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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With Christmas Day now just a little over a week away, the signs of holiday cheer are everywhere. Smiling Santas, frolicking reindeer, nativity scenes -- some of them even using live actors -- and brightly lit Christmas trees can be seen decorating almost every lawn and windowsill. But there is one Detroit Lakes home where the inhabitants don't have much reason to celebrate the holidays this year. Greg Olson, his daughter Kendra and granddaughter Khiera had to prepare for a funeral. Greg will be spending this Christmas, and many Christmases thereafter, without his wife by his side.
By now, it should come as a surprise to no one that roughly two-thirds of all inmates who are incarcerated at the Becker County Jail are there because of drug and alcohol use. In a six-month study just completed by the Becker County Sheriff's Department, it was determined that 60-65 percent of the 544 inmates at the jail during that period "were there because of drug and alcohol abuse," said Sheriff Tim Gordon in a Friday interview. "There is a direct correlation between drug and alcohol use and incarceration," Gordon added. In the same study, it was determined that 34 percent of the jai
Very soon, there may be a statewide, centralized index of marriage records that can be accessed from any county in Minnesota. The Minnesota Association of County Officers is proposing the creation of an Official Marriage Database -- and Becker County has committed $2,000 toward the project. The Becker County Board of Commissioners approved the request from County Recorder Darlene Maneval to withdraw the money from the Recorders Technology Fund as the county's share of the project.
Three months. That's how much time a newly-formed subcommittee of Becker County's OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) Policy Subcommittee has been given to bring back a tentative OHV Trail System to the county for review. Will Yliniemi and Guy Fischer, co-facilitators for the OHV Policy Committee, brought the proposal for creating the new subcommittee to Tuesday's county board meeting. As laid out in a Dec.
With crop prices looking quite bullish recently -- in some cases, reaching record highs -- the outlook for agriculture in 2008 appears pretty good. But if you look a little deeper, things may not seem quite so rosy -- because expenses such as health insurance and fuel are also soaring. That was the general message conveyed at Thursday's Ag Issues Forum in Callaway, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. Farm business management instructor Randy Zimmerman of Northland College made a presentation on the projected profit margin for wheat, soybeans, corn and sugar beet
Upon meeting Valentine Eben, one's first impression is that he is a man who smiles a lot. His eyes seek out those of the person he is talking to, drawing them into the conversation.
Wandering minstrels, wisecracking beggars, even a recorder ensemble... it's all part of the fun of a Detroit Lakes High School Madrigal Dinner. The biennial event will return to the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom for two separate performances this year, on Dec. 17 and 20. Both dinners begin promptly at 7 p.m., so guests (i.e., ticket holders) are asked to come early for seating. Guests are treated to a Renaissance-style royal banquet, which includes a complete five-course meal featuring everything from Caesar salad to French onion soup to English cheesecake.
If you're in need of a little Christmas spirit this weekend, then why not stop by the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center's Historic Holmes Theatre? A full weekend -- plus one day -- of holiday happenings at the Holmes get underway Friday night, as Community Alliance Church sponsors a special presentation of the original Christmas drama, "The Window," at 7 p.m. on the stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre. This free presentation tells the story of a hotel owner and his son, who have reached a breaking point in their relationship.
In its first 11 months of existence, Grandma's Closet donated over 200 items of clothing to Becker County children. From infants to teenagers, this outreach ministry of First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes offers an opportunity for children to bring home a special outfit for a prom, recital, church or school program, etc.
"Woo-woo! Woo-woo!" For the second year in a row, the Canadian Pacific Railway's Holiday Train will be making a stop in Detroit Lakes on Friday, Dec. 14. It will be one of more than 100 communities in Canada and the U.S. where the two holiday trains will make stops this year, starting Dec. 1 in Scranton, Pa., and continuing through Dec.