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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It was a curious sight that greeted visitors at Monday night's Lake Park-Audubon School Board meeting in the media center at LP-A High School. Instead of the usual rows of bookshelves and computer desks that had stood in the media center throughout the school year, there were stacks upon stacks of boxes and dismantled shelves leaning up against the walls. It was tangible evidence that the official move-in date at the new high school site off Highway 10 is now less than a month away. July 17 is the date targeted for teachers and staff to begin the process of moving class materials, furnit
For the past 42 years, Don and Pam Skarie have been partners -- in life, in parenting and in business. The Becker County natives have raised their six children on the same farm in Detroit Township where they began their married life 42 years ago. Along the way, they have also raised turkey breeder hens and produced hatching eggs for Jennie O -- and started up a hydroponic tomato business as well. "We also make Pam's Salsa and sell that there (at the greenhouse) too," said Don Skarie. Two of their four children, sons John and Brian, also help operate the 120-acre farm and its various en
A powwow and powerboat racing are both on tap for the lakes area this weekend, but first up tonight is a performance by the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Company at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Members of the opera company will present excerpts from "The Face on the Barroom Floor," in a free concert at the library starting at 7 p.m. Call 218-847-2168 for more information. Also tonight, the Deb Jenkins Quartet performs blues and jazz from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Lodge on Lake Detroit.
Once every couple of weeks, the staff and residents at Emmanuel Nursing Home are treated to an unusual sight. Those are the days when their volunteer mailman, Steve Score, brings along a trio of fluffy yellow companions on his rounds. The ducklings that accompany Score on his mail rounds have become a familiar sight to the nursing home's residents and staff -- nevertheless, they do draw many a curious stare as they waddle along behind him. "I call them Peeper and the Pipettes," he said with a smile (the large one is Peeper, and is several weeks older than her companions). Score purchas
School's out for summer, and there's no shortage of activities to keep kids in the lakes area busy until classes resume in the fall. From Summer Rec activities at Washington Park, to the Summer Latch Key program at Lincoln Education Center and daily programming at the Boys and Girls Club, Detroit Lakes has plenty of places for school-age children to go for their summertime fun. Summer Latch Key Over at the Lincoln Education Center, kids from kindergarten through grade 6 can take part in supervised activities from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It's been over 40 years since Ollie Ferden first began working as a nurse's aide at Sunnyside Care Center. "I applied (for work) at two different places -- the lefse plant in Lake Park, and Sunnyside," Ferden said. "I was called by Sunnyside first." Since that time, Ferden has continued to help residents with their meals, bathing, grooming and other daily tasks. "For the last five years, I've only worked part-time," she added. But as of this Thursday, June 14, she won't even be doing that.
Pull out your flip flops, shorts and Hawaiian shirts and head on over to Detroit Lakes' Central Market this Tuesday, June 12 for the Lakes Area Parrot Heads' second annual Tropical Food Drive. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Parrot Heads will be grilling up hot dogs in the Central Market parking lot, and serving them up with chips and soda to raise funds for the Becker County Food Pantry. There will also be live music provided by Island Steel Drums, and anyone who makes a donation of over $50 will be eligible for a special complimentary gift. "This is our second annual Tropical Food Drive,"
If you're looking for a way to start the weekend with some "Sweet Dreams," then head on over to the Historic Holmes Theatre tonight for a 7:30 p.m. show spotlighting "The Music & Magic of Patsy Cline." Cassie & the Bobs will present some of the country diva's biggest hits, in a style that's as close to the original recordings as possible. Fans of Cline and her music shouldn't miss it. Tickets are $18 at the door, though student admission is half price.
Employees and customers at the Detroit Lakes offices of Wells Fargo Bank received a bit of a scare Wednesday afternoon when a bomb threat was reported just before 4 p.m. "We received a call from Wells Fargo bank stating that someone had called into their office and reported that the building was going to blow up," Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten said.
Though he never actually had the chance to see his grandfather play baseball, Kyle Singer does remember playing catch with him in the yard of his family's Detroit Lakes home. "I shared a love of the game with him," says Singer, who played his last game as a Laker last Thursday. Singer's grandfather, Jerome "Jerry" Wegscheid, was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.