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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For Methodist pastors, spending 12 years serving the same congregation and living in the same community is a gift that is accorded to very few. Rev. William F. Meier, who has served as pastor of Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church since June 1995, is aware of just how rare an occurrence it is. "When I was a kid, we would move every 2-3 years," Meier said, referencing the fact that his father was also a Methodist minister. Even now, a pastor's tenure with one congregation averages out to be about four years, he added. "We were fortunate to be here for so long," Meier said.
Blood. It's an essential component of any hospital's operations, because like the air we breathe, it's something no human being can live without. St. Mary's Regional Health Center is not exempted from this need. But unlike many of its counterparts in other communities, the Detroit Lakes hospital gets its blood from local sources -- specifically, its own blood bank. Though the St.
In a move that has been more than two years in the making, an agreement was signed Tuesday between the White Earth Tribal Council and the U.S.
When Vicki Okeson first started teaching at Holy Rosary School, she already knew many of her students' parents -- as the parents of her high school peers. Then just 20 years old, Okeson had completed her teaching degree three years after graduating from Detroit Lakes High School with the Class of 1987. "I never dreamed I was going to be a teacher here," said Okeson, who went to grade school in Callaway before moving to Detroit Lakes as a sixth grader. She also attended a private girls' school, Mt. St.
When Deanne Michael (née Moe) was taking dance classes in the 1980s from instructor Carla Stoll at the old Graystone Hotel building, or being coached in the Detroit Lakes High School Danceline by Mary Otto, or learning Mari Radke's choreography for the DLHS fall musical, she never envisioned that she would one day be a competitive ballroom dancer. But that's just what she did -- and this Thursday, May 10, many of her relatives, friends and former teachers will have a chance to see just how far she's come in the intervening years, as Michael brings her Beyond Ballroom Dance Company to the sta
Five years ago, on May 2, 2002, the Historic Holmes Theatre & Event Center officially opened its doors to the public for the first time, with its debut production of the locally written, produced and directed original play, "Holmes Spun Theatre." In the intervening years, more than 70,000 people have come through its doors to attend well over 200 shows featuring local, regional, national and international artists. "Last week, we had seven public events in five days, plus 10-15 private organizational meetings or classes," said Kesley Myhre, marketing coordinator for the Detroit Lakes Commun
On Wednesday, more than 1,800 community volunteers including high school students and staff from Detroit Lakes and Frazee-Vergas, as well as volunteers with the United Way of Becker County, went out into the streets of those communities to spend a day helping others. Following an 8:30 a.m.
In just a few short days, the Historic Holmes Theatre will celebrate its fifth birthday with a concert featuring one of the biggest acts to grace its stage since it opened in 2002. Seventies rock icons "America" will appear in concert at the Holmes on Sunday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. Dewey Bunnell, one of the two founding members who has continued to play with the group since its inception, agreed to an interview Tuesday via telephone. "We've been singer-songwriters for the past 35 years," Bunnell said.
In the early years of its existence, the Red River Valley Veterans' Concert Band was known as the Gilbert C.
Two hours of music, "hillbilly humor" and relaxation -- all brought to you by Branson, Mo.'s funniest comedian and some of the world's finest musicians -- is just a sampling of what the Ozark Jubilee music and comedy revue has to offer. Based in Branson, Mo., the Ozark Jubilee cast spends about 100 days on the road each year, according to Randy Newman, who has played the featured comedic role of Doofus Doolittle since acquiring the show in 1994. One of this year's tour stops will be next Thursday, April 26, at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. A world-class violinist, Newman has pe