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 aquatic invasive species (AIS) specialists with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed that zebra mussels had been found in Big Detroit Lake in August, many local residents began wondering what changes these invaders might bring.
With two-thirds of the seats on the Lake Park-Audubon School Board up for grabs in the Nov. 8 election, the school district is about to experience a huge change in its leadership. So it's not all that surprising that the theater at LP-A High School was packed for Wednesday night's School Board Candidate Forum — or that all nine candidates for the five open positions on the board were present and accounted for.
Though there are seven seats on the Detroit Lakes City Council up for grabs in the 2016 election — including that of mayor — by the time candidate filings had closed in August, the identity of those filling all but one of those seats for the next four years had pretty much been predetermined.
The polls in the Lake Park-Audubon School District are going to be a busy place come Tuesday, Nov. 8, as nine candidates are vying for five open seats on the LP-A School Board this year. The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters and the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host an LP-A School Board Candidate Forum this Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the LP-A High School Theatre in Lake Park. A reception for voters and candidates will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the forum getting underway at 7 p.m.
Though the actual baking of the pies won't take place until mid-November, volunteers at Holy Rosary Catholic Community have already begun taking orders for their annual pie sale. The event is a popular fundraiser for the parish, with the proceeds being used to purchase books and keep tuition at the school affordable. Now entering its 34th year, the Holy Rosary Pie Sale has become a beloved holiday tradition for many Detroit Lakes area residents — both those making the pies, and those ordering them.
Most people know that the general elections in November will decide not only who serves as president of the United States for the next four years, but who will lead our U.S. Congress, state, county and local governments as well. What many people don't pay attention to, however, is the space on the back of the ballot that is devoted to the state and regional judicial races.
Though healing from a traumatic experience such as domestic violence or sexual assault can often involve many months, or even years of mental health counseling, the therapeutic benefits of relaxing the mind, body and spirit are also well documented.
The Becker County Historical Society is in urgent need of a new museum building — and they're having a Barn Raising Bash to help make it happen.
The lack of contested races in this year's city council and county board elections was mentioned several times by candidates for those positions at a candidate forum hosted by the Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters Thursday night at Ecumen Detroit Lakes. "I'm not complaining," said County Commissioner Don Skarie jokingly, referring to the fact that his quest for a third term as District 4 commissioner was unopposed. "But I really hope more people will consider running (in future elections)."
Since former Detroit Lakes resident Jayne Jones Beehler published her first children's book, "Drop the Puck! It's Hockey Season," in May 2015, it's been so successful that it's already spawned two sequels — the latest of which is set to make its debut on shelves this Wednesday, Oct. 19.