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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For the past 50 years of his life, Steve Schmit has been an avid downhill skier, taking to the slopes as often as he can. But this winter, the Detroit Lakes native's skis will be gathering dust in the closet. While he hopes to eventually strap them back on his feet once again, it won't be for a while yet. On March 5 of this year, Schmit was enjoying his favorite pastime at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area when he had an unanticipated encounter with a tree.
It's the busiest week of the year for the staff at Richwood Winery, located just west of the tiny village of Richwood in Becker County. Normally, the winery's two biggest events of the season, the Grape Stomp fall festival and Toast to Tamarac charity fundraiser, are held on successive weekends in September. This year, however, they're being held back-to-back, with the Toast falling on Friday, Sept. 9, and the Grape Stomp on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Twice a year, on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Americans across the country remember those military servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and celebrate those who returned home safely from the front lines.
The Becker County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) has undergone a couple of changes in leadership recently. The DAC welcomed Chad Baethke as its new executive director this summer. He is succeeding David Peterson, who had been with the DAC since 1979.
A hot dog eating contest, mayoral "election"—where prospective candidates can literally buy votes for $1 each—as well as strolling through all the bake sale, rummage sale, flea and craft market items on display, not to mention lawn games like Yahtzee and Farkel, played with oversized dice...
The Cultural Center is kicking off the Labor Day weekend with the return of Kent DuChaine, American blues singer and steel guitarist from Fort Gaines, Ga. His concert begins at 7:30 p.m.this Friday, Sept. 2 at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. DuChaine was born in Minnesota to a French Canadian-Chippewa mother and Norwegian American father, but he earned his chops as a blues guitarist traveling over a hundred thousand miles every year, playing in a vast array of venues across North America and Europe.
Step inside the grounds of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion at Rollag, Minn., and you'll feel like you're taking a walk back through time, to an era where engines were powered by steam, when women wore long dresses and men wore bib overalls to work. The gates on Steamer Hill open for WMSTR's 63rd year at 6 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, and will reopen daily at the same time through Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day).
At a special meeting of the Detroit Lakes City Council on Tuesday, the city moved a step closer to finalizing plans for expansion of the city-county airport by approving a $1.32 million purchase agreement with Turtle Properties for the acquisition of a parcel of land formerly occupied by Steel-Wood Supply.