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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Now that Becker County has completed its two-year, two-phase courthouse addition and remodeling project, the county commissioners are inviting the public to come take a look at what has been accomplished. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the board set an open house for Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre is going to be a busy place this weekend, with events set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. First up is a concert by Minneapolis singer-songwriter Keri Noble, which is set for 8 p.m. Friday, April 17. Noble, who is also an accomplished pianist, will perform selections from her self-titled February 2009 CD release, as well as from her 2004 debut album, Fearless, and sophomore CD, Let Go. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. Prior to the concert, there will be a 6:30 p.m.
When singer-songwriter and pianist Keri Noble first moved to Minnesota from Detroit, Mich., eight years ago, to begin pursuing a music career full-time, one of her earliest gigs was performing at a youth camp near Detroit Lakes. "I'm looking forward to coming back," said Noble, who performs at the Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m. A Detroit native, Noble now makes her home in Minneapolis, after falling in love with the music community in the Twin Cities area. "I had been playing at bars and coffee houses in Detroit, but I was pretty lost, not knowing what direction
"From the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico in a canoe; through the middle of Canada and the United States, and walk less than ten miles. More miles will be traveled 'up south' than 'down-south.' A 5,200-mile expedition for some red-blooded American boy. Anemic need not apply!" When an 18-year-old Barry Lane read this advertisement in a local newspaper during the summer of 1969, he decided to respond.
Most people know what being dizzy feels like. Whether you get up out of bed too fast in the morning, or spin around in circles really fast, or spend too much time riding the roller coaster at ValleyFair, or drink a few too many glasses of champagne at a party, the sensation is similar. The ground seems to move underneath your feet, even though you're standing still. Sometimes, you may feel as though the room is spinning around you for a moment or two. If the disorientation is severe enough, it can even induce nausea and vomiting. Usually, the effects are temporary.
It's a sign of the times that despite the fact that more people than ever are using the Becker County Food Pantry, the donations received during its annual March food drive did not quite reach 2008 levels. "It (usage of the Food Pantry) just continues to grow," says Food Pantry Director Jack Berenz.
Last week, about a dozen workers from the USDA Service Center in Detroit Lakes -- which includes the local offices of the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Rural Development and the Becker County Soil and Water Conservation District -- volunteered their time to help flood relief efforts in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Many of them brought family members along as well, said Barb Fyffe, who made the trip to Moorhead twice, on Tuesday and Friday of last week. "The USDA gave us administrative leave to go over and help with the sandbagging," Fyffe said. On Tuesday, March
A troupe of seven actors (plus one technician) from the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., will make their first trip to Detroit Lakes to perform the classic play "Hedda Gabler," on Friday, April 3 at the Historic Holmes Theatre. "We have been annually presenting the works of Henrik Ibsen for the past 12 years, and touring our Ibsen production throughout the upper Midwest every other year since 2003," said Hal Kropp, artistic director of the Commonweal Theatre. Kropp is doing double duty this spring, as both the director of "Hedda Gabler" and an actor in the production, portraying the
Problems with the new manufacturing equipment at a budding local food manufacturing business proved to be a bit of good fortune for hungry National Guard soldiers at the Moorhead Armory last week. Sungrown Foods LLC, which has its business offices in the Graystone Building in downtown Detroit Lakes, donated 150 loaves of whole grain bread, 270 pounds of sunflower butter and 144 pounds of grape jelly to help the flood effort. Sungrown Foods makes "Sunwiches," a product very similar to Smuckers' "Uncrustables," a popular brand of frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
The Becker County Board of Commissioners met in special session Monday morning to approve a resolution declaring a "state of emergency" in the county. County Highway Engineer Brad Wentz said at the meeting that the county had already experienced roughly $250,000 in damages to county roads -- including 13 road washouts, plus another 10-20 other sites that were underwater. As for township roads, Wentz said the heaviest damage reported so far was in Evergreen Township, where there were about 10 roads that sustained between $80,000-$90,000 in damages.