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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TeacHaiti, the Detroit Lakes-based philanthropic education organization that was started 10 years ago by native Haitian Miquette Denie McMahon, is thriving. Since its inception in 2007, TeacHaiti has grown from providing annual tuition and supplies for a handful of Haiti's children to go to school, to supporting more than 400 students from preschool through college age, and operating two schools of its own.
Every year, the Becker County Relay for Life raises thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society, while celebrating those who have successfully battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost to the disease, and supporting ACS's ongoing efforts to finish the fight against cancer once and for all. This past Thursday, 16 registered teams came together at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion for the Relay, and by night's end, had raised over $40,000 for cancer research, education and support of those living with the disease (final totals were not available when this story went to press).
Using yogurt instead of sour cream. Serve chicken that's been roasted or grilled instead of frying it, and use cornflakes to give it that crispy, satisfying crunch. These are just a few of the healthy cooking alternatives that University of Minnesota Extension nutritionist Donna Anderson gave to parents as part of a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Education class hosted by Detroit Lakes' Zion Lutheran Church last Thursday evening.
It's official: The lazy, hazy days of summer have arrived in the lakes area — and there's no shortage of ways to celebrate that fact this weekend. From the White Earth Pow Wow to Waubun's Earth Rhythms Music & Arts Festival, Hawley's Rodeo Fest, Holy Rosary Church's Spring Salad Luncheon, Humane Society of the Lakes' Sisters & Whiskers fundraiser, and introductory classes on fishing and mountain bike riding, not to mention live music at the Holiday Inn, Zorbaz and Richwood Winery, there's absolutely no excuse for being bored. White Earth Pow Wow
Saying goodbye wasn't the way that any of Chloe Conn's friends, family and classmates expected to start out their summer. As First Lutheran Church Pastor Rachel Simonson pointed out during Tuesday afternoon's balloon launch in Chloe's memory, 14-year-olds should be spending their days dancing and laughing together, enjoying family time at the lake. "Something like this should not be part of your summer plans," she said.
From the late 1800s until the early 1970s, ice harvesting was an inescapable part of life in Detroit Lakes — and now, the Becker County Museum is aiming to create a commemorative book on the subject, just in time for Christmas. "It will make a great holiday gift," says museum director Becky Mitchell. To create the book, the museum's board of directors has commissioned former Detroit Lakes Newspapers editor Pippi Mayfield, who is excited by the project.
Now that the month of May is in the rear view mirror, the sounds of music will once again be heard drifting up through the trees of Detroit Lakes' City Park every Tuesday evening through the end of August. The Holmes Theatre is proud to announce the lineup for its popular summer concert series, which returns to the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell this Tuesday, June 6 for its 14th straight season. "Once again, the Lakes Area Community Concert Band will be kicking things off at 7 p.m. this Tuesday," says Holmes Theatre Executive Director Amy Stoller Stearns.
Detroit Lakes residents may have noticed that the community's downtown has had a distinctly purple hue lately: That's usually a pretty good sign that the Becker County Relay for Life is almost upon us. For the past several years, the Becker County Relay for Life Leadership Team has been organizing a promotional event known as "Paint the Town Purple," as a means of promoting awareness of, and participation in, the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
If anyone can make a concert about mental health entertaining, it's Elisa Korenne, New York Mills' award-winning singer, songwriter and storyteller. Korenne will be bringing her newest song-and-story concert, "Crazy About You: Sifting for Sanity in the History of the Insane," to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre next Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. The 70-minute concert will be preceded by a 4 p.m. writing workshop for all ages and a 6:30 p.m. mini-concert for children, who will then be whisked away by childcare providers so their parents can attend the 7 p.m. concert.
When she was 20 weeks pregnant, Detroit Lakes resident Melissa Lepper got the news that no parent wants to hear — her baby had a congenital heart defect. She and her husband Matt made the trip to visit with pediatric heart specialists at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where they learned that their son would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). "It means the left side of his heart is underdeveloped," Melissa explained. "It stopped developing at 7-10 weeks in utero."