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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Two years after the 10,000 Lakes Festival went "on hiatus," a new music fest is coming to Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch this summer -- but the High Plains Festival is not intended to replace the 10KLF. "This is its own event," said Bob Bliss, media director for the High Plains Festival, which opens on Saturday, July 2.
This Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, the sport of bull riding will come to Detroit Lakes' Kent Freeman Arena for two shows, with both starting at 7 p.m. It's a sport where success is measured in seconds -- eight seconds, to be exact. In the world of professional bull riding, that's how long it takes to ride your way to the top of the scoreboard. But it takes even less than that to lose -- and sometimes, you can lose a whole lot more than just a competition. There's a definite risk of losing life and limb, in the literal sense.
Every year in February, the Lakes Area Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association hosts a youth fishing derby. For the past several years, the event has been held in conjunction with Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration. The annual fishing contest draws anywhere from 60 to 100 participants each year, says derby organizer John Knopf, a longtime chapter member -- and this year's event, held Feb. 19, was no exception. "We had about 90 participants ... it was a good year for us," Knopf said.
Terri Schiavo. Karen Ann Quinlan. These are names that have become synonymous with the "right to die" movement in the United States, certainly.
Typically, the Christian practice of observing the Lenten season involves giving up a treasured luxury -- such as a favorite food -- for the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. But the original concept of Lent had a deeper meaning... it was a period of self examination, and an opportunity for long-standing Christians to review their lives and renew their commitment to their beliefs. At St.
Since purchasing their farm in rural Ogema almost 40 years ago in the fall of 1972, Curtis and Darlene Ballard have seen many changes. The home where they raised their five children is now inhabited by daughter and son-in-law Angie and Tim Lehrke, and their three children. Curt and Darlene now live in a comfortable two-year-old home atop a hillside that overlooks the farm, less than half a mile away. Daughter and son-in-law Annalee and Shawn Kologi live in the Rochert area with their four children, while the other three siblings have ventured a little farther afield. Son John Ballard a
It's been 32 years since Rotary Youth Exchange student Nori Shiiya came to Detroit Lakes from his parents' home in Chiba City, Japan, to spend the 1978-79 academic year living with three host families in the community. But Nori and his wife, Chizuka, have maintained close ties to former host parents, David and Shirley Fihn -- even during the recent earthquake that devastated the tiny island nation that Nori has called home for most of his life. "Dear Nori, we are saddened by the earthquake devastation in Japan. And we are concerned about you.
In looking over the biographical information for the string band known as daisy mayhem, one comes across a couple of informational gems. For instance, the band's founder and lead singer, Rani Arbo, is a "self taught" fiddle player. How exactly does one go about learning how to play the fiddle without formal instruction? According to Arbo, she just rented a violin from the college music department and started practicing. "I had just broken up with someone, so I had plenty of time and energy to pour into practicing," she said in a telephone interview, in preparation for the band's visit
One day in January 2009, Roxana Saberi was finishing up interviews for the book she was working on, packing and getting ready to leave her father's native country of Iran, where she had made her home since 2003. The next day, her life had taken a drastic, dramatic turn: Four members of the Iranian military police showed up at her front door, ready to place her under arrest for espionage. "I was terrified," Saberi said -- not only did she have no way of contacting her family back in Fargo, but she wasn't sure anyone had seen her being taken from her home, so there was a possibility that no
There are certain playwrights whose theatrical works continue to have cultural and literary relevance long after they completed their last manuscript. One of the most enduring names in that pantheon is the Norwegian-born Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), often referred to as "the father of modern drama." Ibsen pioneered a new theatrical era with works such as "The Pillars of Society" (1877) and "A Doll's House" (1879), which were grounded in the social issues of the day. What has made these stories so enduring, however, is their underlying foundation: a subtle analysis of human character and mot