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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Though she grew up in an Amish community in Hewitt, Minn. -- "about 30 miles from where I live today in New York Mills" -- the gap that separates Anna Dee Olson from that life might as well be an ocean. In 1992, when she was 24 years old, Anna left the Amish community behind to pursue her dreams. "I dreamt of having a career," Anna says.
Though she moved to Montana several months ago to take on a teaching job at the Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation, artist Karen Goulet still has strong ties to the Detroit Lakes area. "I'm an enrolled member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation," she said.
When 13 members of Minnesota's rural construction industry were honored for their achievements on Friday, Feb. 24, by the Builders Association of Minnesota, Detroit Lakes' own Bryan Schoenberger was among them. "I was speechless," Schoeberger said of receiving the 2011 President's Award from the BAM. "I didn't know what the heck to say when I went up there (to accept the award).
Take a trip back in time tonight with the Detroit Lakes Area College Foundation at its annual "Night in New York" fundraiser, set to begin at 6 p.m. in the Student Life Center at M State-Detroit Lakes. The evening will be filled with the tastes, sounds and sights of New York, circa the 1940s, as well as a chance to celebrate with the 2012 scholarship winners. Tickets are $40. The "Amazing Itasca Winter Survival Race" starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitors Center at Itasca State Park, outside Park Rapids.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources didn't have much cause for joy this past holiday season, as state and federal revenue experts sent them some troubling news to end the year: Expect less money in 2012. A year ago, those same experts were predicting that the Game and Fish Fund -- which basically pays for almost every aspect of DNR operations -- could run into the red by 2014. "The Game and Fish Fund is what funds everything we do," says Blaine Klemek, Detroit Lakes area wildlife supervisor for the DNR. That includes not only the DNR's wildlife operations, but also its fisherie
It's "All in the Family" for the 22nd Annual Banquet and Auction to be hosted by the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center on Friday, March 9, in the Speak Easy in Detroit Lakes. From a "La Familia" style (aka Italian) dinner and dessert to a dinner show featuring Archie and Edith Bunker themselves, the celebration's family theme is carried throughout the evening, according to LCRC executive director Jan Logan. "There will be some great games going on too," said Kathy Coyle, who is co-chairing this year's event along with Kari Williams. "There's 'Family Ties,' where people will receive a gaudy
A public meeting on the redistricting of Becker County's five commissioner districts will be held Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m.
Since she joined the Northern Lights Library Network last August as its executive director, Kathy Enger has been busy providing administrative, educational and technical support to the over 300 libraries that make up the network. "I love libraries, and I love librarians," says Enger, who succeeded Ruth Solie after her retirement last fall. "Librarians are very service oriented -- their main goal is to serve the people -- and they are also very intellectually curious," she explains. "Curiosity and a love of learning are the keys to being a librarian -- it motivates them -- and service to
Though he is best known for his comedy work on television and the silver screen, Steve Martin will be making headlines for his music when he takes the stage this summer at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch, as part of the 2012 WE Fest lineup. Accompanied by his bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin will be making his inaugural appearance at WE Fest this year. He will join previously announced headliners Alabama, Toby Keith and Jason Aldean for the 30th annual country music celebration, set to take place Aug.
A snowy forecast won't keep many lakes area residents from enjoying the variety of activities planned for this weekend, starting with tonight's concert by country divas Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen. The fun starts at 8 p.m.; a few last minute tickets are still available at the box office. Tomorrow's activities begin with an ice fishing tournament on Lake Eunice, near Randy's Bar. A $10 minimum fee includes registration, chili feed and one entry for the door prize drawings; children age 10 and under can enter free of charge.