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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Minnesota National Guard Sgt. Greg Riewer, 28, of Frazee, returned to the U.S. Tuesday -- as the 12th Minnesota Guardsman to be killed in Iraq since their deployment there. Nicknamed "Smiley" by his family, Riewer was characterized by them as being "a very friendly guy who was always willing to help ... he did whatever was asked of him." Riewer was killed while on patrol near Fallujah on Friday. Col. Kevin Gutknecht, a National Guard spokesman, said at a press conference Saturday that the Frazee soldier died Friday when a roadside explosive device struck his vehicle at about 5:30 p.m.
It's nothing to smile about. In a community assessment report prepared for the United Way of Becker County in 2006, access to dental care for adults and children was identified as one of 10 key areas of need for county residents. A total of 159 agencies in Becker, Mahnomen and Hubbard counties were surveyed, with 77, or 48 percent, responding.
With the official groundbreaking for the Highway 10 Construction Project just a couple of weeks away, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce, and local Kiwanis and Rotary clubs are hosting a community "Countdown to Construction" presentation Thursday at the DL Holiday Inn. Scheduled to begin at noon, the hour-long presentation will focus on how the project is expected to affect the community, and what it will mean for local business.
This Thursday, March 29, the Knights of Columbus will mark its 125th anniversary. Locally, the world's largest lay Catholic organization is represented by Holy Rosary Council 3166, which is made up of five area parishes: Holy Rosary, Detroit Lakes; Assumption, Callaway; St. Francis Xavier, Lake Park; St. Mary's of the Lakes, Pelican Lake; and St. Andrews, Hawley.
It may have taken a few years to make it happen, but Lakeside Tavern is going to be rockin' to the sounds of two multi-platinum bands this summer. Tickets went on sale Monday for a special July 5 concert featuring the nationally-known acts, Warrant and FireHouse. "We've been working on this with a promoter for a couple of years," said Chet Collins, owner of Lakeside Tavern.
Pretty soon -- possibly as soon as the spring of 2008 -- Detroit Lakes residents and visitors may be able to hop on the trolley bus to get around town during the summer months. The project began as an offshoot of the Chamber of Commerce "Catch the Wave" promotional campaign to keep tourism and commerce flowing in DL during the upcoming reconstruction of Highway 10 through DL, but it has since taken on a life of its own. "We (the 'Catch the Wave' Committee) felt the trolley concept was so exciting as a long term project ...
The world-renowned Kingston Trio is bringing its trademark three-part harmony to the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes next Sunday, March 25, for a one-night-only show starting at 7 p.m. Though its membership has gone through a few changes since its beginnings 50 years ago, the Trio has retained its reputation for interpreting "well-loved and time-honored music" with strong harmonies and skilled musical accompaniment.
The fragrant scent of homemade soap wafts down one hallway of Detroit Lakes Middle School, while in another, one can hear the sound of pounding drums and voices raised in song. In the gymnasium, students concentrate hard to learn the steps of "Dance Video Revolution," an interactive video game that incorporates movement and dance techniques.
With the Detroit Lakes School District looking at a budget gap of several hundred thousand dollars, the District Finance Committee will meet at 7 a.m.
Want something fun to do this Saturday, March 17? Then why not stop by the Lincoln Education Center and do a little shopping? That's right, shopping. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the center will be temporarily transformed into a mini-mall, with a variety of local home-based business operators bringing their wares to help raise funds for a good cause. This "St.