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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The man who was involved in a 4½-hour standoff with police in Detroit Lakes two weeks ago has been committed to a hospital in Fergus Falls for treatment. After a closed hearing held Friday in Becker County District Court, David William Buethner, 37, was found to be "mentally ill and chemically dependent." A warrant was signed Tuesday committing Buethner to the custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services for a period "not to exceed six months." According to the warrant, the Becker County Sheriff's Office was to transport Buethner to the Community Behavioral Health Hos
CALLAWAY -- Though it had been discussed for several years, it wasn't until the latter months of 2008 that the congregations of Immanuel Lutheran in Callaway and Trinity Lutheran in Ogema made an official decision to merge and form a single church. Rev.
Next Sunday, Oct. 10, at 3:30 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Detroit Lakes will once again host a special Blessing of the Pets. The second annual event is co-sponsored by St. Luke's and the congregations of Detroit Lakes' United Methodist and Congregational churches. The blessing will take place in the church's downstairs level -- and yes, owners can bring their pets inside. "It's open to all God's creatures," said Georgia Hecock, a member of the St. Luke's Total Ministry team.
It's been almost four years in the making, but all the pieces of the Becker County Veterans Memorial Highway are now linked together. To celebrate that fact, representatives of several area veterans' groups met with officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and State Rep. Kent Eken.
"The Tartan Terrors" -- it almost sounds like a Halloween horror show set in Scotland, doesn't it? But the reality is something quite different. This Celtic-themed variety show combines music, dance and comedy to leave audiences howling with delight, not fear. North America's premier Celtic event will take the stage at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Led by the brother-sister directing team of Ellen Wilkes Irmisch and her brother, Ian, The Tartan Terrors feature the best in music, comedy and dance.
For 40 years now, Brad Grant has been taking care of the soil and water conservation needs of the citizens of Becker County -- and despite a few rumors to the contrary, he's not making any retirement plans just yet. "It's an enjoyable job," says Grant, who was honored by the Becker County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors for 40 years of service at their Sept. 22 meeting. "In this job, you get to work directly with the landowners," he adds.
With just days left until the Sept.
Looking for an outdoor weekend adventure to keep the whole family entertained? Then why not take a ride out to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and enjoy the beauty of autumn in Minnesota? "On the right day, a drive through Tamarac Refuge is like a stroll through a golden cathedral," says Kelly Blackledge, Tamarac park ranger. The Refuge is getting ready to host its annual Fall Festival next Saturday, Oct. 2.
Photos by: Pippi Mayfield There's been no shortage of moisture in the lakes area during this past spring and summer -- and that's very good news for fans of fall foliage. "With the amount of moisture we've had this year, the fall color season should be beautiful, with brilliant colors," said Jeff Fjestad, assistant park manager at Maplewood State Park. The green leaves of summer have already started giving way to the bold reds, golds and oranges of fall, and Fjestad said he expects the color to reach its peak in the next 10 days. So why do leaves' colors alter so dramatically in the fal
A rural Detroit Lakes resident was taken to the hospital suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday morning. According to Detroit Lakes Assistant Fire Chief Dave Baer, a woman later identified as Detroit Lakes High School vocal music teacher Kathy Larson was taken to the hospital after passing out from carbon monoxide poisoning.