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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It's a tragedy: A child dies of malaria every 30 seconds in sub-Saharan Africa Malaria is a disease that can cause permanent cognitive dysfunction, and even severe brain damage among its victims -- especially children. And mothers can even pass on the disease to their unborn child, according to information gathered by the Episcopal Church of America as part of its African mission campaign, Nets For Life. Learning these and other grim statistics has been a key part of the mission project undertaken by St.
It's been a little less than a year -- 11 months, to be precise -- since the voters of the Lake Park-Audubon School District approved a referendum authorizing the sale of $21.1 million in school construction bonds. This coming week, LP-A district residents will get to see the tangible results of that vote in not just one, but two public events. The official groundbreaking for the new LP-A High School is set to take place Monday, April 18 at 5 p.m., on the school construction site at the west end of Vigen Lane in Lake Park. LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie said the groundbreaking on the $17
For 10 years now, the United Way of Becker County has been holding its "Celebration of Heroes" every April, as a means of honoring those who have done their part in trying to make their home community a little brighter and better place to live. This year's event is set for Thursday, April 28 at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes, starting at 5 p.m. The celebration honors law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, first responders, dispatchers and other emergency workers from throughout the county, who are invited to take part in the Celebration of Heroes free of charge, as guests of the U
When the first annual High Plains Festival gets underway at the Soo Pass Ranch this summer, there is at least one Detroit Lakes-area band that is hoping to be on the roster for the July 1 kickoff party. JehKoa is one of the bands that has submitted its name for an online contest that will determine the lineup for an April 30 "Battle of the Bands" at The Aquarium. Fans can vote in the online competition starting at noon today (Wednesday), at the official festival website, highplainsfest.com.
Though the menu, and even the location of the church may have changed through the years, the May Day breakfast at Detroit Lakes' United Methodist Church has been a community tradition for more than 90 years. "It's been held every year since 1919, but some think it may even have been longer than that," says DLUMC member Eloise Irvine, who has been a part of preparations for the annual breakfast for as long as she can remember. "Duane 'Doc' Wething said he thinks it's the longest continuously-running annual event in the community," says Natalie Bellefeuille, another longtime UMW member who h
Two years after the 10,000 Lakes Festival went "on hiatus," a new music fest is coming to Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch this summer -- but the High Plains Festival is not intended to replace the 10KLF. "This is its own event," said Bob Bliss, media director for the High Plains Festival, which opens on Saturday, July 2.
This Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, the sport of bull riding will come to Detroit Lakes' Kent Freeman Arena for two shows, with both starting at 7 p.m. It's a sport where success is measured in seconds -- eight seconds, to be exact. In the world of professional bull riding, that's how long it takes to ride your way to the top of the scoreboard. But it takes even less than that to lose -- and sometimes, you can lose a whole lot more than just a competition. There's a definite risk of losing life and limb, in the literal sense.
Every year in February, the Lakes Area Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association hosts a youth fishing derby. For the past several years, the event has been held in conjunction with Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration. The annual fishing contest draws anywhere from 60 to 100 participants each year, says derby organizer John Knopf, a longtime chapter member -- and this year's event, held Feb. 19, was no exception. "We had about 90 participants ... it was a good year for us," Knopf said.
Terri Schiavo. Karen Ann Quinlan. These are names that have become synonymous with the "right to die" movement in the United States, certainly.
Typically, the Christian practice of observing the Lenten season involves giving up a treasured luxury -- such as a favorite food -- for the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. But the original concept of Lent had a deeper meaning... it was a period of self examination, and an opportunity for long-standing Christians to review their lives and renew their commitment to their beliefs. At St.