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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Norby's Department Store celebrated its 100th anniversary in Detroit Lakes just a few years ago. But what many people may not remember is that before there was a Norby's, there was a Blanding's. "We were the Wal-Mart of early Detroit Lakes," says Richard Blanding, whose grandfather Arthur established the Blanding Department Store in 1887. "My dad was born in a house where the library is now," Richard says, adding that the house he grew up in on Park Street was just demolished a few weeks ago to make room for the expansion of St.
Becker County Human Services, courthouse, jail/dispatch and confidential services employees will receive a 1 percent general wage increase for 2010. Becker County commissioners approved a one-year contract with the labor unions representing those employees at Tuesday's county board meeting. According to Nancy Grabanski, the county's human services director, the overall wage increase amounts to a total of roughly $100,000. However, as County Administrator Brian Berg pointed out, this increase does not take into account the fact that many employees have chosen to take voluntary unpaid leav
It's been eight years since the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center (DLCCC) first opened its doors to the public, in the fall of 2001. Since then, the $9.35 million facility has grown into its role as a multi-generational, multi-use facility that serves not only the community of Detroit Lakes, but the entire region. Betsy Norby, an avid runner, said that she enjoys the year-round convenience of the center's indoor track and treadmill machines, as well as its training classes for marathon runners. "For me the most important thing is that it's open during the winter," she said.
The business of reporting news is constantly changing, to keep pace with advances in technology. Once upon a time, the general public had to rely on once daily, or even weekly newspaper and radio reports to get their information about what was going on in the world. Today, that same information is often available almost instantaneously, with the click of a computer mouse. The advent of 24-hour cable news channels, the World Wide Web and the "blogosphere" (i.e., blog reporting) have each had a far-reaching impact on the way news is disseminated, according to Matt von Pinnon, editor of The
Becker County District 4 Commissioner John Bellefeuille will serve as county board chairman for 2010. Bellefeuille was unanimously elected to the position by his fellow commissioners at Tuesday's 2010 organizational meeting. "It's exciting and frightening at the same time," Bellefeuille said of the prospect of taking the helm for the county. Bellefeuille, who is in the final year of his first term on the board, said he sees 2010 as "a year of many challenges" for the board in the months ahead.
He may have been three days overdue, but the arrival of St. Mary's "Baby New Year," Avion Douglas Lamar Downing at 3:10 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, was otherwise without incident. "I took maternity leave eight days before his due date (Jan. 1) -- but he was born three days after," said proud mother Crystal Covey of Frazee. As it happened, Avion's claim to being the first baby of 2010 to be born at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes was nearly usurped. "We had three mothers in labor that day (Monday)," explained Nancy Kinslow, public relations coordinator for SMIH.
It was a disappointing start for the Laker girls' basketball team in this week's holiday tournament at Sartell, as they lost their opener against Princeton 57-35 Tuesday night. "Princeton came out with high energy, and we were unable to match the speed of the game they played," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. After a slow start, the Lakers trailed by 15 points at halftime, but battled back in the second half to close the gap to 10 points before Princeton surged back to put the game well out of reach. "Princeton is a very good team," said Hoganson.
As 2009 slips away, here's a look back at the last 12 months: January "New Year's baby" Dade Marcel Keezer was born at 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 1, becoming the first child to be born at St. Mary's Innovis Health, Detroit Lakes, in 2009 ... Matt Brenk was sworn in as the new mayor of Detroit Lakes, succeeding Larry Buboltz, and new council members Madalyn Sukke and Jamie Marks Erickson also took office ... Gerry Schram was sworn in as Becker County commissioner, as Harry Salminen was elected board chair for 2009 ...
WAUBUN -- Leading by 13 points at halftime, Climax-Fisher appeared poised to rout the Waubun girls' basketball team on the Bombers' home court Dec. 22. And as the Knights stretched that lead to 21 points early in the second half, victory was well within their grasp. It was then that Bomber head coach Jason McCloskey called a time out in an attempt to regroup his team. "At that time, I just told the girls what I told them in the locker room at half, and that was to be more physical on defense and attack on offense," McCloskey said.
Looking for something different to do during this week's holiday break? How about a scavenger hunt, with a little history thrown in to keep things interesting? The Becker County History Museum, located at 714 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes (next to the Historic Holmes Theatre), is hosting its first-ever "History Hunt Days," Dec. 29-Jan. 2. Though the museum is closed on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, it will be open to the public today and Thursday, Dec. 31, as well as Saturday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.