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From now through the end of August, visitors to the Historic Holmes Theatre may notice that the display cases on the second floor (leading to the theater entrance) are filled with original artwork. If they look more closely, they'll see that there is a watercolor painting from 11-year-old Dana Langworthy of Detroit Lakes displayed on one shelf, while in another area, there are five pieces by Detroit Lakes High School senior Gwenia Fiskevold, including watercolor paintings as well as pencil and ink drawings. Other displays feature the work of Kitti Kivi-Lex of New York Mills as well as Melv
When the Callaway Elementary School closed its doors on the last day of classes in May 2005, it was a particularly sad moment for the students and staff, because they knew they wouldn't be back in the fall. Callaway Elementary was closed by the Detroit Lakes School District at the end of the 2004-05 school year, but last Sunday, July 9, about 70 of those former students, parents and staff reunited for an afternoon of fun, games and reminiscing at the Callaway Community Center. "It was so much fun to see all the kids again," said Mary Edon, a former teacher's aide at the school who brought
When musician John Orcutt died in an automobile accident last November, it didn't make local newspaper headlines -- but the impact was definitely felt by lakes area music lovers. For seven years, Orcutt and fellow musician Dave Herzog had been a fixture of the summer music scene in Detroit Lakes, as their band, Island Time, provided a dose of Caribbean flair to the annual Northwest Water Carnival in addition to their weekly gigs at Long Bridge and other area restaurants and bars. "Some of our fans dubbed us the 'official band of summer,'" Herzog noted.
Hal Ketchum has been infatuated with music for most of his life. "I learned to hum before I could talk," says the country music star, who visits Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre Thursday night for a one-night-only performance. "I used to crawl over to the radio when I was two years old, just to listen." And somewhere along the line, he learned to create songs for other people to listen to and sing along with as well. "I wrote a poem for my mother when I was about 9, and she liked it," he says of his introduction to songwriting.
Township officials' recommendations are going to be given more weight in future planning and zoning decisions, according to a resolution passed Tuesday at the Becker County Board of Commissioners meeting. Attorney Jay Carlson, representing a group of supervisors from Audubon and Lake Eunice Townships, made a presentation to the board requesting that the commissioners give "clear direction" to the Planning Commission with regard to honoring townships' recommendations for zoning changes in shoreland management areas. The request came as a result of a recent Planning Commission decision to ap
A little less than a year from now, there will be a new community center in Mahnomen. Located about a mile and a half north of the Shooting Star Casino on Adams Street, the Veteran's Memorial Community Center will be constructed adjacent to a new, 25-family single home development. According to Leo Grobe, the lead architect on the project, the center will cover roughly 4,800 square feet -- but it will be built in a cylindrical shape. "It's kind of a cylindrical building," Grobe said Monday in a telephone interview.
With her wedding day now just a little less than two weeks away, Kesley Tweed might be forgiven for being a little preoccupied. "I've pretty much been consumed by wedding plans," she admits, adding that she and fiancé Darrin Myhre plan to tie the knot on Saturday, July 15. But since May, Tweed has also been busy learning the ropes at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, where she serves as the new marketing coordinator for both the Historic Holmes Theatre and the Fitness & Aquatics Center. "I'm really interested in fitness and athletics," says Tweed, who enjoys running, water a
When the Detroit Lakes Pavilion hosts its second big show of the summer this Friday, June 30, dancing will once again be on the menu -- but with a comic twist. Prior to the official start of the dance, there will be a comedy show featuring not just one, but two, Minnesota-grown comedians.
Though he's done most of his work quietly, behind the scenes, Bill Leff has played an integral role in the administration of Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Detroit Lakes since its days as a vocational-technical school. A Waubun native, Leff earned a degree in social studies from Bemidji State University, and worked for a few years as a secondary level teacher before going on to earn a master's degree in educational administration from the Tri-College University -- a cooperative effort of Minnesota State University Moorhead, North Dakota State University and Concordia College.
It's not often that a small, rural Minnesota community like Lake Park garners national attention, but loyal viewers of the cable station Home & Garden Television (HGTV) will be getting a glimpse of it during the 2006-07 television season. Rural Lake Park artist Gaylen Peterson of Pine Hill Pottery will be the featured artist in an upcoming installment of HGTV's "That's Clever." According to the show's producer, Kate Turnipseed, the show featuring Peterson will be aired sometime in late 2006 or early 2007. "We shoot a season in advance," added the show's director, Arlington Forbes, as th