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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Wisconsin native Joel Arndt is settling in very nicely as the new pastor at Community Alliance Church in Detroit Lakes. "For me, it's like coming home," he says, explaining that the environment in the lakes area is very similar to that of Watertown, Wis., where he grew up. "I've really enjoyed seeing the colors of the trees again," he adds.
With three possible options currently under consideration, the Lake Melissa/Sallie Lake Association has been given an extension by the county on a 2009 deadline to approve a new septic system plan for lakeshore residents. Lake association representatives John Okeson and Clayton Jensen presented the deadline extension request at Tuesday's Becker County Board meeting. According to Okeson, the association is still waiting for a $40,000 state grant to come in that will greatly aid in the planning process. In addition, Jensen said, a technical steering committee that was formed earlier this s
Though the 2010 Becker County budget won't be finalized until the end of the year, county commissioners took a step forward in that process Tuesday, certifying a preliminary 2009, payable 2010 property tax levy of $17,501,553. This total represents an increase of $238,549, or 1.38 percent, over the previous year's levy. As had been discussed at previous meetings, the commissioners have opted not to levy another $301,000 that was "unalloted" from the total County Programming Aid it received from the state at the end of last year. Under state statute, this "unalloted" amount could be added
Twenty years ago, when Renee Bondi was 29 years old, a bizarre accident just two months before her wedding day left her without the use of her arms and legs -- a quadriplegic. Most devastating of all, the accident also took away her beautiful singing voice; Renee could barely speak above a whisper. In just a few short moments, the life of this California girl was changed forever; her promising career as a high school music teacher cut short, her soaring voice all but silenced. Yet her story didn't end tragically -- not at all.
Get ready for some brutal honesty about what it's like to run your own business: The Business & Entrepreneurial Services Speaker Series at Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Detroit Lakes continues this Friday, Sept. 11 with a presentation by Fargo businessman Mike Marcil. Marcil's presentation, "Safe Ways to Fail," gets underway at 9 a.m.
Though most of her career has been focused on sports and fitness, Detroit Lakes resident Kim Bettcher has also had another secret passion: writing. "I have been writing for years -- since I was little," says Bettcher, who has been at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center since it opened in 2001 -- first as fitness and aquatics director, and now as one of its two programming directors. But until a few years ago, she'd never attempted to get any of her poems or stories published. "One day five years ago, we were sitting in a beautiful bookstore in Denver, Colo.
The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District Board of Managers will continue to pursue plans to construct an outlet for both Boyer and LaBelle lakes in western Becker County. A meeting was held Monday night at the Lake Park City Center to discuss progress on the project, as well as potential costs and whether or not the board should continue to pursue funding for it. Persistent high water and erosion problems this past spring, on both lakes as well as on adjacent roads within the watershed --including U.S.
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Becker County's Natural Resources Management office administers nearly 75,000 acres of tax-forfeited lands in the county. No formal policy has previously existed to regulate the recreational use of those lands; the county has basically followed state policy guidelines, according to Mark "Chip" Lohmeier, Becker County NRM Administrator.
This is a very special day for Detroit Lakes residents Albert and Ruth Gray. Seventy years ago today, on Aug. 31, 1939, they exchanged wedding vows in Webaux, Mont. -- and nearly three-quarters of a century later, they're still together. "When I said 'I do,' I meant it," says Albert, now 92.