Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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Sometimes, persistence really does pay off. When Minnesota native Ted Manderfeld first auditioned for a spot in the Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos show, he didn't get the gig. But he didn't give up: Instead, he followed the performers on tour and gradually talked them into realizing that he was the right man for the job after all. "I was in a place in life where I could afford to do that," he said.
In their first meet of 2008, the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of the Moorhead Spuds on Tuesday. In fact, the Spuds' margin of victory was less than a full point, as the home team chalked up 133.8 points to 133.175 for the visitors from DL. "We had a rough meet," said Laker head coach Karly Rusness.
The LP-A boys' basketball team had two solid wins in a row this past week, with road victories over Ulen-Hitterdal on Thursday and Barnesville on Friday, Jan. 4. The Raiders defeated Ulen-Hitterdal 79-63 Thursday, despite being down early against the Spartans. "We weren't playing very well," said LP-A head coach Lucas Isaacson. "Three or four minutes into the game, we were down seven points." But then, things started to turn around for the Raiders. "The kids started to play a lot harder, and started getting some turnovers," Isaacson said.
There were 30 Detroit Lakes varsity and junior varsity skiers among the teams competing in the Otter Tail Nordic Classic 5k Invitational Tuesday at Spidahl's Ski Gard in Fergus Falls. DL's Jake Richards was the first Laker skier to cross the finish line in the varsity boys' event, finishing in 12th place with a time of 19:06. Freshman Dylan Ramstad Skoyles finished in 15th place with a time of 20:05, while sophomore Jeremy Quittschreiber was 24th with a time of 22:44.
The Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team suffered a tough loss Tuesday at Fargo South, as the Bruins defeated the visiting Lakers 6-1. "Fargo South basically took control in the first period and held onto it throughout the game," said Laker head coach Dan Maloney. "I certainly feel we are a better hockey team than what we displayed that evening -- but you're going to have some evenings like that, when it's just not going to be your night.
Commissioner Larry Knutson was unanimously elected as chairman of the Becker County Board at its 2008 organizational meeting Tuesday. Knutson, who lives in rural Frazee, has served as the commissioner for District 1 since 2004. District 2 Commissioner Harry Salminen, of rural Detroit Lakes, was elected as vice chairman. Knutson's first meeting as chairman was a short one, as the commissioners completed their business in a little over two hours. Among the items approved by the board at Tuesday's meeting was a resolution authorizing the Human Services Department to create and advertise f
Despite their relative inexperience, the Laker boys' swimming and diving team managed a strong showing Saturday, Jan. 5, at their home invitational in the BTD Aquatics Center. "Considering the inexperience of our team this year, the meet went very well," said DL head coach Rian Heimark. "The boys all swam hard, and we did manage to take home a few medals for the hard work. "Our divers definitely kept us in this meet," he continued.
The Laker boys' hockey team played well Friday at Crookston, but was ultimately unable to slip the puck into the opponents' net, losing 2-0. Though it didn't show on the scoreboard, DL head coach Jason Vold was nonetheless encouraged by the team's improvement, as shown by the relatively even number of shots on goal -- 24 for DL to Crookston's 27. "I thought we played very well," Vold said. "We kept the shots very even -- we just didn't capitalize on our opportunities. "The boys played hard, but we just didn't come out of there with the win," Vold added.
The Detroit Lakes wrestling team had several good showings at the Barrel O'Fun Invitational tournament on Saturday, Jan. 5. In the first individual-format tournament to be held at Perham since 2001, senior heavyweight Jon Tolbert continued to impress, downing the No.
The folklore of American music is filled with stories of small town girls who packed up their guitars and a suitcase full of dreams to seek fame and fortune in New York City, often leaving their childhood loves behind. But Elisa Korenne's story is a unique twist on that theme: After finding a measure of success as an independent singer-songwriter in New York City, she moved to a small town in northwest Minnesota -- for love. Korenne, who has been a headliner at regional, national and international music festivals, released her debut album, "Favorite," in 2005.