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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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.
When Matt and Shantell Olson moved to Detroit Lakes over a decade ago, they had visions of raising their children to adulthood in this northwest Minnesota community. "We saw our kids graduating from here," said Shantell. "Detroit Lakes is the place we thought of as home," added Matt. They were both happy in their careers -- he as the youth and family ministries director at Trinity Lutheran Church, she as a counselor for Lutheran Social Services.
Becker County will soon have its first "farm winery." The County Board of Commissioners put its stamp of approval on a conditional use permit Tuesday that will allow Michael Bullock to establish a vineyard and farm winery on his property in Richwood Township. But Bullock's request did not come without opposition; several residents of the area surrounding Bullock's property appeared at both the Nov.
"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.
It's been more than 40 years since Damien Society member Gen Kwako was contacted by a local bus driver about the fact that some of his young passengers often boarded the bus without mittens and caps to protect them from the weather. Kwako, with the help of her fellow Damiens, organized the first Damien Mitten Tree drive, in which local residents were asked to donate hats, scarves and mittens to give to children in need during the holiday season. The "mitten trees" were set up at various locations around town, so that residents could bring in their donations and hang them on the tree, to
The look of Minnesota State Community & Technical College (MSCTC) in Detroit Lakes has been undergoing some big changes over the past couple of years, with a campus realignment, name change, a new president and new campus provost among the most noticeable. And now, its governing board of trustees has experienced a bit of reorganizing as well. The Founders 500 has now evolved into the Detroit Lakes Area College Foundation, with a board of directors that includes 11 official and two ex-officio members. "The Founders 500 is a trust association that was around for more than two decades," exp
The Agri-Business Committee of the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will host an Agricultural Issues Forum on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Callaway Community Center, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The purpose of the forum is to share information, ideas and concerns about agricultural issues with federal and state legislators and local leaders, according to Ken Shroyer, chair of the Agri-Business Committee. Among those receiving an invitation to the event are U.S.