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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He may have been three days overdue, but the arrival of St. Mary's "Baby New Year," Avion Douglas Lamar Downing at 3:10 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, was otherwise without incident. "I took maternity leave eight days before his due date (Jan. 1) -- but he was born three days after," said proud mother Crystal Covey of Frazee. As it happened, Avion's claim to being the first baby of 2010 to be born at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes was nearly usurped. "We had three mothers in labor that day (Monday)," explained Nancy Kinslow, public relations coordinator for SMIH.
It was a disappointing start for the Laker girls' basketball team in this week's holiday tournament at Sartell, as they lost their opener against Princeton 57-35 Tuesday night. "Princeton came out with high energy, and we were unable to match the speed of the game they played," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. After a slow start, the Lakers trailed by 15 points at halftime, but battled back in the second half to close the gap to 10 points before Princeton surged back to put the game well out of reach. "Princeton is a very good team," said Hoganson.
As 2009 slips away, here's a look back at the last 12 months: January "New Year's baby" Dade Marcel Keezer was born at 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 1, becoming the first child to be born at St. Mary's Innovis Health, Detroit Lakes, in 2009 ... Matt Brenk was sworn in as the new mayor of Detroit Lakes, succeeding Larry Buboltz, and new council members Madalyn Sukke and Jamie Marks Erickson also took office ... Gerry Schram was sworn in as Becker County commissioner, as Harry Salminen was elected board chair for 2009 ...
WAUBUN -- Leading by 13 points at halftime, Climax-Fisher appeared poised to rout the Waubun girls' basketball team on the Bombers' home court Dec. 22. And as the Knights stretched that lead to 21 points early in the second half, victory was well within their grasp. It was then that Bomber head coach Jason McCloskey called a time out in an attempt to regroup his team. "At that time, I just told the girls what I told them in the locker room at half, and that was to be more physical on defense and attack on offense," McCloskey said.
Looking for something different to do during this week's holiday break? How about a scavenger hunt, with a little history thrown in to keep things interesting? The Becker County History Museum, located at 714 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes (next to the Historic Holmes Theatre), is hosting its first-ever "History Hunt Days," Dec. 29-Jan. 2. Though the museum is closed on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, it will be open to the public today and Thursday, Dec. 31, as well as Saturday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Though he may not have to worry much about "bad hair days" himself, Jon Stone is an expert at making sure his customers don't have one when they get out of his barber chair. For 13½ years now, Stone has worked at Jim's Barber Shop in Detroit Lakes, first as an apprentice, and then as a master barber in his own right. Though it may not have been his initial career path upon graduating from Lake Park-Audubon High School in 1990 -- Stone holds an associate degree in computer programming from Interstate Business College in Fargo -- it turned out to be the right one. "I probably could have ha
After eight years as chairman of the board for the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, DL Newspapers Publisher Dennis Winskowski has stepped down. After serving four consecutive two-year terms, since its inception in 2001, Winskowski had reached the maximum term limit for a board position. He said he may return to the board in the future. Former DL mayor Larry Buboltz was appointed to replace him as chair at the board's December meeting. "Dennis has done a great job," Buboltz said.
For the past couple of years, St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes has been in the process of a transformation that goes much deeper than a change of name. Two years ago, Innovis Health joined with St. Mary's parent company, Essentia Health. That allowed the Detroit Lakes Innovis clinic and St. Mary's Regional Health Center, as it was known at that time, to integrate locally. "Today, we have one board, one management structure, physicians in leadership roles throughout the organization," said Tom Thompson, CEO of St. Mary's. "and every one of our departments have been integrated.
Looking for something fun and different for your kids to do during the holiday break between Christmas and New Year's? Toad Mountain Ranch may have a solution for you. Ranch owner Susan Schlossman is planning two day camp opportunities for boys and girls age eight and up on Monday and Tuesday, Dec.
As anticipated, the Becker County Board of Commissioners adopted a final 2009, payable 2010 property tax levy of $17,501,553 on Tuesday. The total levy reflects an increase of $238,552, or 1.38 percent, over the previous year's levy. In his State of the County address, Board Chairman Harry Salminen said the accomplishment he was "most proud of" during his year as chair was that the county was able to keep the levy down to such a low level. "It could be zero, but I'll take the 1.38 percent," he said. The relatively low levy increase marked "a substantial sacrifice on behalf of some prog