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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Ever since it opened in May 2002, part of the mission of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre has been arts outreach. Since its opening, the theater has hosted more than 100,000 audience members, 270 performances and 40 free shows.
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It's been a little over a year now since the tiny island country of Haiti was ravaged by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake -- a natural disaster that took over 300,000 lives in 35 seconds. Yet 12 months removed from the events of Jan. 11, 2010, there are still over a million people living in "tent cities" -- without a solid roof above their heads to protect them from the elements. "It has been a year, and the pain feels almost as raw as it did a year ago," says Miquette Denie, founder of TeacHaiti. "On January 12th, a year since the quake, the government called a national holiday.
Though he lost his wife and companion, Lillian, several years ago, Lou LaPointe still has plenty of company in his room at Detroit Lakes' Emmanuel Community. An assortment of stuffed animals; troll dolls; miniature cars, trucks and semis; and toys of every size and description adorn the bookshelves, chair and bed, and there are several more stored away in his closet. The toys are a source of considerable interest for the staff and residents at Emmanuel, which Lou has called his home since last fall.
WOLF LAKE -- It was one day between five and six years ago that John Aho, his wife and their youngest son were sitting around their kitchen table, when they started talking about finding a way to "overtake the winter doldrums," as Aho put it. "The (Wolf Lake) Lions have a nice recreation area, with a hill for sliding and a warming house, so we thought, why not have something that centers around that?" he said. And so the idea for what has become one of Wolf Lake's most popular annual traditions was born. "Although the concept of Winter Fest was 'born' at our kitchen table, it was a combi
Award-winning Minnesota fiction writer Will Weaver has recently released a new book of his memoirs, called The Last Hunter -- and now he would like to help others write their own life stories as well. Weaver will be in Detroit Lakes this Friday, Jan. 21, for a 7 p.m. program at the Historic Holmes Theatre, called "Telling Our Own Stories, Writing Our Own Lives." A native of Park Rapids, Weaver said his grandparents once had a farm in eastern Becker County, and he grew up on a dairy farm. "I know the landscape well," he said.
Level 3 predatory offender Robert Baca was sentenced Thursday in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of violating the state's predatory offender registration law. Baca was sentenced to 39 months (more than three years) in prison on the charge, and was also assessed $210 in court fines and public defender fees. He will serve his time at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility, according to court documents. Baca, 45.
The votes are in, and the grand prize winner of the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's 9th Annual Photo Contest has been announced. Rural Detroit Lakes resident Diane Turcotte took home the top prize for her photograph, "Sunset Fishing," which depicts her husband Alan bringing in a late-day catch last summer. "My husband and I were out fishing in the boat and were coming in late, right at sunset," Turcotte said. "I made the comment that I wanted to get a picture of the sunset...
It's become an increasingly rare thing for someone to spend virtually their entire life in the same community where they were born. Detroit Lakes native Jeff Grabow certainly didn't plan on doing so when he graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in business economics. "That's just the way it worked out," he says. Grabow retired from his position as CEO of Bremer Bank in Detroit Lakes on Dec.
On Monday afternoon, there was a buzz in the air at the Detroit Lakes offices of SJE Rhombus. The reason? A U.S. senator was on the premises. Sen.