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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Enrollment at the Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M-State) has reached a new milestone for the fall semester, with over 1,000 students. A total of 1,013 students were enrolled at M-State as of Tuesday, said Dale Westley, enrollment manager for the college. "We've reached that five-year plateau, which we're pretty excited about," he added. The total includes 709 full and part-time students attending classes at the DL campus, and another 355 enrolled in online classes taught by DL instructors.
Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M-State) in Detroit Lakes is offering a unique opportunity to 20 area high school students to earn a 14-credit college certificate in technical studies -- for free. Through a $200,000 grant from the Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace (MNREM), the school has established a new program where area high school juniors and seniors will receive training in welding, electronics, CADD-drafting, mechanical design and technical math, among other skills. "The grant pays for everything -- the parents don't owe anything, the school (district where the
Many young people have a dream career in mind from a relatively early age. Such was the case for Nelaina Daggett, who is about to begin her first year as the new preschool teacher at Community Alliance Church in Detroit Lakes. "I always wanted to be a teacher," she said. But she wasn't really convinced she had "the gift" for shaping young minds. So when Daggett, a Rochert native, graduated from Frazee High School, she decided to seek a business major at St.
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