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 writer Greg Breining and photographer Layne Kennedy set out to create a book about ice fishing, they couldn't help but see the absurdity of one of the Northland's truly unique hallmarks. This is how Breining puts it in the opening of his book, A Hard Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It, "If you didn't grow up in northern climes, ice fishing may seem improbable, wacky, and perhaps a bit dangerous." That perception isn't entirely wrong.
Though he grew up on a dairy farm in Otter Tail County, Blane Klemek's "life dream" was to find a career in wildlife and natural resource management. "My love of wildlife is where it all stemmed from," he said. "I had to be outside -- hunting, fishing and camping.
"A friend to many" is how Roxann Daggett described her friend and mentor Jim Evans, who passed away last Friday, Jan. 6 in Detroit Lakes, at the age of 85. Daggett, who lives in Frazee, was Evans' campaign manager for the last two of his four successful campaigns for the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he served as a Republican legislator from 1976 to 1984. "It wasn't very difficult, because he was elected easily," Daggett said.
Though he has never actually lived in Detroit Lakes, Darby Nelson nevertheless has fond memories of the community. His father, Miles Nelson, was a principal at Detroit Lakes High School back in the late 1960s and early '70s, and his parents returned to Detroit Lakes to live after their retirement. "We (he and his wife, Geri) typically spent most of our Christmas vacations in Detroit Lakes," Nelson says. "Before I was married and had kids, my dad and I would go out on Lake Sallie or (Lake) Melissa and fish over Christmas break.
It's been a decade and a half since the name Tonic Sol-fa was first heard in the world of a capella music, and the Minnesota-based vocal group has gone through quite a few changes since then. "We were initially a five-part group, and we went down to four voices," says Greg Bannwarth, who has sung tenor with the group since 1996 (about a year and a half after it was formed). "Secondly, when you get somebody's voice such as the bass we have now, Jared (Dove), you're going to get a totally different sound." But one thing that has remained constant through the group's various personnel chang
Though the bill signed into state law by Gov.
Despite a lack of the usual heavy snow cover at area resorts and recreational areas, several outdoor events set to be held this weekend will continue as scheduled, while others remained up in the air as of press time. Maplelag Resort near Callaway will be host to Winter Trails Day 2012 this Saturday, Jan. 7. "I'm sure the ski conditions are going to be OK, unless it gets too warm," says event organizer Ray Vlasak. "But if we can't ski, then we're going to have a hike at 1:30 p.m.
Though the precise origins of curling are shrouded in mystery, it is widely believed to be one of the world's oldest team sports, according to the World Curling Federation. In Detroit Lakes, the Lakes Curling Club has been a thriving part of the cultural landscape since it was established in 1980. "We have about 140 members this year," says the club's 2011-12 president, Sam Rufer, adding, "it kind of fluctuates a little bit from year to year." Interest in the sport typically peaks around the time of the Winter Olympics, which are held every four years. Because the Olympic curling compe
While the lack of snow cover in the lakes area so far this winter may be good news for some local residents, it definitely isn't for those homeowners who use their own septic systems. Dan Olson of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says that frozen septic systems could become an issue for many rural homeowners if the area doesn't receive adequate snow cover before local temperatures start to fall to arctic levels. "Snow helps to insulate septic systems and keep them from freezing," Olson said.
Though the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center officially celebrated its 10th anniversary just a couple of weeks ago, the DLCCC staff is preparing to host its 11th annual New Year's Eve Bash this Saturday. How did that happen? According to program director Brent Wolf, it's because the center hosted its first event when the facility was just a little over two weeks old.