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 votes are in, and the grand prize winner of the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's 9th Annual Photo Contest has been announced. Rural Detroit Lakes resident Diane Turcotte took home the top prize for her photograph, "Sunset Fishing," which depicts her husband Alan bringing in a late-day catch last summer. "My husband and I were out fishing in the boat and were coming in late, right at sunset," Turcotte said. "I made the comment that I wanted to get a picture of the sunset...
It's become an increasingly rare thing for someone to spend virtually their entire life in the same community where they were born. Detroit Lakes native Jeff Grabow certainly didn't plan on doing so when he graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in business economics. "That's just the way it worked out," he says. Grabow retired from his position as CEO of Bremer Bank in Detroit Lakes on Dec.
On Monday afternoon, there was a buzz in the air at the Detroit Lakes offices of SJE Rhombus. The reason? A U.S. senator was on the premises. Sen.
At least 410 people were killed on Minnesota roads last year, according to preliminary statistics released last week by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Office of Traffic Safety. The final 2010 count is actually expected to fall around the 420 mark -- but even so, the numbers are on par with 2009 levels, when the total number of fatalities was 421. The 2009 tally was the lowest number of annual deaths since 1944. In Becker County, the preliminary report showed a single traffic fatality occurred in 2010, according to Sgt.
For those who attended Catholic school as a child, the "Late Nite Catechism" comedy series has a certain nostalgic feel. But even those who were not raised Catholic, and have never attended a class taught by nuns will have reason to chuckle when the latest in the series, "Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3" comes to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. "It may be about Catholics, but it's not in your face ...
Bids will be opened for construction of the new Lake Park-Audubon High School at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan.
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