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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MAHNOMEN -- He may not have known quite how to pronounce the name, but "American Idol" champ-turned-rock star David Cook gave his Mahnomen audience a concert to remember Wednesday night at the Shooting Star Casino. After starting out the show with a cover of the Collective Soul hit, "The World I Know" -- which he first performed on "American Idol," to the acclaim of both audience and judges -- Cook briefly quizzed concert-goers about the correct pronunciation of "Mahnomen." He said that he'd heard it pronounced a few different ways since his band's arrival in the community on Tuesday, and
They worked tirelessly, from 7:30 a.m.
Every year, the 10,000 Lakes Festival draws music lovers from as far away as Alaska, New York and California -- and sometimes, even from across the ocean. But many of its most loyal attendees are drawn from Detroit Lakes itself. Deanna Sinclair, a longtime Detroit Lakes resident, has been a loyal festival-goer for five of its first six incarnations. She missed the first year, but has been going "every year since then," and fully intends to be there when the event kicks off tonight as well. "I just think it's a fun atmosphere, with great music," she said earlier this week.
Though she's been heavily involved in Rotary Club activities on a local, state and national level for many years, Detroit Lakes' Janet Green admits she was "very surprised" when the Noon Rotary Club chose her as its "Rotarian of the Year" last month. "There are a lot of people in Rotary who do great things -- I was very surprised to be chosen," Green said.
When it comes to good ideas, this contest was a shoe-in. The Lake Region Garden Club's "Boot & Shoe Revue" at the Washington Square Mall this weekend can be deemed only one way, to the event's chief organizer: A resounding success. "The turnout was excellent," said Tom Rieffenberger, the garden club member who spearheaded preparations for the show. "We had 95 exhibits, from 72 exhibitors -- that's pretty good." Gardeners were given pretty much free rein to design their own plant container, based upon one simple premise: It had to be in the shape of a shoe or boot.
Song writing is pretty much a constant process for Todd Snider. "It's something I never really stop doing," said Snider in a Friday telephone interview.
Have you ever wanted to have a vegetable garden of your very own -- but lacked the space in which to plant it? According to Tracy Baker, nutrition education assistant for the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Becker County, having a garden of your own doesn't require a lot of space. In fact, she and other Becker County employees have proved that point this summer, by planting a "Caring & Sharing Garden" in the flower boxes outside the Human Services Building in Detroit Lakes.
It was love at first sight when Kelly Blackledge first laid eyes on the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.
The fireworks are over and it's time to gear up for an even bigger celebration this weekend -- the opening of the Northwest Water Carnival. Now in its 74th year, the NWC is Detroit Lakes' premier summer festival, attracting thousands of visitors over the course of a 10-day period. This year's incarnation begins Friday with the crowning of the new Miss Northwest. The scholarship pageant gets underway at 7 p.m.
While most area communities were busy celebrating the Fourth of July holiday this past Saturday, residents of the Ponsford-Pine Point community were reeling with shock. Word had just begun to trickle through the community of a tragic accident that had killed four Ponsford residents and injured three others during the early morning hours of July 4. "We feel -- this community feels devastated with the loss of that many people," said Mike Swan, chairman of the Pine Point Community Council. "We feel sorry for their families...