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 native Maria Amundson, a teacher at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School in Audubon since 2008, has been chosen as Teacher of the Year for 2016-17 by her peers at LP-A. "It was a huge honor to be selected," says Amundson, who received her award at a reception Monday morning at the school. "I was very surprised when I found out I had been chosen," she added. "We have so many outstanding and deserving teachers here."
They're baaaaack! For the first time since 2015, "lake LeMans"-style snowmobile racing returns to the ice of Big Detroit Lake this month, as the J & K Beach Bar 200 is making a comeback on Jan. 14-15. "They (USXC Racing Association, which runs the event) moved the race to Devil's Lake last year," said Kevin Tinjum, owner of race sponsor J & K Marine. But after a one-year absence, the ice of Big Detroit in front of the Holiday Inn on the Lake will once again be home to the two-day USXC event, which features racers of every age and skill level.
The weather outside may be pretty frightful right now, but getting in a good, competitive workout doesn't have to involve freezing temperatures, thermal underwear or strapping on a pair of skis.
The musical "Pump Boys & Dinettes" was a bonafide hit when it first premiered Off-Broadway at New York's Chelsea West Side Arts Theatre on July 10, 1981, transferring first to the larger Colonnades Theatre in October before making its Broadway bow at the Princess Theatre on Feb. 4, 1982. "Most of the people who are doing the show with us now probably weren't even born then," joked producer Curt Wollan, whose Troupe America cast will be bringing its 2017 tour of PB & D to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
When Azyloh Roberts was born at 9:22 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, he became the first recorded birth of 2017 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes — which was something his mother, Ambrosia Roberts, hadn't really expected. "He was a week overdue," she said on Wednesday morning, adding with a laugh, "he was a little overcooked." Azyloh has two older sisters, 7-year-old Azaliah and 2-year-old Airliina: When asked about their unusual names, Ambrosia said that it was all her idea, noting that she had just named her son that morning.
Eleven-year-old Logan Hilde and his brother Tanner, 10, love to play hockey. Like may other "hockey parents," Detroit Lakes residents Jason and April Hilde encourage their sons' passion by taking them to practice twice a week — and have caught the fever themselves. "We're all (Minnesota) Wild fans," says Jason, who is a contractor with Herzog Roofing in Detroit Lakes.
Earlier this month, about a week before the winter holiday break began, Detroit Lakes High School athletic trainer Thomas Truedson learned that the school would soon be the proud recipient of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Safe Sports School Award. The national awards program "champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes," and "reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment," according to a press release from NATA.
Though professional comedian and magician David Harris has been to Detroit Lakes a few times, he's never headlined a show here — but that's all about to change. Harris will be joined by fellow comedians Kevin Cahak and Jodie Maruska for a Pre-New Year's Eve Comedy & Magic Show at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes this Friday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m.
What are you doing New Year's Eve? Whether you're looking to have some fun with the family, taking your spouse out for some dinner, dancing and champagne at midnight, or both, there's no shortage of opportunities to be found in the lakes area this year. The fun starts early at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, which has moved its annual New Year's Eve Bash from nighttime to morning this year.
Like many communities across Minnesota and North Dakota, the Salvation Army's Red Kettle holiday fundraising campaign in Detroit Lakes was falling a bit behind its $40,000 goal — until a $10,000 check was dropped into the kettle at Central Market recently. "That one donation of $10,000 has brought us back up to where we were hoping to be," said local campaign organizer Michele Baker, noting that by the time the campaign wrapped up on Christmas Eve, their total might exceed $45,000.