Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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In April 2007, the color guards of three Detroit Lakes-area veterans' organizations began cooperating under the joint name of the Lake Region Veterans Color Guard, to provide military honors for deceased military veterans as well as present "the colors" (the American flag) at various ceremonies and celebrations, and march in area parades. But while these veterans now march wearing the Lake Region Color Guard uniform, each member wears the cap of American Legion Post 15, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1676 or Disabled American Veterans Chapter 31, which each continue to maintain their own colo
The professional comedy trio known as "Mama's Night Out" will come to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, Nov. 7, for a one-night-only show at 8 p.m. This trio of women -- Karen Morgan, Nancy Witter and Sherry Davey -- met through their common participation in Nick at Night's first "Search for the Funniest Mom in America." "We were 3 of the top 10 (finalists)," said Davey in a telephone interview.
For the third year in a row, the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center (LCRC) will be hosting its annual Children's Breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at the Speak Easy in Detroit Lakes. For the past couple of years, this breakfast has served as "a wake-up call to the community," by focusing on the needs of children who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused as well as those who have witnessed violence in their homes. And this year, the need is greater than ever.
This summer, Festivals and Concert Events, Inc., the production company for both WE Fest and the 10,000 Lakes Festival, received a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to fund the expansion of its WE B Green recycling program. The program, which has the motto, "Less Trash, Better Planet," aims to decrease the amount of landfill waste generated by special events held at the Soo Pass Ranch -- namely, WE Fest and 10KLF -- through increased recycling efforts combined with more emphasis on composting and reusable products for vendors, audiences and employees.
Though brief, the Detroit Lakes School Board Candidate Forum held Tuesday night at the Minnesota State Community & Technical College conference center gave those attending a good look at the six candidates seeking office this fall. All the candidates -- Cyndi Anderson, Mike Bommersbach, Barbara Boyle, Dr. Jeff Leichter, Ladd Lyngaas and Dr.
In June 1956, David Knutson left his job with Standard Oil to take a job as sales manager at KDLM Radio in Detroit Lakes. And for the next 34 years, Knutson and KDLM were inseparable, as he and partner Al Leighton worked to realize the radio station's new mission of community involvement.
There are four candidates running for three open positions on the Becker County Board of Commissioners this fall: Incumbent District 1 Commissioner Larry Knutson and District 5 Commissioner Barry Nelson are unopposed in seeking re-election, while incumbent District 3 Commissioner Karen Mulari will face off against challenger Gerry Schram. During individual interviews last week, Mulari and Schram were asked to provide general information regarding their background, then asked a series of four questions: Question 1: What qualifications do you feel you would bring to the Becker County Board o
All 11 candidates for the three open seats on the Frazee-Vergas School Board will participate in the Lakes Area League of Women Voters Candidate Forum this Monday, Oct. 20. A full slate of candidates is also anticipated for the Detroit Lakes School Board Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Organizations of Rossman and Roosevelt elementary schools in Detroit Lakes. And a League of Women Voters moderator, rather than a school district employee, will now run the LP-A school board forum. The DL School Board forum is set to begin promptly at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct.
Though the typical influenza season in Minnesota runs from November through April, the time to think about getting flu shots is now, according to Becker County Community Health supervisor Ronda Stock. "There is no shortage of vaccine this year," she said. "We've just started our flu shot clinics, which is pretty much on target (as compared to previous years)." One thing that has changed, however, is the number of clinics that Stock's agency holds each year. "Every year, we reduce the number of vaccines we order," she said.
This past May, former Detroit Lakes High School Rotary Exchange student Miquette Denie was in town to raise funds for her fledgling charitable organization, TeacHaiti. In its first year of existence, the organization that is dedicated to furthering the education of youth in Denie's native country, Haiti, had enabled 41 students in grades K-12 to attend school for a full year. With donations raised during her May visit, Denie and TeacHaiti were able to send 105 K-12 students to school for another full year -- plus pay a year's tuition for an additional three college students. "We raised $