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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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.
"We're not famous or perfect," said Ruby Kiihn, founder of the DL Cloggers, in a feature interview for Country Woman magazine.
Sometimes, persistence really does pay off. When Minnesota native Ted Manderfeld first auditioned for a spot in the Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos show, he didn't get the gig. But he didn't give up: Instead, he followed the performers on tour and gradually talked them into realizing that he was the right man for the job after all. "I was in a place in life where I could afford to do that," he said.
The Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team suffered a tough loss Tuesday at Fargo South, as the Bruins defeated the visiting Lakers 6-1. "Fargo South basically took control in the first period and held onto it throughout the game," said Laker head coach Dan Maloney. "I certainly feel we are a better hockey team than what we displayed that evening -- but you're going to have some evenings like that, when it's just not going to be your night.
There were 30 Detroit Lakes varsity and junior varsity skiers among the teams competing in the Otter Tail Nordic Classic 5k Invitational Tuesday at Spidahl's Ski Gard in Fergus Falls. DL's Jake Richards was the first Laker skier to cross the finish line in the varsity boys' event, finishing in 12th place with a time of 19:06. Freshman Dylan Ramstad Skoyles finished in 15th place with a time of 20:05, while sophomore Jeremy Quittschreiber was 24th with a time of 22:44.
The LP-A boys' basketball team had two solid wins in a row this past week, with road victories over Ulen-Hitterdal on Thursday and Barnesville on Friday, Jan. 4. The Raiders defeated Ulen-Hitterdal 79-63 Thursday, despite being down early against the Spartans. "We weren't playing very well," said LP-A head coach Lucas Isaacson. "Three or four minutes into the game, we were down seven points." But then, things started to turn around for the Raiders. "The kids started to play a lot harder, and started getting some turnovers," Isaacson said.
In their first meet of 2008, the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of the Moorhead Spuds on Tuesday. In fact, the Spuds' margin of victory was less than a full point, as the home team chalked up 133.8 points to 133.175 for the visitors from DL. "We had a rough meet," said Laker head coach Karly Rusness.
Commissioner Larry Knutson was unanimously elected as chairman of the Becker County Board at its 2008 organizational meeting Tuesday. Knutson, who lives in rural Frazee, has served as the commissioner for District 1 since 2004. District 2 Commissioner Harry Salminen, of rural Detroit Lakes, was elected as vice chairman. Knutson's first meeting as chairman was a short one, as the commissioners completed their business in a little over two hours. Among the items approved by the board at Tuesday's meeting was a resolution authorizing the Human Services Department to create and advertise f