Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 15 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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Though he's only an occasional visitor now, Erik Askegaard has very fond memories of the community that he still considers his hometown. "My family moved to Detroit Lakes when I was 3 years old," says Askegaard, 49, a longtime Brainerd attorney who will become Crow Wing County's newest district court judge on Jan. 4. "It's a town I still miss very much. It was a wonderful place to be a kid in the 1970s." He and his family try to get back to the community at least once a month.
Though U.S. Sen. Al Franken has long been an advocate for a green economy, and has sponsored at least one ag-related piece of legislation, the fledgling legislator admits his experience with farms and farming is more limited than he would like. Sen. Franken took a step toward remedying that situation on Thursday, with an unannounced stop at the farm of Bill and Karolyn Zurn in rural Callaway. "This is my first chance to be on a farm at harvest time," Franken said Thursday during a brief chat with reporters from the local media.
On May 2, 1942, Robert Lueben was drafted into the U.S. Army. Now, more than 60 years later, the longtime Detroit Lakes resident says it was luck -- and high test scores -- that landed him in the Air Corps a short time later. But he didn't think he was so fortunate when he was sworn in that day. "I don't think my heart ever dropped so far into my shoes in my life," he said recently. A native of Montevideo, Minn., Lueben was less than thrilled at the prospect of being shipped off to basic training in "hot, muggy St.
Since its inception in March 2007, the Children's Services program at the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center has served 625 youth in the lakes area. Some of the services provided by this program include one-on-one advocacy and support groups for at-risk children; and educational presentations on bullying, Internet safety, dating violence, healthy relationships and similar topics. "As a result of participating in one of these support groups, numerous families have sought out additional services, including professional counseling -- that's huge," said Kari Stattelman, director of children's serv
Shortly before she was to graduate from Detroit Lakes High School in 1994, Angela Johnson was recruited by (then) SFC Don Trieglaff to join the United States Army. "It was a decision that changed my life, by giving me goals and enabling me to go to college," said Johnson. Prior to her graduation from DLHS, Johnson joined C Company of the 134th Signal Battalion, based in Moorhead.
A little over two weeks ago, Detroit Lakes resident Joshua Anderson, 20, told his parents that he had a headache. "I was thinking it was a migraine," said Joshua's mother, Karen. "They run in the family." Still, Josh had never experienced a migraine before, so they weren't sure. "He'd never had any problems," said Josh's father, Rick. "He's always been a very healthy boy," said Karen. By the next day, early Wednesday morning, Oct.
Students at Lake Park-Audubon Schools observed Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 26-30, with a variety of activities geared around prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. At LP-A High School in Lake Park, FCCLA members kicked off the week by tying red ribbons on automobile antennas. They also slipped a seat belt safety reminder under each set of windshield wipers, with the message "Don't get twisted in a car crash, wear your seat belt." Each message was attached to a small package of rainbow Twizzlers.
It's been two years since comedian Sonya White made her Holmes Theatre debut as part of the Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour -- and she's looking forward to coming back. "We had a great time the last time we were there," she says. The Chicks will return to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, Nov. 6, for their second appearance at the theater's annual Deer Hunting Weekend Comedy show. They will also be making appearances at The O'Shaughnessy in St. Paul on Thursday, Grand Rapids' Reif Center on Saturday, and Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, N.D. on Sunday, Nov.
What do Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman have in common? They were all musical acts who came to prominence during the "big band/swing" era of the 1940s and '50s. And their music is featured in the touring production of "In The Mood," which comes to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre next Saturday, Nov. 7, for a 7:30 p.m.
Just like they did five years ago, Ulen-Hitterdal voters showed their support for the school at the polls, approving a $240-per-student increase in the district's operational levy by a 224 vote-188 vote margin. The Ulen-Hitterdal district was asking voters to approve an increase in its operational levy from $1,750 to $1,990 per student, for the next five years. "I think the (voter) turnout was a little less than five years ago," said Ulen-Hitterdal Superintendent Allen Zenor on Tuesday evening, shortly after the ballots had been tallied.