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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For 10 years now, the United Way of Becker County has been holding its "Celebration of Heroes" every April, as a means of honoring those who have done their part in trying to make their home community a little brighter and better place to live. This year's event is set for Thursday, April 28 at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes, starting at 5 p.m. The celebration honors law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, first responders, dispatchers and other emergency workers from throughout the county, who are invited to take part in the Celebration of Heroes free of charge, as guests of the U
When the first annual High Plains Festival gets underway at the Soo Pass Ranch this summer, there is at least one Detroit Lakes-area band that is hoping to be on the roster for the July 1 kickoff party. JehKoa is one of the bands that has submitted its name for an online contest that will determine the lineup for an April 30 "Battle of the Bands" at The Aquarium. Fans can vote in the online competition starting at noon today (Wednesday), at the official festival website, highplainsfest.com.
Though the menu, and even the location of the church may have changed through the years, the May Day breakfast at Detroit Lakes' United Methodist Church has been a community tradition for more than 90 years. "It's been held every year since 1919, but some think it may even have been longer than that," says DLUMC member Eloise Irvine, who has been a part of preparations for the annual breakfast for as long as she can remember. "Duane 'Doc' Wething said he thinks it's the longest continuously-running annual event in the community," says Natalie Bellefeuille, another longtime UMW member who h
Two years after the 10,000 Lakes Festival went "on hiatus," a new music fest is coming to Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch this summer -- but the High Plains Festival is not intended to replace the 10KLF. "This is its own event," said Bob Bliss, media director for the High Plains Festival, which opens on Saturday, July 2.
This Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, the sport of bull riding will come to Detroit Lakes' Kent Freeman Arena for two shows, with both starting at 7 p.m. It's a sport where success is measured in seconds -- eight seconds, to be exact. In the world of professional bull riding, that's how long it takes to ride your way to the top of the scoreboard. But it takes even less than that to lose -- and sometimes, you can lose a whole lot more than just a competition. There's a definite risk of losing life and limb, in the literal sense.
Every year in February, the Lakes Area Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association hosts a youth fishing derby. For the past several years, the event has been held in conjunction with Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration. The annual fishing contest draws anywhere from 60 to 100 participants each year, says derby organizer John Knopf, a longtime chapter member -- and this year's event, held Feb. 19, was no exception. "We had about 90 participants ... it was a good year for us," Knopf said.
Terri Schiavo. Karen Ann Quinlan. These are names that have become synonymous with the "right to die" movement in the United States, certainly.
Typically, the Christian practice of observing the Lenten season involves giving up a treasured luxury -- such as a favorite food -- for the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. But the original concept of Lent had a deeper meaning... it was a period of self examination, and an opportunity for long-standing Christians to review their lives and renew their commitment to their beliefs. At St.
Since purchasing their farm in rural Ogema almost 40 years ago in the fall of 1972, Curtis and Darlene Ballard have seen many changes. The home where they raised their five children is now inhabited by daughter and son-in-law Angie and Tim Lehrke, and their three children. Curt and Darlene now live in a comfortable two-year-old home atop a hillside that overlooks the farm, less than half a mile away. Daughter and son-in-law Annalee and Shawn Kologi live in the Rochert area with their four children, while the other three siblings have ventured a little farther afield. Son John Ballard a
It's been 32 years since Rotary Youth Exchange student Nori Shiiya came to Detroit Lakes from his parents' home in Chiba City, Japan, to spend the 1978-79 academic year living with three host families in the community. But Nori and his wife, Chizuka, have maintained close ties to former host parents, David and Shirley Fihn -- even during the recent earthquake that devastated the tiny island nation that Nori has called home for most of his life. "Dear Nori, we are saddened by the earthquake devastation in Japan. And we are concerned about you.