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Things literally got off on the wrong foot for the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team Friday night, as freshman Ally Berg suffered an injury to her big toe during the warm-ups that took her out of the meet against Park Rapids. "The evening kind of started off a little rough for us," said DL head coach Steve Zamzo, noting that Berg's injury was a costly one for the team, particularly in the vault portion of the competition. Some difficulties with the music in the floor event also resulted in the loss of a couple of points for the Lakers. "During the floor event, the music would cut out on us,"
From Army serviceman to over-the-road trucker to bulk oil dealer to rural mail carrier, Waubun native Herb Ahles has had a variety of careers. "I've had a pretty busy life," he says. "I've been a part-time policeman, part-time deputy sheriff, part-time farmer... I drove school buses, and I was a (volunteer) fireman for 24½ years." At the age of 19, Herb enlisted in the U.S.
CALLAWAY -- In the world of government politics, "compromise" has become a dirty word. That was the gist of the message from Minnesota legislators Sen. Rod Skoe (D-Clearbrook) and Rep. Kent Eken (D-Twin Valley) when they spoke at an Agricultural Issues Forum Thursday at the Callaway Event Center. "In order for democracy to function, you need compromise," Eken said.
Despite the light rain that misted down late Wednesday afternoon, lakes area residents came out in large numbers for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop in Detroit Lakes. In fact, it may have been one of the largest crowds yet for the annual event, according to Becker County Food Pantry director Jack Berenz. "I thought it was the best turnout we've had in years, and maybe the best ever," Berenz said. He added that a man he had chatted with from Canadian Pacific Railroad estimated the crowd at about 700 people. Besides enjoying a 45-minute live music show, the enthusiastic crowd als
Ten years ago, on Dec. 14, 2001, the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center opened its doors to the public for the first time. The first person to check into the fitness center on that day?
Since last Wednesday, Dec. 7, the residents of Oak Crossing -- a long term senior care facility located on the campus of Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes -- have been busy baking Christmas cookies. While that may not seem like such an unusual activity at this time of year, it's a tradition that many of the residents of Oak Crossing's three "neighborhoods," or permanent residential areas, have missed taking part in since moving there. "Christy Brinkman (senior administrative leader at Essentia Health-St.
When it comes to the history of Becker County, there are few who know more about it than rural Ponsford resident Wilbur Joy. So it was only fitting that the Becker County Historical Society would bestow him with its newest honor, the Community Historian Award, at its 2011 annual dinner. A Detroit Lakes native who grew up on the shores of Lake Sallie, Joy has been fascinated with local history since his early days as a 4-H member attending the county fair. It was there that he met Otto Zeck, who was in charge of running the conservation building -- one of Joy's favorite places to hang out
Another busy holiday weekend is underway in Detroit Lakes: Photos & Wishes with Santa will continue at the Detroit Lakes mall from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and at 4 p.m., the Historic Holmes Theatre stage will play host to a free holiday concert by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band. A second showing of "Hi, I'm Ernie Pyle" will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday in Perham's ITOW Veterans Museum. This show is also free and open to the public. Grace Community Church, Osage, hosts a Christmas singalong at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Imagine, if you will, a "mash-up" of the classic Christmas tune "Frosty the Snowman" with Van Halen's "Ice Cream Man." Or "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with a little rock and roll flute music added in -- or how about "Jingle Bells" done Led Zeppelin style? These are just a few examples of the fun awaiting audience members at the "Rock & Roll Christmas Spectacular," which comes to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, Dec.
Hear ye! Hear ye! The Detroit Lakes High School Department of Music heartily welcomes all lords and ladies of the lakes area to enjoy a magical evening of music, song and lively entertainment. There will be three opportunities to partake of this glorious Madrigal Dinner: Thursday, the 15th of December; Monday, the 19th; and Thursday, December the 22nd. Seating will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m.