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 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.
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.
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.
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
Since its inception five summers ago, the 10,000 Lakes Festival has been growing in attendance at a rate of between 10-20 percent every year, according to Chryll Sparks, vice president and national promotions director for Festivals And Concert Events, Inc., which hosts the annual event. "We had 15,000 people Wednesday night, and I believe we'll be pushing 20,000 (by the end of the festival)," said Sparks on Thursday.
Since Aug. 8, 1966, Don Koosmann has been making sure the newspaper that arrives at your front door every week looks as good as it possibly can. From hot type to cold type to digital film to lasers, he's been witness to sweeping changes in the printing industry, and has taken those changes in stride. But at the end of this month, the Forum Printing prepress technician, proofer and platemaker will leave the printers and ink behind, and ease into retirement. "July 27 is my last day," he says.
When the announcement came that legendary country music superstar Willie Nelson would be canceling his entire summer tour due to exhaustion, it was anything but good news for WE Fest organizers, as the entertainer was scheduled to be one of the headline acts for the country music festival's 25th anniversary celebration. "We have been trying to get him to come for years, and we are deeply disappointed, but we understand," said Chryll Sparks, vice president and promotions director for Festivals and Concert Events, Inc., which hosts the annual festival.
With Sunday's game in Fargo cancelled, the Detroit Lakes American Legion Post 15 baseball team should be well-rested and ready to defend its home turf in the 13th Annual Northwest Water Carnival Legion Baseball Classic, which gets underway Thursday at DL's Washington Ballpark. "My anticipation for this weekend is that we play well, get all the guys into the game at their own tournament, and hopefully win a couple of games," said Post 15 head coach Keith Blattenbauer. The tournament, which runs Thursday through Sunday, July 12-15, will be played in round-robin format.
The Becker County Board voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of appropriating $10,000 from the 2008 county budget for the creation of a Becker/Clay County Drug Court. This program, which is slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, is modeled on similar programs in other counties, and other states, that seek to stop the continued abuse of drugs and related criminal activity. "Many drug addicts will serve their sentence (for a drug-related crime), then go right back to using when they get out," said Don Kautzman, coordinator for the Drug Court program in both Becker and Clay counties.
Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church's new pastor, Rev. Brenda North, knew she was called to the Christian ministry when she was still in high school. "My family never used to go to church," she says. "But one day, a friend of mine invited me (to come to church), and eventually, my whole family started going. It made a huge difference in our lives. "We'd always been a good and loving family, but (finding faith in Christ) made us happier... we had a sense of larger purpose.