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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As bestselling author and inspirational speaker Angela Artemis once said, "Every act of kindness is like a pebble thrown in a pond, sending out ripples far beyond where the pebble entered the water. When we're caring and kind to our neighbors, our actions send rings of kindness that spread from neighbor to neighbor to neighbor."
Detroit Lakes will be 'crawling' with art on Thursday, April 20, as nine downtown businesses host local artists for live demonstrations, 'art talks' and refreshments to kick off the inaugural Detroit Lakes Art Crawl. "It's a great time to get together with friends and enjoy a little downtown shopping, while viewing some beautiful art and meeting the talented artists who created it," says Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston, who notes that the idea for the art crawl came up during a "brainstorming" session with members of the Chamber's Promotions & Events Committee.
Last Friday was a red letter day for the students of Lake Park-Audubon High School's mass communications class — and it wasn't because they were wearing their school colors. In fact, the group of 15 (out of a class of 20) who made the trip to the Bloomington Crown Plaza Aire hotel were predominantly dressed in business casual attire, as they were representing their school at the 2017 Upper Midwest Regional Student Emmy Awards.
Though it's been around since 2007, the Detroit Lakes Public Education Foundation is not as well known as the Booster Club, Dollars for Scholars and other educational nonprofits in the community — yet the DLPEF is responsible for bringing thousands of dollars in grant funds to local teachers each year, for projects that enhance their students' learning experiences in a variety of ways. "Since 2010, we've given out 52 grants, totaling nearly $70,000," says Gary Krogsgaard, a member of the DLPEF board of directors.
For most gardeners living in northern Minnesota, the start of the spring growing season is still a few weeks away. But at Forest Glen Farm in rural Frazee, the Flynn family has been hard at work for a couple of months already, getting their herbs and vegetables started from seed and ready to transplant into the farm's two high tunnel greenhouses. "Our growing season starts in January and goes into October," said Lisa Flynn during a gardening workshop hosted by the Washington Square Mall on March 25, as part of its Blooming Art Spring Craft & Vendor Show.
The whimsical world of children's author Dr. Seuss — the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel — has been a memorable part of growing up for children across the United States since the late 1930s. In 2000, a musical adaption of Geisel's books came to the Broadway stage for the first time, bringing to life such unforgettable characters as Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat. And now, Theatreworks USA is bringing a new version of "Seussical," adapted specifically for schoolchildren in grades K-5, to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre.
"If you are hungry, nothing else matters." These thought-provoking words from North Country Food Bank Executive Director Susie Novak summed up her special luncheon presentation on hunger that was the focus of Thursday's meeting of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes.
It's maple mania in the lakes area this week, as both the Vergas community and Maplewood State Park are set to host maple syrup-related events on Saturday, April 8. Maple Syrup Demonstration Day The Friends of Maplewood State Park will be showcasing their new Sugar Shack at Maple Syrup Demonstration Day, which takes place inside the park in rural Pelican Rapids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
When President Donald Trump presented his proposed budget to the public earlier this month, it was anything but good news for Callaway's Niijii Radio (KKWE FM 89.9). Trump's plan would gut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). "About half of our funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting," says KKWE General Manager Margaret "Maggie" Rousu. "The CPB is 100 percent funded by the federal government."
"As any great coach will tell you, you're only as good as the players around you — and I play on a great team." With these words, Rossman special education instructor Amy Raboin accepted the honor of being chosen as Detroit Lakes Public Schools' Teacher of the Year for 2017. Raboin and her fellow nominees — Brady Baxter (Area Learning Center), Mark Henderson (Detroit Lakes Middle School), Pam Krueger (Roosevelt Elementary) and Tresha Mitchell (Detroit Lakes HIgh School) — were honored with a ceremony held late Monday afternoon at the local American Legion.