Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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DETROIT LAKES - Looking for a way to save a little money at the gas pumps this year? If you own a diesel car, or are thinking about purchasing one, Dan Eischens might have a solution for you. The Park Rapids resident, who works as a manufacturing and technical product director at Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Detroit Lakes, has converted his Volkswagen Jetta to run on a slightly different kind of fuel...vegetable oil. That's right.
DETROIT LAKES - The Minnesota House of Representatives is controlled by the Democrats -- but come election time this fall, the Republicans are hoping to change that. On Tuesday morning, the candidates seeking House seats in Districts 2A and 10B -- Steve Green and Mark Murdock, respectively -- joined House Minority Leader Marty Seifert at the Detroit Lakes Country Kitchen for an interview with Detroit Lakes Newspapers.
DETROIT LAKES - Despite high gas prices and a sluggish economy that has curtailed many people's vacation travel plans this summer, Detroit Lakes' 26th annual WE Fest country music festival is expecting another sellout crowd this year. "We're almost sold out," said Chyrll Sparks, vice president and national promotions director for Festivals And Concert Events (FACE), Inc., which runs WE Fest each year. "We have maybe 1,000 tickets left (as of Friday)." With three more days before the festival's official start on Thursday, Aug.
This Saturday and Sunday, for the first time since it became a DNR-protected wildlife management area, Hubbel Pond Dam will be opened to the general public for a special historical reenactment commemorating Minnesota's Sesquicentennial anniversary. Step back into time and visit an "Early Settlers and Logging Encampment" at the Hubbel Pond Dam, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug.
For the first time in roughly two decades, this year's Becker County Fair marked the return of the Beard & Mustache Competition, held on Thursday afternoon. Organizer Roger Winter, who acted as master of ceremonies for the event, noted that the turnout had been very good; most of the seats under the big tent were filled. Earlier in the day, however, he was a little worried about whether he would have anyone to judge the competition. "At noon today, I didn't have any judges," Winter said.
This Thursday was Senior Citizen Day at the Becker County Fair, and indeed, a large contingent of the county's older residents congregated under the big red and white tent that afternoon to hear who would be named as the county's Outstanding Senior Citizens for 2008. Four nominees were introduced by master of ceremonies Arlie Shodean and Judy Peterson, Becker County Coordinator on Aging.
It was about three years ago that Tanya Hockett accepted the invitation of a friend to attend the Detroit Lakes Women of Today annual banquet. She joined the group at that banquet, in 2005, and ever since, the Detroit Lakes native has become an integral part of the local organization. From public relations to membership drives to youth and community program manager and most recently, as programming vice president, Hockett has been one of the chapter's most active members.
A new high school for grades 7-12 in Lake Park, and a renovated and expanded elementary school in Audubon -- that's the latest proposal the Lake Park-Audubon School Board is sending to the Minnesota Department of Education for approval. LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie presented the board with a proposal at its Monday night meeting that included $2.6 million in projected costs for renovations and new construction at the elementary building in Audubon, and another $16.3 million for a new high school in Lake Park.
Though much attention has been focused on the national, state and county offices that will be up for grabs at the Nov. 4 general election, there are also several city and school board officials whose terms will expire this fall. The filing period for city and school elections will be from Aug. 26-Sept. 9. In Detroit Lakes, the terms of Mayor Larry Buboltz and aldermen G.L.
Today's the day for the start of not one, but two major festivals in Detroit Lakes, as both the 117th annual Becker County Fair and the sixth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival get underway, and on Thursday, Frazee's annual Turkey Days festival begins as well. Detroit Lakes' 30th annual Arts & Crafts in the Park is set for Sunday as well. Becker County Fair Wednesday is Entry Day at the Becker County Fair, with poultry and rabbit shows, the Miss and Junior Miss Becker County Fair pageant, performances by ventriloquist David Malmberg and musician Danny Holt, pony rides, concessions and more.