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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The Lakes Area League of Women Voters gave local residents an opportunity Tuesday night to ask questions of the candidates for the Becker County Board of Commissioners and Becker Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors -- and they came up with some good ones. Most of the questions were centered around water quality, the environment, land development, and what is probably the No. 1 topic on most U.S. citizens' minds leading up to the Nov.
There are six candidates running for three open positions on the Detroit Lakes School Board this fall: Cyndi Anderson, Mike Bommersbach, Barbara Boyle, Dr. Jeff Leichter, Ladd Lyngaas and Dr.
He may not have been a part of it for long, but Detroit Lakes' Brendan Pucel is already making a name for himself in Dock Dogs competition. The fledgling sport, which is less than 10 years old, involves training dogs to jump from a dock into a pool or lake. In one division, known as "Big Air," different categories are used to assess the length of the jump -- a 1-10 foot jump is novice, 10-15 feet is junior, 15-19 feet is senior, 20-22 feet is master, 23-24 feet is elite, and anything over 25 feet is super elite.
When U.S. Senator Norm Coleman walked in at Zorbaz Restaurant in Detroit Lakes Tuesday morning for a brief campaign stop, he was greeted by warm applause. A group of more than 50 GOP faithful from the lakes area was on hand to show their support for Coleman, who is embroiled in a hotly-contested race with Democratic challenger Al Franken and Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley to represent Minnesota in the U.S.
Over the next couple of weeks, starting on Tuesday, Oct. 14, the Lakes Area League of Women Voters (LWV) will be sponsoring or co-sponsoring a series of five candidate forums in anticipation of the Nov. 4 general election. The five forums will take place on four different dates: Oct.
The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will present one of the most popular voices in Celtic music, Cathie Ryan, this coming Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
It's difficult enough for children when they are forced to leave their home because the courts have decided it is no longer a safe, healthy environment for them. But the problem is often compounded by the fact that they must not only leave their home and parents behind, but their siblings as well. "We really need foster-adopt homes that will take in sibling groups," says Donna Richgels, a social worker at Becker County Human Services.
When Evelyn Tate began working as a nursing assistant at St. Mary's Nursing Center 20 years ago, she had no experience in the field. "I was talking to Ann Jensen, the head nurse (now assistant director of nursing at St. Mary's Innovis Health) one day, and she set me up with an interview," says Evelyn. They must have seen something they liked, because they hired her on the spot. "I never even filled out an application," Evelyn says.
Though he is on the mend, the injuries that Lakes Country Towing owner-operator Mike Smith suffered in a Sept.
"They fly through the air with the greatest of ease, those daring young men in their flying machines..." Once upon a time, Duane "Doc" Wething was one of those daring young men. "I solo'd (flying an airplane) for the first time when I was 17... in 1944," Wething recalled earlier this week.