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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The weather outside may have been a bit frightful of late, but come this weekend, temperatures are slated to rise into the upper 30s — just in time for the start of Polar Fest 2017. Detroit Lakes' celebration of all things winter is actually slated to kick off on Thursday, Feb. 9, with the unveiling of Polar Fest's "official beer" at Lakeside Tavern. For the second year, Polar Fest Committee members will tap into the first keg of "Winter Shanty" — brewed especially for Polar Fest at DL's own Tavern Brewery — promptly at 4 p.m.
A 15-year quest by Detroit Lakes Public Library Director Mary Haney has finally come to fruition: Garrison Keillor is coming to DL on April 27 to do a free presentation at the library. "We've had a long history of bringing Minnesota's 'literary lights' to our library to speak," says Haney. "He's one of the few that we've never had here."
For the past 11 years, on an enchanted evening in February, princesses from throughout the land of lakes have been bringing the special men in their lives — be it their dads, granddads, uncles or family friends — to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre to enjoy a night of dancing, crafts, food and fun that was created just for them. Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance will celebrate its 11th anniversary this Friday, Feb. 10, once again kicking off Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration in style.
As Neil Diamond might say, it's time to "turn on your heartlight." For the 10th straight year, Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation of Fargo are joining forces to help nonprofits and charitable organizations throughout western Minnesota and North Dakota raise money through Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event set for this Thursday, Feb. 9.
Water is an inescapable part of our lives. It makes up 60 percent of the human body, and 71 percent of the Earth's surface. We literally cannot survive without it. In fact, it is such an intrinsic part of the human experience that it has shaped much of our culture and traditions... not to mention the stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next.
The new tubing hill and warming house at the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area was packed last Friday night, as about 30 adults and kids involved in the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center's Kinship mentoring program gathered for an evening of tubing, socializing, and of course, lots of hot chocolate to warm them up between trips down the hill. "Detroit Mountain supported us by giving us discounted prices for an evening of tubing, in honor of National Mentoring Month (in January)," said Lakes Area Kinship program coordinator Ashlie Seifert.
Sixth-grader Logan Hilde was all smiles on Thursday afternoon when he accepted a check for $468.53 from his classmates at Detroit Lakes Middle School. The check represented the balance of the money needed for Hilde and his family to make the trip to San Jose, Calif., in April, so his parents, Jason and April, and brother Tanner can watch him play with the rest of his Hope, Inc. Hurricanes Sled Hockey teammates at the National Disabled Hockey Festival.
Since The Refuge Christian Outreach & Resource Center first opened its doors to the Detroit Lakes community in 2006, the local, faith-based nonprofit has expanded its ministry to encompass the Helping Hand Thrift Store, Solid Grounds Coffee Shop & Café, and its latest effort: a self-funded, faith-based, 24-hour drug and alcohol treatment facility for men known as the Compassion House.
A total of $35-$36 million to use on city infrastructure and facilities projects over the next 25 years: That is what the Detroit Lakes City Council is hoping to gain from a new half-cent local option sales tax that they could put before voters for approval as early as this November. Three different options for a capital finance plan that would be funded by the proposed tax were presented by City Administrator Kelcey Klemm at a special council meeting on Tuesday.
The loss of a child, whether before, during, or after birth, is something no parent wants to think about — yet it is something that roughly 19 percent of all adults in the U.S. have experienced, according to HopeExchange.com, a website devoted to "shining light on pregnancy loss and grief."