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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From the moment he hit the stage Thursday night, belting out his rocking hit "Kiss A Girl," to his final encore, "Better Life," Keith Urban held the WE Fest crowd in the palm of his hand. They clapped, they cheered, they sang along -- and sometimes, they even sang a phrase or two for him, while Urban held the microphone outward, an unabashed grin on his face. "Some performers want crowds to sit and listen to music and be on their best behavior...
Though Thursday may mark his first time on the WE Fest stage, the music of country singer-songwriter Randy Houser will undoubtedly have a familiar feel to regulars at the 27-year-old country music festival. Strongly influenced by the music of his country idols like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Waylon Jennings, Houser has a growing number of his own hits to please the Soo Pass crowd, starting with debut single "Anything Goes" and its follow-up, "Boots On." He's looking forward to taking the stage at Soo Pass Ranch on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. "I'm excited about it -- looking a
As Monday night's commissioner candidate forum proved, the potential acquisition of the former Detroit Mountain Ski Area property by Becker County is a topic upon which the candidates' opinions vary widely. Some are in favor of exploring all possible options for the project, some are only in favor if the project can be funded without using taxpayer dollars, and some are completely opposed to the acquisition. Not all the candidates were present to provide those opinions at the League of Women Voters-sponsored event, however: District 2 incumbent Harry Salminen, one of his challengers, Gerry
A simple request to add his nickname to the ballot for the upcoming state elections has garnered GOP Secretary of State candidate Dan "Doc" Severson more attention than he could have imagined. But according to Severson, it's not the kind of attention he wants. "My desire is to just talk about the issues," Severson said during a brief stop in Detroit Lakes Friday, just before making the rounds at the Becker County Fair.
It's been almost 49 years since attorney Lynn Hummel first hung up his shingle in Detroit Lakes, as Lowell Benshoof's law partner. Since then, the list of partners he's had reads like a "who's who" of the Becker County court system, with one former (Jack Pearson) and one current (Joe Evans) district court judge as well as the current county attorney (Mike Fritz) among them. Jim Sinclair, Dennis Sherman, Linda Hunt and Lance Heisler have also worked in partnership with Hummel through the years.
The votes are in, and Becker County's two newest Outstanding Senior Citizens have been chosen. Luetta Dankert Shodean of Detroit Lakes and James Lamont of Frazee will represent the county at the Minnesota State Fair later this month. "It's kind of overwhelming," said Shodean, following Thursday's ceremony at the Becker County Fair in Detroit Lakes. "There are a lot of people that need honors, who do a lot of volunteering -- I know Peggy does," she added, referring to longtime friend and fellow Outstanding Senior nominee, Winifred "Peggy" Jenson of Detroit Lakes, who was the runner up.
Rain, rain, go away ... you could almost hear the chanting from the various work crews setting up for the Becker County Fair on Tuesday. Steady rains throughout the day were no match for the fair crews, however, as they simply rolled up their pants legs and set to work despite the occasional downpour. "We've got a lot of water now, but I think if it quits and we don't get any more, it will be drained off by 5 p.m.
The Lakes Area Screaming Eagles went beak to beak, as it were, with the Thunderhawks of Menomenie, Wis., on Saturday, in a hard fought battle that saw several lead changes. Ultimately, however, a 48-yard field goal by the Hawks in the final 2½ minutes of the game snatched victory from the talons of defeat for the home team, as the Hawks downed the Eagles 34-32. "It was a back and forth battle," said Eagles quarterback-owner Jason McCloskey. "There were a lot of highlights ...
By any measure, the musical foursome known as Gloriana has become one of the most successful up-and-coming young acts in country music today. Besides releasing their debut album in 2009, the group has opened for country heavyweights like Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Leann Rimes and the Zac Brown Band -- all in the past year.
For Detroit Lakes native R.J.