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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Though he is best known for his comedy work on television and the silver screen, Steve Martin will be making headlines for his music when he takes the stage this summer at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch, as part of the 2012 WE Fest lineup. Accompanied by his bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin will be making his inaugural appearance at WE Fest this year. He will join previously announced headliners Alabama, Toby Keith and Jason Aldean for the 30th annual country music celebration, set to take place Aug.
A snowy forecast won't keep many lakes area residents from enjoying the variety of activities planned for this weekend, starting with tonight's concert by country divas Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen. The fun starts at 8 p.m.; a few last minute tickets are still available at the box office. Tomorrow's activities begin with an ice fishing tournament on Lake Eunice, near Randy's Bar. A $10 minimum fee includes registration, chili feed and one entry for the door prize drawings; children age 10 and under can enter free of charge.
A Lake Park man who was granted a new trial on a 2008 conviction for criminal vehicular homicide has been released without bail pending a May 3 pretrial hearing. Jeremy Scott Nelson, 31, of Lake Park was released on his own recognizance Thursday, but must adhere to several release conditions imposed by District Court Judge Peter Irvine. Nelson has been ordered to abstain from all alcohol and drug use, submit to random drug testing, and remain law abiding -- which means he will not be able to drive a motor vehicle, with the exception that he will be allowed to operate farm machinery. Irvi
Champion fancy dancer Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers will perform at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the public show on Thursday, Yazzie will also be doing several outreach programs throughout the lakes area, starting on Tuesday, Feb. 28. An international lecturer, educator and performer, Larry Yazzie was raised on the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in central Iowa.
The possibility of a closed campus for all students in grades 7-12 once the new Lake Park-Audubon High School opens in Lake Park this fall was a lively topic of discussion at Tuesday night's LP-A School Board meeting. Though no formal proposal has been made, Board Chair Vicky Grondahl noted that there needs to be serious consideration of all the factors involved before a decision is reached. Students in grades 7-9 have always been required to stay on campus throughout the school day, noted LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie.
Though they have had a branch office in Detroit Lakes for several years now, their location made the Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living a well-kept secret to many. "We were cleverly hidden inside the Workforce Center at the Roosevelt (Avenue) office building," says Mark Bourdon, program director for the Freedom Resource Center in Detroit Lakes. But since the private non-profit moved its offices into the Washington Square Mall in December, "our increased visibility has resulted in a significant increase in the number of individuals who sought our services," Bourdon notes.
A proposed plan for safety and accessibility improvements to the Highway 10 corridor through Lake Park -- which would include a new city street and highway access for the soon-to-be-completed Lake Park-Audubon High School -- was presented at a public meeting Thursday night in Lake Park. Chris Chromy, senior transportation engineer for Bolton & Menk, Inc.
To some people, the concept of global warming is a myth. But when you've witnessed its effects first hand as polar explorer Will Steger has, it's nearly impossible to dispute that it's happening -- and it's happening fast. Steger spoke about his treks through both Antarctica and the Arctic, and what he experienced during his travels, during a presentation at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre Thursday night. "I've traveled over 50,000 miles in the polar areas," he said.
"Life is not a puzzle to be solved, but a mystery to be lived." Though the concept did not originate with him, Father Joe Rodrigues says, when he first heard the quote, "It made a lot of sense to me." Rodrigues, a Massachusetts native, is a Catholic priest who belongs to the international religious order, the Society of the Divine Savior -- also known as the Salvatorians -- for whom he currently serves as the national director of vocations and candidates. His work with the Salvatorians also involves leading a lot of church missions, Rodrigues says. He will be in Detroit Lakes Feb.
From fireworks to ice harvesting, boot hockey to ice golfing, a youth fishing derby and of course, the annual plunge into the frozen waters of Little Detroit Lake, the community's Polar Fest celebration kicks into high gear for its final weekend. Thursday night's festivities will take place inside the Historic Holmes Theater, with the Chamber Chill Small Business Expo running from 5 to 7 p.m. inside the Holmes Ballroom, and Polar Explorer Will Steger taking the main stage of the theater for a free 7 p.m.