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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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!
For many people, Christmas is a day to be spent with family and friends, opening presents, sneaking pieces of ham or turkey before it's ready, sampling holiday goodies (and a glass of eggnog or two), and generally making merry.
When you walk through the doors of Detroit Lakes' Shorewood Pub during the holidays, it's almost like entering Santa's North Pole workshop... everywhere you look, there are Christmas decorations, figurines depicting everything from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman to a choir of angels and the Holy Nativity, mounted deer heads with Christmas bulbs hanging from their antlers, a Christmas village spread out across one long countertop and a plethora of stuffed animals, most of them also wearing Santa hats or stocking caps.
The Detroit Lakes City Council approved a $5.1 million certified levy and $30 million budget for 2018 at its regular meeting on Tuesday. The total levy of $5,114,009 marks a 6.2 percent increase from last year, according to City Administrator Kelcey Klemm — yet thanks to a 15 percent increase in the city's tax capacity, the overall tax rate will decrease by about 8 percent, he added.
"The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence, a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man's Land singing 'Stille Nacht' ('Silent Night'). Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace."
"Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves..." Yes, the 12 days of Christmas are almost upon us — which means that area bird watchers are already gearing up for their annual bird count. Every year since 1900, the National Audubon Society has mobilized thousands of volunteers across the Western Hemisphere for its Christmas Bird Count — and this year is no exception. The Detroit Lakes area count is set for this coming Tuesday, Dec. 19, while Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge has organized a separate bird count for Wednesday, Jan. 3.
Are you looking to bring home a new kitten, puppy, cat or dog for the holidays this year? Then this Saturday, Dec. 16 is the day to do it. During their regular hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the Humane Society of the Lakes will be offering cat and dog adoptions for qualified adopters — free of charge!
For the past several weeks, Detroit Lakes High School students and faculty who stay late on weekday afternoons may have noticed some pipers piping, ladies dancing, lords a-leaping, and possibly even some drummers drumming... yet the school's music department isn't preparing for a dramatic re-interpretation of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," but rather, the biennial DLHS holiday tradition known as the Renaissance Madrigal Dinners.
Free sleigh rides every Saturday afternoon during the holiday season have been a tradition at the Washington Square Mall dating back well over a decade, bringing Christmas cheer and smiles to the faces of hundreds of children and their families each year. No injuries have been incurred by either horse or human participants — a statistic that still stands, thanks to what sleigh driver Charlie Gross is calling "a Christmas miracle at the mall."