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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It's been five years since the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center officially opened its doors to the public on Dec. 14, 2001. In that time, the $10 million, state-of-the art facility has grown its membership to more than 4,000. Annual usage has increased from 108,000 "check-ins" -- i.e., the total number of people who walk in its doors -- in its first year to an estimated 200,000 in 2006. "For more than 20 years, this place was always a want and a need," says Stu Omberg, the community center's current CEO.
Since September, the 18 kids enrolled in the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center's first-ever Afterschool Program have been hard at work, creating an original theatrical production to be presented on the stage of the DLCCC's Historic Holmes Theatre. Though it premiered on Friday, Dec. 8, the public will have one more opportunity to view the production on Monday, Dec. 11, at 4:15 p.m., as part of the DLCCC's fifth anniversary celebration.
It's been almost 25 years since Huron, S.D.
Four decades after Detroit Lakes' Damien Society members first started setting up mitten trees around town to gather mittens, hats and scarves for area children in need, the Damien Mitten Tree project is going stronger than ever. But this year's drive, which officially started on Friday, is tinged with sadness: The project's founder and chief cheerleader, Genevieve Kwako, passed away last week after a long illness. "We are definitely going to miss her," said DelRae Chivers, co-chair for this year's project, along with Sharon Sinclair. "She had a wicked sense of humor -- she always made u
An Oct. 9 nuclear test in North Korea made that tiny Asian nation the focus of a political firestorm. United Nations Security Council sanctions were imposed.
He's been nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year twice -- winning it once, in 1995. His students have advanced to regional, state and national competitions. He's saved scrapbooks filled with thank you notes from -- and articles filled with the accomplishments of -- former students and colleagues. Yet it's not the accolades that Gary Pieske will miss when he steps down from his position as a sales and marketing instructor at Minnesota State Community & Technical College (MSCTC) in Detroit Lakes at the end of December.
On Tuesday, the Detroit Lakes Wal-Mart SuperCenter joined 3,810 other Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores across the country in offering the company's low-cost generic prescription program. Following a similar move by Target the previous week, Wal-Mart's 64 Minnesota stores began offering many generic, prescription drugs in a 30-day supply for just $4. Though Wal-Mart, Inc., launched the program in Florida in September, with intentions to spread outside the state in January 2007, Wal-Mart President and CEO Lee Scott said Monday that customer demand led it to accelerate the rollout of the progra
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Though a cool, brisk wind was blowing through Detroit Lakes Monday evening, the weather was much more cooperative for the official launch of Detroit Lakes' holiday season than it had been in previous years. With more than 20 entries (plus a few last-minute additions), Santa's Grand Parade of Lights was a hit. "We had a good crowd out there this year," said Dave Hochhalter, president of the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce. "There were a lot of really good displays...
Once again, the Detroit Lakes School District has earned the praise of independent auditors hired to conduct the annual school financial audit. Representatives from the firm of Kern-DeWenter-Viere gave a presentation on the 2005-06 school audit at the DL School Board's November meeting. At the meeting, held Nov.