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Though the return of local National Guardsmen stationed in Iraq has now been postponed until at least July or August, plans for the assistance of those troops in reintegrating into civilian life once they return continue unchecked. One of the people at the forefront of the reintegration effort is Dave Bellefeuille, who serves as director of veteran services in northwest Minnesota for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. Bellefeuille has been in charge of establishing Veterans Resource Centers on the campuses of all public, post-secondary schools in northwest Minnesota that are par
Do you allow your children to walk or ride their bikes to school each morning? Or do you drive them there every morning, and pick them up every night? If you fall into the latter category, then you're not alone.
"Sister is back! And so are the nun-stop laughs." This colorful play on words is being used to advertise the His-toric Holmes Theatre's presentation of a live performance of the one-person play, "Late Nite Catechism 2," comes to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on today (Thursday, Jan. 18) at 7:30 p.m.
Gail Grabow's urge to teach came early in life, when she convinced her younger brothers to "play school" with her as often as she could. She got her first taste of real teaching when she was a high school student at Fargo Central High school.
Though he's been singing since he could talk, and playing guitar for nearly two decades, Detroit Lakes Police Department veteran Tim Eggebraaten has never released a professionally recorded CD Until now. In late December, Eggebraaten received the first copies of his debut CD, "From Within." The 12 tracks on the CD were recorded at Gray Barn Studios in Detroit Lakes, with the help of the recording studio's owner, Kevin Racer. "I can't say enough about him (Racer)," Eggebraaten said. "He's a computer guru, but with a music background.
The leadership of the Detroit Lakes School Board will remain unchanged for 2007. Board members re-elected Dr. Tom Seaworth as board chairman at Mon-day night's meeting. Seaworth was re-elected by unanimous ballot. Also re-elected to their positions were LuAnn Porter, vice chair; Deanna Sinclair, secretary; and Tom Klyve, treasurer. In other business, Acting Superintendent Lowell Niklaus reported that enrollment numbers continue to hold steady. "Our enrollment numbers are holding better (i.e, more stable) than they have been in some time," Niklaus said.
When Paul Hubbard's son, Tony, returns to the United States in March, after his second tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq, Hubbard intends to be in San Diego, Calif., to greet him. In fact, the Detroit Lakes man is hoping to go one step further: "I'm hoping to do a Tiger cruise," he says. "My son (a corporal who serves as the gunner on a CH-53 helicopter) is aboard the U.S.S. Boxer right now.
Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre hosts an evening of "The Comedy of Scott Novotny" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11. Novotny, a Minnesota native, moved with his wife and two children to New Richmond, Wis., several years ago, to give his family a taste of small-town life. And it is that small-town life that provides fodder for much of his stand-up comedy. "Comedy is such a wonderful thing to be able to do for a living," he says.
As the holiday season draws to a close and the new year begins, many local residents are acting on their resolutions to make a renewed commitment to health and fitness -- and the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center has several new class offerings to make that commitment a little more fun. In the BTD Aquatics Center, aquatics program director Kim Bettcher has added an adult swim team class, which begins Tuesday.
When Detroit Lakes artist Hans Gilsdorf began looking last spring for just the right model to create his bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, he discovered he didn't have to look very far. Gilsdorf, who was commissioned in August 2005 to do a six-foot sculpture for the newly-rebuilt St. Mary of the Lakes Church in rural Detroit Lakes, found his inspiration at the home of his wife's brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Betsy Norby -- in the form of his 17- (now 18) year-old niece, Nichole. "Nichole was the perfect height (5 feet, 10 inches), looks, everything," he said.