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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When you ask the cast of the Detroit Lakes High School 2017 one-act play, Lois Lowry's "Gathering Blue," what the story is all about, there's no shortage of voices that clamor to respond. "A dystopian society becomes aware," says Anna Hokanson, who brings to life the play's central character, Kira. Giggles erupt from her fellow actors as they kid her about how melodramatic that response sounds. "'Gathering Blue' is set in a world (author) Lois Lowry created in 'The Giver,'" says Sarah Kapphahn, who plays the role of Vandara
It's been more than 20 years since Gary Allan began his career in country music, but the multi-platinum star still loves nothing more than getting up on stage and performing live for his legion of fans. "I love touring," Allan told the Detroit Lakes Tribune. He will be stopping at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino this Thursday, Jan. 26 for an 8 p.m. show inside the Event Center. "Some people don't, but I make records so I can tour. I just love playing live."
After a one-year absence, the Ecumen Detroit Lakes Charity Benefit is back — with a few new elements aimed at broadening its appeal to the general public. Set for Friday, Jan. 27 at the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom, the benefit will include the return of popular features like the "Wall of Wine" and silent auction, as well as the addition of live music during both the opening social at 5:30 p.m., and the all-new "Late Night Reception," which gets underway after the dinner and program have concluded, at 8:30 p.m.
The year 2016 was a "remarkable" one for the City of Detroit Lakes, according to Mayor Matt Brenk. "(It was) remarkable, I think, in several areas," Brenk said during his "State of the City" address, which concluded Tuesday night's council meeting.
A $3.4 million sanitary sewer and watermain extension project along north Highway 59 and Stoney Road will be installed this coming year, with the site of the new Becker County Jail to be one of the chief beneficiaries. But after more than an hour of questions and a presentation from City Engineer Jon Pratt, residents of the Willow Springs/Hillcrest area who packed the Detroit Lakes City Council chambers for last week's council meeting were somewhat relieved to learn that the city and Becker County would be paying the brunt of the assessable costs for the immediate future.
Bluegrass, rock, country, traditional Celtic or indie pop... whatever your musical taste, chances are there is a concert you'll love coming to a venue near you this weekend. Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre is hosting not just one, but two concerts over a three-day period, as is Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, while New York Mills' Cultural Center and the Top Hat Theatre in Ulen will be hosting some headliners of their own for one-night-only performances. Holmes Theatre
Are Detroit Lakes City Council members adhering to the state's open meeting law with regard to their committee meetings? At Tuesday night's council meeting, City Attorney Charles Ramstad presented some questions that had been raised by a "concerned citizen" — identified as city resident Kyle Braaten during the subsequent discussion — regarding whether too many council members had been participating in certain committee meetings.
About two dozen Detroit Lakes city staff and council members took part in a long-range planning session Thursday at city hall. During the full-day session, facilitators Richard and Irina Fursman helped the group to come up with a list of seven objectives, and a two-year "action plan" for implementing them. "It was a good process," said City Administrator Kelcey Klemm on Friday. After the objectives were established, he added, "We set dates for the more tangible steps we have to take to accomplish those goals and objectives."
Drag racing on ice — it doesn't sound like the smartest idea, does it?
Ever since they were kids, Hannah Kenney and Andrew Bartlett have loved making movies. "Me and my brothers watched a lot of Roy Rogers and Andy Griffith," says Bartlett, 20. "That was our inspiration — making westerns in our basement in Fargo, on 8 millimeter tapes. "Later on, we did some slapstick videos with the Kenney family," he added. "We started making movies together for fun," added Kenney, 26, noting that their families had been friends since before they were even born.