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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A controversial new ordinance to raise the tobacco-sale age to 21 within Detroit Lakes city limits will get its first public airing at the Sept. 12 meeting of the Detroit Lakes City Council. The council voted Tuesday to hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance during that meeting. As part of that motion, they voted to send out a 30-day written notice of the meeting to discuss the proposed ordinance changes to all local tobacco vendors.
Just a couple of months ago, the Becker County Museum hosted its first-ever Solstice Cemetery Walk at Oak Grove Cemetery, bringing more than 100 people to the rural Detroit Lakes site The event proved so popular that a second one has already been scheduled for this fall. Eksjo Lutheran Church's cemetery, located adjacent to the church grounds in rural Lake Park, will be the setting for the Eksjo Cemetery Walk, which is slated to take place on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Lena Ellingson was just 13 years old when she first met Mathias Mattson on the boat from Norway to the United States — and he wasn't much older himself. But that early encounter would lead to a marriage — and to a Becker County farming dynasty that exists to this day. Mathias and Lena's grandsons, Robert (Bob), Roger and Richard (Rick), have managed to not only maintain the original, 133-acre rural Lake Park homestead that was started by their grandparents back in 1917, but expand it into the 5,800-acre operation that it is today.
Ever since he was a very young boy, Frazee native Martin (Marty) Wallace has loved farming. "It's in my heart so deep," says Wallace, who purchased the 280-acre family farm from his grandparents, George and Sylvia Iten, in 1987 — becoming the fifth generation of the Iten/Wallace clan to be involved in its operation.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—After the firestorm of controversy that erupted following the Detroit Lakes City Council's July 11 decision to revoke a rental registration for an Elizabeth Street property — owned by a 70-year-old woman and rented by a disabled veteran — the council opted to reconsider that action on Tuesday.
It may have been the final night of WE Fest 2017, but the party at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch showed no signs of slowing down on Saturday, as chart-topping country stars Randy Houser, Brett Eldredge and Luke Bryan kept the concert bowl rocking long into the midnight hour.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — WE Fest, the iconic country music festival that wrapped up its 35th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 5, brings thousands of visitors to the Detroit Lakes community every year during the first week of August.
Detroit Lakes' City Park and mile-long City Beach will be transformed into a boaters' paradise this coming weekend, Aug. 12-13, with a boat show in the park on Saturday and powerboat racing on Little Detroit Lake both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The 3rd Annual Detroit Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show is scheduled for Saturday in the City Park, from noon to 4 p.m.
Though the celebrating has already begun for some — campers began lining up outside the festival grounds as early as Monday morning, and the first of two "pre-party" concerts took place last night (Tuesday), with another to follow this evening — the 35th edition of WE Fest doesn't officially get underway until Thursday afternoon, when the gates to the main concert bowl open for the first time at 2 p.m. In honor of the 35th anniversary, festival presenters Townsquare Media have made some impressive upgrades that concert goers are sure to notice.
When lifelong Frazee resident Justin Oelfke entered his truck in the demolition derby for the 2017 Becker County Fair, he knew it might be for the last time. "He had to get medical clearance to compete," says Oelfke's longtime girlfriend, Jamie Larson.