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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Six years ago, Emmanuel Community began hosting an annual art auction fundraiser known as Art for the Ages. Since then, the event has grown into a showcase for some of the area's best artists, including a variety of media from pottery and sculpture to paintings and mosaics -- and everything in between. The sixth annual Art for the Ages, set to take place Thursday, June 9 from 1:30 to 6 p.m., is no exception.
Doug Ohman's enthusiasm for his work is obvious. "I have the best job in the world!" he told a group of about 30 people gathered at the Detroit Lakes Public Library Thursday night. Over the past 11 years, the Minnesota photographer has traveled the state's scenic highways and back roads, documenting its history through imagery that has formed the basis for 14 books -- including six in the "Minnesota Byways" series, published by the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). Though Ohman said that he thought the fifth book in the series, Cabins of Minnesota, would be the last, he jumped at the c
"He truly was a nice guy." That's how former Detroit Lakes mayor and city alderman Larry Buboltz remembers ex-city administrator Wayne Lance, who passed away Thursday, May 26, at the age of 91. Lance served the City of Detroit Lakes from 1959 to 1984 -- first as finance officer, then as city clerk, and finally as its administrator. "He was a man of very high integrity," said Rich Grabow, who worked with Lance for nine years.
The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club is planning a little celebration to commemorate the return of summer (finally) to the lakes area, and to raise some funds for its various literacy, youth and community service projects. Called "Fiesta Verano" -- which translates, literally, into "celebration of summer" -- the event will take place Friday, June 10 at the Speak Easy in Detroit Lakes, starting at 6:30 p.m. The evening is set to include live music, dancing, food and door prizes -- all included in the $20-per-person ticket price -- as well as a silent auction, raffles and other fun activi
For a little over 23 years now, Hank Carpenter has been a cheerful, calming presence in the halls of the Becker County Courthouse. But as of today, you'll probably find him out fishing -- weather permitting, that is. Hank's last day as a bailiff for Becker County was Tuesday, May 31. A native of Staples, Hank first moved to Detroit Lakes in 1982, after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps. "In the Marine Corps, I was stationed on recruiting duty in Fargo, and I used to come here to do a lot of fishing on the weekends," he said.
There's nothing quite like the atmosphere of an outdoor music concert, and in Detroit Lakes, area residents have an opportunity to experience that atmosphere every Tuesday night this summer. Starting on June 14, Tuesdays in the Park will return to the Detroit Lakes City Park, with live music in the bandshell every Tuesday through Aug.
This Friday, June 3, an 11-year tradition for lakes area residents gets underway in downtown Detroit Lakes -- and this year's Street Faire at the Lakes has more to offer than ever. The area's first of many summer festivals will include a unique mix of live entertainment, tasty foods, kids' activities and over 125 booths showcasing some of the finest arts and crafts to be found anywhere in the Midwest. The artist booths will feature both returning favorites and memorable newcomers, said Street Faire committee member Sue Braun. "One of our new exhibitors, Dazzle Body Art of Fargo, will off
Traditionally, the Memorial Day holiday is meant to be celebrated as a time of remembrance, for those who have died in the service of their country. But the weekend that precedes this observance has also become a time for celebrating the return of summer, with picnics, parades, live music under the stars, and a host of other outdoor activities -- and this year is no exception. The Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes is planning a full weekend of celebrating, starting with live music by Mike Hokenson on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Ever since Emmanuel Community first opened its doors to the public in 1964, the Detroit Lakes nursing home has enjoyed a reputation for loving, compassionate care. So when Detroit Lakes resident Shirley Gunderson was looking for a place to rest, recuperate and rehabilitate after her recent surgery, Emmanuel was her first and only choice. After all, Gunderson herself had been a member of the nursing staff at Emmanuel from 1975 to 1995 -- first as a nursing assistant, then as a licensed practical nurse-- so she knew first-hand how important patient care was to the nurses who worked there.
On Sept. 19, 2010, the congregation of Lund Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes passed its second and final vote to sever its ties with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. One month later, they became affiliated with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. With their departure from the ELCA, Lund's congregation also set themselves apart from the congregations with whom they had shared a pastor for several years, at Bakke and Richwood Lutheran churches. In January, they cemented their status as an independent congregation by calling a new pastor, Rev.