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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Though Dave Erickson now has almost 20 years of experience as a woodcarver behind him, he got his start in carving almost by accident. "We were visiting my mother at Fosston, Minn. (from their home in the wilds of Ontario, Canada), when I saw a sign that said, 'Wood Carvers Class Friday Night,'" Erickson says. "My wife said, 'We're leaving Sunday.'" But Erickson took the class anyway.
When talking about conservation practices that enhance and preserve Minnesota's natural resources, farmers are often overlooked as key players in that process. So when Bruce and Jean Hein were informed that the Becker County Soil & Water Conservation District had chosen them as Outstanding Conservationists for 2007, they were quite pleased. "I was kind of surprised," Bruce Hein said.
Construction on the Becker County Courthouse has hit a few unexpected snags since its inception, but County Administrator Brian Berg believes the project is still on track for a spring move-in date. "The contractor says they're about a month behind their original projections, but they may be able to make up some of that once the building is 'water-tight,'" Berg said, noting that the interior work will start going more quickly now that the roof has been installed and sealed, and the inside of the building is no longer exposed to the elements. Some of the unanticipated delays in construction
Traditionally, many young adults are taught to graduate high school, get a college degree, and go work for a large corporation. Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Detroit Lakes is taking a slightly different approach. The school is in the process of implementing an entrepreneurship program that can help students find their strengths, develop their talents, and create a desire to achieve something for themselves as well as for others.
Where have all the pumpkins gone? With another Halloween holiday now upon us, many local residents have noticed the absence of the large, round orange vegetables from lawns and doorsteps this year. Oh, that's not to say there aren't more than a few "Funkins" -- artificial, carvable foam pumpkins -- to be found here and there.
Need something to do while your spouse is off celebrating the start of deer hunting season next weekend? Then why not enjoy a healthy helping of laughter, served up southern-style. The Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour, starring Etta May and featuring Trish Suhr and Sonya White, makes a special appearance at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes this coming Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour is the top-grossing all-female comedy tour on the road today.
The 25th Anniversary WE Fest celebration, "Heaven in 2007," is going to be a tough act to follow -- but festival organizers are already "Feelin' Great about 2008," as they confirmed this week that Rascal Flatts will join Kenny Chesney as headliners for the 26th annual event. "It's great to have Rascal Flatts back, especially now that they have the No. 1 country album on the Billboard charts," said Jeff Krueger, president and CEO of Festivals And Concert Events (FACE), Inc., which operates WE Fest.
After pinpointing him as the front-runner for the job at the last meeting of the Becker County Board, it wasn't a surprise when the commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Mike Fritz as Becker County Attorney. Fritz, who has served as an assistant county attorney for the past 14 years -- under the supervision of current County Attorney Joe Evans -- will take the reins on Nov. 16, the same day that Evans' resignation becomes final. (As it happens, that date will also be Fritz's birthday.) Evans was appointed to the Seventh District Court bench earlier this month, by Gov.
Whether you've seen him channeling Elvis in the Historic Holmes Theatre production "Holmes Spun Theatre," performing on stage with his rock and roll band, The Fat Cats, or appearing solo at a corporate party or community festival, chances are that if you live in the lakes area, you know who Doug Newman is. The Detroit Lakes native has been singing professionally since the age of 15.
"Tale as old as time, true as it can be..." When the Walt Disney Company released its timeless animated classic, "Beauty & the Beast," in 1991, it instantly became one of the most beloved movies of all time.