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Talk about your senior discount. Nutrition Services, Inc., the current provider for senior nutrition program services in Region 4 -- which includes Detroit Lakes -- now offers a new service for area seniors age 60 and above. Any senior resident of the lakes area age 60 and above, as well as their spouse (even if under age 60) may dine at Detroit Lakes' newest restaurant, Outer Limits, for a suggested contribution of $2.75-$3.25 per meal. Those who sign up for this "Diner's Club" will be able to choose from nutritious breakfast, lunch and supper menus created specifically for the program
He's played for audiences around the world and back again. He served as one of 15 national judges for this year's Grammy Awards competition.
With the phenomenal success of televised talent competitions like "American Idol" and "Nashville Star," it's sometimes easy to forget that, for most struggling musicians, forging a successful music career is a process that takes years, and involves many ups and downs. Such has been the case for 32-year-old Detroit Lakes native Terry Mackner, who graduated from DL High School in 1992. Since then, he's worked with a couple of different bands as well as going solo on occasion. He's performed on stage at both the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and at DL's own WE Fest.
It was a little over 100 years ago, on March 17, 1906, that Norby's Department Store first opened its doors in downtown Detroit Lakes. Though the St. Patrick's Day opening might not make apparent sense, given the fact that brothers L.J. and G.J. Norby were not of Celtic descent, it undoubtedly put the "luck of the Irish" on their side.
His enthusiasm was infectious -- so much so that the Detroit Lakes School Board wasted very little time in offering a superintendent contract to the third and final candidate interviewed for the position on Wednesday night. "I'm so impressed with his manner, his integrity -- he really gets his passion (for edu-cation) across," said board member LuAnn Porter.
The process of finding a new superintendent for Detroit Lakes Public Schools began in earnest Monday, with the first of three interviews with finalists for the position. First up was Douglas Froke of Windom Public Schools, who toured the district on Monday and spent that evening answering questions from the search committee. On Tuesday, following another tour, the board met with finalist No. 2, Kevin Wellen of Melrose Area Schools. The interviews will conclude this evening at 6 p.m.
For nine weeks now, the cast and crew of Playhouse 412's upcoming presentation, "Romantic Comedy," have been hard at work, getting ready for the local theater group's first stage production since 2004's "The Fantasticks." "It's been going very well," said Dave Goebel, the play's director, during a rehearsal break on Monday evening. "We practice one new scene per week." With seven scenes in the three-act play, that means the last two weeks have been spent on "tying it all together," Goebel noted. "We've been working out the final details, polishing and perfecting (the show)," he said.
Though it was Ted Schaum's "swan song" as a National Issues Forum facilitator, Wednesday's forum on "News Media & Society: How to Restore Public Trust" was as lively as any previous gabfest organized by the retired Minnesota State University Moorhead professor. Despite relatively sparse attendance, with about two dozen people populating the conference center at Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Detroit Lakes, the discussion often became quite heated. At the heart of the debate was the issue of differentiating between what is fact, what is fiction, what is truth and what is a li
When Carol McCarthy became the news director at KDLM Radio last month, it was familiar territory for the Detroit Lakes native. Though she hadn't worked in local news radio before, McCarthy did have seven years of previous radio broadcasting experience on her resume. "I missed radio," she said of her reasons for taking the job. "I had been thinking about it (getting back into broadcasting) for a while... the opportunity presented itself, and I decided to take it on." McCarthy, a 1987 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, holds a degree in English from the College of St. Benedict in St.
"He was an excellent spinner of tall tales... tall, tall, tall tales," said Detroit Lakes dentist Dr. Tom Fritz, referring to his former partner, Dr. Curt Cherry. Cherry, 76, passed away last Wednesday, March 15, leaving behind a legacy of laughter, love, community service, and yes, dental artistry. "He had a lot of faithful patients, who loved him dearly," Fritz said. "I still see some of the things he did back in the 1940s and early 50s... his (former) patients point them out to me all the time.