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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He's been nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year twice -- winning it once, in 1995. His students have advanced to regional, state and national competitions. He's saved scrapbooks filled with thank you notes from -- and articles filled with the accomplishments of -- former students and colleagues. Yet it's not the accolades that Gary Pieske will miss when he steps down from his position as a sales and marketing instructor at Minnesota State Community & Technical College (MSCTC) in Detroit Lakes at the end of December.
Though a cool, brisk wind was blowing through Detroit Lakes Monday evening, the weather was much more cooperative for the official launch of Detroit Lakes' holiday season than it had been in previous years. With more than 20 entries (plus a few last-minute additions), Santa's Grand Parade of Lights was a hit. "We had a good crowd out there this year," said Dave Hochhalter, president of the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce. "There were a lot of really good displays...
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, are you ready to get into the holiday spirit? Michelle Wright is! The award-winning country music artist brings her 2006 Christmas tour to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Friday, Dec. 1, for a 7:30 p.m. concert. By her own estimation, Wright's fourth annual holiday tour will consist of "65 percent Christmas music." The other 35 percent will be comprised of some of the biggest hits of Wright's 16-year recording and performing career.
Once again, the Detroit Lakes School District has earned the praise of independent auditors hired to conduct the annual school financial audit. Representatives from the firm of Kern-DeWenter-Viere gave a presentation on the 2005-06 school audit at the DL School Board's November meeting. At the meeting, held Nov.
Though her day-to-day job as the Historic Holmes Theatre's new box office manager involves ticket sales and closing out the books each day, Becky Olson has found an outlet for her creative side as well. Since starting at the theater on Oct.
"First impressions are important," says the Rev.
Music and art, art and music These two frequent companions will be paired once again at next weekend's Third Annual Juried Fine Art Show in Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. In addition to the dozens of local and regional artists whose work will be displayed throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, in the Holmes Ballroom, the adjacent Holmes Theatre will also house two free concerts. The first concert is the debut of the newly-formed Lakes Area Community Concert Band, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18.
Each year, Americans set aside Nov. 11 to honor the veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Services, past and present, in peacetime and in war. In Detroit Lakes, the local American Legion and VFW posts take turns hosting the program, according to Post 15 Legion Commander Bud Larson. This year is the Legion's turn. The festivities will begin Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m.
Incumbents ruled the day in most area legislative races Tuesday-- with one notable exception. Republican State Senator Cal Larson was defeated by his DFL challenger, Dan Skogen, receiving just 14,000, or 45 percent of total votes cast in District 10. Skogen received 17,360 votes, or 55 percent. Sen. Keith Langseth (DFL) received just over 20,350 votes, or 70 percent of all ballots cast in District 9, in his bid for re-election against Republican challenger Paul Holle. Holle received 8,748 votes, or 30 percent. Incumbent State Sen.
The White Earth Reservation Tribal Council recently received some good news: Proposed funding for a new RTC Administrative building has been approved, with groundbreaking scheduled for May 2007. The $14.5 million building will feature two stories and 80,000 square feet, and it will be located west of the Biimaadiiziiwiin Senior Apartments near White Earth Village. "We're very excited about this new facility," said White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma J.