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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Though the Detroit Lakes Area Learning Center is considered to be part of the Detroit Lakes Public Schools system, it actually serves a much larger area. Through its Targeted Services programming, the ALC serves K-8 students in Audubon, Lake Park, Frazee and Pelican Rapids as well as Detroit Lakes. As outlined by ALC Director Lisa Weber, Targeted Services is an after school and summer program that helps students who need a little extra assistance in developing the academic, social and organizational skills needed not only to succeed in school, but after graduation. "It's prevention progr
Today is Earth Day, when people across the world celebrate the planet on which we live, and the efforts of individuals and organizations across the globe to promote the preservation of a healthy, strong environment for future generations.
A proposed $20 million construction and renovation project for Lake Park-Audubon Schools could get a considerable boost with the recent announcement that greater Minnesota schools are eligible for roughly $75.85 million in federal stimulus funding for school building projects. Lake Park-Audubon School Board members discussed the possibilities for funding the project through stimulus money at Monday night's board meeting in Lake Park. According to Board Member Dale Binde, Lake Park-Audubon could qualify for slightly over $19 million in Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB's), at zero
When fans come to see Dierks Bentley's sold-out concert at the Shooting Star Casino this Friday, April 24, they will also have an opportunity to get a glimpse at one of Nashville's up-and-coming stars. Aussie Jedd Hughes made the move from the "Land Down Under" about eight and a half years ago, and spent the next year and a half attending South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. "At 16 and a half, I quit school and toured in bands at home in Australia," Hughes recalled in a recent telephone interview. "It's a pretty small (music) scene over there ...
Today (Sunday) marks the beginning of Earth Week, which is highlighted by the 40th anniversary celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22. Activities across the United States in celebration of this anniversary will focus on heightening awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment. Natural Innovations, a local, non-profit organization created to promote environmental education and stewardship in the lakes area, is celebrating the occasion by recognizing those individuals, businesses and students in the lakes area who are making the earth a better place to live. "Natural
The United Way of Becker County will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Thursday, April 30, with a special "25 Years of Heroes" gala at the Speak Easy restaurant in Detroit Lakes. The festivities will begin with a 5 p.m. social hour featuring "heavy" hors d'ouevres and a cash bar. The highlight of the evening, however, will be the United Way's annual "Celebration of Heroes" awards ceremony. The "Celebration of Heroes" tradition, which began in 2002 (in the wake of the Sept.
Have you ever found yourself feeling nostalgic for the era of "big band" music, and iconic vocalists like "Rat Pack" members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.? Then come on down to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Saturday, April 25, for a special presentation by nationally acclaimed vocalist Steve Lippia and his 10-piece orchestra. Entitled "Simply Sinatra," the concert will prominently feature Sinatra's music, as brought to life through Lippia, whom many call a "vocal dead ringer" for "Old Blue Eyes," as Sinatra was sometimes called. "I'm very much looking forwa
Now that Becker County has completed its two-year, two-phase courthouse addition and remodeling project, the county commissioners are inviting the public to come take a look at what has been accomplished. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the board set an open house for Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre is going to be a busy place this weekend, with events set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. First up is a concert by Minneapolis singer-songwriter Keri Noble, which is set for 8 p.m. Friday, April 17. Noble, who is also an accomplished pianist, will perform selections from her self-titled February 2009 CD release, as well as from her 2004 debut album, Fearless, and sophomore CD, Let Go. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. Prior to the concert, there will be a 6:30 p.m.
When singer-songwriter and pianist Keri Noble first moved to Minnesota from Detroit, Mich., eight years ago, to begin pursuing a music career full-time, one of her earliest gigs was performing at a youth camp near Detroit Lakes. "I'm looking forward to coming back," said Noble, who performs at the Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m. A Detroit native, Noble now makes her home in Minneapolis, after falling in love with the music community in the Twin Cities area. "I had been playing at bars and coffee houses in Detroit, but I was pretty lost, not knowing what direction