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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Three years ago, on April 8, 2008, a resolution was introduced to the Detroit Lakes City Council by veteran Jim Hanlon, calling for the establishment of a new veterans' memorial park. The resolution was voted on and accepted unanimously, and on Friday -- Veterans Day -- the new Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Detroit Lakes was dedicated. "We come here on a very special, and historic Veterans Day in Detroit Lakes," said Mayor Matt Brenk.
On Friday, Nov. 11, Detroit Lakes will observe Veterans Day with a 10:45 a.m. memorial service at Oak Grove Cemetery; the rifle salute will take place promptly at 11 a.m. After a noon lunch at the Detroit Lakes VFW, the new Veterans Memorial Park will be dedicated with a special 1 p.m. ceremony, culminating in a 1:30 p.m. ribbon cutting. George Peters, a four-time Purple Heart recipient from Detroit Lakes, will give a short talk, and Mayor Matt Brenk will be present for the ribbon cutting along with Veterans Park Committee chairman Don Schattschneider and other committee members.
In the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice was declared between Germany and the Allied Nations, thus effectively bringing World War I to a close. On Nov.
Though he's only been on the paranormal convention circuit for a short time -- "this is my second one," he says -- Stanton T.
It may be "Just Another High School Play," but in this comedy to be presented by the amateur thespians of Lake Park-Audubon High School, there's a little bit of everything -- from Shakespeare to Greek tragedy, Dickens to Albee. An alternate title might have been, "The Drama Teacher's Revenge." In the opening scene of this play-within-a-play, a group of students has been abandoned by their drama teacher on the opening night of their high school play. Why? As the teacher's farewell note to the students articulates, it's because none of them ever bothered to show up for a single rehearsal.
Though they don't actively farm the 1,000 acres that they own outside Detroit Lakes, Randy and Judy Lefebvre have invested both time and money into being good stewards of the land. "We rent out 750 acres, and have 50 acres in CRP (the Conservation Reserve Program)," Randy said. Besides enrolling in CRP, some of the other conservation practices they have implemented include installing five water and sediment control basins, planting food plots for area wildlife, and planting trees as windbreaks. But it was for this past year's project, to install a 1,300-foot long grassed waterway for ero
Calling all male singers who love Christmas caroling! Heart O'Lakes Harmony is organizing a Men's Christmas Chorus for the holiday season. The area men's barbershop chorus has invited boys and men of all ages who love to sing to participate in a short-term, fun holiday project. "Heart O'Lakes Harmony is an a capella barbershop chorus that has existed for many years," said Rich Treptow, public relations officer for Heart O'Lakes Harmony. "We sing four part harmony, a capella style ...
It's that time of year again: More and more people are starting to come down with colds and influenza. "The peak flu season is typically November through February, though it can linger for longer than that," said Ronda Stock, supervisor of Becker County Community Health, the area's primary public health agency. "We're right in the thick of it -- the prime vaccination period is now," Stock added. "Hopefully most people have been vaccinated by this time." But for those who haven't, it's still not too late. "The flu vaccine is readily available," Stock said.
When she won the TV singing competition "Karaoke Battle USA" earlier this summer, and subsequently took the world karaoke title in Killarney, Ireland, a few weeks later, former Frazee resident Cassandra Mae Jopp landed a recording contract with Hollywood Records and a chance at becoming the next big music sensation. Now that the media circus surrounding her dual singing titles has subsided a little, Jopp -- who is now known professionally as Cassandra Mae -- wants to celebrate with the family and friends that helped her along the way. She is planning a special concert at the Frazee Event C
Since he was a young child, Cory Manning has been involved in Christian ministry in one form or another. As the son of Mel and Shirley Manning -- founders of The Refuge Christian Outreach Center in Detroit Lakes -- it would have been difficult not to be a part of their work. "My dad was an evangelist, and we had a bus that we would take out and do a lot of traveling to different area churches, and even up into Canada," he said, noting that they also did some mission work on American Indian reservations during the summers. "There's six of us (siblings), and at one time or another all six