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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Since 1980, the voice behind the microphone at Detroit Lakes High School sporting events has belonged to one man -- Andy Lia. Lia, a Detroit Lakes native who was himself a Laker athlete during his years at DLHS, has been the sports director and operations manager at KDLM Radio in Detroit Lakes for nearly 30 years now. His dedication to radio broadcasting recently caught the attention of Minnesota's Museum of Broadcasting, and on Oct. 10, 2009, he was officially inducted into the Museum's Hall of Fame.
For the better part of seven decades, the Congregational Church in Detroit Lakes has traditionally reserved the first Saturday in December for its annual Christmas Tea & Bake Sale. "The Congregational Church women have been presenting a Christmas tea and bake sale for nearly 70 years," says Donna Bursik, one of the committee members in charge of planning the annual event. "It's a tradition that started early in the Second World War." This year, however, the church has decided to do things a little differently -- the Christmas Tea has become a Holiday Shoppers' Lunch.
Though Sharon Okeson has been coordinating the School Safety Patrol program in Detroit Lakes for "a number of years," even she isn't sure exactly how many. "It's been a long time -- I have no idea how long," she says. The Detroit Lakes Middle School secretary helps with scheduling for the Safety Patrol, which has divisions at Roosevelt and Rossman elementary schools as well as at Holy Rosary. The program is funded by the American Legion, and each year, the state organization honors one person with the George Kaisersatt Award for distinguished service to the Department of Minnesota Americ
Looking for some family-sized fun to fill up a chilly weekend afternoon? The Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center is planning a full slate of activities for the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 24 -- culminating in the 4 p.m. performance of a musical interpretation of the Rudyard Kipling literary classic, "The Jungle Book." Kipling wrote the enduringly popular children's novel in 1894, putting together a collection of stories that tell the tale of Mowgli, a human child adopted and raised by wolves in an Indian jungle.
In November 2007, the Becker-Clay County Drug Court program began as a pilot project. Since then, the program has seen seven successful graduates -- five from Clay County and two from Becker. Of its 23 current participants -- 15 from Clay County, eight from Becker -- 18 are employed. Four of the 23 participants are scheduled to graduate within the next month.
For several months, officials from the counties of Becker, Otter Tail, Todd and Wadena have been meeting to discuss possible joint solutions to their solid waste issues.
The Becker County Historical Society will be hosting its annual meeting and dinner on Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom in Detroit Lakes. Special guest speaker will be Eric Bergeson, published author and Detroit Lakes Newspapers columnist. Bergeson, who makes his home in Fertile, Minn., will be presenting the program for "A Night of History," which gets underway at 6:30 p.m.
Join "The Next Generation" and your favorite area musicians in the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom this Thursday, Oct.
At a mere 18 years of age, Historic Holmes Theatre Thursday headliner Trey Hensley has already had some success as a musician. In the world of bluegrass music, he is considered to be a prodigy: At the ripe old age of 11, Hensley was asked to perform at the legendary Grand Ole Opry --having picked up a guitar for the first time barely a year earlier. But as he enters into adulthood, Hensley has taken on a new challenge -- which is really, as he sees it, going back to his musical roots. "I was doing old country songs, playing with bluegrass instruments," he says.
When Detroit Lakes resident Monte Jones was diagnosed with cancer almost five years ago, in November 2004, he had already begun working on plans for a cross sculpture on the grounds of Grace Lutheran Church, where he and wife Karen were members. "He dreamed of something in the courtyard that everyone could enjoy," said Karen, who will be on hand for the sculpture dedication this coming Sunday, Oct.