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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When most people talk about finding their "true calling," they don't mean it in the literal sense. But when Vicki Marthaler applied for the position of chaplain at Detroit Lakes' Emmanuel Community 15 years ago, it was about more than finding a job. "It truly was a calling from deep within," she says. Marthaler, a native of Sabin, Minn., had first worked as a telephone operator, then as a legal secretary and later as a teacher in the years prior to coming to Emmanuel. "When I graduated from high school, women could be either a secretary, or a teacher, or a nurse," she says.
Looking for a fun way to spend a weekday evening in Detroit Lakes? The students of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center's After School Program have a perfect solution for you. For the past month and a half, they have been busy preparing a special holiday program, "Christmas in My Backyard," which will be presented to the public at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 15, on the main stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre. The one-night-only production is free and open to the public, said after school program director Becky Mitchell.
For more than three decades now, the residents of Detroit Lakes' Ward I have known where to turn for leadership and guidance on municipal issues. But on Dec.
Exactly 69 years and one day ago, at 7:55 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, the naval forces of Japanese Emperor Hirohito launched a sneak attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Like the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the terrorist attacks of Sept.
With just a little over three weeks left until the new year, the United Way of Becker County is about 80 percent of the way toward its 2010 fundraising goal of $222,000. "As of today, we're at $179,620," said Luann Porter, United Way executive director, on Monday afternoon.
For more than a decade now, "Trooper Andy" Schmidt has been the voice of the Minnesota State Patrol in this part of the state. In his role as public information officer for the State Patrol, Schmidt has appeared on radio talk shows throughout the area, written the "Ask A Trooper" column that runs in the Detroit Lakes newspaper (among others), and even given the occasional school presentation on driver safety. But as of today, Schmidt has officially handed over the reins to Trooper Jesse Grabow.
John Berry makes his third visit to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre next Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. with his big stage Christmas show, underwritten by SJE Rhombus. Berry's one-of-a-kind holiday concert combines Christmas music, as only John Berry can do, along with the country music hits his fans have come to know and love. And after hearing his "O Holy Night," you'll know why he's been tagged "Mr.
CALLAWAY --Regular attendees at the Becker County Fair in recent years may have noticed that participation in the various 4-H program competitions is not what it was 10 or 20 years ago. But as Becker County 4-H Program coordinator Mickey Okeson pointed out at Thursday's annual Ag Issues Forum in Callaway, that's not the best measure for determining how the program is doing. "There's been a lot of talk about justifying 4-H (program) funding," Okeson said, due to decreasing membership in the local 4-H clubs throughout the county. "It (participation) is nothing like when my boys started 20
It was a snowy, blustery Monday evening in Detroit Lakes. But that didn't seem to deter the four dozen or so local residents who came out to enjoy the community bonfire late that afternoon, or the 30-odd people who showed up for the American Cancer Society tree lighting at the DL Library later that evening. And it certainly didn't deter the kids and parents who lined up along Washington Avenue to view Santa's Grand Parade of Lights. There were more than two dozen entries in the parade, which lasted roughly 40 minutes. Participants included the Detroit Lakes fire, police and street depa
For the past 32½ years, Robert Merritt has gone to work at the same place nearly every morning. Fortunately for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' area hydrologist, it's been a job he's enjoyed. "The people I work with are great," Merritt says. "They're all dedicated, hardworking folk, and I've developed some pretty close relationships over those years." But about three weeks from now, on Tuesday, Dec.