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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Just as the weather looks to be getting a little less frigid this weekend, Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration will get underway Saturday. Opening weekend festivities officially begin with the Historic Holmes Theatre's Winter Marketplace, which starts at 10 a.m.
The tree that stands in one corner of the pediatric therapy unit at the new St. Mary's Innovis Health Therapy Center looks authentic, from the rough, knotted texture of the bark to its bright green leaves. But the giant monarch butterfly sitting perched near its top -- with a 3-foot wingspan -- provides the first clue that this tree is more of a child's fantasy come to life than a piece of ornamental shrubbery. This tree is even more than it appears at first glance, however: it's a piece of functional art that is truly one-of-a-kind.
February 3, 1959 -- It's the date often referred to as "The Day The Music Died." Immortalized in the lyrics of Don MacLean's "American Pie," that was the day musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P.
For ATV trail proponents and opponents alike, May 12, 2009, is a date that should be circled in red on the calendar. The Becker County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a public forum from 6-8 p.m.
As the United Way of Becker County prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in April, the organization is getting close to reaching its 2008-09 fund-raising campaign goal. "We are at close to 80 percent of our $220,000 goal," said Sue Braun, president of the United Way board for 2008-09. Last Wednesday, Jan. 21, the organization got a little closer to reaching that goal, as MeritCare physician Dr.
For 22 years, Will Yliniemi has worked for the University of Minnesota Extension, first serving Becker County, then Hubbard County, then both. A Becker County native who grew up on his family's farm in rural Wolf Lake, Yliniemi says he's "been involved in agriculture my whole life." But on Jan. 31, the Extension ag educator will enter a new chapter in his life: retirement. "It's time," he said simply.
Hoping to reach what 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) spokesman Dave Weissman describes as "a wider fan base," the 10,000 Lakes Festival announced Wednesday that the Dave Matthews Band will join Widespread Panic and Wilco as headliners for the seventh annual music and camping festival, set to take place at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch on July 22-25. "It's been a couple of years in the making," said Weissman of the addition of the Dave Matthews Band to the schedule.
Local favorites Vincent & the Van-Goes will heat up the ballroom at the Historic Holmes Theatre with a wide variety of surf, rockabilly and blues music this Thursday, Jan. 29, at a special surf-themed Cabaret Night. The Detroit Lakes-based foursome has been hard at work rehearsing for the two-hour show, which gets underway at 5:30 p.m. "We've been working on some Beach Boys tunes, songs by The Safaris, The Ventures, Johnny Rivers, Ben E. King, Bob Dylan...we're going to have a lot of surf music as well as some other stuff from the late 50s and early 60s," said John "Mr.
The Historic Holmes Theatre will hold its annual "Motion" arts fundraiser this Saturday, Jan. 24 starting at 6:30 p.m. Each year, a committee of 15 volunteers plans the annual fund-raiser.
CALLAWAY -- This winter, if you happen to be driving past the former Callaway Elementary School building, you may notice a hole in the ground where the baseball diamond's outfield used to be. The former ballfield will soon be the site of a new 75-kilowatt, Loland wind turbine that will be used to power the old school building, which now houses the headquarters of the White Earth Land Recovery Project (WELRP). The wind turbine project was a collaborative effort of the WELRP and Honor the Earth, a national organization that works primarily on tribal reservations and with native organizations