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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For 38 years now, Dennis Schurman has been a part of the Detroit Lakes legal community; the last 20 of those years have been spent operating out of his own law office on Holmes Street. But as of Jan. 1, he will be stepping down from the full-time practice of law, as the Schurman Law Office will become the Schurman & Winters Law Firm. "I'll be retiring at the end of the year...
Though it's been nearly six years since Carolyn Engebretson left the position on the Becker County Board that she had held for four consecutive terms, she has continued to be an active participant in her community, championing the causes that have been nearest and dearest to her heart. So when she stopped regularly attending board meetings of the Becker County Historical Society, Mahube Community Council and other organizations in which she had been a staunch participant, her absence was noticed. "I hadn't been feeling well since at least May," Engebretson said.
The cause of a Friday night fire that destroyed a building housing four Detroit Lakes businesses has not yet been determined, though investigators are concentrating on a furnace room that was housed on the second floor. "The fire started in the area of the furnaces on the second floor, but the exact cause has not been determined," Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson said Tuesday. Firefighters were called to the building near the bowling alley on West Lake Drive at around 7:15 p.m. Friday. "The building was pretty well engulfed (in flames) when we arrived," Swanson said.
It's been almost 20 years since Dave Baer moved to Detroit Lakes in 1991. For most of that time, he's been a volunteer with the Detroit Lakes Fire Department. "I joined in November 1992," he said. "I'm starting on my 18th year." And soon, Baer will be starting on a new position within the department's ranks as well -- on Jan. 1, he will take over the duties of Fire Chief Jeff Swanson, who is stepping down after 25 years as chief. "I've been assistant chief for the past four years," Baer said.
On some days, the job of a Becker County Sheriff's Office dispatcher can be fairly routine: Answering and logging in calls about barking dogs or stray cats roaming the neighborhood, doing driver's license and license plate checks on law enforcement traffic stops. On others, the job can be more than a little stressful, with multi-car and multiple injury accidents, fire calls and major crimes being called into the dispatch center, seemingly all at once. "You can go from total boredom to complete chaos at the tick of a clock," says Marv Anderson, who has been a dispatcher for the sheriff's de
Construction of "Mary's Place," the new women's shelter in Detroit Lakes, is on target for completion in late April. "The windows and shingles are finished, and they are working on the inside now," said Jan Logan, executive director of the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center (LCRC).
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board certified a final figure of over $2.3 million for the 2010, payable 2011 district property tax levy at its Monday night meeting in Lake Park. As expected, the $21.1 million building bond referendum approved by voters in May had a marked effect on the tax levy. According to LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie, the total figure of $2,345,926 reflected a debt service levy of $1,375,040 for the bond payments. Without that debt service amount, the actual levy increase over last year's figure of $957,719 would have been just a little above $13,000.
Are you ready to hear the holiday favorite "Little Drummer Boy" performed in the style of the rock classic "Wipeout"? Does the idea of combining traditional Christmas tunes with the rock stylings of artists like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin intrigue you? Then get your tickets now for the "Rock & Roll Christmas Spectacular," which takes the stage at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 16 for a 7:30 p.m. show. The show, which has been delighting audiences in the St.
Whenever this newspaper is looking for stories on the history of Becker County, one of the first names on the list of people to call is Roger Engstrom. A lifelong resident of the farm established by his grandfather on Pickerel Lake, Roger has spent much of his post-retirement years compiling research on local history. He's shared that research by writing columns for this newspaper, narrating the "Museum Road Show" program for TV-3, the local public access television station, and by publishing stories in the annual Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion history book. In addition, he ha
When most people talk about finding their "true calling," they don't mean it in the literal sense. But when Vicki Marthaler applied for the position of chaplain at Detroit Lakes' Emmanuel Community 15 years ago, it was about more than finding a job. "It truly was a calling from deep within," she says. Marthaler, a native of Sabin, Minn., had first worked as a telephone operator, then as a legal secretary and later as a teacher in the years prior to coming to Emmanuel. "When I graduated from high school, women could be either a secretary, or a teacher, or a nurse," she says.