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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Christmas stories spun and carols sung by candlelight, with a homemade turkey dinner to follow — it's become a popular tradition at Detroit Lakes' Trinity Lutheran Church, which will open its doors to the community this coming Sunday at 4:30 p.m. for the church's 14th annual "Candles & Carols" celebration. This year's celebration is titled, "This Little Light of Mine," and it's intended to fill those present for the event with the joy of Christmas, according Mark Berg, director of music and arts programming at Trinity.
Theater fans, take note: The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters is chartering a bus for a trip to Fargo next Tuesday, Dec. 13, for a one-night only screening of George Takei's Broadway musical, "Allegiance" — and they're opening up a limited number of seats to the general public. The musical — starring Takei, Lea Salonga, and Telly Leung — follows a Japanese-American family as their lives change following the events of Pearl Harbor.
Do you love Christmas caroling, and singing along with the radio? Would you like the opportunity to raise some money for a good cause while you belt out your favorite tunes with friends and fellow community members? Then come on down to the Historic Holmes Theatre this Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m., for a "Christmas Sing-Along" fundraiser to help a young Fargo immigrant named Ethar Al Ghazzawi realize his dream of becoming part of the cast of "Up With People."
If there's one thing our local legislators on both sides of the political aisle can agree on, it's that something needs to be done about healthcare costs in Minnesota.
When Shelly Boyum-Breen was growing up, she had a hard time identifying with the characters in the books she read. "There's a wide range of strong, female children's book characters, but not any playing sports," says Boyum-Breen. "I never saw myself in those books growing up, so I didn't get as engaged in reading as I could have." So when she grew up and became a children's book author, she decided to do something to change that. "Shelly Bean the Sports Queen," the hero of her popular children's book series, is at least partially based on Boyum-Breen's own experiences.
Do you have products from Watkins, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Clever Container, Tupperware and Premier Jewelry on your Christmas list this year? Or are you struggling to find that perfect, unique gift to please hard-to-shop-for family and friends? Then come on over to Detroit Lakes' Grace Lutheran Church this Saturday, Dec. 10, for the church's inaugural Holiday Vendor Fair, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Several of the lakes area's four-legged denizens will be strutting their stuff on the runway this Friday, Dec. 9 at the Historic Holmes Theatre, alongside their tuxedo-clad handlers. Yes, it's time for the Humane Society of the Lakes' annual Tuxes & Tails fundraiser. Though not all of the animals participating are rescue dogs—many are simply beloved family pets—a large portion of them have been adopted out of the Humane Society, says HSL volunteer Beth Pridday, who is co-chairing the event with Anne-Marye Hoban this year..
How does a former professional football player, who still proudly wears his 2006 Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl Championship ring on his finger, end up making his living as a singer? "I grew up in a very athletic and musical family," says Ben Utecht, who along with performing partner Mick Sterling, will be bringing the holiday show, "An Andy & Bing Christmas," to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre for two shows this Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Santa Claus will once again be rollin' into Detroit Lakes on his "boogie-woogie choo-choo train" next Monday, Dec. 12, when the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops at the Holmes Street railroad crossing at 2:30 p.m. "The kids will still be in school," says Becker County Food Pantry Executive Director Jack Berenz, adding that he hopes some teachers might choose to let class out a little early that day, or local daycare providers will bring their children on a little field trip to see the show.
Though she did not win one of the five open seats on the Lake Park-Audubon School Board in the Nov. 8 general election, Amanda "Mande" North will nevertheless be sworn in for a one-year term at the board's 2017 organizational meeting on Jan. 3. On a 4-2 vote, North was appointed Monday to fill the seat vacated by board member Rich Veit on Aug. 31, after he resigned from the board to accept a teaching position with the district. Because his resignation came too late to include his seat on the ballot in November, the board opted to fill the position by appointment.