Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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Though statistics show the frequency of multiple births has been on the rise over the past couple of decades, the birth records at St. Mary's Innovis Health during late October-early November might still be cause for a double take. There were no fewer than five sets of twins -- including nine girls and one boy -- born at the Detroit Lakes hospital during the three-week period of Oct. 20-Nov.
When Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Dan Babine saw the articles about the success of the "Fill the Dome" project in Fargo a few weeks ago, he was inspired to challenge his congregation to attempt something similar. "I've got a 6-by-10 foot cargo trailer that has a capacity of about 360 cubic feet," Babine said. So, he wondered, "can we fill it?" After some experimenting, he found that a box one cubic foot in size could hold 48 pounds of food.
Next Tuesday, Dec. 22, the Becker County Board is expected to finalize a 2009, payable 2010 property tax levy of just over $17 million. This levy marks an increase of $238,552, or 1.38 percent, over the previous year's levy. On Tuesday night, the commissioners held a public hearing to receive input on the levy and proposed 2010 county budget.
No one was more surprised than Janet Ashmore when the Lake Park Lions Club named her as its Lion of the Year for 2009. "I was very surprised," she said. "I just never dreamed I would be chosen." Janet's husband, Steve, has been a member of the local Lions Club since they moved to the community in 1994, when he was named president of the State Bank of Lake Park.
"Wassail! Wassail!" The cheerful holiday greeting rings throughout the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom as a 36-member "Royal Court" makes its way to a series of long tables set up on the stage. And so begins another Detroit Lakes High School Renaissance Madrigal Dinner. Held once every two years, the popular local holiday tradition encompasses a five-course meal as well as original skits and songs performed by more than 200 DLHS vocal and instrumental students. After the seating for the meal has taken place -- beginning promptly at 6:15 p.m.
Known as the "kings of a cappella," the Nylons bring their Christmas show to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Giving has never tasted so good! The Lakes Crisis & Resource Center has come up with a fun new holiday tradition to boost its fund-raising efforts this season. The LCRC's first-ever Breakfast With Santa celebration is set to take place this Sunday, Dec. 13, at Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M-State) in Detroit Lakes. LCRC volunteers will be serving up pancakes, sausages and beverages from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the M-State cafeteria, said Tim Zastrow, who is co-chairing the event with Kari Williams. "Santa and Mrs.
Nothing quite says "Merry Christmas" like a performance of Leroy Anderson's classic tune "Sleigh Ride" by a 40-piece concert band. This Saturday, Dec. 12, the Lakes Area Community Concert Band will be performing not only this holiday favorite, but a host of other Christmas songs in a 4 p.m. concert at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes. Gene Gaffney, who has served as the band's conductor since its first rehearsal, said this will be the second concert the band has done in the past month. (The first was held during the Holmes Art Show weekend on Nov.
For the first time in almost 35 years, you won't find either Henry or Bonnie Hoffman behind the counter at Hoffman's Meat Market in Detroit Lakes. Randy Gravelle, a part-time employee at Hoffman's since 1996, took over the reins of the business last month. Gravelle is a Detroit Lakes native whose parents, Ann and Earl Gravelle, owned and operated Lakes Processing in Detroit Lakes for more than 25 years. "I grew up in the business," he said.
On July 28, the Becker County Board of Commissioners placed a six-month moratorium on the expansion of existing resorts within shoreland districts. That ban was rescinded last week, with the passage of five amendments to the county zoning ordinance. The moratorium was originally implemented to give the county time to review its current zoning policies and establish a more uniform method of ordinance enforcement for all resorts within the county. Though the five amendments approved at Tuesday's meeting were intended to do just that, not everyone was convinced that they would do so. Duri