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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Looking for an outdoor weekend adventure to keep the whole family entertained? Then why not take a ride out to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and enjoy the beauty of autumn in Minnesota? "On the right day, a drive through Tamarac Refuge is like a stroll through a golden cathedral," says Kelly Blackledge, Tamarac park ranger. The Refuge is getting ready to host its annual Fall Festival next Saturday, Oct. 2.
Photos by: Pippi Mayfield There's been no shortage of moisture in the lakes area during this past spring and summer -- and that's very good news for fans of fall foliage. "With the amount of moisture we've had this year, the fall color season should be beautiful, with brilliant colors," said Jeff Fjestad, assistant park manager at Maplewood State Park. The green leaves of summer have already started giving way to the bold reds, golds and oranges of fall, and Fjestad said he expects the color to reach its peak in the next 10 days. So why do leaves' colors alter so dramatically in the fal
A rural Detroit Lakes resident was taken to the hospital suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday morning. According to Detroit Lakes Assistant Fire Chief Dave Baer, a woman later identified as Detroit Lakes High School vocal music teacher Kathy Larson was taken to the hospital after passing out from carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board certified a preliminary 2010, payable 2011 district property tax levy of just over $2.2 million at its Monday meeting in Audubon. The board opted to set the preliminary levy at the maximum allowed; the final levy figure set in December can be decreased from this amount, but not increased according to state law.
Minnie Metzger never misses an episode of "American Idol" or "Dancing With the Stars." "They're really competing," she said of her reasons for favoring those shows. She's also an avid Twins and Vikings fan, and catches their games on TV whenever she can. She plays whist every Thursday afternoon with her friends, and she and her daughter Lois enjoy a game of bridge together on the computer whenever they get the chance. Oh, and did we mention that she celebrated her 100th birthday last week? "We had two parties," said Minnie.
With sunny skies and comfortable temperatures paving the way, Thursday's United Way Community Celebration was an unparalleled success. "It's been fantastic," gushed LuAnn Porter, executive director of the United Way of Becker County, about halfway through the celebration.
Next summer, the original 1922 school building at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary in Audubon is scheduled for demolition, to make way for a new addition. But as LP-A Elementary Principal Sam Skaaland pointed out earlier this week, there are those who will mourn the passing of this piece of Audubon's history -- which is part of the reason why the school has initiated a yearlong project to preserve it, at least in written form. On Wednesday afternoon, the students of Mary Softing's sixth grade class at LP-A kicked off the project by welcoming a group of past graduates to tell their stories abou
The members of the Detroit Lakes Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a $50,000 donation to The Backyard addition at the DL Community & Cultural Center. The donation will be paid to the DLCCC over a period of five years, starting in 2011.
Homeless pets are trying a different tactic to grab the attention of potential adopters: They're hitting the catwalk.