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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For 33 years now, Denise Kettner has been teaching Detroit Lakes kindergartners the basics of reading, writing and math. In fact, Kettner even did her student teaching at Washington Elementary, before graduating with a bachelor's degree in elementary and early childhood education from Bemidji State University. She has also been a loyal member of the local teacher's union since joining the staff at Rossman Elementary -- and for the past five years, has served as president of Education Minnesota-Detroit Lakes. Before that, she was on the negotiating team for five consecutive master teachin
In light of this past week's late season blizzard, it's hard to envision spring ever arriving in the lakes area, but organizers of an upcoming promotional event for the non-profit organization Let's Go Fishing With Seniors (LGFWS) are already putting the finishing touches on the schedule. Volunteers from the Duluth chapter of LGFWS will be making stops in the host communities for all 27 Minnesota chapters of the non-profit organization -- including Detroit Lakes -- during the inaugural "Joy Ride for LGFWS." The 1,449-mile bike ride will begin on Thursday, May 5 in Duluth, arriving in Detro
"The arts are our gift to the next generation." This quote from Robert Bluestone is printed on a note attached to the computer in Amy Stoller Stearns' office at the Historic Holmes Theatre -- but it might just as easily have come from Stearns' own lips. As the theater's executive director, Stearns has become a driving force in bringing the arts, in all their many forms, to residents of the lakes area. And on Monday, Stearns and the theater's staff were honored for their efforts in a big way. Stearns and the Historic Holmes Theatre were the recipients of the Ordway Center for the Perfo
For almost as long as she can remember, Emma Wood has loved to sing. "I've done it forever -- it's just a part of me," says the Detroit Lakes High School sophomore. Wood began taking private voice lessons from DLHS vocal music instructor Kathy Larson when she was 7 years old. "She's like my second mom," Wood says of Larson. But Wood has known classmate Shea Henderson even longer than that -- since kindergarten, in fact.
The project to build a new Veterans Memorial Park in Detroit Lakes got a big boost Tuesday night, when the Past Presidents' Club of Detroit Lakes Eagles' Aerie 2342 presented organizers from local veteran's groups with a check for $10,000. "It's a big step forward," said Dave Coalwell, a Veterans' Park Committee member, adding, "Although this donation is very much appreciated, it will be the sale of the pavers and benches that will sustain the park as it grows." Eagles' Past Presidents Club member Jerry Wagendorf, who also serves as the organization's treasurer and gambling manager, said t
When the Lake Park-Audubon School Board approved the district's budget for fiscal year 2011 back in June, it was staring at a $43,889 projected deficit. Things were looking considerably rosier for the district's finances at Monday night's regular school board meeting in Audubon, however. The board approved a revised FY11 revenue and expenditures budget at that meeting -- a budget that showed a net increase of over $163,000 in revenue. LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie noted at Monday night's meeting that the revised budget reflected projected revenues that were $286,729 higher than the figu
"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others." --Mahatma Ghandi At Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes, volunteers form the backbone of many senior outreach services, including Helping Hands and Senior Companions, to name a couple of examples. But they also bring their talents and skills to serve the several hundred senior residents of Emmanuel's nursing home, assisted living and senior housing facilities -- and more are always needed. Helping Hands The Helping Hands ministry at Emmanuel exists to help elderly and disabled residents of the Detroit Lakes a
The ladies of the Lutheran church basement -- Mavis, Vivian, Karin and Beverly -- return to Detroit Lakes this coming Saturday, March 26, for "A Second Helping," the sequel to the immensely popular theatrical show, "Church Basement Ladies." The Historic Holmes Theatre will be presenting two performances of the show, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. This time around, the year is 1969 and the world is on the cusp of enormous socio-economic and political changes. "The Vietnam War is starting, the Summer of Love and all that is going on, and the ladies are dealing not only with big changes in the world at
How fast can a person get caught up in the machinery of a piece of farm equipment? "Faster than you can blink your eyes," said Jeff Kratochwill, speaking to a group of Detroit Lakes students during an Ag in the Classroom presentation Monday morning. The longtime Brainerd- area farmer speaks from experience.
Topics such as domestic violence, sexual assault and other serious crimes are anything but light-hearted -- and yet the staff of Lakes Crisis & Resource Center deals with them every day. The Detroit Lakes-based organization provides support and advocacy programs for all of the above, as well as programming and services for families and children in need. Yet the theme of the 21st annual LCRC Banquet and Auction is anything but serious -- as evidenced by the fact that the event is scheduled to be held April 1, also known as April Fool's Day. "Just Jokin' Around: An April Fool's Day Fun-rai