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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Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M-State) announced earlier this month that it has been awarded a grant of $202,500 by Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace-Alliance for Talent Development to help fund training for employment in current and emerging energy technologies and in manufacturing. The college is partnering with Rural Minnesota CEP, BTD, Inc., Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Otter Tail Power Company, Adult Basic Education, and six area school districts to provide foundational technical training for displaced workers, under-skilled workers, and high school juniors
Last week was a busy one for students in Kathy Larson's vocal music classes. On Thursday, five DL freshmen and sophomores were called to participate in the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Grade 9-10 Honor Choir, while five more DL juniors and seniors took part in the Minnesota All-State Choir performance at Orchestra Hall on Saturday, Feb.
As a young boy growing up on a large farm in the Detroit Lakes area, John Okeson received an early education in such things as weed spraying and operating big machinery. It was that early experience that he credits with getting him his first job, as a maintenance worker for the Becker County Highway Department. "My first summer here, I did a lot of weed spraying," he says. After that first summer, however, Okeson moved on to a maintenance job with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Morris, thinking it was a step up the career ladder. But a scant seven months later, he was gi
When Becker County received a turkey of a Christmas present from Gov.
If you find yourself at loose ends this weekend, it won't be due to a lack of things to do. Over the course of the next four days, Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration will go out with a bang -- quite literally, in the case of Saturday's winter fireworks display on the city beach. From Thursday through Monday, Feb.
In 1984, longtime neighbors and best friends Mark Fritz and Mike "Hutch" Hutchinson came up with an idea for a new business, selling custom-decorated T-shirts from the basement of Fritz's parents' home in Detroit Lakes. Today, that business, known as Lakeshirts, has become one of the most successful customized apparel companies to be found anywhere in the U.S. Along the way, it has grown from a small beachfront retail business to a company that serves 5,000 client accounts nationwide as well as in the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico. On Friday, Mark Fritz shared the story of how he and Hutc
LAKE PARK -- This week, Feb.
LAKE PARK -- Though Joanne Sherbrooke says it's "a big honor" to be chosen as Minnesota Caregiver of the Year, the Sunnyside Care Center nurse also admits she's a little embarrassed by all the attention. "It's very nice, but I'm still quite overwhelmed by it," Sherbrooke says. When she learned that she would be the 2008 award recipient at a staff meeting back in December, she became "very emotional." "I did not have a clue," Sherbrooke says.
Hors d'oeuvres: A French phrase commonly used to refer to appetizers served apart from the main course of a dinner, this hard-to-spell term has a more literal definition as well: "Outside the work." Both terms might be applicable to Saturday night's festivities at the Historic Holmes Theatre, where sampler platters of appetizers prepared by Country Kitchen will be served up to pre-party guests in the ballroom as a prelude to the main event, a concert known as "Musical Hors D'Oeuvres." Presented by musicians from the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra (FMSO), this concert will include a stri
Taxpayers may rejoice that Gov.