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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For the past 32½ years, Robert Merritt has gone to work at the same place nearly every morning. Fortunately for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' area hydrologist, it's been a job he's enjoyed. "The people I work with are great," Merritt says. "They're all dedicated, hardworking folk, and I've developed some pretty close relationships over those years." But about three weeks from now, on Tuesday, Dec.
It's been 44 years since Damien Society member Gen Kwako was contacted by a local bus driver about the fact that some of his young passengers often boarded the bus without mittens and caps to protect them from the weather. Kwako, with the help of her fellow Damiens, organized the first Damien Mitten Tree drive, in which local residents were asked to donate hats, scarves and mittens to give to children in need during the holiday season. The "mitten trees" were set up at various locations around town, so that residents could bring in their donations and hang them on the tree, to be display
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us for another year, the community of Detroit Lakes is gearing up to kick off the Christmas season with the annual Santa's Grand Parade of Lights. The holiday parade gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 -- yes, tomorrow -- on Washington Avenue, proceeding from City Park north to Washington Square Mall. "The parade is growing," said event organizer Jill Mack.
Though Detroit Lakes native Kathryn Knuttila's life has been a whirlwind of activity since she was crowned as Miss Minnesota in June, she still tries to get back to the area at least twice a month. After all, she has piano students to teach -- and choirs to direct.
If you like your Christmas music with a little Celtic twist, then you'll definitely want to check out The O'Neill Brothers' holiday tour when it stops at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Saturday, Dec.
For the second year in a row, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be helping to raise funds for the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center by making a special appearance at Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M State) in Detroit Lakes on Sunday, Dec. 5. The second annual "Breakfast With Santa" will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the M State cafeteria. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and milk. "We're really excited about it," said event organizer Kathy Michaelson.
From no-till farming to wetland restoration; nutrient management and integrated pest management; native buffers; water and sediment control basins, Kevin and Candace Lunde's farm in rural Lake Park is a study in modern conservation practices. So it's not too surprising that the Lundes were honored as Conservationists of the Year by the Becker Soil & Water Conservation District. Located on the site of the former Becker County Children's Home, the farm has been in the Lunde family since 1949, when Kevin's parents, Harold and Lorraine Lunde, purchased and renovated the property into a working
With the advent of reality television series like "Hoarders" and "Hoarding: Buried Alive," public attention has become sharply focused on a form of compulsive behavior that can, if left untreated, jeopardize not only a person's livelihood and financial standing, but also their interpersonal relationships and even their health. In the past, a house being taken over by clutter -- pile after pile of newspapers stretching up to the ceiling, stacks of books squeezed into every available nook and cranny, empty Cool Whip containers and jelly jars taking up most of the kitchen cupboard and counter s
For the past five years, the congregation of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes has been organizing a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings to celebrate the quintessential American holiday. This year is no exception. The Sixth Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast will take place this Thursday -- Thanksgiving Day -- at Holy Rosary, with serving from 11 a.m.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board got some good news, and some that was not so good, in the form of the 2009-10 District Audit Report presented at Monday night's regular meeting in Audubon. Brian Stavenger of Eide Bailly presented the audit report, which was prepared for the district by the Fargo-based firm. Stavenger noted that the district received a "clean, unqualified opinion," which basically amounts to a positive review. "It means our process of accounting is positive --we're doing the right things," explained Superintendent Dale Hogie in a later interview. Overall, the district