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 Lake Park-Audubon School Board awarded the sale of $21.1 million in school construction bonds at a special meeting Tuesday -- and the results of the sales were good news for district taxpayers. Based on a sale report presented by Carolyn Drude and Betsy Knoche of Ehlers, Inc., in Roseville, Minn., school board members learned that the district would be paying roughly $800,000 less in interest than originally anticipated. "It's pretty exciting that you had the interest in these bonds that you did," Drude noted, referring to the number of bidders for the bonds.
A couple of years ago, a local woman approached the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center staff to ask numerous questions about its operations. She then toured the facility and began doing some research.
In the immortal words of Duke Ellington, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing." This Thursday, July 1, the FM Kicks Big Band will present a tribute to legendary jazz/swing musician and bandleader William "Count" Basie with an 8 p.m.
"Cancer is indiscriminate. It does not ask about your age, your race, your political affiliation ... it can be any one of us." So said Dr.
With a successful school bond referendum now behind them, the Lake Park-Audubon School Board had to face a little bit of bad news Monday: a projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2011. But as LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie pointed out, the projected 2010-11 deficit of just under $40,000 amounted to .68 percent of the total projected revenue of $5.8 million. During the open forum portion of the meeting, the board also heard from several concerned parents and daycare providers regarding the recent elimination of the district's early childhood home visitation program.
When 8-year-old Hayden Lacher first saw the newspaper photos of the proposed new Backyard addition to the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, he got pretty excited. "It looked like it was going to be a fun place," he said. "A place for kids," his mother added. So Hayden told his parents, Annmarie and Marcus, that they should make a donation to the project. "Why don't you make one?" his mother asked. So Hayden thought about it some more, and came up with an idea: For several years, his family had held an annual rummage/garage sale, with the proceeds going toward an annual schol
For about five years now, every Tuesday night from June through August, the bandshell at Detroit Lakes City Park is alive with the sounds of music -- and this year is no exception. Tuesdays in the Park is back for another year, after kicking off the season with a performance by the Lakes Area Community Band on June 1. "We were really pleased with the attendance," said Vicky Williams, who has been coordinating the event for the Historic Holmes Theatre (sponsor of the concert series) for three years now. The DL community band will also close the concert series with an Aug.
When Grace Lutheran Church member Bev Berg learned that her best friend had a great-granddaughter who was suffering from a rare immune disorder, she wanted to do find a way to help. So she enlisted the help of her sister, Ruby Kiihn -- president of the Grace Lutheran Church Women -- in putting together a benefit for the family. That benefit is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 at Grace Lutheran Church, 213 Roosevelt Ave., Detroit Lakes, from 9:30 a.m.
The public fund-raising campaign for the $2.5 million Backyard addition at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center officially got underway this week. But before the Backyard project was even announced to the public, a committee of 15 local residents had already been hard at work contacting potential donors for several months, in a "silent" campaign that raised $1.25 million -- roughly half of the total project cost. "As of today we have received both direct donations and pledges from 59 individuals, businesses and foundations," said Stu Omberg, CEO of the DLCCC.
Though stormy weather threatened this weekend's Street Faire at the Lakes a few times, the skies were predominantly sunny on both Friday and Saturday -- and the crowds responded in kind. "I can say without hesitation that the Friday-Saturday schedule was a great success," said Street Faire committee member Mary Beth Gilsdorf.