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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It’s official:Detroit Lakes’ first-ever designated Dog Park will hold its grand opening at 11 a.m. this Thursday, June 29 — and all of Detroit Lakes’ canine denizens are invited. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is expected to include remarks from Mayor Matt Brenk and Detroit Lakes Park Board Chairman Dan Josephson.
The Summer Solstice — also known as Midsummer — is upon us, and the folks at Richwood Winery are once again preparing to celebrate the "longest day of light" with their 5th Annual Summer Solstice festival on Saturday, June 24 from 2 to 8 p.m. As has become tradition, the event will once again include live music, with not just one, but two acts scheduled to perform: "GC" Gordon Christensen will start his set at 2:30 p.m., with Blondie & George to follow at 5 p.m.
Enrollment at Detroit Lakes Public Schools has been on a slow, but steady rise over the past 10 years — which is a good thing, when you consider that the State of Minnesota's education aid funding formula is based primarily on a school district's average daily membership, or ADM. "We've had moderate, but consistent growth in enrollment, from about 2,700 in the 2007-08 school year to a projected 3,106 students in 2017-18," says School District Business Manager Ryan Tangen.
The quips were flying fast and furious at Monday night's dress rehearsal for Detroit Lakes' 2017 Shakespeare in the Park production, "Much Ado About Nothing." "It's a funny show," says the play's director, Nikki Caulfield. "These guys have a good sense of humor, and they let it show. I adore this cast... I've loved all of them, but this just may be my favorite group that I've worked with (so far)."
It was a quarter century ago that some volunteer members of the Family Council at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes — now known as Essentia Health Oak Crossing — came up with the idea of hosting a picnic fundraiser to help raise funds for various projects in and around the senior living community. Since then, the annual fundraiser has gone through a couple of location changes. "We used to hold it outside," said Oak Crossing Family Council Treasurer Bertha Anderson, who has been involved in the event since its inception.
This Tuesday, June 20 is the Summer Solstice, and the Becker County Museum is celebrating by hosting its first-ever Cemetery Walk at Oak Grove Cemetery, starting at 7 p.m. Fifteen amateur thespians from Detroit Lakes and surrounding communities have agreed to help "bring Becker County's history to life" by depicting some of Oak Grove's denizens — from the well known pioneers of the community, to others who, while their names may not be quite as familiar, have an interesting story to tell.
The Detroit Lakes City Council has given its stamp of approval to two major housing developments that are being planned for the coming year, in the vicinity of Big and Little Detroit lakes. Both the Highland Estates condominium development near the intersection of Highland Drive and Randolph Road, across Highway 10 from Little Detroit, and The Landing on LIttle Detroit, a six-unit, single-family home development off West Lake Drive, were approved by the council at its Tuesday night meeting.
Local residents will soon be able to stay out on the city beach a little bit later at night — but all other city parks will close at 10:30 p.m., according to a new city ordinance that was given its first reading at Tuesday night's Detroit Lakes City Council meeting.
Sunny skies and a generous community resulted in a big day for the Lakes Area Heart Walk, held on Thursday, June 1 at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. "We estimate that we had between 250-300 people in attendance, which is the biggest walk we've ever had!" said the American Heart Association's Julia Dangerfield, who helped coordinate the event.
Even if you're not a born-and-bred Minnesotan, chances are you've heard of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), a 1.1 million-acre expanse of protected wilderness located within the Superior National Forest in northeast Minnesota. It's a haven for nature lovers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts to enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, backpacking, dog sledding, boating and of course, canoeing — not to mention simply basking in its beauty.