Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 15 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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"They fly through the air with the greatest of ease, those daring young men in their flying machines..." Once upon a time, Duane "Doc" Wething was one of those daring young men. "I solo'd (flying an airplane) for the first time when I was 17... in 1944," Wething recalled earlier this week.
Anyone who has ever watched the Disney movie "Mary Poppins" undoubtedly remembers the character of Mrs. Banks, who was devoted to the cause of obtaining "Votes for Women." But what many don't realize is that Mrs. Banks and her "Sister Suffragettes," while fictional, were a reference to a very real part of British and American history. A more serious examination of the women's suffrage (women's right to vote) movement is the subject of "Iron-Jawed Angels," a 2004 movie by HBO Films that will be screened in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at The Avenue, starting at 7 p.m.
It was good news for the Becker County Board on Tuesday, as a report on the 2007 county audit was presented to the commissioners for review. Colleen Hoffman of Hoffman, Dale & Swenson, Thief River Falls, the independent accounting firm hired by the county to perform the audit, said that once again, the county had received an "unqualified opinion" from the firm. "That's the best you can get," she said, meaning that the firm had found no serious concerns with the way the county manages its finances. An unqualified opinion also means the county is able to get a better bond rating --"about
If ever a man could be said to have found the perfect job, that man might be Brian Koslofsky. Since beginning his duties as the new K-12 principal at Frazee-Vergas Public Schools on Aug. 18, Koslofsky says, his reception has been nothing but positive. "In the five weeks since I started, it really feels like home already, which is really nice," says Koslofsky, who sat down for an interview with Detroit Lakes Newspapers on Thursday. "I'm really excited to be here." And no wonder.
After a solid win against the Lady Hornets in Frazee Tuesday night, the Detroit Lakes volleyball team had a tougher time of it Thursday at Wadena-Deer Creek, as the Lakers got swept by the Wolverines despite putting up a strong fight in all three games, losing 25-18, 25-19 and 25-22. "The girls played the hardest I've seen them play all season," said head coach Beth Leighton.
It was a rough night for the Laker girls' soccer team Thursday in St. Cloud, as Detroit Lakes only managed to get one ball past the goalposts while being scored on five times by an inspired Crusader team. "We didn't start off very well, and they (St. Cloud Cathedral) were very aggressive in the first half," said Detroit Lakes' head coach Dave Carter. "I don't know if the girls weren't quite ready, but we let them walk all over us for the first half (of the game). "At least in the second half, we were competitive.
It was a tough day for the Detroit Lakes girls' tennis team in Bemidji on Tuesday, as the Lakers managed just one win in the triangular against Bemidji and Crookston. DL was swept by Bemidji 7-0, while Becca Ask was the lone winner for the Lakers in their 6-1 loss to Crookston. She toughed out a 6-3, 5-7, 7-2 tiebreaker win in the No. 3 singles slot. Despite the rain that caused play to be halted just as first round ended at Saturday's Midwest Conference meet in Park Rapids, things were going a bit better for the Lakers by the time the delayed meet was completed on Wednesday.
The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will kick off its 2008-2009 season this Sunday, Sept. 21, with a laugh-packed one-man stage show based on the writings of one of America's funniest outdoor writers. In 1992, Patrick McManus, already recognized as one of America's funniest humor writers from his columns in Field and Stream and Outdoor Life, not to mention his 12 books, began to wonder if his stories about growing up in rural America might work on the stage.
Last year, St. Mary's Regional Health Center revamped its 16-year-old "Musical Moments" fund-raiser, transforming it into a "Fire & Ice Experience." Since then, St. Mary's itself has taken on a new name, thanks to its merger with Innovis Health -- but "Fire & Ice" has lived on for a second year. After all, why mess with success? "Last year, we offered 300 tickets, and we sold out," said LeAnn Mouw, director of development and community relations at St. Mary's. The event proved so popular, in fact, that St. Mary's opted to continue with the same venue as well.
By all accounts, the countywide disaster drill that was staged Wednesday, Sept. 10 at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch was an unqualified success. From a capsized boat on Lake Sallie to a hazardous materials spill to an accident requiring extraction via the "jaws of life" to a helicopter evacuation of a victim impaled on a tree branch, all eight emergency scenarios that were staged Wednesday went off without a hitch. "The teamwork was phenomenal," said Rusty Haskins, emergency management services director for Becker County.