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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With the first significant snowfall of 2007 descending on the Detroit Lakes area this past weekend, many area snowplow drivers put in as many as 10-12 hours on the road per day on both Saturday and Sunday. Minnesota Department of Transportation Maintenance Supervisor Dennis Redig reported that some of the eight plow drivers working out of the Detroit Lakes office began their routes between 2-3 a.m. on Saturday. With 17 truck stations and 59 trucks operating in the district's 12 counties, Redig said, "We were out until about 10 p.m." By 4 a.m.
Helping to give the gift of sight to others -- since 1981, Dr.
Yes, once again, it's Girl Scout Cookie season. From now through March 6, local Brownie, Junior and Cadette scout troops will be going door to door, selling boxes and boxes of 11 delicious varieties of cookies. But this year, the Girl Scouts in Detroit Lakes' 12 registered scout troops (including Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes) are joining forces on a special project: A "cookie care package" for the troops in Iraq. Through the Scouts' Cookie Share program, area residents can donate a box or two of cookies to the Minnesota National Guard troops currently serving in Iraq. "Those who want
Last summer, in early July, Detroit Lakes High School graduate Brian Flanagan and his former classmate, Mark Potvin, organized a special musical event, "There's No Place Like Holmes," which raised over $6,000 for DL's Historic Holmes Theatre. It was a dream event, bringing together many alums of DLHS's storied musical theater productions for a one-night-only production that re-created some of the greatest highlights of the era, from 1992-2005. A little over a month later, Flanagan was on a plane bound for New York City, and the realization of a dream of his own. After interviewing with a
A Barnesville man was killed Saturday in a northern Becker County crash involving a single snowmobile, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Department. Jamie Michael Thompson, 32, was riding with friends on Rat Lake Trail, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes when he lost control of his sled and struck a embankment at the intersection of South Tulaby Lake Road, according to the investigating officer, Deputy Luke Sweere. "He ended up hitting a dirt embankment at the T intersection," Sweere said.
With a constituency that covers 35 of Minnesota's 87 counties, spanning 400 miles from north to south, U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson has always found it most practical to use his private, single-engine airplane for transportation around the district on official business. But since Jan.
A Barnesville man killed Saturday in a northern Becker County crash involving a single snowmobile has been identified by the Becker County Sheriff's Department. Jamie Michael Thompson, 32, was riding with friends on Rat Lake Trail, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, when he lost control of his sled and struck a embankment at the intersection of South Tulaby Lake Road, according to the investigating officer, Deputy Luke Sweere. "He ended up hitting a dirt embankment at the T intersection," Sweere said.
Mike Murphy, refuge manager at Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge, has decided to retire after almost 30 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "I figured it was a good time (to retire)," he said, referring to the recent announcement by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service of a 20 percent reduction in staffing, and the consolidation of several offices. The work force plan developed by the service included "de-staffing" the Hamden Slough office and re-assigning the staff to the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management Office.
From old Christian favorites such as the familiar hymn "The Old Rugged Cross," to uplifting popular tunes like Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World," the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir filled the Historic Holmes Theatre with a joyful noise Thursday night. Joining the 10 singers and three musicians from Minneapolis-St.
With temperatures dipping well below zero at times, this weekend's Polar Fest nevertheless managed to draw good enough attendance to be judged a success by organizers. One of the best-attended events was the Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance on Friday evening, which drew more than 300 people. "For the grand march we had people lined up from the entrance to the stage all the way down the hallway outside the theater and into the ballroom," said Kesley Myhre of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, who helped coordinate this year's Polar Fest activities.