Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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DETROIT LAKES -- Every year, when New Year's Day comes around, people start making resolutions to start fresh, get healthy, get fit, eat better, and ultimately, to lose weight. And yet, obesity rates continue to soar, as that January zeal to get in shape gives way to old, ingrained habits.
Lake Park-Audubon High School teacher Cheryl Hogie loves what she does for a living, and it shows. "I always wanted to be a teacher," she says. Ever since her two great aunts, also teachers, started giving her their discarded books and classroom materials when she was a young girl, Hogie has been teaching anyone who would listen -- including dolls, pets and family members. "One summer, I taught Vacation Bible School in a one-room schoolhouse for children ages 3-12," she said.
DETROIT LAKES -- It's been just a little over 20 years since Paul and Madalyn Sukke moved to Detroit Lakes from Willmar, Minn., in 1987. But in those 20 years, Paul Sukke became an integral part of the community. Through the years, Sukke -- who passed away Jan. 19 at age 61 -- quietly made his presence felt in a wide variety of service organizations, from the Jaycees to the Chamber of Commerce to Rotary to the West Central Initiative Fund. "Paul was really active in the Jaycees, and Rotary," said longtime friend Mark Hagen.
DETROIT LAKES -- When the Greek guitarist known as Pavlo takes the stage at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 31, audience members may be surprised to find themselves right up there with him. "My shows are very interactive," the musician explained in a Tuesday telephone interview. "There's an open invitation for anyone to come up on stage with me. "My shows are quite lively," he continued.
DETROIT LAKES -- The Becker County Veteran's service office has seen a 21 percent increase in client contacts over the past year, according to Veteran's Service Officer Lauri Brooke. "That's across the board," she informed Becker County commissioners in her annual report to the county board on Tuesday. "We've seen a 32 per-cent increase in phone calls... the toll-free number you authorized is a great success." Brooke's office has also brought in $7.26 million in compensation and pension claims for Becker County veterans, and another $7.5 million in assistance with medical expenses.
On Jan. 18, 1938, Thornton and Marcella Lemmon were married in Lake City, Minn. This Saturday, the couple celebrated their 70th anniversary -- which was actually on Friday -- with a host of family and friends. A resident of the Detroit Lakes area since 1934, Thornton met Marcy, his future wife, while they were both attending the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture in St. Paul in 1935.
Yes, it's true: Digital television (DTV) is the wave of the future, and it's coming sooner than we think. To be more precise, it will arrive in February 2009. All over-air broadcast television stations in the United States will cease transmitting in analog format -- a broadcast system that uses radio frequency waves to transmit and display television pictures and sound -- and convert to an all-digital broadcast format on or before Feb.
On any other day, against any other foe, a team score of 140.65 would likely have been more than enough for Detroit Lakes' gymnasts to bring home an easy victory. But Thursday night, against the Perham Yellowjackets, it was only good for second place, as the Jackets took first place in all four individual events as well as the all-around competition. Their final score: 145.65. Things appeared to be going well for the Lakers early in the competition. "In their first event, the vault, the girls had the best scores they've had all year," said Laker head coach Karly Rusness.
Looking for a way to stay warm and have fun this weekend? Then stop by the Detroit Lakes Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 19 and "get mugged." Between 9-11:30 a.m., the DLCCC will be selling 16-ounce ceramic mugs that the purchaser can decorate to his or her tastes, with materials provided that morning in the fitness center lobby. The mugs will then be sent to Clay Your Way in Fargo to be fired and hardened, making them microwave and dishwasher safe. A second mug-painting day will take place Sunday, Jan.
Recently, residents of the Detroit Lakes area may have noticed the white buses with the red Becker County Transit (BCT) logo have been a more frequent sight around town. According to BCT supervisor Rusty Haskins, that's because there has been a noticeable increase in the number of riders utilizing their services. "When I started in the summer of 2005, we were averaging 95-100 passengers a day," he said.