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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Just because the temperature outside will be hovering around zero for the next couple of months, that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of things to do outdoors in the lakes area. Two of the area's most anticipated events are the Frazee Sled Dog Races and Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration. The sled dog races will be returning to Frazee for the first time in three years this month, on Saturday, Jan. 29, and just a couple of weeks later, Detroit Lakes will be gearing up for its nine-day Polar Fest celebration, Feb.
It's been nearly three months since the Becker County Historical Society Museum came under new leadership, and since that time, executive director Amy Degerstrom has been busily planning with BCHS board members and staff for a full 2011 calendar. "We have a theme for every quarter at the museum this year," she said.
Following in the career footsteps of one's father is not unheard of in the ranks of the Minnesota State Highway Patrol -- but there probably aren't too many third-generation troopers among the ranks. In fact, as far as Sgt. Jesse Grabow knows, he may be the first who can say that his law enforcement pedigree can be traced in a direct line back to his father and grandfather. "My grandfather, Arlo Grabow, started with the State Patrol in 1952, and retired in 1982," says Grabow, who became the new public information officer for the patrol's northwest region on Dec. 8.
When most local residents looked at the area weather forecast for New Year's weekend and saw nothing but snow, blowing snow and chances for more snow, it wasn't a happy sight. But for area snowmobiling enthusiasts, it was more than enough to put an extra spring in their step. Though most of Becker County's snowmobile trails already have a good snow base, they could still use more. "Last week was the first week where we've had enough snow (on the trails) that we've been out there grooming," said Becker County Highway Engineer Brad Wentz, who is also currently the acting head of the county
A last-second three point shot cost the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team a second victory in its home holiday tournament Wednesday, as the visiting Zimmerman Thunder topped the Lakers 49-46. It was a low-scoring night for the Lakers, who had been averaging about 70 points a game. "They did a good job of slowing us down," said DL head coach Robb Flint. "They defended us well." Unfortunately, the Lakers themselves lended an assist in that department, with 26 turnovers in the game. "We didn't do a very good job of taking care of the basketball," Flint said.
Two games in 24 hours proved to be one game too many for the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team, as they went 1-1 through the first two days of the St. Cloud Tournament. After scoring a solid 7-3 win over St. Cloud Apollo in the Tuesday night opener, the Lakers fell to Sauk Rapids-Rice by the score of 5-3 on Wednesday.
The Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team got a pretty chilly reception when it traveled to Bemidji Tuesday night, as the Lumberjacks handed the visiting team a 10-0 shutout. The Lakers, whose season record fell to 3-9-0 with the loss, were never able to mount much of an offense against Bemidji. "Bemidji has a pretty good team, they're pretty fast," said DL head coach Dan Maloney.
It was one of the strongest team efforts of the season for the Lake Park-Audubon boys' basketball team Tuesday night, as the Raiders dominated Rothsay 64-31 at home. "A lot of guys contributed in a lot of good ways," said Raider head coach Lucas Isaacson.
Playing in front of a home crowd at Ralph Anderson Gym Tuesday night, the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team found the extra push it needed to top the visiting St. Francis Fighting Saints 88-85 in the final minute of the game. "We were down seven points with a minute and a half left," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
Are you feeling the chill from lack of funds to pay your heating bills this winter? You're far from being the only one. Nancy Cummings, energy programs coordinator for Mahube Community Council, says that since the program began on Sept. 1, a total of 2,950 applications have been funded for LIHEAP -- the acronym for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a federal program that provides help with heating bills. "We have another 50 or so that have been completed (but are not yet approved)," Cummings added.