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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October is almost here, which means that staff and volunteers at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge are in the final stages of preparation for the Refuge's annual Fall Festival. The celebration gets underway Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m., and continues well into the afternoon, with most activities wrapping up by 3 p.m. "We're at three locations this year," says Sue Braun, who is chairing this year's festival as a volunteer with the Friends of Tamarac. "We'll have activities at the Discovery Center, Visitor Center, and the historic cabin site."
Local fans of the HGTV television series "House Hunters" may notice that this week's episode features some mighty familiar locations. Yes, Detroit Lakes is the setting for the series' latest installment, airing locally on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. Titled "Single Mom Seeks Dream Lakefront Home in Minnesota," the episode focuses on Dr. Jennifer Pedersen, owner/operator of Northland Chiropractic in Detroit Lakes. A longtime fan of "House Hunters," Pedersen was seeking to relocate from her Vergas-area home to one in Detroit Lakes.
This hot ticket may cost a cool $60 per person, but the money goes for a truly important cause: Proceeds from the 11th annual Fire & Ice fundraiser for Essentia Health-St. Mary's Foundation, set to take place Friday, Sept. 30 at The Fireside in Detroit Lakes, will be to support the new birth center in the local hospital's obstetrics department. In February, Essentia Health-St. Mary's Hospital launched a year-long renovation of its obstetrics wing, to transform it into "The Birthplace."
For the first time in 22 years, there's a new woman at the helm at Ecumen Detroit Lakes—but she's a familiar face to those residents and staff at the local retirement community who have been with the organization for more than a decade. Katie Lundmark, who began her career in long term care administration as the housing manager of The Madison—part of the Ecumen DL campus—about 10 years ago, became the executive director of the local senior living complex on Aug. 22. Her predecessor, Janet Green, is not retiring, however: She's been promoted.
A place where dogs can run, jump and play, within Detroit Lakes city limits — it could happen as early as 2018, if the City Park Board has its way. "A dog park is in the (park board's) long range plan," says Public Works Director Brad Green. "It's actually No. 2 on the list."
The City of Detroit Lakes has seen a lot of changes in the past several years, from street and infrastructure improvements to commercial and residential development... and now the bill for some of those city-funded projects is coming due. Well over half of the proposed 6 percent increase in the city property tax levy for the coming year is due to payments on bonds issued for city-funded construction projects that are coming due in 2017.
Summer may officially be drawing to a close with the advent of the fall equinox on Wednesday, but there are still plenty of things to get out and enjoy in the lakes area this week — all free of charge. Trinity art exhibit
The long arm of the law will have a new face in Detroit Lakes come Nov. 16. That’s the date that Steven Todd, currently a lieutenant with the Clay County...
After a yearlong planning process, the Detroit Lakes Public Utilities Commission is finally ready to let the sunshine in for its customers. “Community solar is a go,” announced DLPU General...