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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On July 7, Melissa Conley and her daughter Erica were traveling east on Highway 10 in Audubon, when their vehicle was struck by another car. The mother and daughter were both spared serious injury -- despite the fact that their vehicle was a total loss. The reason?
Last year, Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre started what they hoped would become a new Halloween tradition: The Not-So-Late-Night Movie. The show featured a "science fiction double feature" of Mel Brooks' classic "Young Frankenstein" and cult favorite "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." In between the features, movie-goers were kept entertained with a "pumpkin catapult," in which the large orange spheres were launched from the roof of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Though both the pumpkin catapult and the double feature will return this year, on Friday, Oct.
About three years ago, the United Way of Becker County did an assessment of all the communities in the county, to determine what the greatest areas of need were. "One of the top three needs that came from that assessment was hungry children," said LuAnn Porter, executive director of the United Way of Becker County. The other two areas of greatest need that were identified in the assessment were access to mental health care and dental care for people of all ages, Porter added. Task forces were formed to attempt to address two of those three needs (St.
Once every couple of years, Becker County holds an auction of tax-forfeited properties. This year's sale is one of the biggest the county has ever had. A total of nearly 640 acres of public and tax-forfeited property is set to go on the auction block -- which is why the decision was made to move the date of the auction from this Friday, Oct. 23, to Nov. 20. "We wanted to notify as many people as possible (of the sale)," said County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen. The county manages roughly 75,000 acres of public land, according to Tangen.
Since 1980, the voice behind the microphone at Detroit Lakes High School sporting events has belonged to one man -- Andy Lia. Lia, a Detroit Lakes native who was himself a Laker athlete during his years at DLHS, has been the sports director and operations manager at KDLM Radio in Detroit Lakes for nearly 30 years now. His dedication to radio broadcasting recently caught the attention of Minnesota's Museum of Broadcasting, and on Oct. 10, 2009, he was officially inducted into the Museum's Hall of Fame.
For the better part of seven decades, the Congregational Church in Detroit Lakes has traditionally reserved the first Saturday in December for its annual Christmas Tea & Bake Sale. "The Congregational Church women have been presenting a Christmas tea and bake sale for nearly 70 years," says Donna Bursik, one of the committee members in charge of planning the annual event. "It's a tradition that started early in the Second World War." This year, however, the church has decided to do things a little differently -- the Christmas Tea has become a Holiday Shoppers' Lunch.
Though Sharon Okeson has been coordinating the School Safety Patrol program in Detroit Lakes for "a number of years," even she isn't sure exactly how many. "It's been a long time -- I have no idea how long," she says. The Detroit Lakes Middle School secretary helps with scheduling for the Safety Patrol, which has divisions at Roosevelt and Rossman elementary schools as well as at Holy Rosary. The program is funded by the American Legion, and each year, the state organization honors one person with the George Kaisersatt Award for distinguished service to the Department of Minnesota Americ
Looking for some family-sized fun to fill up a chilly weekend afternoon? The Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center is planning a full slate of activities for the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 24 -- culminating in the 4 p.m. performance of a musical interpretation of the Rudyard Kipling literary classic, "The Jungle Book." Kipling wrote the enduringly popular children's novel in 1894, putting together a collection of stories that tell the tale of Mowgli, a human child adopted and raised by wolves in an Indian jungle.
In November 2007, the Becker-Clay County Drug Court program began as a pilot project. Since then, the program has seen seven successful graduates -- five from Clay County and two from Becker. Of its 23 current participants -- 15 from Clay County, eight from Becker -- 18 are employed. Four of the 23 participants are scheduled to graduate within the next month.
For several months, officials from the counties of Becker, Otter Tail, Todd and Wadena have been meeting to discuss possible joint solutions to their solid waste issues.