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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For the first time in almost 35 years, you won't find either Henry or Bonnie Hoffman behind the counter at Hoffman's Meat Market in Detroit Lakes. Randy Gravelle, a part-time employee at Hoffman's since 1996, took over the reins of the business last month. Gravelle is a Detroit Lakes native whose parents, Ann and Earl Gravelle, owned and operated Lakes Processing in Detroit Lakes for more than 25 years. "I grew up in the business," he said.
The local senior citizen's center is more than just a place to get a hot meal five days a week. It's a place to enjoy companionship, good conversation or a lively card game -- and occasionally take part in other activities as well. Hot, fresh-cooked noon meals are served at the Lake Park and Detroit Lakes nutrition sites five days a week, Monday through Friday.
The movement to "Bring Back Detroit Mountain" gained a little momentum Tuesday, as the Becker County Board of Commissioners indicated its willingness to start investigating the possibility of acquiring the property. About a dozen members of the grassroots group dedicated to pursuing the project appeared at the county board's open forum to make a plea for the board's support. Jeff Staley, president of the group, said they were in the process of forming a non-profit dedicated to creating a year-round recreation area on the Detroit Mountain property, which is located east of Detroit Lakes.
On Saturday, March 20, the George Simson Auditorium at Detroit Lakes Middle School will be the setting for a four-hour community concert that is truly a must-see for local music lovers. School groups including the Laker Singers and Laker Jazz Band will share the stage with Doc & the Scrubs, The Front Row, the Lakes Area Community Concert Band, and the Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church Choir. And that's not all.
A government redesign plan recently unveiled by the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) has been a bit controversial even among the association's 87 member counties. The 10-point plan could potentially save the state $945 million over two years -- but officials in Becker County and others in the area have openly expressed concern, even dismay, over certain aspects of the plan. Specifically, they are wondering where the money will come from to fund the parts of the proposal that involve shifting certain state duties into the hands of counties. A proposed 50 percent reduction in the si
Several years ago, Jim and Sharon Sinclair of Detroit Lakes went to see a play at the Old Log Theatre in Excelsior, Minn. The play, a comedy known as "Over the River and Through the Woods," left a lasting impression on them. "I said it was perfect for community theater," said Sharon. "It's light, wholesome, family entertainment." "It's so funny, and yet so touching," said Jim.
Hunger. For most of us, it's a brief sensation, assuaged quickly. But what if you didn't know where your next meal was coming from? What if you had to regularly skip at least one meal a day just to make your food budget stretch from one weekend to the next? It's a growing problem, even in Minnesota.
This winter, there were several first, second and third grade students in the Targeted Services program at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School who started reading a book about working dogs in class. The subject matter was interesting to the students, so their teachers came up with an idea: Why not give them a little first-hand experience with a real working dog? Lee Ann Buttino, a Title I instructor at LP-A who also works with the Targeted Services after school program, saw something on the Detroit Lakes Library Web site about a program that allows kids to read to a dog. So she approache
In late September 2009, Sunnyside Care Center of Lake Park received a grant of nearly $90,000 to set up a home care services program for older adult residents of Lake Park, Cormorant, Audubon and surrounding areas. For the next few months, the staff set about the business of obtaining a license, developing guidelines and receiving the necessary training to make "Sunnyside at Home" a reality. The last piece of the puzzle fell into place on Jan.
It was about four years ago that a young nurse fresh out of Concordia College made a lasting impression on the staff of St. Mary's Innovis Health (SMIH) in Detroit Lakes. That nurse, Miquette Denie, spent a couple of years working at St.