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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Champion fancy dancer Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers will perform at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the public show on Thursday, Yazzie will also be doing several outreach programs throughout the lakes area, starting on Tuesday, Feb. 28. An international lecturer, educator and performer, Larry Yazzie was raised on the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in central Iowa.
The possibility of a closed campus for all students in grades 7-12 once the new Lake Park-Audubon High School opens in Lake Park this fall was a lively topic of discussion at Tuesday night's LP-A School Board meeting. Though no formal proposal has been made, Board Chair Vicky Grondahl noted that there needs to be serious consideration of all the factors involved before a decision is reached. Students in grades 7-9 have always been required to stay on campus throughout the school day, noted LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie.
Though they have had a branch office in Detroit Lakes for several years now, their location made the Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living a well-kept secret to many. "We were cleverly hidden inside the Workforce Center at the Roosevelt (Avenue) office building," says Mark Bourdon, program director for the Freedom Resource Center in Detroit Lakes. But since the private non-profit moved its offices into the Washington Square Mall in December, "our increased visibility has resulted in a significant increase in the number of individuals who sought our services," Bourdon notes.
A proposed plan for safety and accessibility improvements to the Highway 10 corridor through Lake Park -- which would include a new city street and highway access for the soon-to-be-completed Lake Park-Audubon High School -- was presented at a public meeting Thursday night in Lake Park. Chris Chromy, senior transportation engineer for Bolton & Menk, Inc.
To some people, the concept of global warming is a myth. But when you've witnessed its effects first hand as polar explorer Will Steger has, it's nearly impossible to dispute that it's happening -- and it's happening fast. Steger spoke about his treks through both Antarctica and the Arctic, and what he experienced during his travels, during a presentation at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre Thursday night. "I've traveled over 50,000 miles in the polar areas," he said.
"Life is not a puzzle to be solved, but a mystery to be lived." Though the concept did not originate with him, Father Joe Rodrigues says, when he first heard the quote, "It made a lot of sense to me." Rodrigues, a Massachusetts native, is a Catholic priest who belongs to the international religious order, the Society of the Divine Savior -- also known as the Salvatorians -- for whom he currently serves as the national director of vocations and candidates. His work with the Salvatorians also involves leading a lot of church missions, Rodrigues says. He will be in Detroit Lakes Feb.
From fireworks to ice harvesting, boot hockey to ice golfing, a youth fishing derby and of course, the annual plunge into the frozen waters of Little Detroit Lake, the community's Polar Fest celebration kicks into high gear for its final weekend. Thursday night's festivities will take place inside the Historic Holmes Theater, with the Chamber Chill Small Business Expo running from 5 to 7 p.m. inside the Holmes Ballroom, and Polar Explorer Will Steger taking the main stage of the theater for a free 7 p.m.
Since plans were first announced for the construction of a new CVS Pharmacy at the site of the former Stop-N-Go and Dollar Store on Frazee Street, anticipation has been building for the latest addition to the Detroit Lakes business community. That anticipation finally came to fruition Sunday morning, as the store held its official grand opening. "It was a very good turnout," said store manager Wayne Hermann on Tuesday.
An informational meeting on proposed access and safety improvements to Highway 10 in Lake Park -- specifically with regard to access to the new Lake Park-Audubon High School -- is set to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 16 at Lake Park City Hall. "We already have city access to the new high school location from the east," said LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie.
It's a "polar-rific" weekend in Detroit Lakes, as the community's annual Polar Fest celebration gets underway tonight with the Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance. The fun starts at 6 p.m. inside the Historic Holmes Theatre, where dads and daughters can dance the night away at a semi-formal ball that offers music, dancing, crafts, food, photo opportunities and a grand march at 6:30 p.m. on the theater stage. Tickets are $12 for dads, $3 for daughters (ages 2-12), with a "princess package" available for $20.