Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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Now that winter's chill is beginning to be felt in the lakes area, people are looking for more ways to have fun indoors -- and what better way to do that than a visit to the Holmes Art Show, opening this Thursday, Nov. 18 at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. More than 20 area artists -- from Detroit Lakes, Lake Park, Frazee, Perham, Park Rapids, Fergus Falls, Fargo, Moorhead, Crookston, St.
One morning earlier this month, as Stacey Stalberger was getting ready for another day of teaching her first grade students at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School, she got a bit of a jolt while listening to the morning announcements. Her friend and fellow first grade teacher, Kristen Frank, broke the news that Stalberger had been named as LP-A's 2010-11 Teacher of the Year. "I can't believe I was actually chosen," said Stalberger, a teacher at LP-A for the past eight years. "The LP-A Teacher of the Year Award is a huge honor. There are so many deserving teachers...
Hospice of the Red River Valley has been awarded a $100,000 challenge grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The challenge grant will provide matching funds for all donations of $500 or more received by HRRV between now and Dec. 31.
It's been five years since the Lakes Area Community Concert Band first began rehearsals at Detroit Lakes High School, and its members are ready to celebrate. The band is in its final days of rehearsal for a very special concert, which is set to take place at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Nov.
For many years, the subject of the Vietnam War was a painful one for Detroit Lakes native Richard Hokenson. "I didn't want to talk about it," he says. Hokenson, who graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1966, served with the U.S. Army's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, in Vietnam from May of 1969 to April 4, 1970. "I was drafted," Hokenson said.
Have you ever watched a television show like Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" and wondered what it would be like to be part of one of their live broadcasts? This Friday, Nov. 12, the Twin Cities-based James Sewell Ballet will re-create the atmosphere of a televised dance competition in their new touring show, "Le Dance Off: Dance 'N America." The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. on the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre.
For more than 20 years now, Dave Erickson has been taking blocks of wood and transforming them into everything from fish and duck decoys to Santa figurines and Christmas ornaments. The workshop in the basement of his Perham home is filled with woodworking tools and paints of every description. He has belonged to the Detroit Lakes-based Lake Country Wood Carvers group since he moved to Perham in 1997 -- and a year later, in February 1998, he started a new woodcarving group in Perham. "We're called the Three-Fingered Carving Club," he said, adding with a smile, "Once they hear the name, no
Since its inception in March 2007, the Children's Services program at the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center in Detroit Lakes has served 800 youth in the lakes area. Some of the services provided by this program include one-on-one advocacy and support groups for at-risk children; and educational presentations on bullying, personal safety, domestic violence education, healthy relationships and similar topics. "We're currently offering over 20 support groups for at-risk children in Becker County schools," said Jan Logan, executive director of LCRC. This Wednesday, Nov.
Twenty-seven years ago, partners Jeff Krueger and Terry McCloskey established a new country music festival on the grounds of the Soo Pass Ranch south of Detroit Lakes. Though the names and faces behind the production of WE Fest have changed many times in the years since, Krueger's presence has remained a constant -- until now. This Monday, Krueger announced that he was retiring from his position as president and CEO of WE Fest, effective Oct. 31. "You just get to a point in life where you want to move on and do different things," Krueger said Tuesday in a telephone interview.
A career in the military isn't for everyone, but it was "the right stuff" for Detroit Lakes native Brian K. Johnson -- up until about a month ago, that is. Johnson retired Oct. 1 after 24 years with the U.S. Army, having attained the rank of sergeant first class (SFC). He enlisted right out of high school. "I had talked to the recruiter a couple of times during my senior year, and signed the delayed entry (enlistment form) just as I was about to graduate," Johnson said. "It was just one of those things...