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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There are roughly 200 beaver families and lodge structures inhabiting the Tamarac National Wildlfe Refuge, according to a spring 2011 survey by refuge researchers. Those beavers have constructed hundreds, maybe even thousands of dams on the refuge's 42,700-plus acres -- but there is one such structure that towers, quite literally, above the rest. The Aschbacher Beaver Dam, so named for the refuge volunteer who discovered it, Pete Aschbacher, stands more than eight feet high at its apex and spans approximately 30 yards in length. According to Tamarac biologist -- and beaver dam expert --
It was a lazy fall afternoon like just about any other for the family of Tom and Gina Bergh. Their younger children were out playing with some friends in the yard of their hobby farm in rural Audubon. Some of the kids decided they wanted to try riding the Berghs' pet sheep: Their 8-year-old daughter, Anna, was one of them. She mounted the sheep, dubbed "Chop-Chop," by getting on backwards, wrapping her legs around the sheep's neck and digging her hands into the wool of his body. "It's easier to hold on that way," she would explain later. As she was riding, the Berghs' Tennessee walki
When the guests arrived for Saturday's concert at the rural Callaway home of Eric and Terrin Riehle, they were each greeted warmly by a distinguished looking man wearing a simple blue shirt and denim jeans. "Hello, I'm Ronny Cox," he said. Though best known for his work as a veteran character actor, who has appeared in several Hollywood blockbusters including "Beverly Hills Cop," "Total Recall" and "Deliverance," Cox wasn't in Minnesota to shoot a movie. Instead, he was here to exhibit his somewhat lesser known talent as a folk singer, songwriter and musician. "The thing that gives me
They came from as far away as Hayward, Wis., and as close as a few blocks away. Detroit Lakes, Audubon, Vergas and Park Rapids were all represented, as was Grand Rapids, Minn. In all, there were about 12 Korean War veterans and 14 spouses or veterans' widows who gathered at the Detroit Lakes American Legion Post 15 on Sunday afternoon, to reminisce, socialize, and remember those who were no longer with them. Though few of them actually served together overseas, the one thing all of the Korean War veterans had in common was that they had begun their wartime service right here in Detroit L
The "Toast to Tamarac" fundraiser held at Richwood Winery on Friday night was an unqualified success for the Friends of Tamarac, who hosted the event. Approximately 300 tickets were sold, with proceeds benefiting the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. According to Friends of Tamarac member Vonnie Jacobson, the funds will be used to help offset the cost of transporting students from area schools to the refuge for field trips. "Last year we spent about $5,000 (on field trips)," she said. The purpose of the field trips is twofold, she added. "Our mission is to promote conservation and s
With the finishing touches on the $3.5 million renovation and expansion project at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School now complete, the school's staff, administration and students are ready to celebrate. Dedication festivities for the new addition to the elementary building in Audubon are set for Monday, Oct.
"Kids love this show," said George Keller, the Native American actress who played the title role in Wednesday's Mixed Blood Theatre presentation of "According to Coyote" at M State in Detroit Lakes. After watching Keller's performance, it was easy to see why.
It was a whirlwind of a summer for former Frazee resident Cassandra Mae Jopp. First, she was invited to audition for the ABC summer television series, "Karaoke Battle USA." She made the cut, and subsequently made her television debut under her new stage name, Cassandra Mae. Week after week, Jopp continued to advance, until she made it to the finals. Then, she won. "I competed to the very end, and I walked away with the title of being the queen of karaoke in the U.S., which was pretty bizarre," Jopp said in a recent interview. The title also came with a recording contract.
Kathy Mattea, the beloved, Grammy award-winning singer of such classics as "18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses," "Where've You Been," and many more, will be performing live at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes this Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Though music has always been her passion, Mattea said that pursuing a career in the performing arts was a decision that came relatively late in her life. "Music has always been a thread running through my life -- it was and is my passion," Mattea said in a telephone interview.
Sixty years ago, on Jan. 15, 1951, the 75 members of the 4.2 Heavy Mortar Company of the Army National Guard's 47th Viking Division were ordered to report for active duty at Camp Rucker, Ala., just one month after being called up. "We left from the Soo Line depot (in Detroit Lakes), in the middle of a blizzard," said Korean War veteran Clarence "Andy" Anderson, who still makes his home in the Detroit Lakes area.