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 almost two years since Wadena native and educator Michael Cary was hired by the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School District as its new principal for grades 5-12. One of Cary's main assignments in his new position was to help improve the district's status as a so-called "low-performing school" with regard to test scores. To help with that aim, the district had just been awarded a federally funded School Improvement Grant (SIG). "The district was awarded a total of $1.4 million over the three years of the grant," Cary said.
When Tiffany Wirtz graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 2009, her career goals led her to apply for an ROTC Scholarship at St. John's University-College of St. Benedict. "I chose ROTC because I knew that I wanted to have a career in the medical field," Wirtz said earlier this week. "I believed that ROTC would provide me with unique experiences that civilian medicine may not. "Also, my father and other family members served in the military.
Since classes started this past fall at Detroit Lakes Public Schools, fifth grade students at Roosevelt Elementary School have been attending classes inside the adjacent DL Middle School. "It's a space issue," said Detroit Lakes Schools Superintendent Doug Froke, explaining the reasons behind the move.
The month of May will mark the official kickoff of the 2012 Legacy Destination program, a collaborative project to boost tourism statewide -- and Detroit Lakes has been designated as the host community for that month. To be accepted as a Legacy Destination community, the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Becker County Historical Society & Museum and the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center to organize a weekend filled with arts, outdoors and history-related events at some point during the designated month, explained Chamber tourism director Cleone Stewart.
Trucking office controller and music producer may not seem like the most natural combination of careers, but for Detroit Lakes' Jim Foltz, it seems to be working. "I split my time between my music company (Minneapolis-based Tyrol Hills Music) and Foltz Trucking (in Detroit Lakes), where I'm the controller," Foltz said. He formed the music company 25 years ago, and has been producing CDs and other forms of music ever since. "I've always written song lyrics, and I've always enjoyed music," Foltz said of his reasons for forming the company. His first success in the music industry came wit
Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen is the place to be tonight, as Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre presents a special dinner theater performance of its recent production of "Clue: The Musical." With 216 possible outcomes, "Clue: The Musical" brings the internationally popular Parker Brothers' board game to life in an interactive who-dun-it-style musical comedy.
Tickets went on sale this week for "Holmes Spun Theatre 2," the locally-created original musical production that will be presented in honor of the 10th anniversary of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. "There will only be two performances," said the musical's director, Larry Swenson. The new musical revisits the first show that was ever presented on the Holmes Theatre stage back in May 2002, "Holmes Spun Theatre." And 10 years from now, Swenson said, he fully expects there will be a "Holmes Spun Theatre 3." But this year's productio
On Sunday, the Becker County Historical Society Museum was filled with not only the sights, but the sounds of World War II-era Minnesota, as the celebration surrounding the opening of the museum's newest traveling exhibit got underway. Evelyn Sutter Swenson enjoyed "visiting" the WW II uniform she had donated to the museum for the Minnesota Homefront: World War II exhibit, as musicians Lina Belar, Chad Hanson and Marilyn Tepley entertained the crowds with music from the 1940s. The Minnesota Homefront exhibit is the first of four historical offerings that will be coming to the Detroit Lakes
Though they have only been residents of Detroit Lakes for less than a month now, the Gallatin family has been settling in nicely at their new digs near Long Lake on the west edge of town. "It's been amazing," said Jillene Gallatin, who was called to be the new senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in February.
It's been a tough year for area maple syrup producers, as warmer-than-average temperatures have caused the sap produced by local maple trees to come out in drips and dribbles rather than a steady stream. But that won't keep the organizers of this Saturday's Maple Syrup Fest in Vergas from bringing out the good stuff when they start pouring syrup for the annual pancake feed that kicks off the event. "It'll be the real thing," says Karen Olson, who is coordinating the 12th annual festival along with her husband, Tom. But unlike past festivals, "we're not selling syrup at the (pancake) feed