Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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"You have cancer." Nothing can prepare you for hearing those three words from your doctor -- even when it's already happened to someone close to you. "It was a big shock," said Evonne Anderson, who was diagnosed with Fallopian tube cancer early this year. "I was a little better prepared this time, because we'd already gone through it once," she said, referring to her husband, Tom, who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer seven years ago.
When you look at the illustrations in the 2006 children's book, Keegan Kelly Discovers Allergies, the bright colors and crayon-rough edges might make you think they'd been drawn by the book's seven-year-old, fictional protagonist. But if you look closely, you'll see the artful illusion behind those drawings -- which were really the creation of 25-year-old graphic artist Jodi Buermann, a Detroit Lakes native who now makes her home in Fargo. And that's not the only local connection to be found in the pages of this book, which was authored by Frazee-area native Tami Sublette.
Though the administrative offices of the Detroit Lakes School District will be undergoing a shakeup over the next few months, district finances appear to be pretty stable. Business Manager Richard Lundeen, who is slated to retire in October, and Superintendent Lowell Niklaus, who will be leaving that office to become the district's education director, presented their final preliminary budget at Monday's school board meeting. And the news was basically pretty good for Detroit Lakes.
When the White Earth tribal election primary was held on April 4, it looked like the incumbents for the three open positions on the White Earth Tribal Council would have a fairly easy time being re-elected, as each received the highest number of votes among all candidates for their positions. But when this Tuesday's general election was over, District 2 Committeeman Anthony "Tony" Wadena had been upset by challenger Terrance "Terry" Tibbetts, receiving just 255 votes to Tibbetts' 443 (or just 37 percent of the 698 ballots cast overall). "It feels pretty doggone good," Tibbetts said once th
When Mike Berg scored birdies on the first five holes at Detroit Country Club on Wednesday, June 7, he knew it was going to be a good day on the links. "That's the first time I've ever done that (birdied the first five holes)," Berg said. Though he only made par on the sixth, Berg went on to get birdies on holes seven, eight and nine to finish with an eight-under par 28. "I made eight birdies on the first nine holes," he said.
At Emmanuel Community, the staff and residents have a motto -- that each and every one of them is "an essential piece of the puzzle" when it comes to building a strong and vital community. So when the Emmanuel Foundation Endowment Fund began working on plans for an art event fund-raiser, the steering committee decided to bring together Emmanuel residents and local elementary, middle and high school students for an intergenerational art project. The intergenerational piece is a mosaic-style replica of an original art piece created for the June 15 event by local artist Linda Sheryak. Shery
When service men and women are sent off to war, they aren't just plucked off the streets and shipped overseas. First they are sent to basic training, also known as "boot camp," where they spend the next six months being transformed from everyday citizens, to soldiers, and finally, to warriors. They're taught to trust no one, watch everywhere around them for signs of danger, to follow the orders of their superior officers unquestioningly.
It's official. After months of negotiation over covenants and contract language and price, the keys to the former Callaway Elementary School building finally changed hands on Monday. June 5, 2006, was the day when the sale of the Callaway school by the Detroit Lakes School District to the White Earth Land Recovery Project became final. "We thank the Detroit Lakes School Board and the community of Callaway for working with us and supporting us," said WELRP executive director Winona LaDuke.
Sunny skies and warm temperatures were the order of the day this past weekend -- or at least, up until late Sunday afternoon -- and lakes area residents took full advantage of the opportunity to get out there and enjoy it. A total of 758 tickets were sold for Friday's grand reopening dance at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, according to Amy Stearns at the Historic Holmes Theatre, which handled ticket sales for the event. "I thought the response was great from the community," Stearns said. "The dance was a huge success," said Mitch Wimmer, a member of the Pavilion Preservation Committee who h
Luck was on LeRoy Boyce's side on the day the U.S. 7th Army stormed the beaches of southern France in what later came to be known as Operation Dragoon. On that day, Aug. 15, 1944, Boyce was among the 60,000 combat troops that went ashore in what was termed "the single greatest one-day effort of the Mediterranean war," according to VFW, September 1994. By the end of that day, nearly 200 U.S. servicemen had been killed, and another 400 wounded.