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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Minnie Metzger never misses an episode of "American Idol" or "Dancing With the Stars." "They're really competing," she said of her reasons for favoring those shows. She's also an avid Twins and Vikings fan, and catches their games on TV whenever she can. She plays whist every Thursday afternoon with her friends, and she and her daughter Lois enjoy a game of bridge together on the computer whenever they get the chance. Oh, and did we mention that she celebrated her 100th birthday last week? "We had two parties," said Minnie.
With sunny skies and comfortable temperatures paving the way, Thursday's United Way Community Celebration was an unparalleled success. "It's been fantastic," gushed LuAnn Porter, executive director of the United Way of Becker County, about halfway through the celebration.
Next summer, the original 1922 school building at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary in Audubon is scheduled for demolition, to make way for a new addition. But as LP-A Elementary Principal Sam Skaaland pointed out earlier this week, there are those who will mourn the passing of this piece of Audubon's history -- which is part of the reason why the school has initiated a yearlong project to preserve it, at least in written form. On Wednesday afternoon, the students of Mary Softing's sixth grade class at LP-A kicked off the project by welcoming a group of past graduates to tell their stories abou
The members of the Detroit Lakes Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a $50,000 donation to The Backyard addition at the DL Community & Cultural Center. The donation will be paid to the DLCCC over a period of five years, starting in 2011.
Homeless pets are trying a different tactic to grab the attention of potential adopters: They're hitting the catwalk.
When plans were first announced for a $2.5 million Backyard addition to the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center back in May, fund-raising organizers hoped to break ground on the project this fall. To make that happen, however, they will need to raise approximately $198,000 by Sept. 30, according to Steve Daggett, co-chair of the fund-raising committee. "We would love to break ground this fall if we still can," Daggett added, noting that while some additional fund-raising will be done after Sept.
The third annual Leather & Leavez Motorcycle Rally will take place next Saturday, Sept. 18, starting in Detroit Lakes. There will be a freewill pancake feed at 10 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center parking lot (weather permitting), catered by Country Kitchen. The ride will depart from the DLCCC parking lot at noon. Participants will say "farewell to summer" as they travel through the vibrant autumn colors of Minnesota lakes country.
For students and parents in most Minnesota communities, the first day of school is this today, Sept.
It's not too often that a person lives long enough to reach their 100th birthday. So it was a rare occasion when two women at Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes reached the century mark on the same day. Mabel Walters and Genevieve Bannister both celebrated their 100th birthday on Thursday, Aug. 19 -- and fellow Emmanuel resident Elsie Nelson will join them in the centenarian club on Oct.
Fifteen years ago, the first Dick Beardsley Run was held in Detroit Lakes to honor the former DL resident and marathon running legend. But it also had a dual purpose: The event was a perfect tuneup for the Twin Cities Marathon, held every October. Since then, the event has become a tradition in its own right, drawing well over a thousand runners to Detroit Lakes every year on the second Saturday in September. (This year's event is set for Sept.