Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 17 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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Though winter's chill is nearly upon us, roses of nearly every shape, size and color imaginable will be in full bloom at DL Floral, Thrifty White Drug and Bergen's in Detroit Lakes this week. Those are the three chosen venues for the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club's 2018 Roses from Rotary fundraiser, set to take place this Wednesday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 2. "It's our 26th annual rose sale," says Breakfast Rotarian Kathy Michaelson, who is one of the organizers for this year's event.
When most people reach their 90th birthday, they're well into their retirement years... but not Detroit Lakes' Don Getz, who celebrated his 90th birthday last Friday with a bash hosted by Nereson Automotive — where Getz has no plans to stop selling cars anytime soon. "It's an interesting business," says Getz, who first started selling cars 62 years ago, at Overvold's in Fargo. "It's changed so much in the last 10 years, with all the technology... but I still enjoy it."
Unhappy with either the price tag, the location of the new school or the plans for existing facilities, Detroit Lakes School District voters have rejected three prior bond referendum proposals for improvements to the district's school buildings. This time around, the district's $49.9 million proposal for additions and upgrades to its existing K-12 academic facilities has seemed to generate much more positive feedback.
Chim, chim, cheroo! "Mary Poppins," the 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' musical adventure, is set to open on the stage of Detroit Lakes Middle School's George Simson Auditorium this Thursday, Nov. 1 — and in preparation, the cast and crew of roughly 100 aspiring thespians are busy putting the finishing touches on an ambitious production that brings such memorable tunes as "Step in Time," "Jolly Holiday" and "A Spoonful of Sugar" to soaring life.
Following the internationally acclaimed "Alice in Wonderland," which was performed in Detroit Lakes two years ago, Theatre Tout à Trac returns to the Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, Oct. 26 to present the tale of the world's most famous puppet: "Pinocchio."
What do you get when you put together the Cormorant Lakes Sportsman's Club, a desire to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer prevention, and Minnesota's deer hunting opener? You get something called the Big Rack Attack. The 12th annual fundraiser hosted by the women of the Cormorant Lakes Sportsman's Club is set to take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 — but it's getting a little bit of a makeover this year, says organizer Tammy Odegaard.
The candidates for two Minnesota House districts, 2B and 4B, answered questions from area residents Tuesday night in a public forum hosted by the Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters at the M State Conference Center in Detroit Lakes. District 2B State Rep. Steve Green (R-Fosston) and challenger Karen Branden (DFL-Rochert) were squaring off for the fourth time, but were joined this time by District 4B State Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth) and his challenger, Jason Peterson (R-Lake Park) in answering a wide range of questions.
Whether you believe that global warming is largely a man made phenomenon, or part of a naturally occurring cycle, there is no doubt that across this country, people who depend on winter for their livelihood are feeling the heat of rising temperatures — and DL's own Detroit Mountain Recreation Area (DMRA) is no exception.
Are you still undecided regarding whether to vote in favor of a proposed local option sales tax for the city of Detroit Lakes on Nov. 6? Do you have some questions about why the tax is needed to fund a proposed $6.5 million project to build a new city police department? Then come to the police department's current home at 106 Holmes St. East on Tuesday, Oct. 23, for an open house where you can see what the department's needs are for yourself.
There will be no classes held at Detroit Lakes Public Schools this coming Wednesday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct. 19, due to the Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) conference being held in the Twin Cities — an annual mid-fall occurrence that is referred to in school districts across Minnesota as "MEA break" or "MEA weekend."