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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As anticipated, the Becker County Board of Commissioners adopted a final 2009, payable 2010 property tax levy of $17,501,553 on Tuesday. The total levy reflects an increase of $238,552, or 1.38 percent, over the previous year's levy. In his State of the County address, Board Chairman Harry Salminen said the accomplishment he was "most proud of" during his year as chair was that the county was able to keep the levy down to such a low level. "It could be zero, but I'll take the 1.38 percent," he said. The relatively low levy increase marked "a substantial sacrifice on behalf of some prog
The cities of Callaway, Waubun and Mahnomen could be getting a facelift over the next couple of years -- with a little help from Becker County. The Becker County Board approved a resolution Tuesday to embark on "a program of commercial and residential revitalization, rehabilitation and redevelopment" in the participating cities. To fund the project, the county is seeking a grant from the Department of Employment and Economic Development on behalf of the three communities. According to Becker County Housing Director Jon Thomsen, the county is seeking grant funds to complete the rehabilita
Need to find something for your kids to do while they're on holiday break next week? The Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center may have an answer. For the first time, the DLCCC will be offering a Winter Recreation program during the week of Dec. 28-31.
Though statistics show the frequency of multiple births has been on the rise over the past couple of decades, the birth records at St. Mary's Innovis Health during late October-early November might still be cause for a double take. There were no fewer than five sets of twins -- including nine girls and one boy -- born at the Detroit Lakes hospital during the three-week period of Oct. 20-Nov.
When Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Dan Babine saw the articles about the success of the "Fill the Dome" project in Fargo a few weeks ago, he was inspired to challenge his congregation to attempt something similar. "I've got a 6-by-10 foot cargo trailer that has a capacity of about 360 cubic feet," Babine said. So, he wondered, "can we fill it?" After some experimenting, he found that a box one cubic foot in size could hold 48 pounds of food.
Next Tuesday, Dec. 22, the Becker County Board is expected to finalize a 2009, payable 2010 property tax levy of just over $17 million. This levy marks an increase of $238,552, or 1.38 percent, over the previous year's levy. On Tuesday night, the commissioners held a public hearing to receive input on the levy and proposed 2010 county budget.
No one was more surprised than Janet Ashmore when the Lake Park Lions Club named her as its Lion of the Year for 2009. "I was very surprised," she said. "I just never dreamed I would be chosen." Janet's husband, Steve, has been a member of the local Lions Club since they moved to the community in 1994, when he was named president of the State Bank of Lake Park.
"Wassail! Wassail!" The cheerful holiday greeting rings throughout the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom as a 36-member "Royal Court" makes its way to a series of long tables set up on the stage. And so begins another Detroit Lakes High School Renaissance Madrigal Dinner. Held once every two years, the popular local holiday tradition encompasses a five-course meal as well as original skits and songs performed by more than 200 DLHS vocal and instrumental students. After the seating for the meal has taken place -- beginning promptly at 6:15 p.m.
Known as the "kings of a cappella," the Nylons bring their Christmas show to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Giving has never tasted so good! The Lakes Crisis & Resource Center has come up with a fun new holiday tradition to boost its fund-raising efforts this season. The LCRC's first-ever Breakfast With Santa celebration is set to take place this Sunday, Dec. 13, at Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M-State) in Detroit Lakes. LCRC volunteers will be serving up pancakes, sausages and beverages from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the M-State cafeteria, said Tim Zastrow, who is co-chairing the event with Kari Williams. "Santa and Mrs.