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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There's a battle going on in Minnesota lakes and rivers this summer, to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels, flowering rush, spiny waterfleas and Eurasian watermilfoil. Several Detroit Lakes-based agencies have joined forces with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the University of Minnesota's Central Region Sustainable Development Partnership to launch a statewide prevention campaign. RMB Environmental Laboratories, Natural Innovations and the Pelican River Watershed District have worked together to produce a series of 11 public service anno
A Detroit Lakes couple recently received special recognition for their commitment to leaership and their community, at an Emerging Leadership Program banquet held last month at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Kelly and Jamaica Schlauderaff, who live just west of Detroit Lakes with their four children, recently graduated from the University of Minnesota Extension Service's Emerging Leadership Program. To complete the program, the Schlauderaffs were asked to attend four training sessions focused on several U of M Extension educational components intended to strengthen civic leadership
A total of 203 graduating seniors received their diplomas at the 122nd commencement exercises of Detroit Lakes High School on Saturday, according to Superintendent Doug Froke. Detroit Lakes High School Principal Steve Morben noted that approximately 210 seniors graduated from the district this year, including those who received their diplomas from the Area Learning Center earlier this month. Speakers at the ceremony included the top two graduating seniors from the Class of 2012, Devin Lange and Cole Remmen.
It's been five years since the first Minnesota Crossroads Rally was organized at Strawberry Lake Christian Retreat near Ogema, and the event has continued to be held every year since. But even though the name remains the same, some things about the family friendly motorcycle rally have changed for the fifth annual event, says MCR founder Michael Walther of Detroit Lakes. Set to take place Aug.
An outdoor picnic featuring fresh-grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, followed by live music from some of the area's best musicians -- what could be a better way to spend a Tuesday night in Detroit Lakes this summer? Yes, the Tuesdays in the Park concert series is returning to the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell on Tuesday, June 5, with a performance by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band. As has become Tuesdays in the Park tradition, the local community band will both kick off and close out the concert series, as they are also scheduled to perform on the last night of this year's series,
Three-day weekend coming up! That means it's time to get out and get busy. The Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen will continue its month-long 20th anniversary celebration with a final blowout weekend that features tonight's 8 p.m.
For 12 years now, the Street Faire at the Lakes has served as the summer's official kickoff event for Detroit Lakes residents -- and the event is only becoming more popular each year, among visitors and vendors alike. "We have 135 booths -- that's a little bit more than last year," said organizer Mary Beth Gilsdorf, who has been involved with the event since its inception in 2001. Even the Street Faire's "rain or shine" policy hasn't deterred shoppers from patronizing the variety of vendor booths that line the streets of downtown Detroit Lakes each year on the first weekend in June (this y
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board approved the renewal of four teaching contracts, but terminated several others at its monthly board meeting Tuesday. The contracts of probationary teachers Sandy Vetter (.4 FTE), Tammy Langworthy (.28 FTE), Carol Ricke (.28 FTE), LeeAnn Buttino (.28 FTE), Natasha Olsonawski (full time) and Debra Covart (full time) were not renewed for 2012-13. But because the positions of Vetter, Langworthy, Ricke and Buttino were funded through an Alternative Delivery Grant, the possibility exists that they could be reinstated if that grant funding is renewed for another
Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center in Mahnomen will be wrapping up its star-studded, month-long 20th anniversary celebration this weekend with a concert by Grammy Award-winning country superstar Randy Travis. Travis, who is celebrating a special anniversary of his own next month -- his 25th year in the music business -- will be performing live at the Shooting Star this Friday at 8 p.m.
At last Saturday's Fargo Marathon, more than 24,000 people crossed the finish line -- and Detroit Lakes' Richard Renner was among them. Renner, who turned 80 in January, was competing in his third half marathon in Fargo -- but the first one since 2008. After taking a few years off due to illness, poor weather conditions and other factors, Renner said, "I decided, it's now or never." Renner completed the 13.1-mile course in 3 hours, 24 minutes on Saturday. "That's a long haul," he joked.