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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"It's been an interesting ride." That's how Detroit Lakes native John Flatt describes his 33-year career in education -- a career that began in industrial arts, and culminated in the development of the School to Work program at Detroit Lakes High School. "It's certainly a major diversion from where I thought my original career plan was going to take me," added Flatt, who will retire as the district's School to Work coordinator at the end of the 2008-09 academic year. Though Flatt had always envisioned a career in education, it was a two-year detour into working at SJ Electro Systems (now
Though the issue of whether ATV users should be granted full, or even limited access to forest trails in Becker County remains hotly contested, one thing that both sides of the issue can agree upon is that a comprehensive, county-wide recreational plan is needed -- and soon. That was the gist of more than 90 minutes of discussion at Tuesday night's public hearing on forest land classification in Becker County. Specifically under scrutiny was a proposal by the county's Natural Resources Committee to "opt out" of the state's classification system regarding motorized vehicle use on county-adm
Though hospice is a relative newcomer to the healthcare industry, it has been a part of the Detroit Lakes community for a quarter of a century now -- and on Tuesday, a large group of supporters gathered at the local offices of Hospice of the Red River Valley (HRRV) to celebrate its success. As HRRV Executive Director Susan Fuglie put it, the hospice movement "was created as a rebellion" -- rebellion against the often cold, clinical environment of end-of-life care, by people who were "caring enough to say we have to find a better way." In Detroit Lakes, the first community task force meetin
The Becker County Highway Department and Detroit Lakes Public Works Department are working together on a grant proposal for funding the construction of a joint city-county maintenance facility. County Highway Engineer Brad Wentz outlined the proposal at Tuesday's county commissioners' meeting. Preliminary estimates put the cost of the joint facility at around $7.5 million.
Detroit Lakes High School vocal students did extremely well in the recent Minnesota State High School League solo ensemble and large group choir competitions for Region 8AA North. DLHS had 60 entries in the solo ensemble competition, held on April 16 in Bemidji. Of those 60 entries, 52 earned superior entries, and seven more were rated as excellent, said DLHS vocal director Kathryn Larson. "Many entries (from Detroit Lakes) scored a perfect 40," said Larson, noting that a perfect score is "a rare thing" in regional competition. "I was in shock," she added.
For 30 years now, Detroit Lakes residents Gary and Barb Schlauderaff have shared their home, their children and the daily business of running a dairy farm. But before that, each of them was born and raised to be a part of their own family's dairy operation. Basically, their whole lives have been spent around cows. "He and I are both third generation dairy farmers," said Barb.
State officials are reporting the first "probable" case of the swine flu in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health characterized the case as "probable" because a lab confirmed the virus as type A influenza, but further testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is needed to identify the strain, according to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office. As a result of the probable case, Rocori Middle School and St.
Next Wednesday, May 6, more than 2,200 high school students and staff from Detroit Lakes, Lake Park-Audubon and Frazee-Vergas as well as community volunteers from area businesses, churches and service organizations will spend their morning hours showing area residents how much they care. By the time the noon hour rolls around, these volunteer workers will have completed several hundred community service projects in the Detroit Lakes, Callaway, Lake Park, Audubon, Cormorant, Frazee and Vergas areas, as part of the United Way Day of Caring. The recipients of their generosity are seniors and
To burn or not to burn -- that's the question looming on the minds of Becker County commissioners this month. On Tuesday, the county board met with representatives from the City of Perham, Otter Tail County, Todd County and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to discuss plans for a proposed $10 million expansion of Perham's solid waste incinerator. An invitation has been extended to Becker County to become a joint powers partner in the expansion project -- but as the commissioners learned Tuesday, that expansion would most likely require the addition of at least one more county (beside
On Monday, May 4, Detroit Lakes welcomes Big Top Chautauqua's traveling Sesquicentennial show, "Old Minnesota: Song of the North Star" to the stage at the Historic Holmes Theatre. You're invited to come hear what Minnesota was all about in its early history in this acclaimed musical theatre production, written by famed Midwest composer-historian-poet and founder of Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Warren Nelson.