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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When Andrea Hanson graduated from Lake Park-Audubon High School in 1997, her first career ambition was to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. "When I was in high school, I won a Creativity Award that was presented by the 3M Corporation," she recalls. She and other recipients of the award were given the chance to tour the 3M plant in St. Paul, which included a trip through their laboratories -- where they were given a chance to make adhesive tape. Hanson's tape was judged to be the stickiest.
For the first time, the St. Mary's Innovis Health Clinic in Detroit Lakes now has its own urology department. Drs. Brad Qualey, David Paul and Scott Wheeler of Lakes Area Urology in Brainerd began seeing patients at the Detroit Lakes clinic this week. What this means for Detroit Lakes residents is that those suffering from diseases and disorders of the kidney, bladder and prostate can now be treated locally rather than having to go to Fargo or the Twin Cities. "My two partners and I will be coming here on Monday and Tuesday of every week and seeing patients at the clinic," said Dr.
Since 1976, the Minnesota State Fair Board has been recognizing farms in the state that have been in the same family for 100 years or more. Ten years later, in 1986, the Becker County Fair Board established a century farm recognition program of its own -- and since that time, a total of 72 farms in the county have been honored. This year, five more century farms were added to the list, bringing the total to 77 farms.
All through the summer months, the towns in the lakes area each take their turn in the spotlight with an array of unique community festivals, from the Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes to Turkey Days in Frazee, Turtle Fest in Perham and Taste of Dorset, just to name a few. This weekend, that spotlight shifts to Vergas, as the town gets ready to host its annual Looney Daze festivities. "It's going to be a great weekend," says festival chairman Kevin Flynn, who is taking his first turn at the helm of the annual event, though he has worked behind the scenes for several years. The fu
Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the Historic Holmes Theatre are co-hosting a free concert on Monday, Aug. 16 by The Notables, a jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band. The Noteables ensemble has appeared in concert and on national television with Bob Hope, jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew, composer/arranger Frank Mantooth, former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen, pop singer Lee Greenwood and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. The 13-member ensemble includes 11 instrumentalists, one female vocalist and an audio engineer.
From the moment he hit the stage Thursday night, belting out his rocking hit "Kiss A Girl," to his final encore, "Better Life," Keith Urban held the WE Fest crowd in the palm of his hand. They clapped, they cheered, they sang along -- and sometimes, they even sang a phrase or two for him, while Urban held the microphone outward, an unabashed grin on his face. "Some performers want crowds to sit and listen to music and be on their best behavior...
Though Thursday may mark his first time on the WE Fest stage, the music of country singer-songwriter Randy Houser will undoubtedly have a familiar feel to regulars at the 27-year-old country music festival. Strongly influenced by the music of his country idols like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Waylon Jennings, Houser has a growing number of his own hits to please the Soo Pass crowd, starting with debut single "Anything Goes" and its follow-up, "Boots On." He's looking forward to taking the stage at Soo Pass Ranch on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. "I'm excited about it -- looking a
As Monday night's commissioner candidate forum proved, the potential acquisition of the former Detroit Mountain Ski Area property by Becker County is a topic upon which the candidates' opinions vary widely. Some are in favor of exploring all possible options for the project, some are only in favor if the project can be funded without using taxpayer dollars, and some are completely opposed to the acquisition. Not all the candidates were present to provide those opinions at the League of Women Voters-sponsored event, however: District 2 incumbent Harry Salminen, one of his challengers, Gerry
A simple request to add his nickname to the ballot for the upcoming state elections has garnered GOP Secretary of State candidate Dan "Doc" Severson more attention than he could have imagined. But according to Severson, it's not the kind of attention he wants. "My desire is to just talk about the issues," Severson said during a brief stop in Detroit Lakes Friday, just before making the rounds at the Becker County Fair.
It's been almost 49 years since attorney Lynn Hummel first hung up his shingle in Detroit Lakes, as Lowell Benshoof's law partner. Since then, the list of partners he's had reads like a "who's who" of the Becker County court system, with one former (Jack Pearson) and one current (Joe Evans) district court judge as well as the current county attorney (Mike Fritz) among them. Jim Sinclair, Dennis Sherman, Linda Hunt and Lance Heisler have also worked in partnership with Hummel through the years.