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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With so many of this area's recreational and tourism opportunities centered on its lakes and rivers, it's no secret that water quality is a priority issue in west central Minnesota. At no time in state history have its surface waters been at greater risk than they are today -- with intense development pressure, the spread of invasive species and untreated wastewater being the most pressing areas of concern. Recently, eight lake associations in Becker, Otter Tail and Douglas counties took the "initiative" in tackling these concerns by joining forces with West Central Initiative, the McKnigh
More than any other American holiday, the Fourth of July -- also known as Independence Day, the day more than 200 years ago when the United States of America won independence from Great Britain -- is an opportunity for U.S. citizens to celebrate their patriotism. But for Roger and Donna Houglum, this year's celebration is about a little more than that. This Monday, July 5, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be gathering with them at their home on Long Lost Lake (in northern Becker County) to celebrate the holiday.
It may have been written over 400 years ago, but the wit of William Shakespeare's comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor" still translates well to modern audiences. In fact, according to Shakespeare in the Park director Nikki Caulfield, cast members frequently had to stop rehearsals because they "cracked themselves up" during the weeks leading up to Friday's premiere at the Detroit Lakes City Park. "It was fun to watch them discover these pieces (of old-fashioned humor)," Caulfield said.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board awarded the sale of $21.1 million in school construction bonds at a special meeting Tuesday -- and the results of the sales were good news for district taxpayers. Based on a sale report presented by Carolyn Drude and Betsy Knoche of Ehlers, Inc., in Roseville, Minn., school board members learned that the district would be paying roughly $800,000 less in interest than originally anticipated. "It's pretty exciting that you had the interest in these bonds that you did," Drude noted, referring to the number of bidders for the bonds.
A couple of years ago, a local woman approached the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center staff to ask numerous questions about its operations. She then toured the facility and began doing some research.
In the immortal words of Duke Ellington, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing." This Thursday, July 1, the FM Kicks Big Band will present a tribute to legendary jazz/swing musician and bandleader William "Count" Basie with an 8 p.m.
"Cancer is indiscriminate. It does not ask about your age, your race, your political affiliation ... it can be any one of us." So said Dr.
With a successful school bond referendum now behind them, the Lake Park-Audubon School Board had to face a little bit of bad news Monday: a projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2011. But as LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie pointed out, the projected 2010-11 deficit of just under $40,000 amounted to .68 percent of the total projected revenue of $5.8 million. During the open forum portion of the meeting, the board also heard from several concerned parents and daycare providers regarding the recent elimination of the district's early childhood home visitation program.
When 8-year-old Hayden Lacher first saw the newspaper photos of the proposed new Backyard addition to the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, he got pretty excited. "It looked like it was going to be a fun place," he said. "A place for kids," his mother added. So Hayden told his parents, Annmarie and Marcus, that they should make a donation to the project. "Why don't you make one?" his mother asked. So Hayden thought about it some more, and came up with an idea: For several years, his family had held an annual rummage/garage sale, with the proceeds going toward an annual schol
For about five years now, every Tuesday night from June through August, the bandshell at Detroit Lakes City Park is alive with the sounds of music -- and this year is no exception. Tuesdays in the Park is back for another year, after kicking off the season with a performance by the Lakes Area Community Band on June 1. "We were really pleased with the attendance," said Vicky Williams, who has been coordinating the event for the Historic Holmes Theatre (sponsor of the concert series) for three years now. The DL community band will also close the concert series with an Aug.