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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For 36 years -- more than half his life -- Frederick Floan has been teaching students at Rossman Elementary School in Detroit Lakes, day in and day out, September through May. This Thursday, May 24, will be his last day in the classroom -- as a full-time instructor, at least. Floan, a third-generation Detroit Lakes native, is retiring after a teaching and coaching career that spanned three and a half decades, and included more than 950 students and an untold number of young athletes. During his career, Floan has taught fourth grade (12 years), sixth grade (14 years), and most recently, f
Remember that first year of high school? For many, the experience is a confusing one. In fact, surveys have shown less than half of all incoming freshmen have any feeling of connection to their new school. "There is research out there showing that kids are having difficultly transitioning to high school," said Detroit Lakes School Superintendent Lowell Niklaus.
For the past five years, the employees of Detroit Lakes Public Schools have enjoyed a group health insurance plan where year-to-year premium increases "beat the trend" for projected increases statewide, according to District Business Manager Ted Heisserer. Not this year.
Blood. It's an essential component of any hospital's operations, because like the air we breathe, it's something no human being can live without. St. Mary's Regional Health Center is not exempted from this need. But unlike many of its counterparts in other communities, the Detroit Lakes hospital gets its blood from local sources -- specifically, its own blood bank. Though the St.
For Methodist pastors, spending 12 years serving the same congregation and living in the same community is a gift that is accorded to very few. Rev. William F. Meier, who has served as pastor of Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church since June 1995, is aware of just how rare an occurrence it is. "When I was a kid, we would move every 2-3 years," Meier said, referencing the fact that his father was also a Methodist minister. Even now, a pastor's tenure with one congregation averages out to be about four years, he added. "We were fortunate to be here for so long," Meier said.
For the second time in one week, White Earth tribal officials gathered to celebrate an historic occasion Thursday afternoon. Just two days after Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor signed a contract with the U.S.
In a move that has been more than two years in the making, an agreement was signed Tuesday between the White Earth Tribal Council and the U.S.
When Vicki Okeson first started teaching at Holy Rosary School, she already knew many of her students' parents -- as the parents of her high school peers. Then just 20 years old, Okeson had completed her teaching degree three years after graduating from Detroit Lakes High School with the Class of 1987. "I never dreamed I was going to be a teacher here," said Okeson, who went to grade school in Callaway before moving to Detroit Lakes as a sixth grader. She also attended a private girls' school, Mt. St.
When Deanne Michael (née Moe) was taking dance classes in the 1980s from instructor Carla Stoll at the old Graystone Hotel building, or being coached in the Detroit Lakes High School Danceline by Mary Otto, or learning Mari Radke's choreography for the DLHS fall musical, she never envisioned that she would one day be a competitive ballroom dancer. But that's just what she did -- and this Thursday, May 10, many of her relatives, friends and former teachers will have a chance to see just how far she's come in the intervening years, as Michael brings her Beyond Ballroom Dance Company to the sta
Five years ago, on May 2, 2002, the Historic Holmes Theatre & Event Center officially opened its doors to the public for the first time, with its debut production of the locally written, produced and directed original play, "Holmes Spun Theatre." In the intervening years, more than 70,000 people have come through its doors to attend well over 200 shows featuring local, regional, national and international artists. "Last week, we had seven public events in five days, plus 10-15 private organizational meetings or classes," said Kesley Myhre, marketing coordinator for the Detroit Lakes Commun