Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 15 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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For 14 years now, the community of Frazee has officially kicked off the Christmas season on the weekend after Thanksgiving, by hosting its annual Festival of Trees. This year will be no exception, as the annual event opens Friday, Nov. 27, and continues Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28-29, as well as the following weekend, Dec. 4-6.
Though it wasn't by unanimous vote, the Becker County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to develop a contract with Wenck Associates, Inc., for planning and construction of a new solid waste transfer station, office building and possible material recovery facility. Initially, the Maple Plain-based firm would assist the county with the preparation and submission of a Capital Assistance Program grant application to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. According to Environmental Services Administrator Steve Skoog, the CAP grant would be for the construction of a new transfer stat
"Each day is a gift." So says Frazee's Daneele Shipman, describing how her family has learned to cope in the weeks since son Tyler, 18, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Tyler, a senior at Frazee-Vergas High School, first began experiencing back pain early this summer, but initially dismissed it as the after-effects of a tumble he had taken while out riding his ATV back in May. His parents, Daneele and Jay, brought Tyler to the chiropractor for an adjustment.
Could the former local skiing mecca of Detroit Mountain become a county park? That was just one of many possibilities mentioned during an informal discussion of "recreational opportunities" at the site that was held during Tuesday's Becker County Board meeting. County Administrator Brian Berg kicked off the discussion by noting that the Detroit Mountain property was now up for sale. Though the skiing lodge has been out of operation for some time, Berg said, the facility had been a "recreational mainstay" in the area for many years. "Do we want to pursue this?" he asked the board.
Though they no longer make their living as full-time, touring musicians, the members of GrooveLily still perform between 25 and 30 concerts each year -- and Detroit Lakes will be hosting one of them this Saturday. "Valerie (Vigoda) and I live in California now, and Gene (Lewin) lives in New Jersey, so the only time we meet now is when we get together for a concert," says Brendan Milburn, who has played piano for the group since its inception 15 years ago. "It feels like old friends getting together at a party," he adds.
Though he's only an occasional visitor now, Erik Askegaard has very fond memories of the community that he still considers his hometown. "My family moved to Detroit Lakes when I was 3 years old," says Askegaard, 49, a longtime Brainerd attorney who will become Crow Wing County's newest district court judge on Jan. 4. "It's a town I still miss very much. It was a wonderful place to be a kid in the 1970s." He and his family try to get back to the community at least once a month.
Though U.S. Sen. Al Franken has long been an advocate for a green economy, and has sponsored at least one ag-related piece of legislation, the fledgling legislator admits his experience with farms and farming is more limited than he would like. Sen. Franken took a step toward remedying that situation on Thursday, with an unannounced stop at the farm of Bill and Karolyn Zurn in rural Callaway. "This is my first chance to be on a farm at harvest time," Franken said Thursday during a brief chat with reporters from the local media.
On May 2, 1942, Robert Lueben was drafted into the U.S. Army. Now, more than 60 years later, the longtime Detroit Lakes resident says it was luck -- and high test scores -- that landed him in the Air Corps a short time later. But he didn't think he was so fortunate when he was sworn in that day. "I don't think my heart ever dropped so far into my shoes in my life," he said recently. A native of Montevideo, Minn., Lueben was less than thrilled at the prospect of being shipped off to basic training in "hot, muggy St.
Since its inception in March 2007, the Children's Services program at the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center has served 625 youth in the lakes area. Some of the services provided by this program include one-on-one advocacy and support groups for at-risk children; and educational presentations on bullying, Internet safety, dating violence, healthy relationships and similar topics. "As a result of participating in one of these support groups, numerous families have sought out additional services, including professional counseling -- that's huge," said Kari Stattelman, director of children's serv
Shortly before she was to graduate from Detroit Lakes High School in 1994, Angela Johnson was recruited by (then) SFC Don Trieglaff to join the United States Army. "It was a decision that changed my life, by giving me goals and enabling me to go to college," said Johnson. Prior to her graduation from DLHS, Johnson joined C Company of the 134th Signal Battalion, based in Moorhead.