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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DETROIT LAKES - Though near-perfect weather brought thousands of people to the lakes area over the holiday weekend, there were no fatalities and no major traffic accidents reported, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. "The traffic volume was pretty much the same (as last year) -- it didn't look like gas was almost $4 a gallon," said Captain Bruce Hentges. "We didn't really see a decrease in traffic -- at least not here." "It was awesome," said Tate Jansen of Zorbaz.
MAHNOMEN - A little less than a month after he won re-election, White Earth Reservation Tribal Council District III Representative Kenneth "Gus" Bevins was sworn in for another four-year term on Thursday, July 3. Bevins squared off with Ralph "Bucky" Goodman in the tribal general election on June 10, and won re-election by a vote of 557-291. It was a much longer wait between re-election and inauguration for Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor, who was also sworn in Thursday in Mahnomen. Vizenor learned on April 1 that she would serve another four-year term, after gathering 66 percent of the v
DETROIT LAKES - From laser tag to inflatable games, a mechanical bull, 27-foot double lane slide and even a bungee run, 3'z Company Amusement Productions has plenty to keep Detroit Lakes residents and visitors entertained this summer. The new recreational business opened June 10 on West Lake Drive, across the street from the DL Pavilion and the city beach -- and it's already making waves in the community. "We've really gotten a nice welcome," said Kris Kaiser, who co-owns the business along with her husband, Dwight. The Kaisers, who live in Sauk Center (but have a time share at Breezy Sh
DETROIT LAKES - Last month, for the first time in 27 years, Detroit Lakes-based Magnum Belize Tours and its sister agency, Travel Travel of Detroit Lakes, closed their doors from June 12-17 so the staff could enjoy a belated Christmas holiday in Belize. Well, at least that was part of the reason for their Central American adventure.
DETROIT LAKES - The November elections may seem to be far, far off, but for those looking to be certified as election judges, the time is now. The Becker County Auditor-Treasurer's Office is offering evening training sessions on July 23, 24, 28 and 31, in Detroit Lakes, Lake Park and Wolf Lake.
DETROIT LAKES - Friday is Independence Day, and the city of Detroit Lakes will have no shortage of entertainment for visitors and residents alike this holiday weekend. But of course, the main attraction has always been the fireworks -- and this year is no exception.
DETROIT LAKES - Teaching -- it's more than just a vocation for Lynn Durward. It's her passion. "What I like to do more than anything is to teach," she says. A web development instructor at Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Detroit Lakes for the past nine years, Durward was recently honored by the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) for excellence in teaching. The award was formally presented as part of the 30th annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas.
DETROIT LAKES - Are you hoping to challenge the incumbents in November's general elections for local, state or federal office? Or are you looking to serve another term? Then you'd better start getting your paperwork ready. The election filing period for all county, state and federal offices opens Tuesday, July 1, and continues through July 15. "We will be open during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.," said Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen. "We will also be open until 5 p.m.
DETROIT LAKES - Since Monday afternoon, Missoula Children's Theatre actor-directors Beth Bronner and Danielle DeStefano have been spending every afternoon at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. For four hours each day, through this Friday, June 27, they will be spending their time working with the cast members of "The Wiz of the West," honing their performance skills for the show's debut... on Friday night. Yes, that's right.
Though the Becker County Board is mindful of the State Legislature's decision last month to pass a 3.9 percent county property tax cap for 2009, there are some areas where the commissioners just don't feel comfortable in cutting back. That became clear Tuesday, when they approved a request from Human Services Director Nancy Nelson to add two part-time social workers for the child protection unit. As Nelson explained, the child protection unit is "greatly understaffed" -- despite the White Earth Tribal Council's decision earlier this spring to take over child welfare/protection services fro