Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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Detroit Lakes' Street Faire may be over and done for another year, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do this weekend. For the third year in a row, the Quake the Lake Power Boat Races will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, across from Zorbaz on Detroit Lake. Warmups begin a noon, with races going from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days. There will be seven classes of boats, including GT Pro, VP75, Formula V Sport C, Formula 150, SST60 and SST120.
The project to build a $6.6 million, 35,000 square foot addition to the Becker County Courthouse -- plus another $4 million in improvements to the existing structure -- was what Becker County Board Chairman Harry Salminen called a "community effort." And that spirit of cooperation was in evidence at Saturday's open house to celebrate the completion of the project. A brief program held on the courthouse steps to begin the event included participation from the Lake Region Veterans Color Guard; George Peters, a retired sergeant major who served in both Korea and Vietnam; Salminen; Becker Coun
A Detroit Lakes summer tradition for the past several years, the Tuesdays in the Park concert series resumes this week (June 2) with a 7 p.m. performance by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band. There are many familiar faces, and a few new ones, on the concert schedule this summer. "We had more acts (sign up) than we could schedule this year," said Vicky Williams, event coordinator for the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, who also organizes the summer concert series. Besides the Lakes Area Band -- which will also close the season with a second performance on Aug.
Though the 2009-10 season at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes doesn't officially get underway until Oct.
For more than three decades, Fran DeCock -- known simply as "D" to his students -- has been sharing his passion for all things agriculture with high school students in Audubon, Lake Park and Detroit Lakes. And for most of those years, his wife Erlene has been just a few doors down the hall at Lake Park-Audubon High School, teaching English. But on Friday, the DeCocks both taught their last day of classes at LP-A. The pair announced earlier this spring that they would both be retiring at the end of the semester. Their departure marks the end of an era at LP-A --in more ways than one.
When the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell was renovated a few years ago, it opened up new opportunities for outdoor concerts and activities -- including live theater. This June, the bandshell will be the setting for the first-ever Shakespeare in the Park production by the Historic Holmes Theatre. Directed by DL native Nikki Caulfield, the production will be a "play within a play," putting a modern spin on William Shakespeare's classic comedy, "The Taming of the Shrew." Auditions begin this Thursday, May 21 at the Holmes Theatre, from 7 to 8 p.m.
It's been nearly a decade since a new summer tradition was instituted in Detroit Lakes, and after nine years, the Street Faire at the Lakes is going stronger than ever. The ninth annual incarnation of the lakes area's inaugural summer festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31 in downtown Detroit Lakes. Continuous live music and a variety of tasty food offerings complement the event's main attraction: More than 250 regional artists and artisans displaying their wares for sale throughout the weekend.
It's finished! After nearly two full years of construction work, and many more of poring over space needs studies, construction designs and building specs, Becker County officials are finally ready to show off the newly expanded and remodeled County Courthouse to the public. An open house is planned for this Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The use of off-highway vehicles on county-administered forest roads and trails continued to draw controversy at Tuesday's meeting of the Becker County Board. Members of the Becker County Citizens for Responsible Recreation were in attendance at the meeting.
After a disappointing turnout in 2008, organizers of the 2009 edition of the 10,000 Lakes Festival are hoping that headliners like the Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic and Wilco will boost attendance for the weekend music and camping fest into the 20,000-30,000 range. To help ensure a sold-out show for Matthews -- who currently ranks No. 7 amongst the world's biggest touring acts -- the festival is offering single-day tickets for Saturday, July 25 only.