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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Are you feeling a bit at loose ends with no government elections or issues to vote on this coming Tuesday, Nov. 7? Do you have any burning questions that you would like to address to your local representatives in the Minnesota State Legislature? Or do you just want to know what issues will be facing those legislators when the 2018 session opens in February? Then come on over to the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) on Tuesday for a 2018 Legislative Preview, hosted by the local chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV).
"If you wanna be cool, follow one simple rule: Don't mess with the flow, no no... stick to the status quo." — from the 'High School Musical' song, 'Stick to the Status Quo' Jocks, brainiacs, thespians, skateboarders... cliques are an inescapable part of the high school experience, and for many teenagers, fitting in with one of those groups feels as essential as breathing. Doing anything to jeopardize the status quo — such as redefining their role within the high school social structure — is simply not on.
The streets of Detroit Lakes may have been unseasonably cold and snowy on Tuesday night, but that didn't stop Halloween trick-or-treaters from turning out in huge numbers along Summit Avenue, as well as in the Essentia Health-St. Mary's EMS parking lot, where a special "Trunk or Treat" holiday gathering was held early in the evening. "I had my first trick-or-treater at 4:50 p.m.," said Summit Avenue resident Tom Klyve, who had a fire going where he sat ready to greet kids and parents outside his home.
The upper level of the Becker County Museum in Detroit Lakes will be filled with the sound of music this Friday, Oct. 27 — bluegrass music, to be exact. By popular demand, the museum will be offering a special encore performance of Dick Kimmel's "History of Bluegrass" concert — which besides Kimmel, the renowned Minnesota musician, will also feature talented local violinist Pamela Longtine — at 7 p.m. Friday. An earlier edition of this concert was held at the museum in the spring of 2016, bringing in a full house of music lovers.
First Lutheran Church Pastor Dave Peterson is an avid bicycle rider, so it's not too surprising that he chooses to use a biking metaphor to describe his decision to retire at the end of this month. "I'm 're-tiring' — as in, putting on a new set of tires for the next phase of life's journey," Peterson said Friday morning, a little more than 48 hours away from delivering his final sermon from the First Lutheran pulpit.
Though lakes area residents are just beginning to feel the first bite of winter's chill, there will be roses in full bloom all over Detroit Lakes this week, as the Breakfast Rotary Club prepares for its annual Roses from Rotary fundraiser. "This will be our 25th annual rose sale," says Breakfast Rotarian Kathy Michaelson, who is one of the core group responsible for organizing the 2017 event. "We start sales at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, and will continue on Thursday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 3 — if we don't sell out by then.
Kids climbing the wall on a rope, walking along a balance beam, jumping on a trampoline, or rolling along the top of a series of air-filled cylinders — it's all part of the fun at Fly Time inside the Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics facility in Detroit Lakes. The program, which caters specifically to kids with special needs, has grown exponentially since its beginnings three years ago.
It's become something of a holiday tradition for Detroit Lakes area residents, and while the event itself is still a little less than a month away, the time is now to place your orders for the 35th Annual Holy Rosary School Pie Sale. "We'll be taking orders from now through Nov. 13," says Ronnie Hill, president of the Holy Rosary Catholic School Parent-Teacher Organization, or PTO, which sponsors the event each fall as a fundraiser for the school.
"Oh, he must really like you." "She was just teasing." "They didn't mean it like that." "Don't take it so personally." These are just a few of the ways that adults — be they parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, mentors, coaches or friends of the family — can dismiss or downplay bullying behavior between children. "It used to be pretty common to say that a boy bullying a girl must mean that he likes her (or vice versa)," says Stephanie Baker, a child educator at Lakes Crisis & Resource Center in Detroit Lakes. "But it really doesn't."
This summer, the Minnesota Department of Transportation partnered with the Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676 and the City of Detroit Lakes to install two bike repair stations located along the city's multi-use trails. The VFW purchased and donated the equipment for the stations, while MnDOT's bridge crew and the city's public works department staff installed them.