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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It's been more than six years in the making, but the Detroit Lakes Sailboat Sculpture will soon be gracing the landscape of the city beach on Little Detroit Lake. With a final completion date of Aug.
When Linda Larson was teaching a program for gifted students at Rossman Elementary School approximately 20 years ago, she made a long-lasting impression on one of her students. So much so, in fact, that when 1994 Detroit Lakes High School graduate James Hilden was back in town last year to visit his parents, Harry and Sue Hilden, he had to stop by her classroom at Rossman -- where she now teaches fourth grade -- to say "thanks." That conversation led to an opportunity for the students in Larson's 2006-07 class to get a unique perspective on their study of the continent of Antarctica -- by
Funeral services for Minnesota National Guard Sgt. Greg N. Riewer are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Frazee High School. Riewer, a Frazee native, was killed on Friday, March 23, 2007 in Habbaniyah, Iraq, while on patrol with three other members of his unit, the Bemidji-based Company A, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment. Visitation for Riewer will take place from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Frazee, and resumes for one hour prior to Wednesday's services at the school. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Frazee.
A resident of Lake Park since 1970, John Pietila is now the only charter member of the Lake Park Lions Club who has remained active in it to the present day. It was that dedication, in part, that led to him being chosen as Lion of the Year for 2006-07 by the Lake Park club. "It was a complete surprise," he said.
It's nothing to smile about. In a community assessment report prepared for the United Way of Becker County in 2006, access to dental care for adults and children was identified as one of 10 key areas of need for county residents. A total of 159 agencies in Becker, Mahnomen and Hubbard counties were surveyed, with 77, or 48 percent, responding.
Minnesota National Guard Sgt. Greg Riewer, 28, of Frazee, returned to the U.S. Tuesday -- as the 12th Minnesota Guardsman to be killed in Iraq since their deployment there. Nicknamed "Smiley" by his family, Riewer was characterized by them as being "a very friendly guy who was always willing to help ... he did whatever was asked of him." Riewer was killed while on patrol near Fallujah on Friday. Col. Kevin Gutknecht, a National Guard spokesman, said at a press conference Saturday that the Frazee soldier died Friday when a roadside explosive device struck his vehicle at about 5:30 p.m.
With the official groundbreaking for the Highway 10 Construction Project just a couple of weeks away, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce, and local Kiwanis and Rotary clubs are hosting a community "Countdown to Construction" presentation Thursday at the DL Holiday Inn. Scheduled to begin at noon, the hour-long presentation will focus on how the project is expected to affect the community, and what it will mean for local business.
This Thursday, March 29, the Knights of Columbus will mark its 125th anniversary. Locally, the world's largest lay Catholic organization is represented by Holy Rosary Council 3166, which is made up of five area parishes: Holy Rosary, Detroit Lakes; Assumption, Callaway; St. Francis Xavier, Lake Park; St. Mary's of the Lakes, Pelican Lake; and St. Andrews, Hawley.
It may have taken a few years to make it happen, but Lakeside Tavern is going to be rockin' to the sounds of two multi-platinum bands this summer. Tickets went on sale Monday for a special July 5 concert featuring the nationally-known acts, Warrant and FireHouse. "We've been working on this with a promoter for a couple of years," said Chet Collins, owner of Lakeside Tavern.
Pretty soon -- possibly as soon as the spring of 2008 -- Detroit Lakes residents and visitors may be able to hop on the trolley bus to get around town during the summer months. The project began as an offshoot of the Chamber of Commerce "Catch the Wave" promotional campaign to keep tourism and commerce flowing in DL during the upcoming reconstruction of Highway 10 through DL, but it has since taken on a life of its own. "We (the 'Catch the Wave' Committee) felt the trolley concept was so exciting as a long term project ...