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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RURAL VERGAS -- Life is sweet for Jerry Jacobson and D. Mae Ceryes. Since they first began the enterprise known as Jake's Syrups & Natural Products in 1994, the rural Vergas residents have parlayed their hobby into a successful part-time business. From March to mid-April, the couple's chief occupation is producing maple syrup. Jacobson taps the trees -- about 1,600 taps on 120 acres -- and Ceryes handles the evaporation process. "I started tapping on March 10, but (the sap) didn't run until about March 17, which is still early," he said.
"It was a long month -- but a good one for us." So said Jack Berenz, president of the Becker County Food Pantry, in an interview earlier this week. Berenz was talking about the fact that March was Minnesota FoodShare Month -- the time of year when the local Food Pantry receives incentive grants based upon the combined amount of dollars and food donations collected during the course of the month. Last year, the Food Pantry did not reach its goal for the March fund-raising drive.
Do you have some mismatched pieces of old silverware collecting dust in a drawer somewhere? To Lake Park resident Joanie Schiffner, such a collection would provide a wonderful trove of treasure. When Schiffner looks at an old silver-plated teaspoon, knife or fork, she envisions a unique piece of jewelry. The woman known by some as "The Spoon Lady" has gained local renown for being able to create pendants, bracelets, rings and letter openers from antique silverware. "I started out with bracelets, and branched out from there," she said.
A concept plan for the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Detroit Lakes was given a green light from the Detroit Lakes Park Board Wednesday. The plan now awaits approval by the Detroit Lakes City Council. It will be discussed at the next council meeting, set for 5 p.m. April 13. Members of the Detroit Lakes Park Board listened to a presentation of the park's design concept by city engineer Jon Pratt at a special board meeting late Wednesday afternoon. The design had been approved by area veterans the previous week.
It's been 21 years since Jon Wee and Owen Morse first formed the comedy-juggling duo known as The Passing Zone. "So you'd think we'd be good by now and never drop anything -- but it still happens," Wee joked. "Yeah, we're still trying to figure out that part," Morse added. The pair, who will take the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, April 9, met after being invited to take part in a juggling convention in California. "We were both still in school, trying to figure out what we wanted to do for a career," Wee said. Not long after they met, they were inspired
It was less than four months ago that Port-au-Prince native Miquette Denie was working as a school nurse and part-time biology/anatomy teacher at a small school in Haiti's capital city. In her free time, she was helping 170 Haitian students in grades 1-12 to stay in school and get an education, through the TeacHaiti non-profit organization that she had founded a couple of years earlier. Then, on Jan.
The concept behind the 3/50 Project is deceptively simple: Pick three independently owned stores in your community that you do not want to see fail, and spend $50 a month at those stores. But as uncomplicated and sensible as the concept may be, many people simply don't understand why it's so important, said Mary Beth Gilsdorf, one of three Norby siblings who currently comprise the fifth generation of her family to own and operate Norby's Department Store in Detroit Lakes. In fact, Gilsdorf continued, even her own friends and family members have occasionally talked about doing their back to
This past Monday, Lamplighter Manor in Detroit Lakes had not just one, but two birthday girls among its residents. Oma Grove, 98, and Ruth Knapp, 97, were born one year apart, but on the same day -- March 29. Oma is a relatively new resident at Lamplighter, having moved there from her longtime home in Adrian, Minn., about a year and a half ago. But she has plenty of family in the area, with her oldest daughter, Donna Luneberg, living in rural Detroit Lakes, and second-born daughter, Roberta Hartog, living in Vergas.
The final concept for a new Veterans Memorial Park in Detroit Lakes was unveiled Thursday night at a meeting of the veterans' park planning committee. The concept was presented by City Engineer Jon Pratt of Ulteig Engineering. According to Pratt, the concept is "a hybrid" of three earlier concepts that were discussed by the committee. It is, however, more of an overall plan than a final design, as Pratt pointed out. "This is still at the concept level," he said.
Now that spring is in the air, many people are beginning to wonder when the ice will come off of Big and Little Detroit lakes. Abnormally warm temperatures have brought speculation that it could happen before the end of March -- but according to Richard Hecock, a consultant for the Pelican River Watershed District, a March "ice out" date is relatively rare. Hecock has been tracking "ice out" dates for the PRWD since 1993, but "ice out" data for Big and Little Detroit actually extends back a little farther than that. "We have 117 years of records for ice outs," Hecock said.