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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She may not have been a true farmer's daughter, but Amanda Thorsvig says she hopes her children will be. Thorsvig, a senior at the University of Minnesota Crookston, is a Detroit Lakes native whose parents, Clifford Jr. and Sheri Adkins, are the owners of Adkins Equipment. "My family does farm, and I always had animals growing up, but it was all a hobby," she says. She and her husband Tony, who were married this past June, are actively involved in raising their own food, albeit on a small scale. "We live on a small farm west of Detroit Lakes, off Highway 10," Amanda says.
Sunday was a big day at The Refuge Christian Outreach and Resource Center in Detroit Lakes. The family of longtime Detroit Lakes resident Frank Koenig made a very special gift to the nonprofit organization. To be exact, The Refuge is now in possession of a 105.6-acre tract of land off Tower Road, between Richwood Road and Highway 59.
It's been a good year for the communities of Lake Park and Audubon. The bond referendum for construction of the new high school and renovated elementary facilities was approved. Enrollment is up.
It used to be that once an elderly person became unable to be completely self-sufficient, they didn't have the option of remaining in their own home. But many nursing homes and assisted living communities are now bringing home-care services such as housekeeping, medication management, grooming and nutrition into individual homes and apartments, allowing senior residents to continue living in their own homes for an extended period of time. Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes offers an ever-expanding variety of these home care services, and on Monday, Feb.
Concerns were raised over highway access to the new Lake Park-Audubon High School site at Monday night's Lake Park City Council meeting. Ultimately, however, it appeared that the concern expressed by council member Aaron Wittnebel was founded on some inaccurate information. Prior to Monday's meeting, Wittnebel had sent out e-mail messages to area media representatives stating that one of the key discussion items would be about the Minnesota Department of Transportation retracting its approval "for the City of Lake Park to pay for and construct a full access from U.S.
Detroit Lakes' 15th annual Polar Fest celebration got off to a rousing start on Saturday.
Saturday, Feb. 5 was a memorable day for Detroit Lakes' Harlen Hendrickson. That was the day the Minnesota Waterfowl Association presented him with the Citizen Conservationist of the Year Award, during the MWA's annual Awards and Waterfowl Hall of Fame Banquet in Bloomington, Minn. The award is given to a public citizen or lay person who has demonstrated a significant commitment to Minnesota's wetland environments, waterfowl, and wetland wildlife through exceptional leadership and personal commitment. "This was a big deal to me," Hendrickson admitted.
There was a time when farmers in Becker County would start a new construction project, or plow a field that's never been planted before, and would often find arrowheads, metal beads and other tools and trinkets of a time gone by. Sometimes, they still do, but these remnants of a past culture aren't quite as prevalent as they once were in Becker County. While Paul Rousu was growing up on his family's Richwood area farm, he became entranced by the arrowheads and other stone and metal artifacts he and his family would find whenever they broke new ground on a construction project or plowing th
With warm weather forecast for this weekend, the Polar Fest celebration looks to be off to a balmy start. Polar Fest has been a part of the Detroit Lakes February calendar for 15 years now, there are plenty of new things to see and do at the 2011 celebration of all things winter -- starting with its kickoff event. This year's Polar Fest officially gets underway Saturday, Feb.
It's been a couple of years in the making, but plans for the new Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Detroit Lakes are slowly beginning to take shape. The flagpoles are purchased and waiting, the granite for the main monument is in storage in St. Cloud, and the lettering and insignias representing each branch of the U.S.