Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 15 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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Though stormy weather threatened this weekend's Street Faire at the Lakes a few times, the skies were predominantly sunny on both Friday and Saturday -- and the crowds responded in kind. "I can say without hesitation that the Friday-Saturday schedule was a great success," said Street Faire committee member Mary Beth Gilsdorf.
At the time that Marti Wermager was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (known as ALL), she was just 5 years old. She was also given a mere 1 percent chance of survival. Almost four decades later, Marti has not only survived, she has thrived. "I'm considered a long-term survivor of the disease," she said. As such, Marti was considered to be a fitting torchbearer for the Becker County Relay for Life, which takes place Friday, June 18, at Detroit Lakes High School. Marti will participate in the 7 p.m.
It's been nearly six months since the devastating earthquake that ripped apart Port-au-Prince, the capital city of the tiny island nation of Haiti. But for the people that live there, very little has changed. Most are still living in tent cities, with little more to shelter them from the elements than sheets hung from wooden poles -- and some have no shelter at all. A still-shaken Miquette Denie spoke tearfully Thursday of the "39 seconds" that had changed the future of her native country forever. Denie was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board will open bids on three separate bond issues totaling over $21 million at a special board meeting on Tuesday, June 29, starting at 5 p.m. The school board passed resolutions authorizing the bond sales at a special meeting this Wednesday afternoon in Lake Park. The bond issues will be for $17.35 million in Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs), $1.69 million in Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs), and $2.065 million in Build aAmerica Bonds (BABs). The proceeds from the bond sales will be used to fund the construction of a new high school building
Though WE Fest is still a couple of months away, the Soo Pass Ranch will be opening its doors for a fun evening of food, drink, music and dancing on Thursday starting at 6 p.m. Though it is being billed as a "life celebration," the event will also raise funds for cancer treatment and research, according to organizer Jim Fletcher. This past year, two longtime members of the WE Fest family, Jim Worm and Terry McCloskey, were diagnosed with cancer.
It's been a decade -- 10 years -- since the first Street Faire at the Lakes was held in downtown Detroit Lakes. To commemorate that milestone, organizers have made a few changes to the annual event, which takes place this weekend. Most noticeably, the dates of the festival have been moved to Friday and Saturday, rather than the Saturday-Sunday format of previous years. "Our committee is really excited to try out our new Friday-Saturday schedule," said organizer Mary Beth Gilsdorf.
When the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center (DLCCC) announced plans for a $2.5 million Backyard expansion project last month, those plans had a distinctly youth-oriented focus. But the expansion is not "just for kids," explained community center CEO Stu Omberg. "The Backyard is something for everyone in the community," he said.
Winning awards may not be the primary objective for a school administrator, but it's never a bad thing to be honored by your peers for the work that you do. Detroit Lakes High School Principal Steve Morben was notified in April that he had been chosen as Western Division Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals. "It's always nice to be recognized for your efforts," he said.
It's been 10 years since Minnesota bluegrass band Monroe Crossing first began performing together -- and to celebrate, the quintet will kick off its 10th Anniversary Tour in Detroit Lakes this Friday, June 4 at the Historic Holmes Theatre. Named for the legendary "Father of Bluegrass," Bill Monroe, the group performs a wide range of music, combining classic bluegrass with original compositions --occasionally throwing in some rock and country cover songs as well. "Our current CD, 'Heartache and Stone,' has a lot of originals from the band, some songs written by friends of ours, and we even
There's nothing that signals the start of summer quite like a parade, and in Detroit Lakes, that time is now. The annual Detroit Lakes Memorial Day Parade takes place this Monday, May 31 at 10 a.m., proceeding from the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center to Washington Avenue, then south to the City Park Bandshell. A program begins at 11 a.m.