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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"Every act of kindness is like a pebble thrown in a pond, sending out ripples far beyond where the pebble entered the water. When we're caring and kind to our neighbors, our actions send rings of kindness that spread from neighbor to neighbor to neighbor." — Angela Artemis The Lakes Crisis & Resource Center in Detroit Lakes provides help to countless numbers of men, women and children from the area who are victims of a variety of crimes and most particularly, of domestic violence.
When Lake Park-Audubon School Board member Rich Veit resigned last August, in order to accept a position as a special education paraprofessional at the high school in Lake Park, it created a vacancy that was later filled when Mande North was appointed. Because that appointment was only for one year, however, the board must now hold a special election to fill out the one year remaining on Veit's original term. At its regular meeting on Monday, the board called for a special election to fill the one-year vacancy, to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Fresh off their first-ever regional competition in Park Rapids this past weekend, the Becker County 4-H Horse Drill Team will be giving a live demonstration of their competitive program at noon on Saturday, July 29 during the Becker County Fair. The event will take place at the Horse Arena on the southwest corner of the fairgrounds, starting at noon. Though they did not advance to state competition, the Becker County team's coach, Andrea Hoff, said she was very proud of their performance at their first-ever competitive event.
Today's the day that many local 4-H and FFA members have been waiting for all year — the opening of the 2017 Becker County Fair. From now through Saturday, July 29, the fairgrounds in Detroit Lakes is the place to be, for local residents and visitors alike. The live entertainment kicks off under the Big Tent at 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday), and will feature performers including the Slew Foot Family Band, Mike Hokanson, David Malmberg (a ventriloquist), Dan Holt, Steve Russell (a juggler), Bruce Nelson, Pop Wagner and Alexa Anderson over the next four days.
With more than 60 events set to take place over a three-day period, Frazee's Turkey Days celebration is one of the biggest summer festivals in the region. The 63rd annual event is set for this coming Friday through Sunday, July 28-30. Though the fun doesn't officially get underway until Friday's opening ceremonies, which take place at 4 p.m. in Little Turkey Park, there are several "pre-events," such as the crowning of Frazee Care Center's king and queen on Monday, July 24 at 2:30 p.m., and the kickoff party on Thursday, July 27 at the VFW (8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.).
Longtime lakes area residents recall with fondness the years when the Detroit Lakes Pavilion would host dances every weekend, bringing in some of the region's finest touring musicians and "big band" orchestras. One of the bands that used to grace the Pavilion stage on a regular basis was Bobby Vee and the Shadows — though unlike many of the local music acts of that era, Vee and his bandmates would go on to find national, and even international acclaim.
If you're looking for something to do this weekend that's a little more laid back and relaxing than your typical summer festival, then put Detroit Lakes' Arts & Crafts in the Park on your calendar and circle it in red. The 39th annual art fair takes place Sunday, July 23 in the Detroit Lakes City Park, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
They come from towns across Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, with dreams of not only opening a show for some of the biggest stars in country music, but of landing a recording contract of their own. And this year, for the first time, the finalists in the 2017 WE Fest Karaoke Roundup are converging on Detroit Lakes — home of WE Fest itself — to see if they can make those dreams come true. The Grand Finale of this year's Karaoke Roundup will take place this Saturday, July 22, on the main stage of Detroit Lakes' own Historic Holmes Theatre.
He's jumped off a mountain cliff in New Zealand (with parachute attached), dangled from a helicopter off the coast of Vietnam, went parasailing in Mexico and hot air ballooning in Australia. But one thing that longtime Detroit Lakes resident Ed Gehrke had never done was to jump out of an airplane at 8,000 feet above the ground — at least, until now.
Fargo native Shannon Curfman will be returning to her home stomping ground this week, as the headliner for a Thursday, July 20 show at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino. It marks a rare lakes-area solo gig for Curfman in recent years, as she has been touring the world with Kid Rock and his band, the Twisted Brown Truckers, for almost a decade now.