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 Becker County Board held a special meeting Tuesday morning, to approve a resolution related to maintenance of the current runway at the Detroit Lakes Municipal Airport. The resolution was also approved by the Detroit Lakes City Council in special session that afternoon. According to County Administrator Brian Berg, the special meeting was required because the resolution had to be approved no later than Friday, Aug. 10, and the commissioners' next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Aug.
As anyone who has seen the musical "Chicago" -- whether it be on stage, screen or DVD -- can tell you, the show's central character, Roxie Hart, is no ingénue. And that's precisely why the part appealed to actress Kristen Husby. The Detroit Lakes native is relishing the opportunity to sink her teeth into a leading role that has a little bit of an edge. "She's (Roxie) not young and innocent by any means," Husby says. "Not everybody is going to like her.
Have you ever wondered where the musicians, production workers and stage crews who work back stage at WE Fest go when they want to unwind? Most of the artists have their own tour buses and dressing rooms, of course, but when they just want to hang out back stage for a while and shoot the breeze with their fellow performers, they often stop by the Prancing Pony Café. Even many of the Detroit Lakes area's lifelong residents might be forgiven for asking, "where is that?" The Prancing Pony, after all, only exists for three days a year, and its sole patrons are WE Fest's performers and their ro
Though there were no exact attendance numbers available Thursday, WE Fest co-founder and current legal counsel Terry McCloskey estimated that there were "about 1,000 more" people expected to attend this year's festival than last year. Their methods of measuring crowds are a lot more sophisticated, however, than when he and Jeff Krueger started the country music showcase 25 years ago. "We used to measure it (the crowd) by how close they came to certain poles (in the concert bowl) -- sort of like a thermometer," McCloskey said Thursday afternoon. "We were just trying to pay the bills ...
Since releasing their debut album, Weather the Storm, on Sept. 19, 2006, the country music trio known as Carolina Rain has been touring almost constantly, according to lead singer Rhean Boyer. So it's a good thing touring is something they love to do. "We do love being on the road," said Boyer Monday, in a telephone interview from his home in Lebanon, Tenn. "We were all custom-made to do what we do ... I love being on stage.
Ten years and seven studio albums have passed since Trace Adkins first began making his living by singing into a microphone and strumming his guitar. But the 6-foot-6-inch country star admits he still hasn't grown tired of singing the same songs at every concert -- no, not even "Honky Tonk Badonkedonk," which Adkins says is "hands down the biggest hit I've ever had." "I think back to when I was a kid and would go to some concert for a big rock act -- where you know all the hits they had by heart -- then all of a sudden they start playing tunes off their new album, and you say, 'I want to h
St. Mary's Regional Health Center is on the grow again --and this time, it's the Nursing Center that's going to be getting an update. St. Mary's held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a $12 million, 18-20 month project that will more than double the size of the current 30,000-square-foot nursing home facility. The ceremony was attended by local and state officials as well as representatives of the Benedictine Health System, which manages St.
In a brief ceremony held between intermittent rain showers Thursday afternoon, the Becker County Senior Citizen Council on Aging named the winners of the 2007 Becker County Outstanding Senior Citizen competition. Dorothy Harsh of Lake Park and Howard Westlie of Detroit Lakes will represent Becker County at the 2007 Minnesota State Fair during Senior Day festivities on Aug. 30. Becker County Coordinator on Aging Judy Peterson introduced the winners Thursday.
The month of May 2007 will be remembered by Dr. Ryan Ritchie as one that held a series of life-changing moments. "On May 11, I got married," he says. "On May 15, we bought a house (in Detroit Lakes), and on May 18, I graduated (from graduate school)." A month later, on June 18, Ritchie officially joined the staff at West River Dental in Detroit Lakes, as its newest dentist. This past winter, he and future wife Emily toured Detroit Lakes and West River Dental to see what his first dental practice would be like. "We just loved it here," Ritchie says.
The Board of Education at Waubun-Ogema-White Earth schools is hoping for success in seeking a "Success for the Future" grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. The grant would provide $75,000 per year to the district, renewable every two years dependent upon biennial legislative funding, for up to six years. The purpose of the grants is to increase literacy/reasoning and participation in extracurricular activities and college preparatory programming among American Indian students. According to Helen Kennedy, principal of Waubun High School, a portion of the grant would be used t