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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WAUBUN -- To most people living in the U.S., education is considered to be an "inalienable right" as set forth in the Constitution. But for the majority of children living in war-torn countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan, education is a privilege granted to very few. Moved by what he saw during a mountain climbing expedition to Pakistan in 1993, Minnesota native Greg Mortenson is working to change that, through the establishment of a non-profit agency called the Central Asia Institute. Mortenson wrote a book about his struggles to bring education to the children of Pakistan and Afghan
For many years now, the line between rock and country music has been getting a little more blurred -- and nowhere was that more evident than at Thursday's WE Fest, where headliners Sawyer Brown, Trace Adkins and Toby Keith each paid homage to some rock classics during their sets. Billed as having a music style "where rock and country collide," Fargo's own 32 Below provided the perfect opener to set the tone for the evening's performances. Their rocking guitar and fiddle playing revved up the then-sparse crowd for what lead singer/guitarist Matt Aakre said was "the greatest band this side
"I don't know where I'm going, but I sure know where I've been ..." So goes the opening phrase of the 1980s chart-topper "Here I Go Again." But for country singer-songwriter Craig Morgan, those lyrics don't quite ring true. "I don't know where I've been or where I'm going, but I know where I'm at," he said with a laugh.
When the 2012 Olympics get underway in London, England three years from now, Detroit Lakes' Jordan Windel is hoping he will be among the contingent of U.S. athletes filing into the Olympic stadium for opening ceremonies. Windel, 18, is working hard to qualify for the Olympic BMX racing team and hopes that his skills will reach their peak in time for the U.S.
ROCHERT -- A young bald eagle that injured its wing near Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge appears to be resting comfortably after a good Samaritan rescued the bird late Sunday afternoon. Rural Rochert resident John Eisele said he found the bird sitting on a road just off County Highway 29 on Sunday afternoon. Barbara Boyle, manager of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, said the bird had been taken into temporary custody by the Refuge Monday afternoon, and had been placed in a "dark, quiet corner" to rest comfortably until it could be transported to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center
Though the Becker County Fair and 10,000 Lakes Festival are barely behind us for another year, area residents won't have much time to settle back into their normal routine -- the area's biggest summer attraction, WE Fest, opens Thursday at the Soo Pass Ranch south of Detroit Lakes. Country music fans from across the U.S. converge on the lakes area every August, for what has become known as one of the biggest and best celebrations of the summer. The 27th annual country jam fest gets underway Thursday, Aug. 6, and continues through Saturday, Aug.
When the state's Outstanding Seniors for 2009 are recognized at the Minnesota State Fair on Sept. 3, Becker County will once again be well represented. Solveig Nordsletten and Leonard Thielen, both of Detroit Lakes, were named as the county's outstanding seniors at the annual ceremony Thursday inside the Becker County Fair's Big Tent. Both of them indicated that they would like to attend the Senior Day festivities at the State Fair next month in St.
Four Detroit Lakes residents will vie for the title of Becker County's Outstanding Senior Citizen this Thursday at the county fair. One man and one woman will be chosen to receive the 2009 honor at the annual ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m.
"He's 'Mr. Fair.'" So says Lowell Jorgenson when asked to describe longtime friend and fellow Becker County Fair Board member Bob Sonnenberg. For roughly three decades now, Sonnenberg has been an integral part of making each year's fair a success -- and currently serves as both the fair manager and president of the Becker County Fair Board. "I've been on (the Fair Board) 20 years, and he was there before me," said Jorgenson Tuesday afternoon as he was helping to prepare for the start of the 118th annual Becker County Fair, which opens today.
Though it hasn't been all that long since he left his childhood years behind, Detroit Lakes native Christopher Mohs has packed a lot of accomplishment into the decade since his high school graduation. A member of the Class of 1998 at Detroit Lakes High School, Mohs went on to study communications at Concordia College in Moorhead, eventually earning a bachelor's degree. Since then, he's worked on an award-winning film project, started a successful media corporation and launched not just one, but two new Fargo-area magazine publications. His success as an up-and-coming media entrepreneur p