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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If anyone can make a concert about mental health entertaining, it's Elisa Korenne, New York Mills' award-winning singer, songwriter and storyteller. Korenne will be bringing her newest song-and-story concert, "Crazy About You: Sifting for Sanity in the History of the Insane," to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre next Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. The 70-minute concert will be preceded by a 4 p.m. writing workshop for all ages and a 6:30 p.m. mini-concert for children, who will then be whisked away by childcare providers so their parents can attend the 7 p.m. concert.
When she was 20 weeks pregnant, Detroit Lakes resident Melissa Lepper got the news that no parent wants to hear — her baby had a congenital heart defect. She and her husband Matt made the trip to visit with pediatric heart specialists at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where they learned that their son would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). "It means the left side of his heart is underdeveloped," Melissa explained. "It stopped developing at 7-10 weeks in utero."
Memorial Day: For many people, it's the holiday that serves to kick off the warm, sunny days of summer — the culmination of a long weekend spent enjoying barbecues, pontoon rides around the lake, family get-togethers, graduation parties. But for those who serve in the military, and their families and friends, it means much more, as Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk alluded to in his welcoming address at the community's Memorial Day program on Monday morning.
The weather may not quite feel like it yet, but summer has arrived! And that means it's time for Detroit Lakes' first festival of the season — the Street Faire at the Lakes. The 17th annual event is set for this Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, in downtown DL. "It's the first juried art show of the season in the lakes area," says Rachel Hofstrand, marketing and events director for the Historic Holmes Theatre, who handles scheduling and marketing for the annual event. "We always hold it on the first Friday and Saturday after Memorial Day."
When Sally Hausken was asked to attend this Thursday's meeting of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club, she thought she had been invited to speak to the club about her plans for Greater Sucker Creek, the 117-acre nature preserve that she helped to create. Instead, Hausken was surprised to hear Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk call her up to the podium to be presented with an award. "I had no idea," says Hausken, who was the recipient of the 2017 Minnesota Outstanding Trail Leader award from American Trails.
Trustworthy, capable, honest, conscientious... these were the words that his Detroit Lakes employers used to describe Lyle Crovisier when they wrote letters of recommendation for his application to be a Flying Cadet in the U.S. Army Air Corps back in 1942.
Shoppers in downtown Detroit Lakes may have noticed that the sidewalks along Washington Avenue have begun to bloom with color over the past few weeks. The giant flower pots and boxes lining the sidewalks — which will remain in place through this fall — were funded by generous donations from local businesses, community organizations and individuals, as part of the Downtown Alive community beautification project.
Starting this Friday afternoon and continuing through Memorial Day, the avenues of Detroit Lakes' Oak Grove Cemetery will be lined with large cotton flags, honoring local veterans who have served this country. The Detroit Lakes VFW and American Legion together started the Avenue of Flags in 1990. According to VFW member Dave Coalwell, it began when local veteran Herschel Koenig saw something similar to the Avenue of Flags in another Minnesota community and suggested the locals do something like that.
It's hard to imagine that the biological impact of an oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico more than seven years ago could still be showing up in Minnesota's Common Loon population in the present day — yet that's exactly what's happening.