Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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The woods of northern Minnesota attract thousands of visitors from mid-September through mid-October of each year, as the trees don their best fall colors and put on a breathtaking show of beauty. And while some years are more colorful than others, there's usually plenty to see and do on the scenic routes that wind their way through lakes country. A "Fall Color Tour" map, available at the DL Chamber offices on Summit Avenue, details three established area routes that offer some of the best fall foliage the region has to offer: Itasca State Park, Tamarac Refuge (with stops at Hamden Slough,
Her last name may be Harsh, but it's certainly not indicative of her true nature.
A new exhibit debuted Saturday at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, in conjunction with the theater's season-opening presentation of the touring musical, "Songs From the Tall Grass." This exhibit pays tribute to the 64 farms in Becker County that have been honored as "century farms" since the county recognition program began in 1986. According to Holmesville Township native Roger Engstrom -- whose family was honored by the State of Minnesota and Becker County with century farm status in 1993 -- the Minnesota State Fair Board has been recognizing century farms since 1976. "A century
State funding cutbacks, exploding health insurance costs, the cost of running an election in a year that a new president will be chosen ...
"The Greeks have their Odyssey. Finland has its Kalevala -- and now, the Great Plains of America has Songs From The Tall Grass..." So begins the news release announcing the upcoming Sept.
As a fan of the television series "Cold Case," Detroit Lakes' Fran Hoppert is used to seeing decades-old murder cases solved on a weekly basis -- at least on-screen. In real life, of course, it's a bit more rare. So Hoppert was understandably stunned when her sister telephoned her from Oregon with the news: After nearly three decades, the long-unsolved mystery of who murdered their aunt and uncle had been solved. The Aug.
Parents dropping off or picking up their children at Roosevelt Elementary School on Tuesday may have noticed something a little different.
As manager Reuben Kincaid once was to the fictional Partridge Family, so George Paul was to the real-life rock-and-roll band, The Unbelievable Uglies. "I felt they should have somebody to help them -- they needed guidance," says Paul, a longtime Detroit Lakes resident. And George, as the father of Greg Paul -- one of the band's founding members -- fit the bill. For four years during the band's 1960s heyday, he served as manager, mentor, and father figure to the five teenagers: Greg Paul, Bob Eveslage, Mike Shannon, Dave Hoffman and Dave Prentice.
To some people, 13 is an unlucky number. But for participants in this summer's "Beardsley Run 4 Fun" youth program at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, 13 means success. According to DLCCC program director Brent Wolf, the kids have been asked, over the course of the summer, to read 13 books, run 13 miles, and complete 13 good deeds.
Though the idea of a courthouse parking ramp is "still an option," according to Becker County Administrator Brian Berg, the county board approved a purchase agreement Tuesday that makes it an unlikely one. While the purchase won't become final until certain conditions are met, the board approved an agreement Tuesday to purchase the property currently occupied by the Berean Baptist Church and one adjacent home to the south, for a price of $553,717 with $20,000 earnest money. In addition, the county has purchased an option on two additional homes south of the church property from Berean Bapt