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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Our state's population is getting older — there's no doubt about it. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the 65-and-older age group is the fastest-growing in the state and will reach 24 percent by 2030. So it comes as no surprise that there are an increasing number of services and products geared toward our senior population — and Detroit Lakes is celebrating that fact by hosting its second annual Celebrate Aging Expo on Wednesday, May 3, at the Holiday Inn Lakefront (1155 U.S. Hwy. 10).
It's a conversation no one really wants to have. It's uncomfortable. It's difficult. Some might even call it morbid. But having a plan in place for those times when you are unable to make health and medical care decisions for yourself can save your loved ones a lot of unnecessary stress, pain and discord. The importance of health care directives and planning for end-of-life care will be the focus of a free screening and community discussion of the documentary film, "Being Mortal," which is set for this Tuesday, May 2 at Ecumen Detroit Lakes.
Community involvement, leadership, compassion — a real commitment to caring for others. These are the things that those honored at Thursday night's Celebration of Heroes all have in common. Hosted by the United Way of Becker County, the 16th annual event once again packed the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn's banquet room with family and friends of the honorees — most of whom had no idea that they were about to be put in the spotlight.
"Create." "Imagine." "Dream." "Inspire." These words, inscribed on various pieces of art on display outside Hometown Crafts & Fabrics, were fitting ones to start out Detroit Lakes' inaugural Art Crawl on Thursday evening. Inside Hometown Crafts, artist Isaiah Johns was talking about what influences and inspires his paintings, while just down the hall from the store's Washington Square Mall entrance, another artist, Jane Berg, was giving a live demonstration, and writer David LeCount was signing copies of his books.
For more than 15 years now, Detroit Lakes optometrist Dr. Armand Radke and his wife, Mari, have been traveling to Mazatlan, Mexico, every January to help deliver eyeglasses and vision services to people in impoverished areas of the country, in partnership with the Detroit Lakes Lions Club and the organization "Eyes for Mexico."
Eating right, exercising, avoiding stress... these are the things that most people talk about when they're discussing healthy living. But according to Wendy Gordon, registered dietitian and president of Detroit Lakes' Manna Food Co-op, there's a little more to it than that. "We are all three-part beings," she says. "Our spirit, soul and body need to be whole." If one part of that triumvirate is injured, traumatized or suppressed, Gordon explained, then we are not truly whole and healthy.
Detroit Lakes' Festival of Birds is turning 20 this year — which means a big crowd is expected for the community's annual birding extravaganza on May 18-21. The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the festival in conjunction with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and a variety of partnering agencies, is gearing up for four days of birds, birds and more birds — with a program on bats thrown in as well.
It's going to be a fun, funky and fabulous time at this year's Motion Fundraiser for the Arts at the Historic Holmes Theatre. The annual event will be held in the Holmes Ballroom on Friday, April 28; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Neon is the theme of the night, so come dressed in your brightest and funkiest, says the theater's executive director, Amy Stoller Stearns. "Motion is going funk this year," she added, noting that Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome (PTFS) will be the featured entertainment.
It's London, circa 1599. The Globe Theater has just premiered William Shakespeare's "Henry V," the last in a series of five history plays dramatizing the lives of the British monarchy. The Globe's lead comic actor, Will Kemp, was dumped unceremoniously from the script just days before its debut, and he's in a snit, to put it mildly. "There was a lot of backstage drama surrounding Shakespeare's plays at that time," says Nikki Caulfield, the director of Detroit Lakes High School's spring play production. "These events really happened."
When the Lakes Area Community Concert Band takes the stage at the Historic Holmes Theatre on Sunday afternoon, fans of the group may notice that there is a familiar face missing in the percussion section. Susan Kunz, who has been a loyal member of LACCB for the past eight years, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 9 at age 63. "I was just at her funeral today," said the band's director, Gene Gaffney, on Tuesday.