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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The first official Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion opened its doors to the public in 1954. But it's actually been 70 years since the tradition started. According to the archives of the WMSTR, it all began in 1940, "with a little idea sparked from the soul of some local threshermen over supper. The Nelson boys fired up the old Garr-Scott engine to thresh with steam again for old times' sake with family and friends." The reunion has become a Labor Day weekend tradition in the tiny town of Rollag.
As the sun came up over Detroit Lake this past Saturday morning, Young Life Triathlon organizers noted with dismay that a heavy fog had settled in, jeopardizing the event's 8 a.m. start time. "We were debating whether we should delay the race until the fog had lifted," said race director LuAnn Milner.
It's not often that a surgeon has the opportunity to be joined in the operating room by his own daughter. But that's what happened to Dr. George Portilla last week. His daughter, Annie, was in the midst of a two-week summer internship at St.
Are you ready to be entertained? Season tickets for 2010-11 at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes go on sale Monday. The theater's staff has been busy lining up a schedule of more than 30 shows to fill your calendar from September through May -- and nearly half of them are free! The first of those free shows will take place Thursday, Sept. 9, when the 8th Street String Quartet -- an "all star" ensemble of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra -- takes the stage for a 7 p.m. performance. Nine days later, on Saturday, Sept.
For 60 years now, the Damien Society has been working to make the community of Detroit Lakes just a little bit nicer place to live. And this past Friday, the members were in the mood to celebrate their accomplishments, with a catered luncheon and program at the local Speak Easy Restaurant. Gerrie Rutledge, who chaired the planning committee for the celebration, said she's enjoyed the process. "I've talked with people I haven't seen in 20 years," she said, adding, "I'm so excited to have everyone here (for the celebration)." The Damien Society was first established in Detroit Lakes in 1
From the moment that the Lake Region Color Guard marched in for the formal presentation of the colors, to the final tribute to U.S.
When Andrea Hanson graduated from Lake Park-Audubon High School in 1997, her first career ambition was to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. "When I was in high school, I won a Creativity Award that was presented by the 3M Corporation," she recalls. She and other recipients of the award were given the chance to tour the 3M plant in St. Paul, which included a trip through their laboratories -- where they were given a chance to make adhesive tape. Hanson's tape was judged to be the stickiest.
For the first time, the St. Mary's Innovis Health Clinic in Detroit Lakes now has its own urology department. Drs. Brad Qualey, David Paul and Scott Wheeler of Lakes Area Urology in Brainerd began seeing patients at the Detroit Lakes clinic this week. What this means for Detroit Lakes residents is that those suffering from diseases and disorders of the kidney, bladder and prostate can now be treated locally rather than having to go to Fargo or the Twin Cities. "My two partners and I will be coming here on Monday and Tuesday of every week and seeing patients at the clinic," said Dr.
Since 1976, the Minnesota State Fair Board has been recognizing farms in the state that have been in the same family for 100 years or more. Ten years later, in 1986, the Becker County Fair Board established a century farm recognition program of its own -- and since that time, a total of 72 farms in the county have been honored. This year, five more century farms were added to the list, bringing the total to 77 farms.
All through the summer months, the towns in the lakes area each take their turn in the spotlight with an array of unique community festivals, from the Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes to Turkey Days in Frazee, Turtle Fest in Perham and Taste of Dorset, just to name a few. This weekend, that spotlight shifts to Vergas, as the town gets ready to host its annual Looney Daze festivities. "It's going to be a great weekend," says festival chairman Kevin Flynn, who is taking his first turn at the helm of the annual event, though he has worked behind the scenes for several years. The fu