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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It's been 10 years since musician and singer Chris LeGrand had the inspiration to make his startling resemblance to a certain rock music icon into a career. "All of my life, I've been getting comparisons to Mick Jagger, so I finally decided to put it to work," LeGrand said in a recent phone interview. LeGrand came to this conclusion after seeing a Beatles tribute show that was more than just music -- it was a complete theatrical experience. "It's a pretty broad overview of the years from 1964 to 1981, which is the period everyone is familiar with," LeGrand said.
Over 300 fans, ranging in age from 19 to 70, flocked to Fargo's Aquarium Saturday night for the High Plains Battle of the Bands. Fargo's Inside Out Strings took first place among the seven participating bands, earning the right to perform at the kickoff party for the inaugural High Plains Festival on Friday, July 1. According to festival organizer David Larson, Saturday's Battle of the Bands drew fans from not only Detroit Lakes, Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding area, but also from as far away as Sweden and Japan. These fans were entertained by "a very diverse group of seven bands, and
Residents and staff at the Frazee Care Center and Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes will be getting a special treat on Wednesday, May 18, in the form of a concert by Ely performance duo Pat and Donna Surface. Pat is a singer-songwriter who has toured extensively with his band, the Boundary Water Boys, and on his own, performing at schools, colleges, churches and festivals throughout North America. His wife Donna is a performance artist who combines American Sign Language with dance and mime, allowing audiences to "see the music" when Pat performs. Their appearance in Detroit Lakes w
"How small and quiet and unassuming is the light of one candle. Yet all the darkness in the world cannot overcome it.
The battle is on for a chance to play at the inaugural High Plains Festival in Detroit Lakes this summer. Seven bands have been chosen to compete in a special "Battle of the Bands" this Saturday, April 30 at The Aquarium in Fargo, with the winner set to play at the High Plains Fest's official kickoff party on Friday, July 1. Among the bands set to battle it out Saturday in Fargo are three Detroit Lakes-based groups -- JehKoa, Hardwood Groove and Push. Three Fargo-Moorhead groups -- Inside Out Strings, The Dirty Hurlers and o'fosho -- are also among the finalists, with Minneapolis band Th
After a few days of warm spring sunshine, showers are forecasted to bring April to a close this weekend -- so why not spend your Saturday afternoon inside, listening to a group of talented local musicians perform some of their favorite tunes? The Lakes Area Community Concert Band will be winding down its fifth season at the Holmes this Saturday, April 30, with a 4 p.m.
This Friday at the Historic Holmes Theatre, acoustic music fans will have an opportunity to hear not just one, but two of the genre's most talented acts. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrument musician John Gorka will be accompanied by the Canadian acoustic pop duo of Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther, known to fans as Dala, who open the 7:30 p.m. concert on Friday, April 29 in Detroit Lakes. "He's (Gorka) one of our favorite American singer-songwriters," said Walther in a telephone interview from her Toronto home.
Though they are only winter residents of San Benito, Texas, Mary Ann and Duane Olson have managed to make an impact on the community through volunteering. The Olsons, who live between Leaf and Big Cormorant lakes near Lake Park during the summer months, have spent the past seven winters as volunteer teachers at the Harlingen Literacy Center. Duane teaches English, while Mary Ann teaches citizenship classes. "I prepare students to pass the test to become U.S.
Is voter fraud enough of a problem in Minnesota to justify the expense of implementing a photo identification system at the polls? Would an Election Day photo I.D. system, such as that being proposed in legislation currently being considered by the state's lawmakers, prevent most instances of voter fraud? These questions and more will be discussed at a special presentation on Thursday, April 28 in Detroit Lakes. Kathy Bonnifield, associate director of Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota, will present "Fraud Catcher or Vote Snatcher? Proposed Changes in Election Law" at 5:30 p.m.