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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This past Friday, Feb. 27, the hallways and classrooms of Detroit Lakes Middle School were a veritable sea of purple. It wasn't because the school had changed its official colors, or instituted some weird new dress code: Instead, the students, staff and faculty were wearing purple because it was the favorite color of DLMS teacher Michelle Harris. Friday was designated as "Michelle's Day," to show support for Harris, who was diagnosed with colon cancer on Feb.
Participating in a state honor choir can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "There are no guarantees that you will ever have anyone (from your school) chosen," said Detroit Lakes Middle School vocal music director Dorothy Satrom. Hundreds of students from schools across Minnesota send in audition tapes, hoping for a chance to sing with one of the honor choirs at the annual convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Minnesota. This year, Satrom had no less than seven students selected for the honor, including four first-timers. Sam Champa, Tory Haglund, Kalley W
Just like many women, personal fitness coaches can struggle with weight and body image issues too. Lifestyle fitness expert Amy Lundberg, founder of Aim For It Fitness Coaching LLC in Detroit Lakes, shares her insights for balancing children, marriage, work and personal health effectively in the new bestselling book, Wake Up Women -- Be Happy, Healthy and Wealthy. Lundberg contributed a chapter to the book called "Self-Care Before Sit-ups." In it, she relates the challenges of being pregnant three times -- "I was pregnant with my fourth child while writing the chapter," Lundberg said -- an
LAKE PARK - At a time when many area school districts are looking at downsizing staff, the Lake Park-Audubon School Board approved a grant application Monday night that would, if approved, allow them to add two full-time instructors to the district roster for 2009-10. The district would, however, only need to pay for 10 to 15 percent of the total cost, or about $8,000-$12,000 for the two positions. The added staff would allow one more section of first grade and one section of second grade to be added at LP-A Elementary School for next year.
As a young boy growing up in rural Detroit Lakes in the 1950s, Bob Cummings knew from an early age that art was his true calling. Though he put that calling on hold for a while -- working in construction for many years to raise his family -- Cummings has now come full circle.
Bowing to pressure from area senior citizens, the Becker County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to restore full funding to the County Coordinator on Aging position. In anticipation of further cuts to the county's Local Government Aid (LGA) allotment from the state of Minnesota, the commissioners had agreed at their Feb. 10 meeting to cut the county's allotment for the Coordinator on Aging position by half for this year. Early Tuesday morning, a large group of area seniors attended the open forum portion of the board meeting to protest that decision.
Who's the murderer? Is it the proper, retired judge? The cynical young woman? The eccentric young man? Or maybe it was the by-the-book, retired military officer! Find out "whodunit" when Summit Productions presents one of the greatest mysteries of all time, Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," in four performances at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre starting this Saturday, Feb.
Question: What kind of art project requires approximately 1,600 pounds of stained glass, 70 recycled glass windows, 150 pounds of grout, 66 pounds of zinc framing and 13 gallons of glue? Answer: Mosaic Mania!
As a young boy growing up on a large farm in the Detroit Lakes area, John Okeson received an early education in such things as weed spraying and operating big machinery. It was that early experience that he credits with getting him his first job, as a maintenance worker for the Becker County Highway Department. "My first summer here, I did a lot of weed spraying," he says. After that first summer, however, Okeson moved on to a maintenance job with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Morris, thinking it was a step up the career ladder. But a scant seven months later, he was gi
Last week was a busy one for students in Kathy Larson's vocal music classes. On Thursday, five DL freshmen and sophomores were called to participate in the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Grade 9-10 Honor Choir, while five more DL juniors and seniors took part in the Minnesota All-State Choir performance at Orchestra Hall on Saturday, Feb.