Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 15 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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As a young boy growing up on a large farm in the Detroit Lakes area, John Okeson received an early education in such things as weed spraying and operating big machinery. It was that early experience that he credits with getting him his first job, as a maintenance worker for the Becker County Highway Department. "My first summer here, I did a lot of weed spraying," he says. After that first summer, however, Okeson moved on to a maintenance job with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Morris, thinking it was a step up the career ladder. But a scant seven months later, he was gi
If you find yourself at loose ends this weekend, it won't be due to a lack of things to do. Over the course of the next four days, Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration will go out with a bang -- quite literally, in the case of Saturday's winter fireworks display on the city beach. From Thursday through Monday, Feb.
When Becker County received a turkey of a Christmas present from Gov.
LAKE PARK -- Though Joanne Sherbrooke says it's "a big honor" to be chosen as Minnesota Caregiver of the Year, the Sunnyside Care Center nurse also admits she's a little embarrassed by all the attention. "It's very nice, but I'm still quite overwhelmed by it," Sherbrooke says. When she learned that she would be the 2008 award recipient at a staff meeting back in December, she became "very emotional." "I did not have a clue," Sherbrooke says.
LAKE PARK -- This week, Feb.
In 1984, longtime neighbors and best friends Mark Fritz and Mike "Hutch" Hutchinson came up with an idea for a new business, selling custom-decorated T-shirts from the basement of Fritz's parents' home in Detroit Lakes. Today, that business, known as Lakeshirts, has become one of the most successful customized apparel companies to be found anywhere in the U.S. Along the way, it has grown from a small beachfront retail business to a company that serves 5,000 client accounts nationwide as well as in the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico. On Friday, Mark Fritz shared the story of how he and Hutc
Hors d'oeuvres: A French phrase commonly used to refer to appetizers served apart from the main course of a dinner, this hard-to-spell term has a more literal definition as well: "Outside the work." Both terms might be applicable to Saturday night's festivities at the Historic Holmes Theatre, where sampler platters of appetizers prepared by Country Kitchen will be served up to pre-party guests in the ballroom as a prelude to the main event, a concert known as "Musical Hors D'Oeuvres." Presented by musicians from the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra (FMSO), this concert will include a stri
Taxpayers may rejoice that Gov.
Just as the weather looks to be getting a little less frigid this weekend, Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration will get underway Saturday. Opening weekend festivities officially begin with the Historic Holmes Theatre's Winter Marketplace, which starts at 10 a.m.
The tree that stands in one corner of the pediatric therapy unit at the new St. Mary's Innovis Health Therapy Center looks authentic, from the rough, knotted texture of the bark to its bright green leaves. But the giant monarch butterfly sitting perched near its top -- with a 3-foot wingspan -- provides the first clue that this tree is more of a child's fantasy come to life than a piece of ornamental shrubbery. This tree is even more than it appears at first glance, however: it's a piece of functional art that is truly one-of-a-kind.