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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They had always wanted a family of their own. But having met later in life, Mary and Tim Baumgart were unable to conceive a child. After years of fertility tests, treatments and drugs, they decided they would give foster parenthood a try. "We weren't considering adoption at first," said Mary.
Making the world a better place to live might seem like a lofty ambition, but it is an ambition realized by the hundreds of volunteers who work tirelessly to organize and implement community service projects and special events. Often, those volunteers go quietly about their business, unknown and unrecognized.
It's a busy week for the United Way of Becker County, with not just one, but two major events coming up. The United Way Celebration of Heroes takes place Thursday at the Holiday Inn Lakeside in Detroit Lakes. The Celebration of Heroes began in April 2002, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Though the actual event is still a couple of months away, tickets for the P.E.O. Garden Tour and Tea go on sale Saturday. The fund-raiser for the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) takes place once every two years, and is a joint effort of Detroit Lakes P.E.O. chapters DQ and FG. This year's event, with the theme "Music in the Garden," takes place Thursday, July 22.
The section of North Washington Avenue between Highway 10 and Highway 34 in Detroit Lakes is scheduled to undergo an overhaul -- but construction on the project most likely won't begin until late summer. Becker County Highway Engineer Brad Wentz said Tuesday that bids on the joint city-county project will most likely be let in mid to late June. "We're just finishing up the plans," he said.
For 42 years now, John Okeson has been keeping the roads of Becker County safe for drivers and pedestrians alike. But on Thursday, the Becker County highway superintendent will be easing on down the road into retirement -- at least from his duties for the county. "I've been here long enough," said Okeson on Tuesday. "I think it's just time...
Parents of children living with Autism Spectrum Disorders often face some unique challenges that leave them feeling isolated from other families. But as more is learned about these disordersa, parents of children with ASD are beginning to realize that they're not alone.
The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will get you into the swing of spring with its Spring Gala, followed by "A Tribute to Woody Herman" on Friday, April 30. The tribute will feature several area musicians, from drummer Bill Mohn to trumpet players Greg Johnson and Rob Anderson and trombone players Russ Kadow, Gary Harris and Jeff Johnson (bass trombone).
The Becker County Food Pantry had an extraordinarily successful March food drive this year -- and its patrons will soon be seeing the benefits. Food Pantry President Jack Berenz said Tuesday that, starting immediately, families in need of its services will be able to come in and restock their cupboards more often. The previous limit on Food Pantry visits was four times over a six-month period; as of this week, that number has been increased to five times in six months, he added. And families will be taking a little more food home from each visit to the Food Pantry as well. "We're incre
Last summer, the Becker County Board of Commissioners established an intradepartmental steering committee, with one purpose: to facilitate the development of a countywide recreational plan. The purpose of the plan was fourfold: To create a vision for the future; take stock of the county's current recreational inventory and promote it; identify new recreational opportunities; and develop an ongoing decision-making process for the evaluation of those recreational opportunities. Since then, the committee has been working diligently to develop not only a written plan, but a comprehensive recre