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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Though it may not have been a "local" event, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 had an impact on every U.S. citizen. As the tenth anniversary of that tragic day nears, several area communities are planning special commemorative events -- and Detroit Lakes is no exception. Country singer-songwriter John Berry will be giving a special "Tribute to 9/11" patriotic concert at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets for that concert are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and free to all veterans, military and service personnel.
For the past few years, the Historic Holmes Theater's slogan for its seasonal lineup of musical, theatrical and cultural arts experiences has been, "Step inside and see the world." This season, however, that phrase has particular resonance: Detroit Lakes and the Historic Holmes Theater have been chosen as a host site for the Arts Midwest World Fest, 2011-13. For the next two years, the tiny community of Detroit Lakes will play host to some of the world's most diverse, multi-faceted musical groups and ensembles. "This is huge," said Holmes Theatre executive director Amy Stoller Stearns.
Yes, Labor Day weekend is approaching, and that can mean only one thing -- the long, hot days of summer are drawing to a close. But before you store away that camping gear until next year, why not pack it up in your vehicle one more time and head on over to Heisler's Country Campground for one more weekend of fun in the sun? The campground one mile south of Vergas has been unofficially dubbed the "Loon Ranch," in acknowledgement of its role as the host of the end-of-summer music and camping festival known as the Loon Jam. For three days, from Friday through Sunday, Sept.
Each year, approximately 60 municipal and county employees from various street and highway departments across Minnesota take part in the Minnesota Fall Maintenance Expo's "Snowplow Rodeo." Last September, Becker County Highway Department employee Gary Kertscher was among them -- in fact, he took first place. "It was only the third time in my career that I'd done it," Kertscher said, adding, "I had a good run." So was he nervous? Not really, said Kertscher. "I went through it (the obstacle course) so fast," he said.
Though it's often jokingly referred to as "Old Timer's Disease," the gradually debilitating condition known as Alzheimer's sometimes strikes much earlier in life. Just ask Detroit Lakes resident Steve Score, who was 52 when he first received a diagnosis of "early onset" Alzheimer's from his doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Score had been referred to the Mayo specialist by his local physician, when he was unable to get answers that satisfied him about what he was experiencing. At the time, Score was working for a large plumbing and heating distribution company based in Newport News
Since it was first erected on Ruth Solie's Minnesota Avenue lawn a couple of weeks ago, the tiny little wooden structure has drawn so much interest that it's almost stopped traffic once or twice. "Most people at least stop to look," said Solie. "...Even from the other side of the street," added neighbor Julie Sanders, a longtime friend of Solie's who has partnered with her on this new project as a co-sponsor. Though it resembles a giant dollhouse mounted on a pole, the sign on the structure reads, "Little Free Library," and essentially, that's what it is, Solie said. "Anyone can bring
Though the new parking lot and a few other finishing touches may not be completed in time for classes to start, and there are still a few other things to be completed, the newly renovated and expanded Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School will be inspected and "ready for occupancy" on the first day of school Sept.
Every year, as the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, the members of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion (WMSTR) begin gearing up for their biggest celebration of the year. The annual ode to steam engines, threshing bees and days gone by returns to Rollag, Minn., for four days of fun, starting Thursday, Sept. 2.
Local businesses Travel Travel and Magnum Belize Tours, housed together in Detroit Lakes' Washington Square Mall, got some great news recently when they learned that their owner, Joseph "Pep" Simek had been inducted into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame. Pep and his brother, Ron Simek, were both inducted into the Hall of Fame due to their success in establishing and developing several businesses in the Medford, Wis., area where the brothers still make their home. The business the two established together, the Tombstone Tap, would be the inspiration for the name of Pep's budding frozen p
It will be a day of singing, praise and worship at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman this Sunday, Aug. 28. Sounds like any other Sunday for this congregation of approximately 150 people, doesn't it? Well, not quite. What makes this Sunday so special is that the church will be celebrating its centennial anniversary immediately following the regular 10 a.m. morning worship services. Dinner will be served at the church from 11:30 a.m.