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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It's been a little over a year now since the tiny island country of Haiti was ravaged by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake -- a natural disaster that took over 300,000 lives in 35 seconds. Yet 12 months removed from the events of Jan. 11, 2010, there are still over a million people living in "tent cities" -- without a solid roof above their heads to protect them from the elements. "It has been a year, and the pain feels almost as raw as it did a year ago," says Miquette Denie, founder of TeacHaiti. "On January 12th, a year since the quake, the government called a national holiday.
Though he lost his wife and companion, Lillian, several years ago, Lou LaPointe still has plenty of company in his room at Detroit Lakes' Emmanuel Community. An assortment of stuffed animals; troll dolls; miniature cars, trucks and semis; and toys of every size and description adorn the bookshelves, chair and bed, and there are several more stored away in his closet. The toys are a source of considerable interest for the staff and residents at Emmanuel, which Lou has called his home since last fall.
WOLF LAKE -- It was one day between five and six years ago that John Aho, his wife and their youngest son were sitting around their kitchen table, when they started talking about finding a way to "overtake the winter doldrums," as Aho put it. "The (Wolf Lake) Lions have a nice recreation area, with a hill for sliding and a warming house, so we thought, why not have something that centers around that?" he said. And so the idea for what has become one of Wolf Lake's most popular annual traditions was born. "Although the concept of Winter Fest was 'born' at our kitchen table, it was a combi
Award-winning Minnesota fiction writer Will Weaver has recently released a new book of his memoirs, called The Last Hunter -- and now he would like to help others write their own life stories as well. Weaver will be in Detroit Lakes this Friday, Jan. 21, for a 7 p.m. program at the Historic Holmes Theatre, called "Telling Our Own Stories, Writing Our Own Lives." A native of Park Rapids, Weaver said his grandparents once had a farm in eastern Becker County, and he grew up on a dairy farm. "I know the landscape well," he said.
Level 3 predatory offender Robert Baca was sentenced Thursday in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of violating the state's predatory offender registration law. Baca was sentenced to 39 months (more than three years) in prison on the charge, and was also assessed $210 in court fines and public defender fees. He will serve his time at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility, according to court documents. Baca, 45.
The votes are in, and the grand prize winner of the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's 9th Annual Photo Contest has been announced. Rural Detroit Lakes resident Diane Turcotte took home the top prize for her photograph, "Sunset Fishing," which depicts her husband Alan bringing in a late-day catch last summer. "My husband and I were out fishing in the boat and were coming in late, right at sunset," Turcotte said. "I made the comment that I wanted to get a picture of the sunset...
It's become an increasingly rare thing for someone to spend virtually their entire life in the same community where they were born. Detroit Lakes native Jeff Grabow certainly didn't plan on doing so when he graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in business economics. "That's just the way it worked out," he says. Grabow retired from his position as CEO of Bremer Bank in Detroit Lakes on Dec.
On Monday afternoon, there was a buzz in the air at the Detroit Lakes offices of SJE Rhombus. The reason? A U.S. senator was on the premises. Sen.
At least 410 people were killed on Minnesota roads last year, according to preliminary statistics released last week by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Office of Traffic Safety. The final 2010 count is actually expected to fall around the 420 mark -- but even so, the numbers are on par with 2009 levels, when the total number of fatalities was 421. The 2009 tally was the lowest number of annual deaths since 1944. In Becker County, the preliminary report showed a single traffic fatality occurred in 2010, according to Sgt.
For those who attended Catholic school as a child, the "Late Nite Catechism" comedy series has a certain nostalgic feel. But even those who were not raised Catholic, and have never attended a class taught by nuns will have reason to chuckle when the latest in the series, "Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3" comes to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. "It may be about Catholics, but it's not in your face ...