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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.
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.
"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.
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.
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 Univer-sity Moorhead professor. Despite relatively sparse at-tendance, with about two dozen people populating the conference center at Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Detroit Lakes, the discus-sion often became quite heated. At the heart of the debate was the issue of differentiating between what is fact, what is fic-tion, what is truth and what is
It's been an eventful week for the Detroit Lakes School Board. Not only did the board members select three finalists for the position of district superintendent, and accept the resignation of district business manager Richard Lundeen (see related stories), but they also approved a major change in the "instructional delivery method" for the Detroit Lakes Middle School. This change, which will take effect for the 2006-07 school year, will move the middle school from a trimester class schedule to a semester schedule.
The Detroit Lakes School District will be undergoing some major changes this year, with a new superintendent scheduled to take the reins in July, and seven long-term instructors planning to retire. But perhaps the biggest change of all was approved at Monday night's school board meeting, when the board officially accepted the retirement resignation of Business Manager Richard Lundeen. His retirement will take effect on Sept.
The Detroit Lakes School Board narrowed its list of candidates for district superintendent from 13 to three at a special meeting Tuesday morning. Three finalists were selected to be interviewed for the position next week (a fourth finalist, whose name was not disclosed, withdrew their name from consideration "for personal reasons," according to Superintendent Lowell Niklaus).
"The dog ate my homework." You remember that hoary old excuse students from one generation to the next have used for not getting their homework assignments in on time? Well, thanks to a new student data reporting system known as Centerpoint, that excuse may soon become history. Because the system was just implemented district-wide at Detroit Lakes Public Schools this fall, staff and students are still discovering all its possible applications. But one intriguing possibility, according to Superintendent Lowell Niklaus, is that students may soon be able to receive their classroom assignm
It's been more than three decades since Rick Hanson walked through the doors of Lake Park Elementary School to teach a classroom full of fifth graders. During that time, he has completed a degree in education administration, served as a half time teacher, half time principal at Lake Park, then as a half-time principal in both the Lake Park and Audubon districts, and finally, when the districts began pairing and sharing for athletics and academics, he became a full-time elementary principal for Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School in Audubon. "I've been working in this building now for 20 ye