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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Though she only spent seven years as chaplain at St. Mary's Hospital and Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes, Sister Trudy Keefe made an indelible impression on the community. "She's a special lady, I tell you," said Gary Wagner, one of the many whose lives Sister Trudy touched during her tenure here. "We've had four deaths in the family, and she's been here for us. That's the kind of lady she is." Sister Keefe is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee as a member of the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this year.
When St. Mary's Nursing Center was reborn as Oak Crossing a couple of years ago, a new weekly tradition was also born. Every Wednesday at 4 p.m., Oak Crossing residents and their families gather in the fireplace room for a social hour that has come to be known as "Loafers' Lounge." Much like the cocktail hour before dinner that many of the residents might have enjoyed while still living in their homes, they can enjoy a glass of wine, a beer or the mixed drink of their choice. Sometimes, appetizers are served as well, courtesy of one of the local service organizations.
As China's role in the global economy and political structure grows, interest in its language and culture has also increased. Last year, local resident Tom Faix tried to spur interest in bringing a Chinese language program to Detroit Lakes Public Schools, by organizing a public informational meeting -- and five people came. This Thursday, Faix tried again -- and this time, there were 15 people there. As further evidence that interest is growing, about 40 Detroit Lakes High School students have signed up for a Mandarin Chinese course that may be offered next year -- depending on funds and
For most parents, keeping their children safe and healthy is at or near the top of their list of daily concerns. But even the most vigilant and safety conscious parent can't foresee every potentially dangerous situation.
On Monday, approximately 215 local sixth graders took to the skies above Detroit Lakes -- many of them experiencing the wonder of their first airplane flight. "Everything looks so small," remarked Haley Groth, 11, shortly after her airplane ride.
Two weeks ago today, the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center unveiled plans for a $2.5 million addition known as The Backyard. Since then, the DLCCC staff and Backyard fund-raising committee have been busy getting the word out about what the expansion will mean for the community. To give the project a jump start, the DLCCC board began its fund-raising through a "silent" campaign, quietly raising half of the estimated $2.5 million cost through private donations. According to Steve Daggett, co-chair of the fund-raising committee, everybody that they approached during the silent campa
His term may not officially begin until July 1, but Josh Hochgraber is eagerly anticipating the day when he becomes the new chairman of the board for the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. Hochgraber, who will serve as chairman-elect until current chairman Cyndi Anderson's term expires on June 30, said he sees "good times ahead" as the region appears to be pulling out of the economic downturn of the past couple of years. "The Chamber needs to be the focal point in helping to drive our members' success," he said.
Despite less than idyllic weather, Thursday's Parkfest celebration in Detroit Lakes was deemed a success by organizers. "Considering the weather, I think it went really, really well," said Parkfest committee member Amy Stoller Stearns. "I was really pleased with the booths and the variety of people that were there." "People stayed right to the end -- at 7 p.m. it was still busy," said fellow committee member Becky Mitchell. "People seemed to really enjoy being out visiting.
Every year during the third week of May, birders flock to the City of Detroit Lakes for the Festival of Birds. Now in its 13th year, the festival has proved to be a favorite for all levels of birders, from first-timers to experienced trekkers. "The 2010 theme is 'the science of birds,'" said Cleone Stewart, festival co-chair and director of tourism for the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, which co-hosts the annual event along with the U.S.
On Tuesday, the much-anticipated feasibility study for the development of Detroit Mountain into a four-season recreation area was presented to the Becker County Board of Commissioners. "It is a feasible project," said Aaron Lauinger, who made the presentation on behalf of the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, the non-profit organization charged with doing the study.