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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School's out for summer, and there's no shortage of activities to keep kids in the lakes area busy until classes resume in the fall. From Summer Rec activities at Washington Park, to the Summer Latch Key program at Lincoln Education Center and daily programming at the Boys and Girls Club, Detroit Lakes has plenty of places for school-age children to go for their summertime fun. Summer Latch Key Over at the Lincoln Education Center, kids from kindergarten through grade 6 can take part in supervised activities from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It's been over 40 years since Ollie Ferden first began working as a nurse's aide at Sunnyside Care Center. "I applied (for work) at two different places -- the lefse plant in Lake Park, and Sunnyside," Ferden said. "I was called by Sunnyside first." Since that time, Ferden has continued to help residents with their meals, bathing, grooming and other daily tasks. "For the last five years, I've only worked part-time," she added. But as of this Thursday, June 14, she won't even be doing that.
Pull out your flip flops, shorts and Hawaiian shirts and head on over to Detroit Lakes' Central Market this Tuesday, June 12 for the Lakes Area Parrot Heads' second annual Tropical Food Drive. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Parrot Heads will be grilling up hot dogs in the Central Market parking lot, and serving them up with chips and soda to raise funds for the Becker County Food Pantry. There will also be live music provided by Island Steel Drums, and anyone who makes a donation of over $50 will be eligible for a special complimentary gift. "This is our second annual Tropical Food Drive,"
If you're looking for a way to start the weekend with some "Sweet Dreams," then head on over to the Historic Holmes Theatre tonight for a 7:30 p.m. show spotlighting "The Music & Magic of Patsy Cline." Cassie & the Bobs will present some of the country diva's biggest hits, in a style that's as close to the original recordings as possible. Fans of Cline and her music shouldn't miss it. Tickets are $18 at the door, though student admission is half price.
Employees and customers at the Detroit Lakes offices of Wells Fargo Bank received a bit of a scare Wednesday afternoon when a bomb threat was reported just before 4 p.m. "We received a call from Wells Fargo bank stating that someone had called into their office and reported that the building was going to blow up," Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten said.
Though he never actually had the chance to see his grandfather play baseball, Kyle Singer does remember playing catch with him in the yard of his family's Detroit Lakes home. "I shared a love of the game with him," says Singer, who played his last game as a Laker last Thursday. Singer's grandfather, Jerome "Jerry" Wegscheid, was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.
Even if you're not familiar with the name Tommy James, you've probably heard of his music. He's the voice -- and the pen -- behind such memorable tunes as "Crimson & Clover," "Mony Mony," "I Think We're Alone Now," "Draggin' the Line" and "Sweet Cherry Wine." In fact, James and his band, the Shondells, have racked up an astounding 23 gold singles, nine platinum albums and over 100 million records sold worldwide. "I was very fortunate," he said in a Tuesday telephone interview. "It's very difficult for young bands to make it in the music business today.
Incumbent State Rep. Paul Marquart announced his intention to seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives several months ago. This week, he learned who his official challenger would be.
Two and a half months after announcing his intention to seek the District 4 seat in the Minnesota State Senate, Phil Hansen is "all in now," he said as he filed for election at the Becker County Courthouse Thursday morning. "This is exciting for me -- it makes my candidacy official," Hansen added after filing all the necessary paperwork with the Becker County Auditor-Treasurer's Office. After retiring from his career with the National Football League, where he spent 11 years as a defensive end for the Buffalo Bills, Hansen and his wife Dianne moved to a home in the Detroit Lakes area.
There's still plenty of time to make it out to the Street Faire at the Lakes! The annual downtown celebration continues tonight until 8 p.m., and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. With over 150 artist booths, food vendors, kids' arts and crafts, barrel train and live music throughout, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Tonight's the night for Detroit Lakes' one and only street dance of the season, which gets underway in downtown DL in front of the Eagles' Club at 8 p.m.