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For 25 years, they've gathered on the same night, at the same time, every week. A diverse group that includes judges and physicians, war veterans and homemakers -- some recently retired, some long retired, and some not quite retired, according to the group's co-founder, Dr. Robert "Doc" Watson -- they enjoy getting together each week to "dine out" at their favorite local restaurants. "Anyone who's wearing a tie is still working," joked Watson, who along with wife Delores founded the group in 1982. "It all started when my wife broke her leg," he continued.
This past January, a new documentary called "New Energy" had its premiere at Detroit Lakes' own Historic Holmes Theatre. Its creator, DL resident Erika Johnson, produced the 30-minute film in conjunction with Windustry and Twin Cities Public Television. While it already aired in the Twin Cities n February, residents of northwest Minnesota and North Dakota will finally get their chance to see it too, when Prairie Public Television airs the film on Thursday, March 29, at 9:30 p.m. "This show will be airing in five states, and hopefully six," Johnson said.
Did you ever look at those television ads for "adopting" children in Third World countries, and hear how just a few dollars a week could feed and clothe that child for a year? Did you find yourself reaching for that telephone?
This week, while most Detroit Lakes students are living through a last blast of winter, two of them are on their way to sunny Miami, Fla., where they will be rehearsing for their upcoming participation in a national honor choir concert. Detroit Lakes Middle School sixth grader Emma Wood has been selected to participate in the National Treble Youth Honor Choir, which will perform during the afternoon on Saturday, March 10, as part of the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Miami. Also in Miami for the week will be Detroit Lakes High School senior Mark Champa, who ha
A panel of 14 jurors (including 2 alternates) was sworn in late Monday afternoon to hear the case of the State of Minnesota against Detroit Lakes School Superintendent Mark Adams. Adams, 43, of 14140 East Fox Lake Road, was indicted by a Becker County grand jury Nov. 1 for allegedly assaulting Ogema area farmer Mark Rothschadl. The incident occurred Sept. 9 on Rothschadl's farm in rural Ogema.
Though it's been almost a year and a half since Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the southern coastline of the United States, the cleanup effort is still a long way from being completed. In fact, some officials estimate that it could be a decade or more before the communities most devastated by the storm begin to reach a state of true normalcy again. So it's not surprising that Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) has been concentrating much of its volunteer organizational efforts of the past year on the repair and cleanup of homes along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This past January, a gro
With the first significant snowfall of 2007 descending on the Detroit Lakes area this past weekend, many area snowplow drivers put in as many as 10-12 hours on the road per day on both Saturday and Sunday. Minnesota Department of Transportation Maintenance Supervisor Dennis Redig reported that some of the eight plow drivers working out of the Detroit Lakes office began their routes between 2-3 a.m. on Saturday. With 17 truck stations and 59 trucks operating in the district's 12 counties, Redig said, "We were out until about 10 p.m." By 4 a.m.
Helping to give the gift of sight to others -- since 1981, Dr.
Yes, once again, it's Girl Scout Cookie season. From now through March 6, local Brownie, Junior and Cadette scout troops will be going door to door, selling boxes and boxes of 11 delicious varieties of cookies. But this year, the Girl Scouts in Detroit Lakes' 12 registered scout troops (including Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes) are joining forces on a special project: A "cookie care package" for the troops in Iraq. Through the Scouts' Cookie Share program, area residents can donate a box or two of cookies to the Minnesota National Guard troops currently serving in Iraq. "Those who want
Last summer, in early July, Detroit Lakes High School graduate Brian Flanagan and his former classmate, Mark Potvin, organized a special musical event, "There's No Place Like Holmes," which raised over $6,000 for DL's Historic Holmes Theatre. It was a dream event, bringing together many alums of DLHS's storied musical theater productions for a one-night-only production that re-created some of the greatest highlights of the era, from 1992-2005. A little over a month later, Flanagan was on a plane bound for New York City, and the realization of a dream of his own. After interviewing with a