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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When Frazee city officials were considering the possibility of selling the property known as Eagle Lake Park, back in 2001, residents of the area decided that they wanted to do something to preserve the land as a park -- and the Eagle Lake Park Association (ELPA) was born. Though the park had been all but abandoned, this group has worked tirelessly to garner the grants, donations and volunteer hours necessary to restore Eagle Lake Park to its former glory. While their efforts remain ongoing, the ELPA has already done much to restore the eroding shoreline on the park's swimming beach.
Looking for a place to re-settle after the 1997 floods devastated their Grand Forks home, Mary and Walter Kulberg "literally chose Detroit Lakes off the map and said, 'this feels right,'" as Mary put it. Full-time residents of the community since 1998, the Kulbergs "loved getting back to a small town feel once again," she added. Still, it was several years before Mary was able to push past the trauma of that experience and work through her feelings about the flood in the way she had worked through all the other major changes in her life: she wrote a poem about it. "It (the flood) took ou
Though he lost all the equipment for his fledgling industrial labeling business, Edge Graphics, and his body is still feeling the aftereffects of a terrifying leap to safety, Detroit Lakes resident Chris Disse knows he is very, very fortunate to still be breathing. The graphic designer was hard at work on a project for a local business on the evening of Oct. 5, when he decided to take a short nap before finishing off the project for delivery in the morning. "I was working late, trying to pump out a really big job I needed to drop off Friday morning," he recalls.
Detroit Lakes Mayor Larry Buboltz was not present for Tuesday night's City Council meeting -- but he had a good reason. Vice Mayor Matt Brenk, who presided over the meeting in Buboltz's absence, announced at the beginning of the proceedings that Buboltz was undergoing heart surgery early today. Surgery had been planned because of blockages, but was done a few days earlier than planned, apparently because of concerns about aneurysms. At Tuesday's meeting, the council accepted the resignation of Jarrod Christen as supervisor of the city's water/wastewater department, effective Oct. 31.
Visitors to the Detroit Lakes Public Schools web site may have noticed a few changes lately -- and there are more underway, as DL Superintendent Mark Adams announced at Monday's school board meeting. "This is going to be a one-year work in progress," Adams said at the meeting. The goal of the redesign is to increase the site's "user friendliness" for staff, students and parents, he continued.
"Canwegian," a duo of young Canadian-Norwegian folk artists, will make its Detroit Lakes debut Sunday, Oct. 15, at a 7 p.m. concert in Trinity Lutheran Church. Sarah Branskou and Sarah Nagell complement each other's skills well. Granskou, an experienced performance artist, is a modern 'scald' (Nordic bard), and makes this exotic Scandinavian music accessible.
Have you ever wanted to get your child a really nice outfit for a special occasion, such as a christening, church Christmas program or special school occasion -- yet temporarily lacked the wherewithal to do so? Have you ever gone to your granddaughter's or grandson's school Christmas program, and noticed that there was one child who stood out in the sea of suits and velvet dresses because they were dressed far too casually for the occasion?
One day, in the not-too-distant future, he may be introduced as "Senator Al Franken of Minnesota." But for now, the comedy writer and performer-turned-political activist, radio talk show host and author is just hob-nobbing with the DFL politicos, while doing his part to help raise money and awareness for the Democratic slate of candidates in the Nov. 7 general elections. Franken will be the special guest and keynote speaker at a DFL candidate fund raiser this Friday, Oct.
After meeting in closed session for just over two hours on Monday morning, the Detroit Lakes School Board took no action with regard to an ongoing assault investigation against Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams. "There's nothing to warrant disciplinary action (against Adams) at this time," said School Board Chairman Dr. Tom Seaworth on Monday afternoon.
Does your heart soar when you hear the "Star Wars" movie theme? Did you weep when you heard the theme to "Schindler's List" for the first time? If you're a movie music buff, or even if you just love music, you might want to check out the "Pizza Pops Concert with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra: A John Williams Spectacular!" in Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. Set to take place next Sunday, Oct. 8, the show actually begins with a 12:30 p.m. pizza luncheon in the Holmes Ballroom (adjacent to the theater).