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Though the precise origins of curling are shrouded in mystery, it is widely believed to be one of the world's oldest team sports, according to the World Curling Federation. In Detroit Lakes, the Lakes Curling Club has been a thriving part of the cultural landscape since it was established in 1980. "We have about 140 members this year," says the club's 2011-12 president, Sam Rufer, adding, "it kind of fluctuates a little bit from year to year." Interest in the sport typically peaks around the time of the Winter Olympics, which are held every four years. Because the Olympic curling compe
While the lack of snow cover in the lakes area so far this winter may be good news for some local residents, it definitely isn't for those homeowners who use their own septic systems. Dan Olson of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says that frozen septic systems could become an issue for many rural homeowners if the area doesn't receive adequate snow cover before local temperatures start to fall to arctic levels. "Snow helps to insulate septic systems and keep them from freezing," Olson said.
Though the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center officially celebrated its 10th anniversary just a couple of weeks ago, the DLCCC staff is preparing to host its 11th annual New Year's Eve Bash this Saturday. How did that happen? According to program director Brent Wolf, it's because the center hosted its first event when the facility was just a little over two weeks old.
It was about six years ago that Miquette Denie, a nurse at St. Mary's Regional Health Center (and former Rotary exchange student) first approached Detroit Lakes resident Tom Klyve about helping her set up a non-profit organization in her native Haiti, to help give its children more opportunities for a better education. That organization, TeacHaiti, is now thriving. On Oct.
It was a rough night for the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team in West Fargo Tuesday, as the Packers shut out the Lakers while generating their own offensive onslaught to take the 9-0 victory. "It was kind of a tough one for us," said Laker head coach Gretchen Norby. "We came out flat, and West Fargo scored on us right away, and we were unable to fight back. "It was just one of those nights when everyone was off and we couldn't get anything going," she continued.
It wasn't quite the result the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team was hoping for when they took on reigning state champs Perham Tuesday night, as the Yellowjackets made use of their home floor advantage in a 142.0-136.15 victory over the Lakers. "It didn't go as well as I would have liked," said Detroit Lakes head coach Steve Zamzo.
After giving up three weights by forfeit and losing their first three matches on pins, the Crookston Pirates wrestling team fell to the Detroit Lakes Lakers 42-33 Tuesday night on the Pirates' home floor. "You have to wrestle really well to overcome 18 free points," Pirate Head Coach Chad Hitchen told the Crookston Times, in reference to the three forfeits.
The Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team got off to a slow start Tuesday night against Alexandria, and this time, they were unable to overcome it, as they fell to the visitors 60-48 inside Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. After scoring his 1,000th career point on Saturday, Laker senior forward/guard Joe Mollberg continued to top the Laker scoreboard with 19 points, to go with 8 rebounds. Senior forward Brian Labat also scored in double digits, contributing 15 points and 9 rebounds, while senior guard Rick Hutchinson hauled in 10 rebounds. "We got off to a slow start, which has kind of been our t
Though they battled through the first half and pulled to within 6 points early in the second, the Frazee boys' basketball team was unable to prevent the visiting Battle Lake Battlers from pulling away for a 56-32 victory Monday night on the Hornets' home court. "The game stalled out at 9-17 for over five minutes, and we could not take advantage of our good defensive positions," said Frazee head coach Jason Reierson. "We did not rebound the ball well in the second half, and gave up many points off those extra possessions," he added.
With such a dearth of snow to be found on area slopes this year, the Detroit Lakes Invitational Nordic ski meet that was set for this Tuesday has been postponed until later in the season. But the Laker skiers did find a way to get in some skiing Tuesday, as they traveled to Mount Itasca in Coleraine for the Ely Timberwolves Invite. "We've only skied twice this year, and that was at both of our races," said Laker head coach Dan Josephson. "It was kind of a learning experience for a lot of the kids this year.