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Though she's only been on the job at Emmanuel Community for two weeks, Wendy Gordon says she really enjoys the unique challenges it offers. "I'm liking it a lot," she says. "I'm really looking forward to this experience, and all the different aspects of it.
Ever since Dwane Hilmer moved to the lakes area from his native Iowa 38 years ago, he's had a secret wish to see his new home from the air. On Thursday, that wish came true, courtesy of his children.
June 21 may be the first official day of summer, but the Detroit Lakes community will be kicking off the season of sun and fun a little early -- this weekend, to be precise. First up is the grand reopening of the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, with a dance that gets underway at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 2. The Minneapolis-based show band CBO, otherwise known as Casablanca Orchestra, will be providing the music for this prestigious event.
The grand reopening of the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, while serving as the kickoff event for DL's sixth annual Street Faire at the Lakes, is expected to be an event in and of itself. When the newly renovated Pavilion reopens its doors to the public on Friday, it will be the culmination of several years' worth of effort to preserve the 90-year-old local landmark. Lakes area residents past and present are anxious to get a look at the results of the $700,000-plus facelift, and the founder of the band that will serve as the event's featured performers is no exception. "I'm from Casselton, N.D.,
Though the excitement in the air on the last day of school is almost palpable, as both teachers and students anticipate the long summer break ahead, that excitement was tinged with sadness for Rachel Pederson. A teacher at Detroit Lakes Public Schools since 1971 -- with all 35 of those years spent teaching at Rossman Elementary -- Pederson said goodbye to her 35th and final class of first graders on Thursday. "I've been really sad this week, because I love my job," she said Wednesday afternoon.
The students at Adventist Christian School and Koinonia for Kids took their guests on a little journey to the past on Wednesday evening, as they presented their annual learning exhibition, dinner and graduation ceremony. The learning exhibition, which featured both Adventist Christian School students in grades K-8 and Koinonia (home-schooled) students in grades K-12, was focused on the theme, "Springtime in the South." Many of the exhibits featured students in period costumes, acting out the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Maia Angelou, Clara Barton, Helen Keller
Though the most recent denizen of Elmwood Cemetery was laid beneath the earth in 1959, the resting place of some of Becker County's most prominent pioneers appears well cared for. Nearly 125 years since it was first deeded over to the Elmwood Cemetery Association of Lake Eunice by M.S. Converse, in 1882, its lawns are well manicured, its trees trimmed, gravestones neatly arranged. Yet as late as 1978, the cemetery's 56 gravesites had fallen into a state of neglect.
Summer's almost here, and Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre is planning a whirlwind of activity to keep local kids busy once school is out. Starting June 5, the theater will be hosting a series of acting, dance and piano performance workshops geared toward children in grades K-6. Local arts instructors Kathryn Knuttila and Mari Radke will teach these workshops, titled "The Art of Performance." Knuttila, a Detroit Lakes High School graduate who will be starting college in the fall, already has several years of acting and piano teaching experience behind her. "I've been acting and p
Since Faith Christian School first opened its doors in 1997, Gary and Karen Stenberg have been a driving force in getting the interdenominational, faith-based school off the ground. Karen had just six kindergartners in her classroom when she started teaching that year. One year later, Gary had come on board as her classroom aide and school administrator.
Small Blessings, the new Child Care and Preschool Center at Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church, may not be set to open until May 30, but it already has its first enrollees -- twin brother and sister Reece and Sidney Borgmann. Because the center's director, Daniela Zens, officially started work May 1, she was able to start caring for the twins in advance of the center's official opening -- and she had more than a few helping hands to assist her. "I've had several volunteers come in here over the last few weeks," Zens says.