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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It's been 20 years since Dennis Warling first stepped through the doors of the Becker County Veterans' Services office as its new leader. And on June 30, he'll be headed back out that door, into retirement. "It's time to move on, I guess," he says. "I'm 62 years old... I'm at an age now where I feel I can retire. It's time for a change." Part of the reason behind that change was undoubtedly his health.
It was more than 15 years ago that the congregation at Detroit Lakes' Trinity Lutheran Church began staging an Easter drama in which one of the world's most revered religious paintings, Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Last Supper," was brought to life. The mural painting, which can be found in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy, is based on a Biblical verse, John 13:21. In that verse, Jesus announced that one of his 12 disciples would betray him; the painting specifically portrays the reaction given by each apostle when Jesus said one of them would betray him.
Disarming. That's the first word that comes to mind in describing Rev. Eric Lemonholm, the new pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Excitement about his work is obvious, as he discusses his ongoing project to visit the homes of every member of his congregation. "I've visited about 30 families so far," he said. "It's been fun talking one on one with them." This is Lemonholm's first calling as lead pastor of a congregation, after six years as an associate pastor at United in Christ Lutheran Church in Eveleth. "It's been a neat role shift for me," he said.
Global warming. We've all heard of it.
On Tuesday, voting members of the White Earth Band of Chippewa will be heading to the polls to decide whose names will be on the ballot when the tribe's general elections get underway on June 3. A total of 26 candidates are in the running for the April 4 primary, with the top two vote getters for each of three open positions on the tribal council earning a slot on the June 3 election ballot. The three positions to be filled this year include council seats for Districts 1 and 2 as well as secretary-treasurer. Incumbent secretary/treasurer Franklin "Bud" Heisler, District 1 committee perso
Talk about your senior discount. Nutrition Services, Inc., the current provider for senior nutrition program services in Region 4 -- which includes Detroit Lakes -- now offers a new service for area seniors age 60 and above. Any senior resident of the lakes area age 60 and above, as well as their spouse (even if under age 60) may dine at Detroit Lakes' newest restaurant, Outer Limits, for a suggested contribution of $2.75-$3.25 per meal. Those who sign up for this "Diner's Club" will be able to choose from nutritious breakfast, lunch and supper menus created specifically for the program
He's played for audiences around the world and back again. He served as one of 15 national judges for this year's Grammy Awards competition.
With the phenomenal success of televised talent competitions like "American Idol" and "Nashville Star," it's sometimes easy to forget that, for most struggling musicians, forging a successful music career is a process that takes years, and involves many ups and downs. Such has been the case for 32-year-old Detroit Lakes native Terry Mackner, who graduated from DL High School in 1992. Since then, he's worked with a couple of different bands as well as going solo on occasion. He's performed on stage at both the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and at DL's own WE Fest.
It was a little over 100 years ago, on March 17, 1906, that Norby's Department Store first opened its doors in downtown Detroit Lakes. Though the St. Patrick's Day opening might not make apparent sense, given the fact that brothers L.J. and G.J. Norby were not of Celtic descent, it undoubtedly put the "luck of the Irish" on their side.
His enthusiasm was infectious -- so much so that the Detroit Lakes School Board wasted very little time in offering a superintendent contract to the third and final candidate interviewed for the position on Wednesday night. "I'm so impressed with his manner, his integrity -- he really gets his passion (for edu-cation) across," said board member LuAnn Porter.