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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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.
There's still a few more days to see "The Art of Labor," an exhibit in the Gallery at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. The exhibition, which runs through this Saturday, Oct. 8, highlights the work of Joseph Theroux, a painter originally from Wadena who now resides in Minneapolis. His paintings explore the relationship between humans and their work. Theroux creates iconic portraits of ordinary workers, using light and symbolism to portray the sacredness of labor.
When sisters Amanda Aho and Andrea Yliniemi were growing up in rural Becker County, they participated in a variety of 4-H activities as part of the Wolf Lake Woodchucks. "We always thought that we would love to have our kids be in the same club as we were," says Yliniemi. But when their kids reached school age, they discovered that the club had disbanded in 2005, as the number of kids participating in 4-H countywide was on the decline.
Once every two years, students at Waubun High School get to experience American democracy in action, first hand, with a five-day trip to Washington, D.C., through the Close Up Foundation. While in our nation's capitol, the students who choose to sign up for the program visit with Minnesota lawmakers on Capitol Hill, tour all the national presidential and war memorials, as well as the Smithsonian, the Pentagon, and the National Museum of American History, just to name a few.
It's been 42 years since Lakes Area Young Life began making a difference in the lives of local youth, and the faith-based ministry for middle school and high school aged kids is inviting the community to celebrate with them at its annual banquet.
Since its inception in 2011, the Patriot Assistance Dogs program has successfully paired 86 military veterans with service dogs trained to assist with their specific needs. This past Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-25, the Detroit Lakes-based PAD program celebrated its five-year anniversary with a reunion weekend that culminated in a ceremony featuring one of its largest graduating classes ever. "We celebrated the graduation of 24 teams in the past 12 months," says PAD founder Linda Wiedewitsch, who also serves as a trainer and foster home provider for the program.
There was a certain buzz in the air at last Thursday's United Way Community Celebration. Well over 1,000 people swarmed the Detroit Lakes Pavilion—the largest crowd ever for the 12-year-old event—so when United Way of Becker County Executive Director LuAnn Porter saw that her two youngest sons, Brian and Mark, were there with their families, she was a bit surprised, but not really shocked, as they live in the area. When she saw that her oldest son Bobby had made the trip all the way from Shoreview to be there, however, she knew something was up.
Despite what recent headlines — and presidential candidate speeches — may have led the general public to believe, people of Muslim faith are not all that different from most Americans. "A lot of people have never met a Muslim," says Fauzia Haider, a member of the Center for Interfaith Projects in Fargo. "Our mission is to get rid of misconceptions and help improve understanding and mutual cooperation between people of different faiths.
When Election Day rolls around on Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Lake Park-Audubon School District will have a bit more at stake than the leadership of its school board — though that will be decided by the first contested election that the district has seen in many years. Of even bigger concern to the district this year is a question which will appear on the ballot, along with the school board candidates' names, seeking approval of a new operating levy referendum.