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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After years of planning for improvements to the main runway at the Detroit Lakes-Becker County Airport, the first phase of the $18 million project is now complete. "Phase I mainly involved filling in and building up the south end of the airport, where the runway and parallel taxiway will be extended," says Detroit Lakes City Administrator Kelcey Klemm.
A post-Labor Day tradition in the lakes area for the past 23 years, the Dick Beardsley Run's popularity has grown steadily since it was purchased by the Fargo Marathon in 2014. Besides the half marathon and 5K races that had been a part of the event since its inception in 1999, a full marathon and 10K race were added in 2015 — and last year, races for both two-wheeled and four-legged competitors were set for the week leading up to the main event. This year, however, they have opted to downsize just slightly: the full marathon has been dropped from the lineup.
Prince fans in the lakes area, rejoice! It's time to get ready to "party like it's 1999." The Revolution is coming to kick off the 2018-19 season at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. "This is not a tribute show," says Holmes Theatre Executive Director Amy Stoller Stearns, noting that the musicians in The Revolution are the same ones that played with Prince on tour during the rock icon's "Purple Rain" heyday.
Summer may be drawing to a close in the weeks ahead, but the fun's not over just yet. In fact, this coming weekend will bring the biggest party of the season for one lakes area charity, which is hosting not just one, but two events to benefit local nonprofits. The Lakes Area Parrotheads will be launching their back-to-back fundraisers, maCAWS for PAWS and Boats & Bars XIII, on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25. Though the emphasis is on summer fun for both events, they will be benefiting the Marshmallow Foundation and the Becker County Food Pantry, respectively.
Last Friday evening, as a hot summer sun was setting over Detroit Lakes, a group of about 200 family and friends gathered at the Henderson home on Edgewood Drive, to honor Marc Henderson and celebrate his life with a candlelit balloon launch in the backyard. The much-loved Detroit Lakes Middle School science teacher lost his two-year battle with cancer on Sunday, Aug. 1 — but rather than dwelling on their loss, his wife and children have decided to honor his legacy of love, hope and caring for the world around him, by passing it on to future generations.
The Detroit Lakes City Council voted unanimously at its Monday night meeting in favor of calling a special election on Nov.
Detroit Lakes School District voters will once again get to decide the fate of a proposed school facilities improvement project at the polls this November.
The 35th Annual Wolf Lake Harvest Festival is set to take place this coming Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18. "Dirt on My Boots" is the theme for the 2018 fest, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday with the Miss, Little Miss and Jr. Miss Wolf Lake Pageant at the Lions Hall in Wolf Lake. Candidates for the Miss Wolf Lake title are Kelsie Heyer, the 17 year old daughter of Chris and Jennie Heyer; and Jamie Erno, the 17 year old daughter of Justin Brown and Kim Kowles.
It was a beautiful summer night at Dunton Locks County Park Thursday, as well over 100 visitors and presenters gathered for the first Detroit Lakes Aqua Chautauqua hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension Water Resources Team. A total of 28 activity stations were set up throughout the 53-acre park, inviting visitors to listen to music from local musician Rhoda Habedank, decorate a tiny River of Dreams canoe, taste a flight of water samples from the Water Bar, watch water rescue demonstrations from the Becker County Sheriff's Department Dive Rescue team, and much more.
There's nothing quite like the taste of a fresh, tree-ripened Georgia peach — which is probably why the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club's annual Peach Sale fundraiser has become so popular since it was first implemented a dozen years ago. "We usually sell out by about mid-afternoon on the second day," says Kathy Michaelson, the club's fundraising chair, who helps organize the event along with Peach Sale co-chairs Doug Gillam and Darrell Bauder.