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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For five years, Helen Erickson has been entering her novels -- written under the pen name Kathryn Keller -- in the National Writers Association's annual novel contest. In every one of those years, she has placed in the top five. Still, the top spot has eluded the Detroit Lakes writer -- until now. Erickson recently won first place in the 2006 contest with her suspense novel, The Ultimate Revenge. "I couldn't believe it," she said. But it wasn't just the shock of finally winning that left her a little nonplussed.
There might not yet be cause to call it an upward trend, but Detroit Lakes School Board members were smiling Monday when they learned that the projected kindergarten enrollment for the 2006-07 school year was over 200 -- to be precise, 203. If those numbers hold out, there will be a need to add another section of kindergarten, and consequently, to hire another teacher, noted Superintendent Mark Adams. "We have already posted the position -- we don't want to wait until school starts," Adams said Tuesday.
With headline acts that included Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn, Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood, it's no surprise that the 2006 edition of the WE Fest country music festival was completely sold out for the first time in its 25-year history. And despite some thunderstorms that threatened to overtake the festival site and campgrounds on Friday and Saturday, there were no major weather mishaps over the weekend, according to WE Fest President Jeff Krueger. "It was the best festival we've ever had," Krueger said, noting that despite the
A summer tradition that's been going strong for more than 40 years now, Vergas' annual Looney Daze celebration gets underway this Thursday, Aug. 10, with the Miss Vergas Scholarship Pageant. Eight candidates have emerged to try and succeed last year's Miss Vergas, Amy Kalina. The pageant is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Vergas Community Center. Candidates vying for the crown this year include: n Lindsey Boller, 19, a senior at Detroit Lakes High School, and the daughter of Patti Boller and Joe Boller, both of Detroit Lakes.
It may technically be considered a history book, but the recently published Shoreham: Life at the Lakes is more than just a dry compilation of facts and figures from Shoreham's past. The book was unveiled at a July 29 open house held, appropriately enough, at the Hotel Shoreham.
Thanks to cyberspace and MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, hundreds of students from across Minnesota can attend public school without stepping foot outside. MTS Minnesota Connec-tions Academy is a tuition-free, full-time virtual public school program designed to meet the needs of students who -- for a variety of reasons -- learn better outside a traditional classroom. This unique program combines the strong parental involvement of home schooling, the expertise and accountability of public education, and the flexibility of online learning.
Trent Tomlinson has been writing songs since he was a teenager. "I was probably 13 when I wrote my first one," he said. "Everyone told me it was pretty good." Tomlinson, however, admits that in retrospect, "it was terrible." One of the biggest problems with that early songwriting effort, he recalled, is that he was writing about things he didn't know. "It was about drinking and partying," Tomlinson said in a Monday telephone interview.
Do you long to have your own flower and vegetable gardens to tend, but have limited lawn space in which to put them? That was the dilemma faced by Dick Erickson, who lives in a trailer home, on a narrow lot at Oak Grove Trailer Court in rural Detroit Lakes. Erickson, who once lived in rural Vergas, on the property now occupied by Beautiful Leaf Gardens, has loved gardening since he was "a little tot." But since moving from his property in rural Vergas, where he once had "a yard full of flowers," Erickson has been fairly limited in what he could do with so little green space. "There's n
Did you know that some historians believe the Vikings visited this area of Minnesota, by way of the Great Lakes, in 1362 -- more than a century before Columbus ever sailed the ocean blue? Or that some believe one of this area's earliest pioneer settlements, Tyler Town, lies buried beneath Highway 10 near the Pelican River?
In the throes of a passionate romance, many a woman has found herself abandoning common sense and rushing down the aisle toward matrimony. All too often, such whirlwind marriages end badly. But when the woman is a Christian and the man she marries is Muslim, the consequences of a hasty union may be far more severe than vicious child custody battles and endless squabbling over how to divide up the couple's assets in the divorce settlement. That is the message of W.L.