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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Though Becker County Auditor and Treasurer Ryan Tangen has been out on the campaign trail for months now, and has spent the past two weeks testing the county's new election equipment, it wasn't until the boxes were open and the ballot cards were being counted Tuesday night that the nerves really began to kick in. "It was quite a relief to see the results start coming in," he said.
With new officers and a new, weekly meeting schedule, the 412 Lakes Club 8339 of Toastmasters International has a fresh focus and is looking to boost its membership, as well. "We're making a new start, with a fresh slate of officers," says Ted Schaum, who serves as the group's vice president of membership and public relations.
Whenever you watch those old movie musicals on television, do you ever get the feeling that you've just gotta get up and dance? Do you have aspirations of becoming a ballerina or a Broadway dancer someday?
Affirming an action taken by Board Chairman Dr. Tom Seaworth over the weekend, the Detroit Lakes School Board has placed the district's superintendent, Mark Adams, on paid administrative leave until further notice. The action took place at a special board meeting called Wednesday morning "for preliminary consideration of allegations" against Adams. Adams, who became the district's superintendent in July of this year, has recently come under fire for a Sept. 9 incident involving an altercation with Ogema area farmer Mark Rothschadl. He was indicted Oct.
The White Earth Reservation Tribal Council recently received some good news: Proposed funding for a new RTC Administrative building has been approved, with groundbreaking scheduled for May 2007. The $14.5 million building will feature two stories and 80,000 square feet, and it will be located west of the Biimaadiiziiwiin Senior Apartments near White Earth Village. "We're very excited about this new facility," said White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma J.
Incumbents ruled the day in most area legislative races Tuesday-- with one notable exception. Republican State Senator Cal Larson was defeated by his DFL challenger, Dan Skogen, receiving just 14,000, or 45 percent of total votes cast in District 10. Skogen received 17,360 votes, or 55 percent. Sen. Keith Langseth (DFL) received just over 20,350 votes, or 70 percent of all ballots cast in District 9, in his bid for re-election against Republican challenger Paul Holle. Holle received 8,748 votes, or 30 percent. Incumbent State Sen.
If Minnesota Attorney General candidate Jeff Johnson was looking for a receptive audience to discuss his political ideas, he certainly found it Friday at The Lodge on Lake Detroit. Making his last stop in his hometown prior to Tuesday's statewide elections, Johnson spoke briefly to a group of well-wishers that included former classmates, teachers, relatives and friends. "If hard work, good morals and a love of Minnesota is enough to win this election, then he will win it," said Jeff's proud mother, Dianne Johnson of Detroit Lakes. "He's worked so hard -- and he's such a nice guy," she sa
About a year and a half ago, a letter to the editor appeared in the pages of this newspaper, calling for the formation of a new city band. That letter was the spark that eventually led to the creation of the Lakes Area Community Concert Band, which will give its first official concert on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Though the enrollment news is good overall for the 32 schools in the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) system, it's especially good for the Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community & Technical College. The DL campus' most recent fall enrollment figures show a total of 669 students, an 8 percent increase as compared to enrollment at the same time last year (619 students), according to campus enrollment manager Dale Westley. Enrollment for MSCTC as a whole is also up, from 5,237 in fall 2005 to 5,843 in fall 2006, an increase of 11.6 percent. Though initial enrollmen
Last Monday, Oct. 23, Minnesota State House and Senate election candidates for District 9B met at The Madison in Detroit Lakes for a candidate forum focusing exclusively on senior issues. In attendance were State Rep. Paul Marquart, Sen. Keith Langseth and Paul Holle, Langseth's challenger.