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 polls in the Lake Park-Audubon School District are going to be a busy place come Tuesday, Nov. 8, as nine candidates are vying for five open seats on the LP-A School Board this year. The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters and the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host an LP-A School Board Candidate Forum this Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the LP-A High School Theatre in Lake Park. A reception for voters and candidates will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the forum getting underway at 7 p.m.
Though the actual baking of the pies won't take place until mid-November, volunteers at Holy Rosary Catholic Community have already begun taking orders for their annual pie sale. The event is a popular fundraiser for the parish, with the proceeds being used to purchase books and keep tuition at the school affordable. Now entering its 34th year, the Holy Rosary Pie Sale has become a beloved holiday tradition for many Detroit Lakes area residents — both those making the pies, and those ordering them.
Most people know that the general elections in November will decide not only who serves as president of the United States for the next four years, but who will lead our U.S. Congress, state, county and local governments as well. What many people don't pay attention to, however, is the space on the back of the ballot that is devoted to the state and regional judicial races.
Though healing from a traumatic experience such as domestic violence or sexual assault can often involve many months, or even years of mental health counseling, the therapeutic benefits of relaxing the mind, body and spirit are also well documented.
The Becker County Historical Society is in urgent need of a new museum building — and they're having a Barn Raising Bash to help make it happen.
The lack of contested races in this year's city council and county board elections was mentioned several times by candidates for those positions at a candidate forum hosted by the Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters Thursday night at Ecumen Detroit Lakes. "I'm not complaining," said County Commissioner Don Skarie jokingly, referring to the fact that his quest for a third term as District 4 commissioner was unopposed. "But I really hope more people will consider running (in future elections)."
Since former Detroit Lakes resident Jayne Jones Beehler published her first children's book, "Drop the Puck! It's Hockey Season," in May 2015, it's been so successful that it's already spawned two sequels — the latest of which is set to make its debut on shelves this Wednesday, Oct. 19.
It was a long, strange trip for former Detroit Lakes resident Miquette Denie-McMahon to find her way back to the community this weekend — a trip that included two canceled flights and some lost luggage, which necessitated a late-night shopping spree at the Walmart near the hotel where she was staying in Moorhead. As if all that weren't enough, she arrived back at the hotel to find that she had been displaced from her room by a fire alarm, and wasn't able to get to bed until well after 2 a.m.
Four decades is a long time to stay in one profession — especially one that is as physically, mentally and emotionally challenging as emergency medical services. But Detroit Lakes resident Brent Kaiser has logged more than that, first as an emergency medical technician, and later as a paramedic. Kaiser, who retired in September after nearly 16 years with St. Mary's EMS, and 41 years in the field altogether, says he'd still be at it if he hadn't begun to worry that at the age of 66, he was no longer quite as capable of dealing with the rigors of his profession.
Come next weekend, locals in the Osage area might possibly be heard to sing, "If you go out in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise" — and it's definitely not going to be a bunch of teddy bears having a picnic. The wooded trails of the Smokey Hills Wilderness Retreat will be the setting for the first-ever "Forest of Fear," a guided tour that will include stops at various "haunted" locales to hear their frightening tales of woe, as well as a few scary moments of the more heart-stopping variety.