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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From the time he was a small child, Khaled Zreik knew he wanted to be a doctor. "Since I was five years old, I've had an interest in helping people," says the Detroit Lakes physician, who purchased a home on Muskrat Lake with his wife, Fatme, in June 2008. More specifically, Zreik was drawn to caring for people with cancer. Though reluctant to speak of it at first, Zreik admits his career choice was determined, in part, by a personal loss. "My mother died of cancer -- ovarian cancer --when I was a child," he says.
Though the legendary improvisational comedy troupe known as Chicago City Limits actually hails from New York City, at least one of its members also has ties to the Twin Cities. Greg Triggs, who has been with CCL for the past three years, got his start in comedy with the Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. "Like any good student with a BFA (bachelor of fine arts degree) in theater, you kind of start to wonder what you're going to do with it after you graduate," Triggs said in a Monday telephone interview. In assessing his abilities as a performer, Triggs said his sense of humo
With the swearing in of newly-minted Becker County Commissioner Gerry Schram, and re-elected commissioners Larry Knutson and Barry Nelson, a new year officially began for Becker County Tuesday. But a bit of last-minute 2008 news remained the dominant topic of conversation. The news that Becker County would be receiving an unhappy Christmas "present" from the State of Minnesota -- in the form of a $300,000 state aid cut -- dominated local headlines toward the end of 2008. But not all the news coming out of Becker County was bad, as Commissioner Larry Knutson had pointed out in his "state
Americans may think they're experiencing hard times, with a depressed economy, lost jobs and billion-dollar state budget deficits. But times are even tougher for the people of Haiti, who have been hard-hit by a series of tropical storms and hurricanes over the past summer. Jeff Norby, a Detroit Lakes resident who works as a soil conservation technician for the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), recently returned from a week-long journey to that country. Though his primary reason for making the trip was to deliver some donations for TeacHaiti -- a Detroit Lakes-based humanitari
The Laker girls' basketball team may have had to settle for second place after a 49-40 loss to Princeton in the Sartell Tournament championship Tuesday, but DL's head coach liked his team's performance nonetheless. "If we could have knocked down a few more of our perimeter shots, we could have had a chance to win -- but I was pleased with the effort," said Laker head coach Mike Hoganson on Wednesday. Princeton senior center Katie Lobery -- who has already committed to play for the Minnesota Golden Gophers next season -- led her team to victory with 17 points. "The game plan was to mix up
It may or may not be an all-time record, but the near-30 inches of snowfall that Detroit Lakes received last month is definitely more than lakes area residents have seen in any December for more than a decade. Marty Hembre, who tracks monthly weather statistics for KDLM Radio, said the station had recorded 29¼ inches of snow between Dec. 1-31.
Looking for something a little different to do this New Year's Eve? Detroit Lakes is offering everything from a family-friendly New Year's Bash at the community center to an interactive murder mystery show at the ClubHouse Hotel. The latter is an "80s Class Reunion" hosted by the Fargo Entertainment Company. This unique dinner theater show allows guests to be a part of the action. A company of eight actors will play the main roles -- the jock, the cheerleader, the nerd, etc. -- at this Class of 1988 reunion. One of those roles will be short-lived, as a murder mystery unfolds.
Before the invention of the letterpress, books were written by hand: inked by scholars who painstakingly added colorful illuminations and miniature illustrations to the text. It was, in fact, among the world's earliest art forms -- one that Detroit Lakes artist Douglas J. Fliss seeks to continue in the modern world.
Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes is a very "pet friendly" environment.
With so much of its livelihood dependent upon maintaining the purity of its natural resources, Becker County has long been on the cutting edge of conservation -- and earlier this month, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) recognized those efforts with a very special honor. For the first time ever, the BWSR and AMC joined forces to present County Conservation Awards to four Minnesota counties, including Becker, at the AMC annual convention and trade show in Duluth on Tuesday, Dec.