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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The residents at Ecumen Detroit Lakes' long term care, transitional care and senior housing facilities now have a new place to enjoy an afternoon picnic, or just relax and soak up the summer warmth, thanks to Detroit Lakes High School senior Cody Christen and the Boy Scouts of Troop 646. Last fall, Cody took on the design and construction of a new picnic shelter at Ecumen as a Boy Scouts service project — the last step he needed to take toward earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
Fishing and boating means so much to thousands of people in the Detroit Lakes area every year. But what about those who do not have ready access to the water, either due to decreased mobility, or a lack of someone to take them there? Since 2008, the Detroit Lakes Area Chapter of Let's Go Fishing has been filling that gap, serving over 6,874 seniors, veterans, youth and physically challenged people of all ages.
Servant leadership: It's a term that, at first glance, may seem contradictory. But it's a premise that Tom Thibodeau, a 30-year professor at Wisconsin's Viterbo University, believes in wholeheartedly. Calling himself "an ambassador for goodness," Thibodeau presented his case Tuesday night at a gathering of local service club members, city and school officials, church leaders and other distinguished guests, hosted by Essentia Health St. Mary's at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes.
Spring has finally arrived in the lakes area and, with it, the Lakes Area Farmers Market is set to open for the season this Saturday, May 20 in Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park. "We've actually opened as early as Mother's Day in the past, but for the past couple of years we've been doing it on the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend," says John Skarie, farmer's market co-president (along with Marty Jorschumb).
It's been 10 years since the Humane Society of the Lakes opened the doors of its animal shelter on Highway 59 just north of Detroit Lakes, and the staff and volunteers are planning to celebrate the milestone. The shelter will host an open house Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. "It'll be the first time we've held an open house there," says HSL volunteer Beth Pridday, who was one of the people involved in initiating the fundraising drive to build the shelter back in 2007.
For the past 25 years, on the second Saturday in May, postal carriers across the United States have been collecting donations of cash and food for their local food shelves during their regular mail delivery routes, as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, sponsored annually by the National Association of Letter Carriers — and Detroit Lakes is no exception.
It's official: Starting on July 2, Sunday afternoon liquor runs to Fargo will be a thing of the past for lakes area residents. The Detroit Lakes City Council passed a resolution at its Tuesday night meeting that will authorize its municipal liquor store, Lakes Liquor, to be open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the only exceptions will be holidays, including Easter Sunday.
Widely regarded as William Shakespeare's wittiest comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing" will be featured in the 2017 incarnation of Detroit Lakes' annual Shakespeare in the Park summer theater production. Director Nikki Caulfield has set auditions for this year's production to take place from Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13, from 7 to 9 p.m. each evening. Though the production will actually be staged at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, all auditions will take place at the Historic Holmes Theatre (806 Summit Ave.).
E.G. Holmes, J.K. West, Mary Lewis, brothers L.J. and Gustav Norby... many of Becker County's best known and respected historical figures were laid to rest at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes. To learn more about them, as well as the history of the cemetery itself, the Becker County Historical Society & Museum is inviting area residents to take part in a Solstice Cemetery Walk at Oak Grove on Tuesday, June 20 (also known as the Summer Solstice) at 7 p.m. "It will be just over an hour long," says BCHSM Executive Director Becky Mitchell.
It's a busy week ahead for the staff at the Becker County Historical Society & Museum: Events have been scheduled daily from Wednesday, May 10 through Saturday, May 13. "There's something for just about everyone," says the museum's executive director, Becky Mitchell. From an author presentation to family activities and even a preview of an exciting event being planned for this summer, the museum's schedule is jam-packed. Brown Bag Lunch: Lynn Hummel