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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There was an empty seat at the table for Monday night's meeting of the Lake Park-Audubon School Board — and it's going to be up to the other board members to appoint someone to fill that chair, starting next month. Board member Corey Askin has resigned his position, effective immediately. In an emailed statement, Askin said simply, "My wife and I are currently having some difficult times, so I had to find an apartment in Detroit Lakes. Because I moved out of the district I unfortunately had to resign."
Motorists along West Lake Drive toward the end of this past week could be seen noticeably slowing down, or even pulling over and stopping as they approached the Washington Avenue intersection. That's because construction of King Isbit's Ice Palace on the city beach — which is clearly visible from the street during daylight hours — has begun. But as of this Wednesday night, motorists along the roadway between the Pavilion and Rossman Avenue might have noticed that there's something new to see during the evening hours as well.
Since early January, there have been two big storylines dominating local headlines and dinner table conversations in Detroit Lakes: One is the first ice harvest in nearly 50 years from Detroit Lake to be used for an ice palace on the city beach; the other, of course, is the fact that Detroit Lakes native Adam Thielen and his Minnesota Vikings are vying to be the first football team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
Storytelling, music, snowshoeing and cross country skiing...at night? Yes, Itasca State Park will be offering a full slate of late-afternoon and early-evening activities this Saturday, Jan. 27, starting with a 4 p.m. storytelling session featuring Park Rapids writer and retired teacher Steve Maanum at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.
For the past several years, the cast of the Detroit Lakes High School one-act play has staged a local performance or two for the general public in advance of their trip to the Minnesota State High School League's One-Act Play Subsection 8AA North competition. This year, however, their first performance of director Nikki Caulfield's 35-minute adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" will take place at the subsection tournament — which is being held at the Detroit Lakes Middle School.
With temperatures plunging into the minus 20s toward the end of last week, plans for Detroit Lakes's 2018 Ice Harvest had to be modified slightly to accommodate the arctic cold and wind— but organizers still called the event an unqualified success. "It went great!" exclaimed Becky Mitchell, director of the Becker County Museum, which hosted an exhibit on "The History of Becker County's Ice Industry" at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion — located adjacent to the ice harvesting site on Little Detroit Lake — as part of the festivities.
When looking outside the windows of their warm, cozy homes the past few days, the last thing local residents have probably been thinking is, "I think I want to try a triathlon this weekend."
The year 2017 will be remembered as one where "our city moved to a new level," said Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk in his "State of the City" address to the City Council and the general public at Tuesday night's council meeting. "We continue to enjoy tremendous development, expansion and growth in our private sector," Brenk said, "but this past year and moving into 2018, we are engaged with a number of significant civic projects as well."
It's official: Detroit Lakes' first ice harvest since the early 1970s is in the books. A crew of nine men from Wee Kut Ice in Spicer, Minn., arrived late Thursday morning to begin the process of harvesting approximately 1,500 blocks of ice, to be used in the construction of a 30-foot-tall ice palace on the city beach. The Polar Fest Ice Palace is set to make its debut at a Grand Lighting Ceremony on Thursday Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. (which is also the first day of Polar Fest 2018).
It’s official: Detroit Lakes’ first ice harvest since the early 1970s is in the books. A crew of nine men from Wee Kut Ice in Spicer, Minn., arrived late Thursday morning to begin the process of harvesting approximately 1,500 blocks of ice, to be used in the construction of a 30-foot-tall ice palace on the city beach. The Polar Fest Ice Palace is set to make its debut at a Grand Lighting Ceremony on Thursday Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. (which is also the first day of Polar Fest 2018).