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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Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church is turning 100 years old this year, and as part of its anniversary celebration, the congregation is opening the doors of its Fellowship Hall to the community this Wednesday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a Centennial Salad Luncheon. "There have been centennial events all year long, culminating in our big celebration on Aug. 27," says Norma Smith, president of the First Lutheran Church Women, who are hosting the luncheon.
It was back in 2008 that the first phase of the Vergas Long Lake Trail, from Main Street to Loon Park, was completed. "It was a safety trail that was intended to take people — walkers, bikers, (people on) scooters — off the main highway," says Cheryl Hanson, a member of the Vergas trail development committee. "It was started with funds donated when my father, Roger Hanson, died."
Back in 2008, the Detroit Lakes City Council commissioned RDG Planning & Design to develop a Business Corridor Study, in response to a major realignment of U.S. Highway 10 through the city's downtown. The realignment had also opened land near its downtown, providing an opportunity for redevelopment, so to capitalize on this situation, RDG undertook a study that would provide a vision for future development in the downtown, to guide public and private decisions regarding downtown redevelopment.
Detroit Lakes area residents, get ready to enjoy the best in grass-fed meats, organic produce, fresh coffees, healthy smoothies and gluten free snacks, drinks and baked goods! All that and more will be coming to the new MANNA Food Co-op store at 105 Barbara Avenue sometime later this month. "We don't have an official date yet," says MANNA Co-op President Wendy Gordon. "We're awaiting an inspection and approval from the state."
Detroit Lakes' most storied summer festival, the Northwest Water Carnival, is almost upon us — and with it, the Miss Northwest Pageant, which is slated to kick off the festival this Friday, July 7 at 7 p.m. inside the Historic Holmes Theatre. Eight candidates will vie for the honor of succeeding Miss Northwest 2016, Hailey Jutz, while four candidates are slated to compete for the title of Miss Northwest Outstanding Teen, which was held last year by Karleen Wilde.
Classic rock legends Creedence Clearwater Revisited will perform live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center this Friday July 7 at 8 p.m. It will mark the group's second visit in the past three years (they also headlined a show at the casino in 2014). "We have a lot of fans there," says Stu Cook, who was a founding member of swamp-rock pioneers Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) when the group got its start in the mid-1960s. "We hope they all come out and see us, stay at the casino for a while and have a good time," he added.
The July 4 holiday is almost upon us, and the Detroit Lakes Kiwanis Club is celebrating its independence a little early with its inaugural "Blues, Beer & BBQ" fundraiser on Friday, June 30 at Detroit Mountain. Tickets for the event are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and may be purchased at the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce (814 Summit Ave.) or from any Kiwanis member. There is also a link on Detroit Mountain website ( www.detroitmountain.com ) for those who prefer to purchase their tickets online.
Sunny, warm, but not too hot or humid, with a gentle breeze wafting through the trees: It was a picture perfect night to go strolling through the gravestones at Oak Grove Cemetery on Tuesday — and the crowd that showed up for the Becker County Museum's inaugural Cemetery Walk reflected that fact. "We were very pleased with the response we got for this event," said museum director Becky Mitchell. "We sold a little over 100 tickets, and we estimate that there were 30-40 children there as well (kids under age 18 were admitted free of charge).
It’s official:Detroit Lakes’ first-ever designated Dog Park will hold its grand opening at 11 a.m. this Thursday, June 29 — and all of Detroit Lakes’ canine denizens are invited. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is expected to include remarks from Mayor Matt Brenk and Detroit Lakes Park Board Chairman Dan Josephson.
The Summer Solstice — also known as Midsummer — is upon us, and the folks at Richwood Winery are once again preparing to celebrate the "longest day of light" with their 5th Annual Summer Solstice festival on Saturday, June 24 from 2 to 8 p.m. As has become tradition, the event will once again include live music, with not just one, but two acts scheduled to perform: "GC" Gordon Christensen will start his set at 2:30 p.m., with Blondie & George to follow at 5 p.m.