Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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The jury has reached a verdict in the civil suit filed by a woman who was raped at WE Fest two years ago -- and has found in her favor. The now 23-year-old Stearns County woman filed the suit in December 2007, against Festivals and Concert Events (FACE), Inc., which owns WE Fest, and Security Specialists, Inc. (SSI), which was providing security for the 2006 festival where the rape occurred. In the verdict, the jury awarded $750,000 in damages to the plaintiff, who was referred to in court papers by the initials D.D.N. Co-defendants FACE, Inc.
For almost as long as he can remember, music has been a part of Tim Mahoney's life. "My mom is a musician -- she was a piano bar singer for years, so I kind of grew up with it," he explains. Mahoney, a Minnetonka native who now lives in downtown Minneapolis, will make his Detroit Lakes debut this Saturday, Nov. 15, as the first performer in the Historic Holmes Theatre's new "Edge" music series. The lifelong Minnesota resident first took up the drums in middle school, and followed that by learning to play piano and guitar as well.
Though they're not twins, brothers Mike and John Schouviller of rural Callaway have led remarkably parallel lives. In 1993, they both got married -- and their wives, Linda and Lois, are sisters. That same year, they also started up a dairy operation just a mile down the road from their parents' farm, on property they had purchased together in 1988. Since then, they have continued to live and work together, though their families do reside in separate houses on the 480-acre farm.
The professional comedy trio known as "Mama's Night Out" will come to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, Nov. 7, for a one-night-only show at 8 p.m. This trio of women -- Karen Morgan, Nancy Witter and Sherry Davey -- met through their common participation in Nick at Night's first "Search for the Funniest Mom in America." "We were 3 of the top 10 (finalists)," said Davey in a telephone interview.
In April 2007, the color guards of three Detroit Lakes-area veterans' organizations began cooperating under the joint name of the Lake Region Veterans Color Guard, to provide military honors for deceased military veterans as well as present "the colors" (the American flag) at various ceremonies and celebrations, and march in area parades. But while these veterans now march wearing the Lake Region Color Guard uniform, each member wears the cap of American Legion Post 15, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1676 or Disabled American Veterans Chapter 31, which each continue to maintain their own colo
For the third year in a row, the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center (LCRC) will be hosting its annual Children's Breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at the Speak Easy in Detroit Lakes. For the past couple of years, this breakfast has served as "a wake-up call to the community," by focusing on the needs of children who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused as well as those who have witnessed violence in their homes. And this year, the need is greater than ever.
This summer, Festivals and Concert Events, Inc., the production company for both WE Fest and the 10,000 Lakes Festival, received a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to fund the expansion of its WE B Green recycling program. The program, which has the motto, "Less Trash, Better Planet," aims to decrease the amount of landfill waste generated by special events held at the Soo Pass Ranch -- namely, WE Fest and 10KLF -- through increased recycling efforts combined with more emphasis on composting and reusable products for vendors, audiences and employees.
Though brief, the Detroit Lakes School Board Candidate Forum held Tuesday night at the Minnesota State Community & Technical College conference center gave those attending a good look at the six candidates seeking office this fall. All the candidates -- Cyndi Anderson, Mike Bommersbach, Barbara Boyle, Dr. Jeff Leichter, Ladd Lyngaas and Dr.
In June 1956, David Knutson left his job with Standard Oil to take a job as sales manager at KDLM Radio in Detroit Lakes. And for the next 34 years, Knutson and KDLM were inseparable, as he and partner Al Leighton worked to realize the radio station's new mission of community involvement.
There are four candidates running for three open positions on the Becker County Board of Commissioners this fall: Incumbent District 1 Commissioner Larry Knutson and District 5 Commissioner Barry Nelson are unopposed in seeking re-election, while incumbent District 3 Commissioner Karen Mulari will face off against challenger Gerry Schram. During individual interviews last week, Mulari and Schram were asked to provide general information regarding their background, then asked a series of four questions: Question 1: What qualifications do you feel you would bring to the Becker County Board o