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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It's not too often that a person lives long enough to reach their 100th birthday. So it was a rare occasion when two women at Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes reached the century mark on the same day. Mabel Walters and Genevieve Bannister both celebrated their 100th birthday on Thursday, Aug. 19 -- and fellow Emmanuel resident Elsie Nelson will join them in the centenarian club on Oct.
Fifteen years ago, the first Dick Beardsley Run was held in Detroit Lakes to honor the former DL resident and marathon running legend. But it also had a dual purpose: The event was a perfect tuneup for the Twin Cities Marathon, held every October. Since then, the event has become a tradition in its own right, drawing well over a thousand runners to Detroit Lakes every year on the second Saturday in September. (This year's event is set for Sept.
When school lets out for summer, you would think activities at the Boys & Girls Club in Detroit Lakes would start to slow down a little -- when in fact the kids are kept busier than ever. From June 2 to Aug.
The first official Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion opened its doors to the public in 1954. But it's actually been 70 years since the tradition started. According to the archives of the WMSTR, it all began in 1940, "with a little idea sparked from the soul of some local threshermen over supper. The Nelson boys fired up the old Garr-Scott engine to thresh with steam again for old times' sake with family and friends." The reunion has become a Labor Day weekend tradition in the tiny town of Rollag.
As the sun came up over Detroit Lake this past Saturday morning, Young Life Triathlon organizers noted with dismay that a heavy fog had settled in, jeopardizing the event's 8 a.m. start time. "We were debating whether we should delay the race until the fog had lifted," said race director LuAnn Milner.
It's not often that a surgeon has the opportunity to be joined in the operating room by his own daughter. But that's what happened to Dr. George Portilla last week. His daughter, Annie, was in the midst of a two-week summer internship at St.
Are you ready to be entertained? Season tickets for 2010-11 at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes go on sale Monday. The theater's staff has been busy lining up a schedule of more than 30 shows to fill your calendar from September through May -- and nearly half of them are free! The first of those free shows will take place Thursday, Sept. 9, when the 8th Street String Quartet -- an "all star" ensemble of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra -- takes the stage for a 7 p.m. performance. Nine days later, on Saturday, Sept.
For 60 years now, the Damien Society has been working to make the community of Detroit Lakes just a little bit nicer place to live. And this past Friday, the members were in the mood to celebrate their accomplishments, with a catered luncheon and program at the local Speak Easy Restaurant. Gerrie Rutledge, who chaired the planning committee for the celebration, said she's enjoyed the process. "I've talked with people I haven't seen in 20 years," she said, adding, "I'm so excited to have everyone here (for the celebration)." The Damien Society was first established in Detroit Lakes in 1
From the moment that the Lake Region Color Guard marched in for the formal presentation of the colors, to the final tribute to U.S.
When Andrea Hanson graduated from Lake Park-Audubon High School in 1997, her first career ambition was to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. "When I was in high school, I won a Creativity Award that was presented by the 3M Corporation," she recalls. She and other recipients of the award were given the chance to tour the 3M plant in St. Paul, which included a trip through their laboratories -- where they were given a chance to make adhesive tape. Hanson's tape was judged to be the stickiest.