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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Last summer, in early July, Detroit Lakes High School graduate Brian Flanagan and his former classmate, Mark Potvin, organized a special musical event, "There's No Place Like Holmes," which raised over $6,000 for DL's Historic Holmes Theatre. It was a dream event, bringing together many alums of DLHS's storied musical theater productions for a one-night-only production that re-created some of the greatest highlights of the era, from 1992-2005. A little over a month later, Flanagan was on a plane bound for New York City, and the realization of a dream of his own. After interviewing with a
With a constituency that covers 35 of Minnesota's 87 counties, spanning 400 miles from north to south, U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson has always found it most practical to use his private, single-engine airplane for transportation around the district on official business. But since Jan.
A Barnesville man was killed Saturday in a northern Becker County crash involving a single snowmobile, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Department. Jamie Michael Thompson, 32, was riding with friends on Rat Lake Trail, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes when he lost control of his sled and struck a embankment at the intersection of South Tulaby Lake Road, according to the investigating officer, Deputy Luke Sweere. "He ended up hitting a dirt embankment at the T intersection," Sweere said.
A Barnesville man killed Saturday in a northern Becker County crash involving a single snowmobile has been identified by the Becker County Sheriff's Department. Jamie Michael Thompson, 32, was riding with friends on Rat Lake Trail, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, when he lost control of his sled and struck a embankment at the intersection of South Tulaby Lake Road, according to the investigating officer, Deputy Luke Sweere. "He ended up hitting a dirt embankment at the T intersection," Sweere said.
Mike Murphy, refuge manager at Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge, has decided to retire after almost 30 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "I figured it was a good time (to retire)," he said, referring to the recent announcement by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service of a 20 percent reduction in staffing, and the consolidation of several offices. The work force plan developed by the service included "de-staffing" the Hamden Slough office and re-assigning the staff to the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management Office.
From old Christian favorites such as the familiar hymn "The Old Rugged Cross," to uplifting popular tunes like Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World," the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir filled the Historic Holmes Theatre with a joyful noise Thursday night. Joining the 10 singers and three musicians from Minneapolis-St.
The Historic Holmes Theatre is giving area singers the chance to perform on stage with the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir and its well-known conductor, Robert Robinson, at its concert in Detroit Lakes this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. But in addition to the chance to perform on stage, those who have signed up for the experience will also be learning to sing in a way that is most likely unfamiliar to them. "We don't use scored music," said Robinson in a telephone interview Thursday.
Though the Detroit Lakes School Board had much to celebrate at Monday night's regular board meeting, that celebration was slightly bittersweet. On the heels of learning that the district was being honored with a School Finance Award from the Minnesota Department of Education, the board was also asked to accept a resignation. After more than 16 years with the Detroit Lakes School District, operations supervisor and transportation director Brad Green has opted to take on a new challenge, as public works director for the City of Detroit Lakes. Though his resignation won't become official un
With temperatures dipping well below zero at times, this weekend's Polar Fest nevertheless managed to draw good enough attendance to be judged a success by organizers. One of the best-attended events was the Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance on Friday evening, which drew more than 300 people. "For the grand march we had people lined up from the entrance to the stage all the way down the hallway outside the theater and into the ballroom," said Kesley Myhre of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, who helped coordinate this year's Polar Fest activities.
Retired Minnesota State University Moorhead professor G. Theodore "Ted" Schaum, 72, of Rochert, was killed Monday evening following a car-semi collision on Highway 34, seven miles east of Detroit Lakes. Schaum's westbound Mercedes ML320 hit a semi tractor-trailer rig that was attempting to do a U-turn on Highway 34 near Charlie's Tubing, according to the State Patrol. Schaum, who lived on Island Lake, was critically injured when his car hit the passenger side of the semi trailer, which was blocking both lanes of the highway.