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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With the state fishing opener now just a little over a week away, the possibility of zebra mussel infestation on area lakes is once again a threat. "If we don't shield our county lakes now, once we've got them (zebra mussels) here -- it's game over," said Terry Kalil, vice president of the Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations and a member of the Becker County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Task Force. "This is a huge, common enemy and it's going to take more than a few of us (to combat it)," she added.
For the past several years, the federal government has been offering a federal income tax credit of up to 30 percent of the total installed cost of a new geothermal system -- with no cap on the total cost allowed to be included in the tax credit. "With the federal income tax credit and the rise in fuel and utility costs, interest has dramatically increased," said Modern Heating & Plumbing owner Rick Michaelson.
In the past year, Becker County United Way volunteers have logged over 11,000 service hours and raised over $237,000 to support its partner agencies and programs. But no one has done more to support the United Way and its causes than executive director Luann Porter, who is celebrating 20 years with the local organization this year. "It is my passion," Porter admitted during an emotional speech at the closing of Thursday night's United Way Celebration of Heroes in Detroit Lakes. Porter spoke at the conclusion of a tribute in which various United Way members around the room stood up and sp
Next month marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre -- and to celebrate, the theater will present an updated version of the original, musical play that was the first production to be presented on its stage, making its debut on May 2, 2002. "This has kind of been in the works for a couple of years now," said Holmes Theatre executive director Amy Stoller Stearns.
Once again, severe weather season is upon us, and while no one ever wants to think that disaster is going to strike where they live, it can happen when you least expect it. "We want this community to be on alert -- if we're individually prepared, then as a community we're going to fare much better (in an emergency)," said Becker County Community Health Supervisor Ronda Stock.
Last fall, the seven members of an Egyptian folk-rock band known as Wust el-Balad visited Detroit Lakes for a week in late September, and before they gave their final performance at the Historic Holmes Theatre, they had made a lot of friends in the community. This Monday, a new group of Arts Midwest WorldFest musicians arrived in DL for a weeklong artist residency -- the five members of the Israeli folk group, Yamma Ensemble. Like their Egyptian counterparts, Yamma Ensemble has been spending the week interacting with students at local schools, doing impromptu performances at such diverse v
When the new Lake Park-Audubon High School opens in Lake Park this fall, many teachers will find themselves saying to their students, "take out your laptops" instead of "take out your textbooks" at the start of every class. Yes, starting with student-parent orientation day in August, every LP-A student in grades 10 through 12 will be receiving their very own laptop to keep for the duration of the school year. "The computers are pretty basic," says Bob Henderson, technology coordinator for the LP-A School District. "They'll mainly be used for Internet access and document creation." With
When Ben Weekley received a call from his son Brad a couple of months ago, it led to one of the most unique experiences of the Detroit Lakes man's life. "He called me wanting to know if I was interested in flying to Anchorage (Alaska, where Brad had lived since 1993) and helping him to drive his pickup down to Minot (N.D.)," Weekley says. Brad had received an offer of his "dream" job, working as a civil engineer with the Indian Health Service in Minot. "It's very similar to what I do for the Detroit Lakes schools," says Weekley, who is the operations supervisor and transportation directo
Nestled in the basement of the Becker County Courthouse is a room that houses bookcases containing hundreds of books, pamphlets and brochures about all things legal, as well as a computer that provides access to legal databases all over the country. The Becker County Law Library is more than just a resource for attorneys and law clerks; it's available to the general public as well. "I don't think a lot of people know all the things we have available here," said law librarian Bill Wilson. There are books containing state and federal statutes, procedural rules, reported cases, administrati
It's luau time! The Kiwanis Club of Detroit Lakes will be hosting its annual Spring Luau and Youth Benefit Auction tonight, starting with a 5:30 p.m. social hour. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the live auction at 7:30. There will also be silent auction items available for bidding throughout the early part of the evening. But if you'd rather spend your time on the dance floor, then tonight is your lucky night! The Lake Park Country Twirlers will host a square dance at 7:30 p.m. in the Lake Park-Audubon High School, Lake Park.