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 picturesque setting of the Soo Pass Ranch's Northwoods Campground is a lure in and of itself. But throw in three full nights of music by some of the region's premier performers, along with family camping on the shores of Lake Sallie and some tasty food favorites, and you have the makings of a new favorite holiday destination. The inaugural High Plains Festival opens this Friday, July 1 at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch, and continues through the morning of Tuesday, July 5. With some of the region's best camping opportunities threatened by the possibility of a state government shutdown
Going to school every day, September through May, is something that students in the United States take for granted. They often view it as an obligation rather than a privilege. But in Haiti, students and their families struggle just to find the money to pay for their tuition fees -- when they have a school to go to at all. As a young girl attending school in the small Haitian village of St.
"All's Well That Ends Well" is the name of the play that will be the third annual Shakespeare in the Park production from Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. But it might also serve as something of a motto for the 15 cast and crew members who will be presenting the play in six performances at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, starting this Friday, June 24. Rehearsals for this year's production began a little later than normal, according to director Nikki Caulfield, because of a particularly critical shortage in theatrical essentials: namely, actors. Not quite enough people showe
For most recent high school graduates, the months after they get their diploma are a chance to hang out with friends, maybe take a job, and slowly make preparations to leave home for college in the fall. But 2011 Detroit Lakes High School graduate Marie Yokan will be spending the next couple of months in basic training, in preparation for enrollment at the United States Air Force Academy in the fall. "It will be five weeks of rigor," she said. Marie, the daughter of Dr.
Though he wasn't in attendance at the meeting due to illness, Lake Park-Audubon Superintendent Dale Hogie got a nice "get well soon" present from the LP-A School Board on Monday night: A new three-year contract. The board unanimously approved Hogie's new contract, which will run through the end of the 2013-14 school year. According to the terms approved at the meeting, Hogie will receive a 1.5 percent salary increase for 2011-12, bringing his annual pay to $100,445; another 1.5 percent increase in 2012-13, or $101,950 for the year; and a 2 percent boost for the 2013-14 school year, bringi
Pine Point School Administrator Rochelle Johnson has certainly made an impression in her first year at the helm of the K-8 facility. It was early this year that she and her fellow school officials brought a proposal before the Pine Point School Board to help reduce summer learning loss among the district's 68 students: A year-round school. Specifically, the proposal was to implement a Flexible Learning Year Program where students would, instead of having one long, three-month summer break, be given four shorter breaks during the school year -- with one break at the end of each quarter. T
The School of Hope.
Folk music icons The Brothers Four will be coming to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, June 23, for a 7:30 p.m. concert. Though the group does have four members -- Mike McCoy, Karl Olson, Mark Pearson and Bob Flick -- they are not in fact brothers, except in spirit. "When we began, the four of us were all college students at the University of Washington in Seattle," said Flick, who is the only remaining member of that founding foursome. "We were in the same fraternity house, so we were all fraternity brothers.
For the first time since 2008, the Becker County Senior Network and Becker County Council on Aging are teaming up to present Senior Fest this Thursday, June 16, at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. From 10 a.m.
There'll be a whole lot of "quakin'" going on in Detroit Lakes this weekend, as the two-day Quake the Lake powerboat racing event gets underway on Saturday. Though this will be the fifth year Quake the Lake has been held in DL, there are some new twists to the popular event this time around, said race director Ross Rolvoshem. First of all, the event will be held on the beach of Big Detroit Lake, in front of the Holiday Inn; in years past, the races started from a public beach on Little Detroit, near Zorbaz. The Holiday Inn has also signed on as a sponsor this year, along with Washington