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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Next Sunday, Oct. 10, at 3:30 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Detroit Lakes will once again host a special Blessing of the Pets. The second annual event is co-sponsored by St. Luke's and the congregations of Detroit Lakes' United Methodist and Congregational churches. The blessing will take place in the church's downstairs level -- and yes, owners can bring their pets inside. "It's open to all God's creatures," said Georgia Hecock, a member of the St. Luke's Total Ministry team.
It's been almost four years in the making, but all the pieces of the Becker County Veterans Memorial Highway are now linked together. To celebrate that fact, representatives of several area veterans' groups met with officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and State Rep. Kent Eken.
"The Tartan Terrors" -- it almost sounds like a Halloween horror show set in Scotland, doesn't it? But the reality is something quite different. This Celtic-themed variety show combines music, dance and comedy to leave audiences howling with delight, not fear. North America's premier Celtic event will take the stage at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Led by the brother-sister directing team of Ellen Wilkes Irmisch and her brother, Ian, The Tartan Terrors feature the best in music, comedy and dance.
For 40 years now, Brad Grant has been taking care of the soil and water conservation needs of the citizens of Becker County -- and despite a few rumors to the contrary, he's not making any retirement plans just yet. "It's an enjoyable job," says Grant, who was honored by the Becker County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors for 40 years of service at their Sept. 22 meeting. "In this job, you get to work directly with the landowners," he adds.
With just days left until the Sept.
Looking for an outdoor weekend adventure to keep the whole family entertained? Then why not take a ride out to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and enjoy the beauty of autumn in Minnesota? "On the right day, a drive through Tamarac Refuge is like a stroll through a golden cathedral," says Kelly Blackledge, Tamarac park ranger. The Refuge is getting ready to host its annual Fall Festival next Saturday, Oct. 2.
Photos by: Pippi Mayfield There's been no shortage of moisture in the lakes area during this past spring and summer -- and that's very good news for fans of fall foliage. "With the amount of moisture we've had this year, the fall color season should be beautiful, with brilliant colors," said Jeff Fjestad, assistant park manager at Maplewood State Park. The green leaves of summer have already started giving way to the bold reds, golds and oranges of fall, and Fjestad said he expects the color to reach its peak in the next 10 days. So why do leaves' colors alter so dramatically in the fal
A rural Detroit Lakes resident was taken to the hospital suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday morning. According to Detroit Lakes Assistant Fire Chief Dave Baer, a woman later identified as Detroit Lakes High School vocal music teacher Kathy Larson was taken to the hospital after passing out from carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board certified a preliminary 2010, payable 2011 district property tax levy of just over $2.2 million at its Monday meeting in Audubon. The board opted to set the preliminary levy at the maximum allowed; the final levy figure set in December can be decreased from this amount, but not increased according to state law.
Minnie Metzger never misses an episode of "American Idol" or "Dancing With the Stars." "They're really competing," she said of her reasons for favoring those shows. She's also an avid Twins and Vikings fan, and catches their games on TV whenever she can. She plays whist every Thursday afternoon with her friends, and she and her daughter Lois enjoy a game of bridge together on the computer whenever they get the chance. Oh, and did we mention that she celebrated her 100th birthday last week? "We had two parties," said Minnie.