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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Four decades is a long time to stay in one profession — especially one that is as physically, mentally and emotionally challenging as emergency medical services. But Detroit Lakes resident Brent Kaiser has logged more than that, first as an emergency medical technician, and later as a paramedic. Kaiser, who retired in September after nearly 16 years with St. Mary's EMS, and 41 years in the field altogether, says he'd still be at it if he hadn't begun to worry that at the age of 66, he was no longer quite as capable of dealing with the rigors of his profession.
Come next weekend, locals in the Osage area might possibly be heard to sing, "If you go out in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise" — and it's definitely not going to be a bunch of teddy bears having a picnic. The wooded trails of the Smokey Hills Wilderness Retreat will be the setting for the first-ever "Forest of Fear," a guided tour that will include stops at various "haunted" locales to hear their frightening tales of woe, as well as a few scary moments of the more heart-stopping variety.
Though the hurricane that swept through the tiny island nation of Haiti this past week left more than 300 people dead, several times that number injured and tens of thousands displaced from their homes, former Detroit Lakes resident Miquette Denie McMahon is not among them. "I am fine," she said in a Thursday telephone interview. "I'm in Port-au-Prince (Haiti's capital), in my office. Not much has happened here. It's pretty safe." People living in southern Haiti, however, were not as lucky, McMahon added.
Have you always wanted to give community theater a try, but can't quite make yourself get up on that stage and audition? Does the thought of memorizing pages of dialogue intimidate you? Then Summit Productions' Participation Theater program is made just for you! Two Participation Theater events are set to take place this fall at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes: The first is on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and the second is set for Monday, Nov. 14. Both events start at 7 p.m.
Though it doesn't officially take place on the night of the real harvest moon — which is designated as the full moon occurring nearest to the autumnal (i.e., fall) equinox, and took place this year on Sept. 16 — there will be a full moon in the sky over Detroit Lakes on Saturday, Oct. 15, the date set for the 2016 Harvest Moon Ball.
It's been a busy summer for business development in Detroit Lakes, from the opening of McKinley Plaza in late August, to ongoing construction of the $12 million Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel project across West Lake Drive from the city beach, as well as the $5 million new Holiday Stationstore in the community's downtown district, with both enterprises slated to open in early 2017. "Both projects are on target," says Detroit Lakes Community Development Director Larry Remmen.
Author Rick Shefchik will be in Wadena Friday, Oct. 14 for a 7 p.m. presentation at the Robertson Theatre, where he will talk about his book, "Everybody's Heard About the Bird: The true story of 1960s Rock and Roll in Minnesota." If you didn't experience rock and roll in Minnesota in the 1960s, this book will make you wish you had. This behind the scenes, up-close-and-personal account relates how a handful of Minnesota rock bands erupted out of a small Midwest market and made it big.
An attempt by anti-Islam activist Usama Dakdok to disrupt Sunday's "Meet Your Muslim Neighbors" community forum in Detroit Lakes was met with firm resistance by the crowd of mostly white, mostly Christian area residents. During a question-and-answer session that followed presentations by two Muslim Americans, Dr. Fauzia Haider and Concordia professor Ahmed Kamel, Dakdok stood and thanked them for coming, and for acknowledging that they were not theologians, adding, "which obviously, to me, means you do not know what you are talking about.
If you've never heard a woodwind quintet, you should start by hearing one of the best in the country. Grammy-nominated Imani Winds performs Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. The event is the second in this year's Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series. While in Fargo-Moorhead, the group will also lead a masterclass for high school and college woodwind chamber groups. The masterclass takes place the same day (Nov. 3) from noon to 2 p.m. in Weld Hall. The masterclass is free and open to the public.