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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He may not have been a part of it for long, but Detroit Lakes' Brendan Pucel is already making a name for himself in Dock Dogs competition. The fledgling sport, which is less than 10 years old, involves training dogs to jump from a dock into a pool or lake. In one division, known as "Big Air," different categories are used to assess the length of the jump -- a 1-10 foot jump is novice, 10-15 feet is junior, 15-19 feet is senior, 20-22 feet is master, 23-24 feet is elite, and anything over 25 feet is super elite.
When U.S. Senator Norm Coleman walked in at Zorbaz Restaurant in Detroit Lakes Tuesday morning for a brief campaign stop, he was greeted by warm applause. A group of more than 50 GOP faithful from the lakes area was on hand to show their support for Coleman, who is embroiled in a hotly-contested race with Democratic challenger Al Franken and Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley to represent Minnesota in the U.S.
Over the next couple of weeks, starting on Tuesday, Oct. 14, the Lakes Area League of Women Voters (LWV) will be sponsoring or co-sponsoring a series of five candidate forums in anticipation of the Nov. 4 general election. The five forums will take place on four different dates: Oct.
The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will present one of the most popular voices in Celtic music, Cathie Ryan, this coming Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
It's difficult enough for children when they are forced to leave their home because the courts have decided it is no longer a safe, healthy environment for them. But the problem is often compounded by the fact that they must not only leave their home and parents behind, but their siblings as well. "We really need foster-adopt homes that will take in sibling groups," says Donna Richgels, a social worker at Becker County Human Services.
When Evelyn Tate began working as a nursing assistant at St. Mary's Nursing Center 20 years ago, she had no experience in the field. "I was talking to Ann Jensen, the head nurse (now assistant director of nursing at St. Mary's Innovis Health) one day, and she set me up with an interview," says Evelyn. They must have seen something they liked, because they hired her on the spot. "I never even filled out an application," Evelyn says.
Though he is on the mend, the injuries that Lakes Country Towing owner-operator Mike Smith suffered in a Sept.
"They fly through the air with the greatest of ease, those daring young men in their flying machines..." Once upon a time, Duane "Doc" Wething was one of those daring young men. "I solo'd (flying an airplane) for the first time when I was 17... in 1944," Wething recalled earlier this week.
Anyone who has ever watched the Disney movie "Mary Poppins" undoubtedly remembers the character of Mrs. Banks, who was devoted to the cause of obtaining "Votes for Women." But what many don't realize is that Mrs. Banks and her "Sister Suffragettes," while fictional, were a reference to a very real part of British and American history. A more serious examination of the women's suffrage (women's right to vote) movement is the subject of "Iron-Jawed Angels," a 2004 movie by HBO Films that will be screened in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at The Avenue, starting at 7 p.m.
It was good news for the Becker County Board on Tuesday, as a report on the 2007 county audit was presented to the commissioners for review. Colleen Hoffman of Hoffman, Dale & Swenson, Thief River Falls, the independent accounting firm hired by the county to perform the audit, said that once again, the county had received an "unqualified opinion" from the firm. "That's the best you can get," she said, meaning that the firm had found no serious concerns with the way the county manages its finances. An unqualified opinion also means the county is able to get a better bond rating --"about