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About a year and a half ago, a letter to the editor appeared in the pages of this newspaper, calling for the formation of a new city band. That letter was the spark that eventually led to the creation of the Lakes Area Community Concert Band, which will give its first official concert on Saturday, Nov. 18.
If Minnesota Attorney General candidate Jeff Johnson was looking for a receptive audience to discuss his political ideas, he certainly found it Friday at The Lodge on Lake Detroit. Making his last stop in his hometown prior to Tuesday's statewide elections, Johnson spoke briefly to a group of well-wishers that included former classmates, teachers, relatives and friends. "If hard work, good morals and a love of Minnesota is enough to win this election, then he will win it," said Jeff's proud mother, Dianne Johnson of Detroit Lakes. "He's worked so hard -- and he's such a nice guy," she sa
Though the enrollment news is good overall for the 32 schools in the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) system, it's especially good for the Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community & Technical College. The DL campus' most recent fall enrollment figures show a total of 669 students, an 8 percent increase as compared to enrollment at the same time last year (619 students), according to campus enrollment manager Dale Westley. Enrollment for MSCTC as a whole is also up, from 5,237 in fall 2005 to 5,843 in fall 2006, an increase of 11.6 percent. Though initial enrollmen
Though incumbent city aldermen Leonard Heltemes (first ward, David Aune (second ward) and GL Tucker (third ward) are running unopposed for re-election this year, the race is on for the two at-large positions at the Nov. 7 general election. Incumbents Walt Tollefson and Matt Brenk are each facing challenges this year, from Bob Renney and Beatrice Tessman.
Last Monday, Oct. 23, Minnesota State House and Senate election candidates for District 9B met at The Madison in Detroit Lakes for a candidate forum focusing exclusively on senior issues. In attendance were State Rep. Paul Marquart, Sen. Keith Langseth and Paul Holle, Langseth's challenger.
The new Becker County auditor-treasurer will be faced with a formidable task once he takes office in January -- the immediate merging of two offices into one. But the two candidates vying for that office -- Ryan Tangen and Larry J.
When the curtain rises on the stage of George Simson Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 2, the audience will find itself transported to another time and place: New York City, circa 1922. That's the setting for the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie," which will be presented by the Detroit Lakes Public Schools theater department in five scheduled performances: Nov. 2, 4, 9 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov.
A self-described "humor consultant," comedian Jeff Gerbino has been entertaining crowds at comedy clubs, state fairs and corporate events, as well as on radio and television, for over 25 years. I've been married for 27 years, and doing comedy for 28 years," he said in a telephone interview, adding after a beat, "There's no correlation between the two." But one thing Gerbino can be sure of is that his wife didn't marry him for his fame. "She knew me when I was just starting out," he said.
As an avid hunter and fisherman, with a love for the outdoors, Ed Musielewicz is looking forward to settling into his new Detroit Lakes home -- when he finds one. "We're living in Vergas temporarily, until we find a place here," explained the new district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conserva-tion Service (NRCS). A husband and father of three, Musielewicz has been with the NRCS since 1988 -- but that doesn't mean he hasn't moved around a lot. "This will be my sixth field office (assignment)," he said. In addition to his 18 years of experience with NRCS, Musielewicz has als
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