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Though he's been singing since he could talk, and playing guitar for nearly two decades, Detroit Lakes Police Department veteran Tim Eggebraaten has never released a professionally recorded CD Until now. In late December, Eggebraaten received the first copies of his debut CD, "From Within." The 12 tracks on the CD were recorded at Gray Barn Studios in Detroit Lakes, with the help of the recording studio's owner, Kevin Racer. "I can't say enough about him (Racer)," Eggebraaten said. "He's a computer guru, but with a music background.
When Paul Hubbard's son, Tony, returns to the United States in March, after his second tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq, Hubbard intends to be in San Diego, Calif., to greet him. In fact, the Detroit Lakes man is hoping to go one step further: "I'm hoping to do a Tiger cruise," he says. "My son (a corporal who serves as the gunner on a CH-53 helicopter) is aboard the U.S.S. Boxer right now.
Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre hosts an evening of "The Comedy of Scott Novotny" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11. Novotny, a Minnesota native, moved with his wife and two children to New Richmond, Wis., several years ago, to give his family a taste of small-town life. And it is that small-town life that provides fodder for much of his stand-up comedy. "Comedy is such a wonderful thing to be able to do for a living," he says.
As the holiday season draws to a close and the new year begins, many local residents are acting on their resolutions to make a renewed commitment to health and fitness -- and the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center has several new class offerings to make that commitment a little more fun. In the BTD Aquatics Center, aquatics program director Kim Bettcher has added an adult swim team class, which begins Tuesday.
When Detroit Lakes artist Hans Gilsdorf began looking last spring for just the right model to create his bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, he discovered he didn't have to look very far. Gilsdorf, who was commissioned in August 2005 to do a six-foot sculpture for the newly-rebuilt St. Mary of the Lakes Church in rural Detroit Lakes, found his inspiration at the home of his wife's brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Betsy Norby -- in the form of his 17- (now 18) year-old niece, Nichole. "Nichole was the perfect height (5 feet, 10 inches), looks, everything," he said.
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.
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
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