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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Last fall, the seven members of an Egyptian folk-rock band known as Wust el-Balad visited Detroit Lakes for a week in late September, and before they gave their final performance at the Historic Holmes Theatre, they had made a lot of friends in the community. This Monday, a new group of Arts Midwest WorldFest musicians arrived in DL for a weeklong artist residency -- the five members of the Israeli folk group, Yamma Ensemble. Like their Egyptian counterparts, Yamma Ensemble has been spending the week interacting with students at local schools, doing impromptu performances at such diverse v
When the new Lake Park-Audubon High School opens in Lake Park this fall, many teachers will find themselves saying to their students, "take out your laptops" instead of "take out your textbooks" at the start of every class. Yes, starting with student-parent orientation day in August, every LP-A student in grades 10 through 12 will be receiving their very own laptop to keep for the duration of the school year. "The computers are pretty basic," says Bob Henderson, technology coordinator for the LP-A School District. "They'll mainly be used for Internet access and document creation." With
When Ben Weekley received a call from his son Brad a couple of months ago, it led to one of the most unique experiences of the Detroit Lakes man's life. "He called me wanting to know if I was interested in flying to Anchorage (Alaska, where Brad had lived since 1993) and helping him to drive his pickup down to Minot (N.D.)," Weekley says. Brad had received an offer of his "dream" job, working as a civil engineer with the Indian Health Service in Minot. "It's very similar to what I do for the Detroit Lakes schools," says Weekley, who is the operations supervisor and transportation directo
Nestled in the basement of the Becker County Courthouse is a room that houses bookcases containing hundreds of books, pamphlets and brochures about all things legal, as well as a computer that provides access to legal databases all over the country. The Becker County Law Library is more than just a resource for attorneys and law clerks; it's available to the general public as well. "I don't think a lot of people know all the things we have available here," said law librarian Bill Wilson. There are books containing state and federal statutes, procedural rules, reported cases, administrati
It's luau time! The Kiwanis Club of Detroit Lakes will be hosting its annual Spring Luau and Youth Benefit Auction tonight, starting with a 5:30 p.m. social hour. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the live auction at 7:30. There will also be silent auction items available for bidding throughout the early part of the evening. But if you'd rather spend your time on the dance floor, then tonight is your lucky night! The Lake Park Country Twirlers will host a square dance at 7:30 p.m. in the Lake Park-Audubon High School, Lake Park.
The 1983 Starcraft boat with 70-horsepower motor that now sits idle at J & K Marine in Detroit Lakes has been a source of many fond memories for the Langemo family over the past couple of decades "It's been a fun boat for us," says Detroit Lakes resident Jim Langemo.
The Historic Holmes Theatre has received a BNSF Railway Foundation Grant of just over $6,300 to help further fund its arts outreach programs, "Mosaic Mania" and "Tell Me a Story." "Tell Me a Story" was added to the Holmes Theatre's programming lineup in 2011.
Though there is only one more construction walk-through planned, on Saturday, April 28, those who aren't able to be on hand for the public tour dates won't have that long to wait until the new Lake Park-Audubon High School is officially opened to the public. According to LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie, "all substantial work" on the new building is projected by contractors to be completed by the end of June. "It (the new building) could be certified for occupancy as soon as July 15," Hogie told members of the LP-A School Board on Monday night. That's well in advance of the mid-August comp
Though they may put in as few as one or two hours a day, a couple of times a week, or log hundreds of hours in a variety of tasks, every one of the volunteers that donate their time and talents to assist the residents and staff of Emmanuel Community provides an invaluable service. "We have about 150 volunteers campus wide," said Emmanuel volunteer coordinator Barb Schiller. From Community Caregivers to Helping Hands, Senior Companions to the Emmanuel Auxiliary, and a hundred other little things that volunteers do to help around the Emmanuel campus, "they probably put in about 500 hours a m
When the all-local, original musical "Holmes Spun Theatre 2," makes its debut on Friday, May 4 at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, theater patrons will also have the opportunity to get the first look at a new history exhibit that will be on display at the theater until May 16. Students in Bill Mohn's U.S.