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 the brilliant fall colors slowly start to fade, the nights get longer and the days get colder, Halloween happenings are gradually creeping up on the local events calendar.
A helicopter from Sanford AirMed in Fargo was at the Detroit Lakes-Becker County Airport Thursday afternoon for an open house demonstration hosted by Essentia Health-St. Mary's, which is in the midst of a campaign to raise "$100,000 in 100 days" for a new helipad on the hospital grounds in Detroit Lakes.
The current home of the Detroit Lakes Fire Department at West Main Street — which opened its doors for an open house this past Wednesday in honor of Fire Prevention Week — was built in 1968.
City and county officials gathered at the end of the main runway at the Detroit Lakes-Becker County Airport Monday morning to officially break ground on an $18 million runway extension project.
A family of five, murdered by a group of Native Americans who burned the family's rural Audubon home as they fled the scene... a brothel owner killed by a lynch mob in retaliation for his alleged crimes... a local woman who committed suicide by ingesting rat poison... These were just a few of the stories about "the darker side of Becker County history" that were shared during a special "After Dark at the Museum" event held this past Friday at the Becker County Museum in Detroit Lakes.
When it comes to receiving treatment for medical emergencies such as a stroke or traumatic injury, every minute counts. Even 15 minutes' delay can mean the difference between life and death. Yet the closest available Life Link helicopter medical transport for Essentia Health-St. Mary's (EHSM) in Detroit Lakes is at the local airport — which is a 15-minute ride away from the hospital.
Detroit Lakes' community solar garden officially went online this past Monday, and to celebrate, the public utilities department held a ribbon cutting and 'Clean Energy Tour' of the community this past Tuesday. "It turned out to be a pretty nice day," said Vernell Roberts, general manager of Detroit Lakes Public Utilities. "We had about 32 people on the tour."
Have you ever wanted to try out the sport of mountain biking? Is it something you think your kids — or your neighbors' kids — might enjoy too? Then this weekend is tailor-made for you, as the volunteers of the Lakes Area Mountain Bike Alliance and Trails (LAMBAT) have organized not just one, but two special events to promote and support the sport of mountain biking in the lakes area: Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day and the Happy Trails Ball. Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Unsolved murders, poisonings, lynch mobs, hangings, inns of "ill repute" ... These aren't the kinds of things you'd normally associate with small, rural communities like those that dot our local landscape — yet this county's history does have its dark side, says Emily Buermann, programming director for the Becker County Museum in Detroit Lakes. "This isn't the kind of historical information that we normally share here at our museum," she added.
It's been almost 25 years since Park Rapids area native Will Weaver wrote "A Gravestone Made of Wheat," the short story that inspired the movie "Sweet Land," and later, a musical theater adaptation of that movie — but the theme behind that story "has never been more relevant than today," the award-winning author says.