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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Most people are aware that stalking is now recognized as a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and by the federal government. But did you know that it has become so pervasive in today's society that it affects nearly 1.4 million Americans each year? This month, the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center in Detroit Lakes is joining other victim advocacy organizations across the country in recognizing National Stalking Awareness Month. First established four years ago, the observance was motivated by the death of Peggy Klinke, a stalking victim who was murdered by an ex-boyfriend af
Property tax relief, education funding and affordable, accessible health care -- those are the cornerstone issues that will shape much of the debate in the 2007 session of the Minnesota State Legislature, which starts today. But there has also been a resurgence of interest in a perennial issue that continues to divide Minnesota's body politic: a statewide smoking ban. Some, such as District 2 Senator Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook) and Dist. 9B Representative Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth) are skeptical about imposing such a ban, while others, such as Dist. 9 Sen.
On Friday at 7 p.m., the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom will host the first public showing of a locally filmed, short documentary, "New Energy." According to Erika Johnson, one of the documentary's principal creators, "New Energy" takes a fresh look at how the Midwest is creating a "green energy economy." This special screening of "New Energy" is being sponsored by Natural Innovations, a Detroit Lakes-based, community-driven organization committed to assisting individuals and organizations in developing a better understanding of how the health of the economy and the environment are inter
For 20 years, Roy Estes has served as street commissioner for the City of Detroit Lakes. During that time, the city's street and parks department has grown dramatically in its scope and focus -- so much so, Estes notes, that his job title has become obsolete. "I'm the last street commissioner Detroit Lakes will ever have," he says. After officially retiring from that position on Friday, Dec. 22, he is going to be replaced by a public works director. "The title (public works director) is more representative of the department as we operate now," he says.
For 10 years now, the members of the Mount Tabor Masonic Lodge in Detroit Lakes have been using the proceeds of their "Photos With Santa" program at the Washington Square Mall to spread a little Christmas cheer to families who can use it more than most. Whether those families have a loved one who is severely ill or recovering from injury, or are suddenly rendered homeless, or living through some other unexpected hardship, the Masons have been there, accompanied by the man in the red suit. "We have given out over $30,000 (in Chamber dollars and presents) to families since we started doing t
Like so many young women, Nancy Nelson's first career was as a wife and mother. "I married young, and started raising a family," she said. "It was never my intention to go into social work." It was a college guidance counselor who suggested social services might be a career field Nelson would want to look into. She decided to heed the advice -- and never looked back. On June 1, Nelson became the director of Becker County Human Services, replacing Matt Casey. Her life and career have taken many twists and turns in the intervening years.
Despite some wet, heavy snow that soaked through the winter wear of those gathered to watch the show, the turnout for Thursday night's Detroit Lakes visit by the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train was outstanding, according to organizers. Hundreds of local residents lined up along the Soo Line's Holmes Street crossing to watch the arrival of the 1,000-foot train, resplendent with holiday lights that spelled out the words "Canadian Pacific Holiday Train" in glowing red and green letters.
Three years ago, Roosevelt Elementary School in Detroit Lakes received a "three star" rating for its state reading and math assessment test (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment, or MCA) results. A "three star" rating means that a school is meeting state standards for "adequate yearly progress," or AYP. But according to Jerry Hanson, principal of Roosevelt Elementary, that star rating was "a low three and three." "We were very close to a 2 (star rating)," he added.
The Detroit Lakes School Board got a little dose of holiday cheer at Monday's board meeting, courtesy of Acting Superintendent Lowell Niklaus and Business Manager Ted Heisserer. With district enrollment counts starting to stabilize for the year, Niklaus reported that early projections of a substantial boost in kindergarten numbers have held true.
Since Friday, Dec. 1, the Canadian Pacific Railway's brightly-lit Holiday Train has been riding the rails from Pennsylvania to Minnesota, spreading Christmas cheer with its lively music shows --and good will toward men with its gifts to local food shelves. This Thursday, Dec. 14, the Holiday Train will be stopping in Detroit Lakes at the Soo Line's Holmes Street crossing, near the Community & Cultural Center.