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Disarming. That's the first word that comes to mind in describing Rev. Eric Lemonholm, the new pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Excitement about his work is obvious, as he discusses his ongoing project to visit the homes of every member of his congregation. "I've visited about 30 families so far," he said. "It's been fun talking one on one with them." This is Lemonholm's first calling as lead pastor of a congregation, after six years as an associate pastor at United in Christ Lutheran Church in Eveleth. "It's been a neat role shift for me," he said.
Global warming. We've all heard of it.
On Tuesday, voting members of the White Earth Band of Chippewa will be heading to the polls to decide whose names will be on the ballot when the tribe's general elections get underway on June 3. A total of 26 candidates are in the running for the April 4 primary, with the top two vote getters for each of three open positions on the tribal council earning a slot on the June 3 election ballot. The three positions to be filled this year include council seats for Districts 1 and 2 as well as secretary-treasurer. Incumbent secretary/treasurer Franklin "Bud" Heisler, District 1 committee perso
Talk about your senior discount. Nutrition Services, Inc., the current provider for senior nutrition program services in Region 4 -- which includes Detroit Lakes -- now offers a new service for area seniors age 60 and above. Any senior resident of the lakes area age 60 and above, as well as their spouse (even if under age 60) may dine at Detroit Lakes' newest restaurant, Outer Limits, for a suggested contribution of $2.75-$3.25 per meal. Those who sign up for this "Diner's Club" will be able to choose from nutritious breakfast, lunch and supper menus created specifically for the program
He's played for audiences around the world and back again. He served as one of 15 national judges for this year's Grammy Awards competition.
With the phenomenal success of televised talent competitions like "American Idol" and "Nashville Star," it's sometimes easy to forget that, for most struggling musicians, forging a successful music career is a process that takes years, and involves many ups and downs. Such has been the case for 32-year-old Detroit Lakes native Terry Mackner, who graduated from DL High School in 1992. Since then, he's worked with a couple of different bands as well as going solo on occasion. He's performed on stage at both the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and at DL's own WE Fest.
It was a little over 100 years ago, on March 17, 1906, that Norby's Department Store first opened its doors in downtown Detroit Lakes. Though the St. Patrick's Day opening might not make apparent sense, given the fact that brothers L.J. and G.J. Norby were not of Celtic descent, it undoubtedly put the "luck of the Irish" on their side.
His enthusiasm was infectious -- so much so that the Detroit Lakes School Board wasted very little time in offering a superintendent contract to the third and final candidate interviewed for the position on Wednesday night. "I'm so impressed with his manner, his integrity -- he really gets his passion (for edu-cation) across," said board member LuAnn Porter.
Though it was Ted Schaum's "swan song" as a National Issues Forum facilitator, Wednesday's forum on "News Media & Society: How to Restore Public Trust" was as lively as any previous gabfest organized by the retired Minnesota State University Moorhead professor. Despite relatively sparse attendance, with about two dozen people populating the conference center at Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Detroit Lakes, the discussion often became quite heated. At the heart of the debate was the issue of differentiating between what is fact, what is fiction, what is truth and what is a li
For nine weeks now, the cast and crew of Playhouse 412's upcoming presentation, "Romantic Comedy," have been hard at work, getting ready for the local theater group's first stage production since 2004's "The Fantasticks." "It's been going very well," said Dave Goebel, the play's director, during a rehearsal break on Monday evening. "We practice one new scene per week." With seven scenes in the three-act play, that means the last two weeks have been spent on "tying it all together," Goebel noted. "We've been working out the final details, polishing and perfecting (the show)," he said.