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 the past decade, the Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail Association has been hosting its annual Winter Trails Day festivities at Callaway's Maplelag Resort every January — and 2018 is no exception.
This past October, the Essentia Health-St. Mary's Foundation embarked on a fundraising campaign to bring a helipad onto the EHSM hospital grounds in Detroit Lakes. Called "$100,000 in 100 Days," the campaign was the first phase in an overall project to raise the necessary $500,000 to begin construction of the helipad this spring. In order to springboard the campaign, the SJE Rhombus Foundation pledged a $50,000 match donation — and when the 100-day deadline was reached this past week, organizers reported that the match had been met, and exceeded.
The Peoples Park Outdoor Skating Rink opened for the season this past weekend, according to Detroit Lakes Public Works Director Brad Green. "It officially opened this past Friday, Dec. 29," Green said. "We weren't able to open earlier because we weren't able to make ice." Green said that the city crews aren't able to flood the rink until the ground is completely frozen, which didn't happen until late this past week — when subzero temperatures hit the area.
Conditions are go for Detroit Lakes' first ice harvest in nearly 50 years, say event organizers: As of Tuesday morning, the ice on Little Detroit Lake near the DL Pavilion had reached a depth of 17½ inches — exceeding the thickness needed for harvesting by nearly half a foot. "It needs to be a minimum of 12 inches," says Ice Harvest Committee member Scott Walz, who along with fellow committee member Hans Gilsdorf, completed the official depth measurement on Tuesday.
Chicago native Karen Lenius has filled many different posts in her 30 years with Mahube-Otwa Community Action. But for the past 11 of those years, she has served as Becker County's "go-to" person when it comes to answering questions about Medicare, RSVP, or any number of senior care programs in the region. "In some ways, the jobs that I have held here at Mahube have paralleled my own life," says Lenius. "When I started in August of 1989, as a home visitor with Head Start, my youngest daughter Donna had just started school."
It's been a few years since vintage snowmobiles have raced across the ice of Big Detroit Lake, but for fans of the sport, there's good news: The One Lunger 100 is back! For the past several years, the event has been held in Brainerd, but the popular endurance race for single-cylinder snowmobiles of 1970s vintage or older will once again be held on the ice in front of Detroit Lakes' Holiday Inn come Saturday, Jan. 13. "Back in the day, single-cylinder sleds used to be called 'one-lungers,'" says event organizer Grady Shearer, explaining the race's curious name.
Now that the holiday celebrations are winding down, it's time to start thinking about pulling that old snowmobile out of storage and hitting the trails. There are over 250 miles of snowmobile trails to enjoy in Becker County — approximately 130 of which are maintained by Detroit Lakes' own ULTRA Snowmobile Club. ULTRA is hosting not just one, but two rides for vintage and classic sleds in January, with the first scheduled to take place this coming Saturday, Jan. 6.
For nearly 30 years now, Cyndi Anderson has been one of the "unsung heroes" behind a large number of local nonprofit organizations and initiatives. She has also been one of the first to step forward and volunteer to help whenever there was an individual, or a family, or a group of people in need of assistance. But now, Anderson is the one needing support — and her community is rallying behind her. Diagnosed with liver and bile duct cancer back in the fall of 2015, Anderson has been through multiple rounds of chemotherapy and clinical trials since then.
This Monday, Dec. 25, is the day that millions of Christians across the globe will celebrate as the day that their savior, Jesus Christ, was born. Approximately 3 months later, they will celebrate him and his teachings, which lead to his crucifixion, death and resurrection on Easter Sunday (falling on April 1 in 2018). But what about what happened afterwards? In the Bible's New Testament, the Book of Acts (sometimes referred to as 'Acts of the Apostles') chronicles the history of the rise of Christianity, immediately after Jesus' ascension into heaven.
Ah, the good old days... when families would spend the week between Christmas and New Year's playing board games, doing jigsaw puzzles, or just spending some time together before the kids had to go back to school. Today, it's more likely that kids and parents can be found spending that week playing with their new smartphones, tablets and video game consoles, often without interacting much at all. But for those who find themselves longing for those old-fashioned family moments, the Becker County Museum has the perfect solution: Kids' Week at the Museum!