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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Parents of children living with Autism Spectrum Disorders often face some unique challenges that leave them feeling isolated from other families. But as more is learned about these disordersa, parents of children with ASD are beginning to realize that they're not alone.
The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will get you into the swing of spring with its Spring Gala, followed by "A Tribute to Woody Herman" on Friday, April 30. The tribute will feature several area musicians, from drummer Bill Mohn to trumpet players Greg Johnson and Rob Anderson and trombone players Russ Kadow, Gary Harris and Jeff Johnson (bass trombone).
The Becker County Food Pantry had an extraordinarily successful March food drive this year -- and its patrons will soon be seeing the benefits. Food Pantry President Jack Berenz said Tuesday that, starting immediately, families in need of its services will be able to come in and restock their cupboards more often. The previous limit on Food Pantry visits was four times over a six-month period; as of this week, that number has been increased to five times in six months, he added. And families will be taking a little more food home from each visit to the Food Pantry as well. "We're incre
Last summer, the Becker County Board of Commissioners established an intradepartmental steering committee, with one purpose: to facilitate the development of a countywide recreational plan. The purpose of the plan was fourfold: To create a vision for the future; take stock of the county's current recreational inventory and promote it; identify new recreational opportunities; and develop an ongoing decision-making process for the evaluation of those recreational opportunities. Since then, the committee has been working diligently to develop not only a written plan, but a comprehensive recre
AUDUBON -- Will residents of the Audubon Mobile Home Park embrace the possibility of becoming a resident-owned cooperative? In order to realize that possibility, the majority of the residents will need to make a commitment toward becoming a part of the cooperative, said representatives from the Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (NCF) in a meeting with Audubon city officials on Monday. NCF is a 501c3 nonprofit, based in Minneapolis, whose primary focus is on converting manufactured home communities into resident-owned cooperatives.
Sentence to Service (STS) programs across Minnesota took a big hit in state funding this year. Some counties lost as much as 75 percent of their funding for crew leaders, equipment and fuel costs. Fortunately, said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon, "we're in a little different position." Becker County only saw a reduction of about 25 percent, Gordon added. And with the program bringing in just a little under $300,000 in revenue annually, from boarding of state prisoners who are working out their STS requirements locally, the bottom line is actually pretty healthy, said Gordon. "What
The Audubon Mobile Home Park may soon become a resident-owned manufactured home cooperative. Starting this Monday, April 19, a series of three meetings will be held to discuss the future of the trailer park, according to Guy Fischer, housing and economic development coordinator for Becker County. The county's Economic Development Authority (EDA) is working with the City of Audubon and Audubon EDA to obtain a $2,400 grant from West Central Initiative to explore future options for the trailer park, which is currently for sale. The grant would come from WCI's "Community Organizing and Visio
Though the filing period for this year's Becker County elections won't open for another month, incumbent District 4 Commissioner John Bellefeuille has already indicated that he will seek a second four-year term in office. He will not, however, be running for re-election to his current seat. The reason?
Starting next Monday, April 19, there will be a new office across the hall from the Veterans Service Office at the Becker County Courthouse. This Tuesday, the county board approved a resolution authorizing the establishment of a Minnesota Military Family Assistance Center (FAC) in the courthouse. The office will be staffed by Mark Sjostrom, the new FAC specialist assigned to Detroit Lakes. Becker County Veterans Service Officer Lauri Brooke was at Tuesday's board meeting to make a formal request to set up the new FAC office. In 2009, Brooke said, her office saw 2,650 veterans come thro
With the opinions of commissioners still divided over whether Becker County should be involved in the proposed redevelopment of the Detroit Mountain Ski Area property into a year-round recreation area, the county board has decided to adopt a "wait and see" attitude for the next few weeks. More specifically, they're awaiting the outcome of a feasibility study that's been undertaken by the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Inc., the non-profit group formed for the purpose of developing recreational opportunities at the Detroit Mountain site. The DMRA has been given a May 1 deadline for compl