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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Today (Sunday) marks the beginning of Earth Week, which is highlighted by the 40th anniversary celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22. Activities across the United States in celebration of this anniversary will focus on heightening awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment. Natural Innovations, a local, non-profit organization created to promote environmental education and stewardship in the lakes area, is celebrating the occasion by recognizing those individuals, businesses and students in the lakes area who are making the earth a better place to live. "Natural
The United Way of Becker County will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Thursday, April 30, with a special "25 Years of Heroes" gala at the Speak Easy restaurant in Detroit Lakes. The festivities will begin with a 5 p.m. social hour featuring "heavy" hors d'ouevres and a cash bar. The highlight of the evening, however, will be the United Way's annual "Celebration of Heroes" awards ceremony. The "Celebration of Heroes" tradition, which began in 2002 (in the wake of the Sept.
Have you ever found yourself feeling nostalgic for the era of "big band" music, and iconic vocalists like "Rat Pack" members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.? Then come on down to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Saturday, April 25, for a special presentation by nationally acclaimed vocalist Steve Lippia and his 10-piece orchestra. Entitled "Simply Sinatra," the concert will prominently feature Sinatra's music, as brought to life through Lippia, whom many call a "vocal dead ringer" for "Old Blue Eyes," as Sinatra was sometimes called. "I'm very much looking forwa
Now that Becker County has completed its two-year, two-phase courthouse addition and remodeling project, the county commissioners are inviting the public to come take a look at what has been accomplished. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the board set an open house for Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre is going to be a busy place this weekend, with events set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. First up is a concert by Minneapolis singer-songwriter Keri Noble, which is set for 8 p.m. Friday, April 17. Noble, who is also an accomplished pianist, will perform selections from her self-titled February 2009 CD release, as well as from her 2004 debut album, Fearless, and sophomore CD, Let Go. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. Prior to the concert, there will be a 6:30 p.m.
When singer-songwriter and pianist Keri Noble first moved to Minnesota from Detroit, Mich., eight years ago, to begin pursuing a music career full-time, one of her earliest gigs was performing at a youth camp near Detroit Lakes. "I'm looking forward to coming back," said Noble, who performs at the Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m. A Detroit native, Noble now makes her home in Minneapolis, after falling in love with the music community in the Twin Cities area. "I had been playing at bars and coffee houses in Detroit, but I was pretty lost, not knowing what direction
"From the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico in a canoe; through the middle of Canada and the United States, and walk less than ten miles. More miles will be traveled 'up south' than 'down-south.' A 5,200-mile expedition for some red-blooded American boy. Anemic need not apply!" When an 18-year-old Barry Lane read this advertisement in a local newspaper during the summer of 1969, he decided to respond.
Most people know what being dizzy feels like. Whether you get up out of bed too fast in the morning, or spin around in circles really fast, or spend too much time riding the roller coaster at ValleyFair, or drink a few too many glasses of champagne at a party, the sensation is similar. The ground seems to move underneath your feet, even though you're standing still. Sometimes, you may feel as though the room is spinning around you for a moment or two. If the disorientation is severe enough, it can even induce nausea and vomiting. Usually, the effects are temporary.
It's a sign of the times that despite the fact that more people than ever are using the Becker County Food Pantry, the donations received during its annual March food drive did not quite reach 2008 levels. "It (usage of the Food Pantry) just continues to grow," says Food Pantry Director Jack Berenz.
Last week, about a dozen workers from the USDA Service Center in Detroit Lakes -- which includes the local offices of the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Rural Development and the Becker County Soil and Water Conservation District -- volunteered their time to help flood relief efforts in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Many of them brought family members along as well, said Barb Fyffe, who made the trip to Moorhead twice, on Tuesday and Friday of last week. "The USDA gave us administrative leave to go over and help with the sandbagging," Fyffe said. On Tuesday, March