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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You've heard it said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.
"No water, no life. No blue, no green." These words from renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle summarize the central nature of water in human life — how it has shaped our past, our present, and even our future. Earle's quote can be found on one of the narrative panels that comprise "Water/Ways," a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution that opened this past Saturday at the Becker County Historical Society & Museum in Detroit Lakes.
Last week, the Detroit Lakes City Council set a special meeting for Feb. 28, to deal with a couple of items they were not ready to take action on at their regular monthly meeting.
The vote on a rezoning request and conditional use permit for a 52-unit condominium project on Highland Drive, across Highway 10 from the Holiday Inn overlooking a bluff there, ended in a 3-3 tie at Thursday night's meeting of the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission. According to City Administrator Kelcey Klemm, this essentially means the $25 million, three-phase project proposed by owner Bob Spilman will move on for consideration by the Community Development Commission without a "yes" or "no" recommendation from the planning board.
For a fifth straight year, the Lakes Area Photography Show will once again take over the main corridor of the Washington Square Mall for a three-week stay, starting today (Saturday, Feb. 25) and continuing through Sunday, March 12. Participating photographers have each submitted up to five 8x10-inch prints of their best work for display, and starting this Monday, Feb. 27, mall visitors can vote for their favorites. "We will be giving out mall gift cards to the top two (vote-getters) in both the adult and youth categories," says Washington Square Mall Manager Dawn Olson.
Let's celebrate Women's History Month throughout the month of March. From the Women's March on Washington in their pink knitted hats of today to the suffragette experiences of the late 19th and early 20th century, your library has materials that focus on women's contributions to our history and culture. "The Book of Heroines: Tales of History's Gutsiest Gals," by Stephanie Warren Drimmer.
It's been 40 years since local attorney Lynn Hummel first began contemplating writing a column for the Detroit Lakes Tribune. "I woke up early on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 1977, and went downstairs," Hummel recalls. "The house was quiet." So his thoughts turned toward New Year's resolutions, and he said to himself, "What am I not doing that I want very much to do?" As it turned out, writing was at the very top of his bucket list, so Hummel sat down that morning and wrote a couple of sample columns to take to then Tribune publisher John Meyer.
Fossil fuels, tar sands, fracking, pipelines, oil production, oil spills... these are terms that have been part of the lexicon of U.S. and Canadian culture for decades now. But it is only within the past decade that they have been featured prominently in regional news headlines — thanks in no small part to Enbridge's catastrophic, 1-million-gallon oil spill on the Kalamazoo River in 2010, and recent protests over construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
Like any mostly-outdoor festival held during the oft-frozen peak of a Minnesota winter, Detroit Lakes' Polar Fest has had its weather-related challenges over the past couple of decades. This year, however, Mother Nature smiled upon the community's celebration of all things winter, with nary a snowflake or subzero temperature reading in sight through its 12-day run. "The weather was finally in our favor for pretty much everything," said Amy Stoller Stearns, a longtime member of the Polar Fest planning committee.
Gary Thompson has been pulling pieces of history out of Becker County's lakes and rivers for going on half a century now. "This will be my 50th year," says Thompson, owner and proprietor of Detroit Lakes' Tri-State Diving. "I started diving in 1967... I paid for my first set of scuba gear out of my high school graduation money."