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's been almost 49 years since attorney Lynn Hummel first hung up his shingle in Detroit Lakes, as Lowell Benshoof's law partner. Since then, the list of partners he's had reads like a "who's who" of the Becker County court system, with one former (Jack Pearson) and one current (Joe Evans) district court judge as well as the current county attorney (Mike Fritz) among them. Jim Sinclair, Dennis Sherman, Linda Hunt and Lance Heisler have also worked in partnership with Hummel through the years.
The votes are in, and Becker County's two newest Outstanding Senior Citizens have been chosen. Luetta Dankert Shodean of Detroit Lakes and James Lamont of Frazee will represent the county at the Minnesota State Fair later this month. "It's kind of overwhelming," said Shodean, following Thursday's ceremony at the Becker County Fair in Detroit Lakes. "There are a lot of people that need honors, who do a lot of volunteering -- I know Peggy does," she added, referring to longtime friend and fellow Outstanding Senior nominee, Winifred "Peggy" Jenson of Detroit Lakes, who was the runner up.
Rain, rain, go away ... you could almost hear the chanting from the various work crews setting up for the Becker County Fair on Tuesday. Steady rains throughout the day were no match for the fair crews, however, as they simply rolled up their pants legs and set to work despite the occasional downpour. "We've got a lot of water now, but I think if it quits and we don't get any more, it will be drained off by 5 p.m.
The Lakes Area Screaming Eagles went beak to beak, as it were, with the Thunderhawks of Menomenie, Wis., on Saturday, in a hard fought battle that saw several lead changes. Ultimately, however, a 48-yard field goal by the Hawks in the final 2½ minutes of the game snatched victory from the talons of defeat for the home team, as the Hawks downed the Eagles 34-32. "It was a back and forth battle," said Eagles quarterback-owner Jason McCloskey. "There were a lot of highlights ...
By any measure, the musical foursome known as Gloriana has become one of the most successful up-and-coming young acts in country music today. Besides releasing their debut album in 2009, the group has opened for country heavyweights like Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Leann Rimes and the Zac Brown Band -- all in the past year.
For Detroit Lakes native R.J.
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel may not be playing in the area anytime soon -- a July 11 concert at the Fargodome was cancelled, and has not been rescheduled -- but fans can still get their Simon & Garfunkel fix this week at the Historic Holmes Theatre. The Midwest's premier S&G tribute band, The Sound of Simon, will perform at the Detroit Lakes venue this Thursday, July 29 at 8 p.m. Eric Roberts and Eric Trelstad have been performing together as Sound of Simon for close to 20 years; about a year ago, they added three more musicians to form a five-piece band. "We got together back when were
Though defense attorneys for Virginia Briard got a big break when the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in their favor earlier this month, the Becker County Attorney's Office has until Aug.
Level 3 predatory offender Robert Baca, who is awaiting trial in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of violating the state's predatory offender registration law, remains in custody at the county jail pending a July 28 court hearing. Baca, 44, is accused of attempting to elude authorities following his June 21 release from prison. After his release, Baca moved into a residence on the 300 block of Summit Avenue in Detroit Lakes, as per papers he had filed announcing his intent to live there.
ROCHERT -- For those who ventured out to the Height of Land Sportsman's Club this weekend, it was like taking a step back in time. The Bearclaw Muzzleloaders of Northern Minnesota held their annual rendezvous at the club on Saturday and Sunday, complete with authentic campsites, clothing and weaponry. Yes, there were a few modern conveniences to be found, but for most of those participating in the rendezvous, it provided a chance to escape into a bygone era -- where having enough to eat was dependent upon one's skills with a bow, a gun or a knife. On one side of the clearing where the re