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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Ten years ago, on Dec. 14, 2001, the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center opened its doors to the public for the first time. The first person to check into the fitness center on that day?
Since last Wednesday, Dec. 7, the residents of Oak Crossing -- a long term senior care facility located on the campus of Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes -- have been busy baking Christmas cookies. While that may not seem like such an unusual activity at this time of year, it's a tradition that many of the residents of Oak Crossing's three "neighborhoods," or permanent residential areas, have missed taking part in since moving there. "Christy Brinkman (senior administrative leader at Essentia Health-St.
When it comes to the history of Becker County, there are few who know more about it than rural Ponsford resident Wilbur Joy. So it was only fitting that the Becker County Historical Society would bestow him with its newest honor, the Community Historian Award, at its 2011 annual dinner. A Detroit Lakes native who grew up on the shores of Lake Sallie, Joy has been fascinated with local history since his early days as a 4-H member attending the county fair. It was there that he met Otto Zeck, who was in charge of running the conservation building -- one of Joy's favorite places to hang out
Another busy holiday weekend is underway in Detroit Lakes: Photos & Wishes with Santa will continue at the Detroit Lakes mall from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and at 4 p.m., the Historic Holmes Theatre stage will play host to a free holiday concert by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band. A second showing of "Hi, I'm Ernie Pyle" will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday in Perham's ITOW Veterans Museum. This show is also free and open to the public. Grace Community Church, Osage, hosts a Christmas singalong at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Imagine, if you will, a "mash-up" of the classic Christmas tune "Frosty the Snowman" with Van Halen's "Ice Cream Man." Or "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with a little rock and roll flute music added in -- or how about "Jingle Bells" done Led Zeppelin style? These are just a few examples of the fun awaiting audience members at the "Rock & Roll Christmas Spectacular," which comes to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, Dec.
Hear ye! Hear ye! The Detroit Lakes High School Department of Music heartily welcomes all lords and ladies of the lakes area to enjoy a magical evening of music, song and lively entertainment. There will be three opportunities to partake of this glorious Madrigal Dinner: Thursday, the 15th of December; Monday, the 19th; and Thursday, December the 22nd. Seating will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m.
Students in the Head Start and Great Start programs at Mahube Community Council in Detroit Lakes got a visit from St Paul's CLIMB Theatre on Monday. CLIMB Theatre actors Victor Albaum and Amanda Pintore presented "The Elves & the Shoemaker" to approximately 300 students in Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Park Rapids during a two-day visit to the area. During the 30-minute presentation, the students were introduced to Emily the Shoemaker (Pintore) and the King (Albaum). The King asked Emily to make 50 pairs of shoes for his servants to wear -- by 6 a.m. the following day.
Though she's enjoying her position as the newest member of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) field office in Detroit Lakes, soil conservationist Nicole Schaffer says she's "living a double life." There's her professional life in Detroit Lakes, where she spends her weekdays helping landowners and farmers to address soil erosion and water quality concerns as well as managing nutrients, and protecting and improving wildlife habitat. And then, there's her personal life back in Hastings, Minn., where her husband lives in the home they purchased back in April. "I was j
Though the array of Medicare Part D drug coverage plans available to Becker County residents isn't quite as confusing as it once was, the enrollment process can still be a bewildering one. "In 2009, there were 46 (Medicare Part D) drug plans in the state of Minnesota. For 2012, there are 33 plans." said Karen Lenius, who serves as coordinator of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Mahube Community Council, as well as being the Becker County coordinator on aging.
The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, while exhilarating, can also be stressful. If you're looking for a way to relax and soak up the holiday atmosphere, without its attendant headaches, this Friday's "A Small Town Christmas" celebration at the Historic Holmes Theatre may be just the ticket. Featuring award-winning musician Billy McLaughlin and his six-piece acoustic ensemble, Simple Gifts, this two-hour holiday concert will have the look, feel and sound of a traditional hometown Christmas celebration. "We always say, Las Vegas is for New Year's -- if you want to celebrate Chris