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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When it was announced last month that 16-year-old Colorado opera singer Stephanie Harris had won an international vocal competition and would be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City this winter, the news filled one Detroit Lakes couple with a sense of joy and pride. Stephanie is the granddaughter of local residents Eugene and Edith Hansen. Her mother, Linda (Hansen) Harris, is a graduate of Detroit Lakes High School as well. "I visit Detroit Lakes a lot," said Stephanie in a Thursday telephone interview.
Since the Refuge Christian Outreach Center first opened in Detroit Lakes five years ago, its ministry has been steadily growing. Not only does the non-denominational, nonprofit organization hold "Breakfast and Bible" sessions at 7 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, but it also offers a free hot meal to anyone who is interested every Thursday through Saturday at 5 p.m., as well as a 6 p.m. worship and prayer service every Sunday. The Refuge's coffee shop, Solid Grounds, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Since it was founded in 2008, the Detroit Lakes Area Chapter of Let's Go Fishing has served several hundred lakes area residents each summer. The nonprofit organization provides free pontoon rides and fishing excursions not only for seniors and challenged adults at area care facilities -- for whom the organization was originally chartered -- but also for kids and veterans. Last year more than 670 area residents had the opportunity to enjoy Let's Go Fishing excursions, and the hope is to hit 800 this summer, according to a press release issued by the Detroit Lakes Area LGF Chapter. "We've
On the Tate Publishing website, the biographical information for Jeff Culver describes him as a "singer/songwriter and musician." But to the congregation of Detroit Lakes' Assembly of God Church, Culver is best known by another title: pastor. Culver has served as pastor of the local church for the past seven years; before that, he spent several years in Alaska with his family, serving congregations in communities that were accessible only by airplane. Being a minister was not a lifelong calling for Culver, however; he spent most of his formative years as an aspiring musician. "I just
Though the Lakes Festival hosted by the Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) on Thursday drew a host of water protection, environmental and conservation organizations from across the region, it was the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that stole the show. That was because the DNR brought along its brand-new boat decontamination unit, which is now being employed at public boat accesses on Pelican Lake and other water bodies in the region that pose a potential threat for aquatic invasive species (AIS). It is one of three such units currently in use in Minnesota;
Since 2004, the annual Young Life Triathlon has brought some of the Midwest's best triathletes to Detroit Lakes for a day of swimming, biking and running. "Every year, it gets bigger and better with this race," said Peter Paulson, area director for Lakes Area Young Life. In fact, it's grown so much that it's pretty much taken over the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, city park and beach, Paulson added. This year, organizers have decided to expand its scope a little further, to make it into a two-day event, Aug.
The coordinated efforts of local law enforcement, security personnel and volunteers to make WE Fest a safer experience for everyone involved appears to be working. According to Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon, there has been "seven consecutive years of decline" in the number of arrests and criminal issues investigated at the festival and surrounding areas. "There's so much cooperation between the sheriff's department, state patrol, private security, WE Fest chaplains, and the horse posse," Gordon said.
As WE Fest wrapped up yet another celebration this Saturday south of Detroit Lakes, one Minneapolis filmmaker was just getting started on his project to document the experience. Though he completed most of the filming for the project on Saturday, the process of compiling all that footage into a documentary format will take several months of work for creator Mike Plant before it's ready to be shown to the public. "I wouldn't think it will be done until late fall or winter," Plant said in a telephone interview.
Rain may be in the forecast for the third and final day of WE Fest, but for those who don't mind getting a little damp, the day also offers an unprecedented opportunity to see a host of up-and-coming artists making their festival debuts. Starting off the action with a bang, Rocket Club, a group of rising national stars who hail from Minneapolis, will make their first trip to the WE Fest main stage today at 2:45 p.m. They will be followed by two more WE Fest newbies, Easton Corbin at 4:15 p.m.
Though it's still a few weeks away, preparations for the 39th Annual Parish Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes are already in full swing. Festival co-chair Sue Braun described it as "a labor of love" for herself and fellow co-chairs Joe and Sandie Boyer, as well as planning committee members Mary Hager and Monsignor Tim McGee. Besides the planning committee, there are approximately 150 parish volunteers involved in organizing, setting up and running the festival, as well as cleaning up afterwards -- and every one of them is needed, because there is so much work involv