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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As a young boy growing up in rural Detroit Lakes in the 1950s, Bob Cummings knew from an early age that art was his true calling. Though he put that calling on hold for a while -- working in construction for many years to raise his family -- Cummings has now come full circle.
Bowing to pressure from area senior citizens, the Becker County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to restore full funding to the County Coordinator on Aging position. In anticipation of further cuts to the county's Local Government Aid (LGA) allotment from the state of Minnesota, the commissioners had agreed at their Feb. 10 meeting to cut the county's allotment for the Coordinator on Aging position by half for this year. Early Tuesday morning, a large group of area seniors attended the open forum portion of the board meeting to protest that decision.
Who's the murderer? Is it the proper, retired judge? The cynical young woman? The eccentric young man? Or maybe it was the by-the-book, retired military officer! Find out "whodunit" when Summit Productions presents one of the greatest mysteries of all time, Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," in four performances at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre starting this Saturday, Feb.
Question: What kind of art project requires approximately 1,600 pounds of stained glass, 70 recycled glass windows, 150 pounds of grout, 66 pounds of zinc framing and 13 gallons of glue? Answer: Mosaic Mania!
As a young boy growing up on a large farm in the Detroit Lakes area, John Okeson received an early education in such things as weed spraying and operating big machinery. It was that early experience that he credits with getting him his first job, as a maintenance worker for the Becker County Highway Department. "My first summer here, I did a lot of weed spraying," he says. After that first summer, however, Okeson moved on to a maintenance job with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Morris, thinking it was a step up the career ladder. But a scant seven months later, he was gi
Last week was a busy one for students in Kathy Larson's vocal music classes. On Thursday, five DL freshmen and sophomores were called to participate in the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Grade 9-10 Honor Choir, while five more DL juniors and seniors took part in the Minnesota All-State Choir performance at Orchestra Hall on Saturday, Feb.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M-State) announced earlier this month that it has been awarded a grant of $202,500 by Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace-Alliance for Talent Development to help fund training for employment in current and emerging energy technologies and in manufacturing. The college is partnering with Rural Minnesota CEP, BTD, Inc., Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Otter Tail Power Company, Adult Basic Education, and six area school districts to provide foundational technical training for displaced workers, under-skilled workers, and high school juniors
If you find yourself at loose ends this weekend, it won't be due to a lack of things to do. Over the course of the next four days, Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration will go out with a bang -- quite literally, in the case of Saturday's winter fireworks display on the city beach. From Thursday through Monday, Feb.
When Becker County received a turkey of a Christmas present from Gov.
In 1984, longtime neighbors and best friends Mark Fritz and Mike "Hutch" Hutchinson came up with an idea for a new business, selling custom-decorated T-shirts from the basement of Fritz's parents' home in Detroit Lakes. Today, that business, known as Lakeshirts, has become one of the most successful customized apparel companies to be found anywhere in the U.S. Along the way, it has grown from a small beachfront retail business to a company that serves 5,000 client accounts nationwide as well as in the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico. On Friday, Mark Fritz shared the story of how he and Hutc