Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 15 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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Since 1976, the Minnesota State Fair Board has been recognizing farms in the state that have been in the same family for 100 years or more. Ten years later, in 1986, the Becker County Fair Board established a century farm recognition program of its own -- and since that time, a total of 72 farms in the county have been honored. This year, five more century farms were added to the list, bringing the total to 77 farms.
All through the summer months, the towns in the lakes area each take their turn in the spotlight with an array of unique community festivals, from the Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes to Turkey Days in Frazee, Turtle Fest in Perham and Taste of Dorset, just to name a few. This weekend, that spotlight shifts to Vergas, as the town gets ready to host its annual Looney Daze festivities. "It's going to be a great weekend," says festival chairman Kevin Flynn, who is taking his first turn at the helm of the annual event, though he has worked behind the scenes for several years. The fu
Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the Historic Holmes Theatre are co-hosting a free concert on Monday, Aug. 16 by The Notables, a jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band. The Noteables ensemble has appeared in concert and on national television with Bob Hope, jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew, composer/arranger Frank Mantooth, former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen, pop singer Lee Greenwood and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. The 13-member ensemble includes 11 instrumentalists, one female vocalist and an audio engineer.
From the moment he hit the stage Thursday night, belting out his rocking hit "Kiss A Girl," to his final encore, "Better Life," Keith Urban held the WE Fest crowd in the palm of his hand. They clapped, they cheered, they sang along -- and sometimes, they even sang a phrase or two for him, while Urban held the microphone outward, an unabashed grin on his face. "Some performers want crowds to sit and listen to music and be on their best behavior...
Though Thursday may mark his first time on the WE Fest stage, the music of country singer-songwriter Randy Houser will undoubtedly have a familiar feel to regulars at the 27-year-old country music festival. Strongly influenced by the music of his country idols like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Waylon Jennings, Houser has a growing number of his own hits to please the Soo Pass crowd, starting with debut single "Anything Goes" and its follow-up, "Boots On." He's looking forward to taking the stage at Soo Pass Ranch on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. "I'm excited about it -- looking a
As Monday night's commissioner candidate forum proved, the potential acquisition of the former Detroit Mountain Ski Area property by Becker County is a topic upon which the candidates' opinions vary widely. Some are in favor of exploring all possible options for the project, some are only in favor if the project can be funded without using taxpayer dollars, and some are completely opposed to the acquisition. Not all the candidates were present to provide those opinions at the League of Women Voters-sponsored event, however: District 2 incumbent Harry Salminen, one of his challengers, Gerry
A simple request to add his nickname to the ballot for the upcoming state elections has garnered GOP Secretary of State candidate Dan "Doc" Severson more attention than he could have imagined. But according to Severson, it's not the kind of attention he wants. "My desire is to just talk about the issues," Severson said during a brief stop in Detroit Lakes Friday, just before making the rounds at the Becker County Fair.
It's been almost 49 years since attorney Lynn Hummel first hung up his shingle in Detroit Lakes, as Lowell Benshoof's law partner. Since then, the list of partners he's had reads like a "who's who" of the Becker County court system, with one former (Jack Pearson) and one current (Joe Evans) district court judge as well as the current county attorney (Mike Fritz) among them. Jim Sinclair, Dennis Sherman, Linda Hunt and Lance Heisler have also worked in partnership with Hummel through the years.
The votes are in, and Becker County's two newest Outstanding Senior Citizens have been chosen. Luetta Dankert Shodean of Detroit Lakes and James Lamont of Frazee will represent the county at the Minnesota State Fair later this month. "It's kind of overwhelming," said Shodean, following Thursday's ceremony at the Becker County Fair in Detroit Lakes. "There are a lot of people that need honors, who do a lot of volunteering -- I know Peggy does," she added, referring to longtime friend and fellow Outstanding Senior nominee, Winifred "Peggy" Jenson of Detroit Lakes, who was the runner up.
Rain, rain, go away ... you could almost hear the chanting from the various work crews setting up for the Becker County Fair on Tuesday. Steady rains throughout the day were no match for the fair crews, however, as they simply rolled up their pants legs and set to work despite the occasional downpour. "We've got a lot of water now, but I think if it quits and we don't get any more, it will be drained off by 5 p.m.