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 folklore of American music is filled with stories of small town girls who packed up their guitars and a suitcase full of dreams to seek fame and fortune in New York City, often leaving their childhood loves behind. But Elisa Korenne's story is a unique twist on that theme: After finding a measure of success as an independent singer-songwriter in New York City, she moved to a small town in northwest Minnesota -- for love. Korenne, who has been a headliner at regional, national and international music festivals, released her debut album, "Favorite," in 2005.
It's shaping up to be a busy 2008 for Detroit Lakes Community Education & Recreation. Director Mark Greenig was hard at work Monday, taking registration for winter and spring classes. "What's hot right now is arts and crafts," he said, adding that more and more people are realizing that, while it's "really nice to go out and buy something (for a present) -- if you can make it yourself, that's really special." Besides familiar (and popular) art classes such as stained glass-making, basic drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting, there are also new classes on the roster for 2008, including
It was watching her children play outdoors that inspired Detroit Lakes author Lisa Jayne to write her first children's book. "They were exploring their senses -- smell, touch, taste, sight and sound," she said recently.
The Becker County Recorder's Office is going digital -- one record book at a time. "We're trying to bring our records into the 21st century," said County Recorder Darlene Maneval. Specifically, the recorder's office is trying to digitize the paper records that it has collected since 1870. "Most of the paper (on which the records were recorded) was high quality, archivable paper," Maneval added. "But some wasn't. "We are the keeper of those records," she continued. "Our challenge is to preserve them...
Ethics. Character. Integrity. With all the emphasis on language, math, science and cultural diversity in today's grade school classes, the teaching of simple human values like these can often be overlooked. Not so at Lake-Park Audubon Elementary School in Audubon.
For many years, the date of Dec. 19 has held special significance for Dave Hochhalter. It was the day, 40 years ago, when he and his wife, Betty, went on their first date. It was the same day, two years later, that he asked her to marry him. And it was on Dec.
Becker County Commissioner Barry Nelson has issued a challenge -- "to Becker County, the cities within Becker County, and all the citizens of Becker County" -- to reduce the county's overall energy consumption by 10 percent. Nelson issued the challenge at the close of his "State of the County" address Tuesday morning. "If everyone starts small, this will grow into a grass roots event," he said.
Christmas came early for the Audubon Fire Department this week: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday that the volunteer fire department had received a $213,723 Assistance to Firefighters Grant. According to Audubon Fire Chief Darcy Savig, the grant was a long time coming: "We've been applying for this grant ever since they started (the program) six years ago.
The Refuge, a Christian outreach and resource center in Detroit Lakes, has moved from its former location on Washington Avenue to a new home at 921 Eighth Street. The building formerly housed the Anishinaabe Center, which has relocated to Callaway. "We really appreciate how they worked with us to (help) purchase the building," said Mel Manning, who along with his wife, Shirl, established The Refuge last year.
With Christmas Day now just a little over a week away, the signs of holiday cheer are everywhere. Smiling Santas, frolicking reindeer, nativity scenes -- some of them even using live actors -- and brightly lit Christmas trees can be seen decorating almost every lawn and windowsill. But there is one Detroit Lakes home where the inhabitants don't have much reason to celebrate the holidays this year. Greg Olson, his daughter Kendra and granddaughter Khiera had to prepare for a funeral. Greg will be spending this Christmas, and many Christmases thereafter, without his wife by his side.