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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There was a time, Lyle Dahlgren says, when he envisioned retirement as sitting back in his armchair, smoking his favorite pipe and dispensing sage advice to those who would come to listen. But it hasn't exactly worked out that way, as his wife Janet will tell you. "We're semi-retired," she says.
In April 1998, the Minnesota Department of Corrections began an innovative program where carefully selected, non-dangerous, minimum-security inmates were sent to participating counties to construct affordable housing for low-income families. Currently, Becker County is one of seven counties in the state that participates in the program, according to Sheriff Tim Gordon. "We are contracted with the state for six beds," he said.
"Reconnecting with our roots" is a phrase often used to indicate anything and everything from researching one's family tree to rediscovering religious faith. At the first-ever White Earth Adoptees Welcome Home Gathering, held over the weekend at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, that phrase took on a slightly different context. The roughly 200 adoptees and family members that gathered at the casino's event center over the course of those two days were trying to reconnect with a part of their family history that had literally been lost to them. "Over the last 125 years, one-third of all In
Fargo has one. Bemidji has one. So does Wadena. And soon, Detroit Lakes will have one too. A local film festival, that is.
When Jon Stone and his family visited the Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming two years ago, they looked up in awe at the climbers standing at its summit, looking down at them. "I made the comment to my wife, 'Wouldn't it be neat to be up there, looking at the people down here?'" said Jon Stone, a Detroit Lakes resident who works at Jim's Barber Shop and as an EMT with St. Mary's EMS in Detroit Lakes. "She laughed, and I laughed too." But approximately three weeks ago, on Sept.
Though the addition to the Becker County Courthouse is still slated to open next spring, the County Board has extended its lease on the Courthouse Annex through Dec.
There has been barely a bed to spare at the Becker County Jail's maximum-security facility over the past three months. "We've been running full since about July 17," said Sheriff Tim Gordon on Tuesday. "We've been boarding out prisoners on and off since then... as of today, there are five (maximum security inmates) boarded out to other counties." In fact, the county was boarding out as many as seven prisoners during one period this summer, he added.
It's been a long time coming, but Detroit Lakes' signature sailboat sculpture is nearing completion. When finished, the sculpture will stand 20 feet tall and be lit up 24 hours a day with special weatherproof lights. Its sails will stand 13 feet above the base. "A light inside the base will illuminate the sails at night," explained project designer Hans Gilsdorf. On either side of the base will be the words "Detroit Lakes," so that they are visible from the both the street and the beach.
As the tour director for Brass in Blue, the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band's 13-member brass ensemble, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kadow schedules the group's tour stops and books the venues. And while he has loved every minute of the experience since joining the Heartland of America Band in May 2006, Kadow is particularly excited about what the next month will bring. A Perham native, Kadow will be coming home on Saturday, Oct. 6, to perform a special free concert with Brass in Blue at the Perham High School Auditorium.
Getting a good score on the SAT college entry exams is the goal of pretty much every high school student in this country who has aspirations toward higher education. But to get a perfect score? That's the kind of thing most of us would consider an unattainable dream. It's a dream that became a reality this summer for Detroit Lakes native Grant Remmen. Remmen, the son of Larry and Kellie Remmen of Detroit Lakes, earned a rare score of 2400 on his SATs in June. "It's really very exciting," said the college-bound senior on Thursday.