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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The battle is on for a chance to play at the inaugural High Plains Festival in Detroit Lakes this summer. Seven bands have been chosen to compete in a special "Battle of the Bands" this Saturday, April 30 at The Aquarium in Fargo, with the winner set to play at the High Plains Fest's official kickoff party on Friday, July 1. Among the bands set to battle it out Saturday in Fargo are three Detroit Lakes-based groups -- JehKoa, Hardwood Groove and Push. Three Fargo-Moorhead groups -- Inside Out Strings, The Dirty Hurlers and o'fosho -- are also among the finalists, with Minneapolis band Th
After a few days of warm spring sunshine, showers are forecasted to bring April to a close this weekend -- so why not spend your Saturday afternoon inside, listening to a group of talented local musicians perform some of their favorite tunes? The Lakes Area Community Concert Band will be winding down its fifth season at the Holmes this Saturday, April 30, with a 4 p.m.
This Friday at the Historic Holmes Theatre, acoustic music fans will have an opportunity to hear not just one, but two of the genre's most talented acts. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrument musician John Gorka will be accompanied by the Canadian acoustic pop duo of Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther, known to fans as Dala, who open the 7:30 p.m. concert on Friday, April 29 in Detroit Lakes. "He's (Gorka) one of our favorite American singer-songwriters," said Walther in a telephone interview from her Toronto home.
Though they are only winter residents of San Benito, Texas, Mary Ann and Duane Olson have managed to make an impact on the community through volunteering. The Olsons, who live between Leaf and Big Cormorant lakes near Lake Park during the summer months, have spent the past seven winters as volunteer teachers at the Harlingen Literacy Center. Duane teaches English, while Mary Ann teaches citizenship classes. "I prepare students to pass the test to become U.S.
Is voter fraud enough of a problem in Minnesota to justify the expense of implementing a photo identification system at the polls? Would an Election Day photo I.D. system, such as that being proposed in legislation currently being considered by the state's lawmakers, prevent most instances of voter fraud? These questions and more will be discussed at a special presentation on Thursday, April 28 in Detroit Lakes. Kathy Bonnifield, associate director of Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota, will present "Fraud Catcher or Vote Snatcher? Proposed Changes in Election Law" at 5:30 p.m.
It's been a week of celebration for Lake Park-Audubon Schools. On Monday, a group of about 100 people gathered at the site of the new Lake Park-Audubon High School in Lake Park for a groundbreaking ceremony. Then on Tuesday night, it was Audubon's turn, as LP-A Elementary School opened its doors for the first of two planned "dusty shoe tours" that gave residents a chance to see everything that had been done so far on the school's $3 million remodeling and expansion project. "Today, we acknowledge the culmination of a quest that began over six years ago," said LP-A Superintendent Dale Hog
Attention, Audubon High School alumni: Would you like to own a piece of your alma mater as a memento of your youth? You may get your chance, as the LP-A School Board is looking at options for allowing the contents of the old 1922 building to be auctioned off, prior to its scheduled demolition at the end of the current school year. The auction may include such things as lockers, handrails, doorknobs, decorated glass panes and anything else that might be salvageable as keepsakes. The 1922 portion of the school building at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary is scheduled for demolition starting Ju
One cold and blustery winter morning in Fargo, Army Specialist Josh Peterson was helping his fellow soldiers in the North Dakota National Guard 188th Army Band get ready for the band's upcoming Music in the Schools tour. He and a fellow guardsman were asked to go out and run a few errands around town -- a trip that was only expected to take about an hour. But that was before Josh and his friend decided to stop and aid a stranded traveler along the highway. "We didn't make it two miles out of our Army headquarters when we saw a vehicle on the side of the road with its hood up," Josh said.
With the help of a $22,500 challenge grant from the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources, the Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations will soon know a lot more about the water quality of its member lakes. Along with the Becker County Soil & Water Conservation District, COLA recently applied for the grant, which will be used for the preparation of special reports on 20 of COLA's largest member lakes. "We're (COLA) contributing about 90 percent of the match for this -- COLA will provide $10,000, with the SWCD giving $500," said Dick Hecock, Becker County COLA president. "Our ro
It's a tragedy: A child dies of malaria every 30 seconds in sub-Saharan Africa Malaria is a disease that can cause permanent cognitive dysfunction, and even severe brain damage among its victims -- especially children. And mothers can even pass on the disease to their unborn child, according to information gathered by the Episcopal Church of America as part of its African mission campaign, Nets For Life. Learning these and other grim statistics has been a key part of the mission project undertaken by St.