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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Hal Ketchum has been infatuated with music for most of his life. "I learned to hum before I could talk," says the country music star, who visits Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre Thursday night for a one-night-only performance. "I used to crawl over to the radio when I was two years old, just to listen." And somewhere along the line, he learned to create songs for other people to listen to and sing along with as well. "I wrote a poem for my mother when I was about 9, and she liked it," he says of his introduction to songwriting.
When musician John Orcutt died in an automobile accident last November, it didn't make local newspaper headlines -- but the impact was definitely felt by lakes area music lovers. For seven years, Orcutt and fellow musician Dave Herzog had been a fixture of the summer music scene in Detroit Lakes, as their band, Island Time, provided a dose of Caribbean flair to the annual Northwest Water Carnival in addition to their weekly gigs at Long Bridge and other area restaurants and bars. "Some of our fans dubbed us the 'official band of summer,'" Herzog noted.
A little less than a year from now, there will be a new community center in Mahnomen. Located about a mile and a half north of the Shooting Star Casino on Adams Street, the Veteran's Memorial Community Center will be constructed adjacent to a new, 25-family single home development. According to Leo Grobe, the lead architect on the project, the center will cover roughly 4,800 square feet -- but it will be built in a cylindrical shape. "It's kind of a cylindrical building," Grobe said Monday in a telephone interview.
With her wedding day now just a little less than two weeks away, Kesley Tweed might be forgiven for being a little preoccupied. "I've pretty much been consumed by wedding plans," she admits, adding that she and fiancé Darrin Myhre plan to tie the knot on Saturday, July 15. But since May, Tweed has also been busy learning the ropes at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, where she serves as the new marketing coordinator for both the Historic Holmes Theatre and the Fitness & Aquatics Center. "I'm really interested in fitness and athletics," says Tweed, who enjoys running, water a
When the Detroit Lakes Pavilion hosts its second big show of the summer this Friday, June 30, dancing will once again be on the menu -- but with a comic twist. Prior to the official start of the dance, there will be a comedy show featuring not just one, but two, Minnesota-grown comedians.
Though he's done most of his work quietly, behind the scenes, Bill Leff has played an integral role in the administration of Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Detroit Lakes since its days as a vocational-technical school. A Waubun native, Leff earned a degree in social studies from Bemidji State University, and worked for a few years as a secondary level teacher before going on to earn a master's degree in educational administration from the Tri-College University -- a cooperative effort of Minnesota State University Moorhead, North Dakota State University and Concordia College.
It's not often that a small, rural Minnesota community like Lake Park garners national attention, but loyal viewers of the cable station Home & Garden Television (HGTV) will be getting a glimpse of it during the 2006-07 television season. Rural Lake Park artist Gaylen Peterson of Pine Hill Pottery will be the featured artist in an upcoming installment of HGTV's "That's Clever." According to the show's producer, Kate Turnipseed, the show featuring Peterson will be aired sometime in late 2006 or early 2007. "We shoot a season in advance," added the show's director, Arlington Forbes, as th
There may not have been any official actions taken, but for the six districts represented at a regional school board meeting Tuesday night in Frazee, the evening was deemed a success. School board representatives and administrative staff from Detroit Lakes, Frazee-Vergas, Lake Park-Audubon, New York Mills, Park Rapids and Perham-Dent met for more than two hours Tuesday.
"You have cancer." Nothing can prepare you for hearing those three words from your doctor -- even when it's already happened to someone close to you. "It was a big shock," said Evonne Anderson, who was diagnosed with Fallopian tube cancer early this year. "I was a little better prepared this time, because we'd already gone through it once," she said, referring to her husband, Tom, who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer seven years ago.
When you look at the illustrations in the 2006 children's book, Keegan Kelly Discovers Allergies, the bright colors and crayon-rough edges might make you think they'd been drawn by the book's seven-year-old, fictional protagonist. But if you look closely, you'll see the artful illusion behind those drawings -- which were really the creation of 25-year-old graphic artist Jodi Buermann, a Detroit Lakes native who now makes her home in Fargo. And that's not the only local connection to be found in the pages of this book, which was authored by Frazee-area native Tami Sublette.