Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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"What does a person have to do in the county of Becker to create a housing development on a lake?" These words, uttered by developer Mark Yozamp at Tuesday's meeting of the Becker County Board of Commissioners, expressed his frustration at having his application for a change of zone and a multi-unit residential development denied by both the county's Planning & Zoning Commission and the County Board -- more than once. "This is the third time I've been denied," Yozamp pointed out.
A few months from now, local viewers of Country Music Television may see a familiar face on the cable station's video countdown. Detroit Lakes native Terry Mackner was at Bonanzaville USA on Thursday to shoot a music video for his new single, "Idaho Rodeo." The song, penned by Nashville songwriter Gabriel Farago, is Mackner's favorite on his new solo CD, "Jack Daniels," which was released independently on May 5. "I like this song the best of any off the CD," he says.
For about 40 years now, Ulen native Jean Harney has been a painter. Whether it's oils, acrylics, silk screen (a form of print making known as serigraphy) or her current favorite medium, watercolors, Harney has always loved the thrill of creating her own artwork. "I've always drawn things," she says.
Construction on the addition to the Becker County Courthouse and the new Becker County Transit building at the fairgrounds is progressing nicely, according to County Administrator Brian Berg. Despite some unanticipated delays, both projects are expected to meet their initially projected completion dates, he added. "We fell a little behind the projected schedule (for the courthouse addition) because of a shoring issue on the east side," Berg said.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board approved a preliminary 2007-08 revenue and expenditure budget of just under $6 million at its Monday board meeting. With projected revenues of $5,988,941, and expenditures of $5,991,592 -- a difference of approximately $2,600 -- the budget for the coming year is essentially balanced , according to LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie. Anticipating some fallout from this spring's failed building bond referendum, the administrative staff put together a revenue budget built around a projected K-12 enrollment decrease of 15 students, Hogie added. "Since we've bee
This past Thursday, a delegation of four representatives from the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC) of India was in Detroit Lakes to pay a visit to the campus of Minnesota State Community & Technical College (MSCTC). As part of their tour of the community, the group also visited with local Lutheran pastors, visited the Grace Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School, and attended a meeting of the Noon Rotary Club. The foursome was accompanied by Rolf Wangberg, bishop of the Northwest Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and his wife Pat.
When the Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome performed at the Historic Holmes Theatre's annual fund raising gala, Motion, this past spring, they proved so popular that they were invited to come back. Fargo's hottest 12-piece horn band will perform at the newly renovated Detroit Lakes Pavilion this Friday, June 22, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome will play dance music ranging from Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin to Billy Joel and Chicago.
Though she is a native of the lakes area, Nancy Soberg says becoming part of the United Way of Becker County five years ago was an eye opening experience. "The United Way is very interesting...
What to do with the Swift turkey plant in Frazee has been a dilemma for Becker County and Frazee city officials alike for several years now. But on Tuesday, the Becker County Board took action to put the tax-forfeited property up for sale -- for the asking price of $500, plus fees of approximately $100. The anticipated buyer is the Frazee Economic Development Authority.
Season tickets are now on sale for the 2007-08 "Showcase Series" at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. At a special "sneak peek" luncheon Thursday, theater director Amy Stearns and marketing coordinator Kesley Myhre unveiled a schedule that includes a mix of regional and national touring acts. Stearns noted that she was very excited about the upcoming season, saying, "I think it's a great mix of entertainment, and there's definitely something for everyone this year." The 2007-08 "Showcase Series" includes: n The musical "Songs from the Tall Grass," Saturday, Sept.