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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To receive a National Council of Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Councils is a rare honor, accorded to just over 150 schools in the U.S. this year. But to receive a Gold Council of Excellence Award is even more rare, and this year, only two such honors were accorded to Minnesota schools -- both of them in Detroit Lakes. The Detroit Lakes Middle School and High School both received the Gold Council of Excellence Award from NASC for 2010.
Have you ever had the urge to learn how to fly? Are you a pilot new to the community who is looking for others who share your interest in aviation?
"You say you want a revolution, well, you know, we all want to change the world..." For many people, the music of The Beatles did just that. If you were one of them, and would like to experience that music live once again -- or, perhaps, for the first time -- then you might want to buy a ticket for this Friday's performance by Revolution, the leading Beatles tribute band. Revolution will take the stage at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m.
They had always wanted a family of their own. But having met later in life, Mary and Tim Baumgart were unable to conceive a child. After years of fertility tests, treatments and drugs, they decided they would give foster parenthood a try. "We weren't considering adoption at first," said Mary.
Making the world a better place to live might seem like a lofty ambition, but it is an ambition realized by the hundreds of volunteers who work tirelessly to organize and implement community service projects and special events. Often, those volunteers go quietly about their business, unknown and unrecognized.
It's a busy week for the United Way of Becker County, with not just one, but two major events coming up. The United Way Celebration of Heroes takes place Thursday at the Holiday Inn Lakeside in Detroit Lakes. The Celebration of Heroes began in April 2002, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Though the actual event is still a couple of months away, tickets for the P.E.O. Garden Tour and Tea go on sale Saturday. The fund-raiser for the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) takes place once every two years, and is a joint effort of Detroit Lakes P.E.O. chapters DQ and FG. This year's event, with the theme "Music in the Garden," takes place Thursday, July 22.
The section of North Washington Avenue between Highway 10 and Highway 34 in Detroit Lakes is scheduled to undergo an overhaul -- but construction on the project most likely won't begin until late summer. Becker County Highway Engineer Brad Wentz said Tuesday that bids on the joint city-county project will most likely be let in mid to late June. "We're just finishing up the plans," he said.
For 42 years now, John Okeson has been keeping the roads of Becker County safe for drivers and pedestrians alike. But on Thursday, the Becker County highway superintendent will be easing on down the road into retirement -- at least from his duties for the county. "I've been here long enough," said Okeson on Tuesday. "I think it's just time...