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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When the seven children of Doris and Harold "Smokey" Johnson were growing up in the family home at the corner of Holmes Street and West Avenue in Detroit Lakes, they enjoyed playing and relaxing amongst the beautiful trees, flowers and green lawns that surrounded them. They also remember how their mother loved the fall colors in the big maple tree she had planted in the back yard, and how their dad enjoyed feeding the ducks and deer that came up for a drink from the pond.
Though the United Way's annual Community Celebration is traditionally held at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, Executive Director LuAnn Porter would like everyone to know that the event is intended not just for the locals, but all Becker County residents to enjoy. "We are a county-wide organization," says Porter. "We, and our partner agencies, provide services for all of Becker County." Those 32 partner agencies will each have a booth at this year's Community Celebration, which is set to take place this Thursday, Sept. 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
It was just about two years ago that a group of local residents began making plans to establish a food co-op in Detroit Lakes that focused on locally grown food products — and now those plans have become reality. "Our store is now open!" says Wendy Gordon, founder and board president of the MANNA Food Co-op. "We had our 'soft' opening Aug. 26, and the support of this community so far has been over the top fantastic."
Attention, all Detroit Lakes-area hobbyists: Do you have a collection of dolls, miniatures, sports cards, model trains, china cups, spoons, matchbooks, or any other unique form of memorabilia that you'd like to show off? Then bring it to the Becker County Museum this Saturday, Sept. 23, for a special "Show My Collection" event that's being held in conjunction with the Smithsonian-sponsored National Museum Day.
When the Historic Holmes Theatre debuts the original theatrical work, "Unveiling Nimuué," this Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m., it will be Detroit Lakes' own Marisa Pace stepping into the title role in the Fargo-Moorhead Ballet's performance of "Essence of Nimuué," which opens the show. At just 15 years of age, Pace will be taking the lead in a ballet performance for the first time. So is she nervous? Not so much.
With limited seating available for the 12th annual Fire & Ice fundraiser for Essentia Health-St. Mary's Foundation (EHSM), it's the hottest ticket in town this week. "We limit the number of tickets sold to 250," says EHSM Foundation Director LeAnn Mouw, explaining that organizers felt this was the maximum number that could be seated comfortably inside The Fireside restaurant (where the annual event is held).
Detroit Lakes’ Historic Holmes Theatre will be the setting for the debut of an original theatrical work, “Unveiling Nimuué,” which premieres this Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. This historic and unique piece of theater depicts the discovery of the “Glacial Minnesota Woman,” a 20,000 year old skeleton found near Pelican Rapids in 1931, as well as examining how she might have lived, and died, during prehistoric times.
"This is truly a war we're fighting." Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander didn't mince words during his brief presentation as part of a panel of speakers at Monday night's "Understanding Opiates" forum on the campus of M State-Detroit Lakes. And judging by the crowd that filled the M State conference center for the two-hour forum, local residents agreed with him. Glander noted that heroin usage has become an epidemic in the region.
Following a Tuesday public hearing about repeated noise complaint violations at Detroit Lakes' Zorbaz restaurant, the city council took action, issuing a 3-day suspension of the popular local hangout's 2 a.m. liquor license — but the establishment's management team says the consequences will be far less temporary.