' tennis team rebounded in a big way Thursday with a dominating win over Perham, as they swept the Yellowjackets 7-0. "We played extremely well as a team," said Detroit Lakes' head coach, Wade Johnson. "Garret Duncan and Derick Brehm played extremely well at No.
Birding may seem like a hobby that doesn't require a lot of technical gadgetry to make it enjoyable. But social media like Facebook and Twitter has definitely made it more accessible. With Facebook, birders can "meet people all over the world who share their interest," said Sharon Stiteler, also known as "The Bird Chick," who was one of the presenters during the first day of the Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds. With Twitter, meanwhile, photos of rare bird sightings can be shared within seconds, by uploading a photo to Twitter and sending it to all your followers.
AUDUBON -- Want a piece of the woodwork from the old Lake Park-Audubon Elementary school building for your very own? Make them an offer!
Starting on Monday, June 6, the 1922 building that comprises a large portion of the current Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School facilities is slated to come down. And though the demolition will make way for a brand-new school entrance, lobby and central office area, in many ways, "it's hard to see it go," said LP-A Elementary Principal Sam Skaaland on Monday. After all, that building holds 89 years of history within its walls -- history that will be commemorated with a special "School History Day" at the school in Audubon on Monday, May 23. The event will include a school assembly at 2 p
For six weeks following the Sept. 1, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., the Detroit Lakes Developmental Achievement Center launched a button campaign -- a campaign in memory of those who had fallen, and those whose heroic acts kept casualties from rising even higher. The buttons featured a variety of patriotic slogans and images, and sold for $2 apiece, according to a Jan.