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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Though the 2010 Becker County budget is still about a month away from being finalized, early figures indicate that the county tax levy is going to increase a mere 1.7 percent for next year. The preliminary budget presented during a county board work session Tuesday included a net levy of $17,557,235 for 2010 -- an increase of $294,234 over the previous year's levy of $17,263,001. This figure reflects not only the general fund levy, but also levies for public safety, human services and highway. An informal poll of the commissioners taken at the end of Tuesday's work session indicated tha
Music, comedy, drama... the upcoming season at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre promises to be its most entertaining to date. Season ticket packages for 2009-10 went on sale this Monday, Aug. 17, with individual show tickets becoming available Aug. 31. "Step inside our theater, and see the world," said Amy Stoller Stearns, executive director of the Historic Holmes Theatre. International acts like West Africa's Kusun Ensemble -- which officially kicks off the 2009-10 season on Oct.
The possibility that Lake Park-Audubon Schools will be able to tap into federal stimulus money for approximately $20 million in school facility improvements is looking less and less likely -- at least for the coming year. Superintendent Dale Hogie said Wednesday that he has not yet received official word from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) as to whether the district's application has been approved for federal Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB) of $16 million and Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB) of $3 million. In informal discussions with an MDE official, however, Ho
Passersby and members of the congregation at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes may have noticed something a little different about the large window above the church's east entrance this past week. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the first phase of a two-part project to install a large stained glass window above the entrance was completed. It's the culmination of nearly two years of work by Detroit Lakes artist and designer Douglas J.
Christopher Mohs has been an entrepreneur for most of his life. From running a "lemonade" stand that featured Crystal Light Raspberry Ice instead of lemonade, to being the editor of the high school yearbook, to running global marketing projects for Daimler Chrysler and Microsoft -- Mohs has constantly worked to make his current endeavors bigger and better. He equated being an entrepreneur with "jumping off a cliff" -- and seeing who will follow you down. "You're the guy that's jumping off the cliff, and if a bunch of people follow -- then you have a game plan," he joked. Mohs' most rec
Becker County commissioners received a bit of good news from Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen on Tuesday: The county's budget for 2010 will most likely come in at or under the state-imposed tax levy limit. Though the county board won't officially begin the process of hammering out its budget until a special work session set for next week, Aug. 18, Tangen said the department heads have done a good job thus far of holding down expenditures in the preliminary budgets they submitted to his office. "Things are looking positive for meeting our levy limit," said Tangen.
Rumors are sometimes just that -- with no basis in fact. In the wake of the Becker County Fair, county commissioners have been plagued by one such rumor: That the county was planning to eliminate funding for the Extension Service's 4-H program. But it's a rumor that really has no foundation, according to County Administrator Brian Berg. Though the Extension Service has submitted a preliminary budget to the county that includes a cut of approximately $3,000 in expenses, that amount is spread across the entire Extension budget, Berg said. "Every department head in this county understand
WAUBUN -- To most people living in the U.S., education is considered to be an "inalienable right" as set forth in the Constitution. But for the majority of children living in war-torn countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan, education is a privilege granted to very few. Moved by what he saw during a mountain climbing expedition to Pakistan in 1993, Minnesota native Greg Mortenson is working to change that, through the establishment of a non-profit agency called the Central Asia Institute. Mortenson wrote a book about his struggles to bring education to the children of Pakistan and Afghan
For many years now, the line between rock and country music has been getting a little more blurred -- and nowhere was that more evident than at Thursday's WE Fest, where headliners Sawyer Brown, Trace Adkins and Toby Keith each paid homage to some rock classics during their sets. Billed as having a music style "where rock and country collide," Fargo's own 32 Below provided the perfect opener to set the tone for the evening's performances. Their rocking guitar and fiddle playing revved up the then-sparse crowd for what lead singer/guitarist Matt Aakre said was "the greatest band this side
"I don't know where I'm going, but I sure know where I've been ..." So goes the opening phrase of the 1980s chart-topper "Here I Go Again." But for country singer-songwriter Craig Morgan, those lyrics don't quite ring true. "I don't know where I've been or where I'm going, but I know where I'm at," he said with a laugh.