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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It's been a busy summer for business development in Detroit Lakes, from the opening of McKinley Plaza in late August, to ongoing construction of the $12 million Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel project across West Lake Drive from the city beach, as well as the $5 million new Holiday Stationstore in the community's downtown district, with both enterprises slated to open in early 2017. "Both projects are on target," says Detroit Lakes Community Development Director Larry Remmen.
Author Rick Shefchik will be in Wadena Friday, Oct. 14 for a 7 p.m. presentation at the Robertson Theatre, where he will talk about his book, "Everybody's Heard About the Bird: The true story of 1960s Rock and Roll in Minnesota." If you didn't experience rock and roll in Minnesota in the 1960s, this book will make you wish you had. This behind the scenes, up-close-and-personal account relates how a handful of Minnesota rock bands erupted out of a small Midwest market and made it big.
An attempt by anti-Islam activist Usama Dakdok to disrupt Sunday's "Meet Your Muslim Neighbors" community forum in Detroit Lakes was met with firm resistance by the crowd of mostly white, mostly Christian area residents. During a question-and-answer session that followed presentations by two Muslim Americans, Dr. Fauzia Haider and Concordia professor Ahmed Kamel, Dakdok stood and thanked them for coming, and for acknowledging that they were not theologians, adding, "which obviously, to me, means you do not know what you are talking about.
If you've never heard a woodwind quintet, you should start by hearing one of the best in the country. Grammy-nominated Imani Winds performs Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. The event is the second in this year's Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series. While in Fargo-Moorhead, the group will also lead a masterclass for high school and college woodwind chamber groups. The masterclass takes place the same day (Nov. 3) from noon to 2 p.m. in Weld Hall. The masterclass is free and open to the public.
There's still a few more days to see "The Art of Labor," an exhibit in the Gallery at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. The exhibition, which runs through this Saturday, Oct. 8, highlights the work of Joseph Theroux, a painter originally from Wadena who now resides in Minneapolis. His paintings explore the relationship between humans and their work. Theroux creates iconic portraits of ordinary workers, using light and symbolism to portray the sacredness of labor.
When sisters Amanda Aho and Andrea Yliniemi were growing up in rural Becker County, they participated in a variety of 4-H activities as part of the Wolf Lake Woodchucks. "We always thought that we would love to have our kids be in the same club as we were," says Yliniemi. But when their kids reached school age, they discovered that the club had disbanded in 2005, as the number of kids participating in 4-H countywide was on the decline.
Once every two years, students at Waubun High School get to experience American democracy in action, first hand, with a five-day trip to Washington, D.C., through the Close Up Foundation. While in our nation's capitol, the students who choose to sign up for the program visit with Minnesota lawmakers on Capitol Hill, tour all the national presidential and war memorials, as well as the Smithsonian, the Pentagon, and the National Museum of American History, just to name a few.
It's been 42 years since Lakes Area Young Life began making a difference in the lives of local youth, and the faith-based ministry for middle school and high school aged kids is inviting the community to celebrate with them at its annual banquet.
Since its inception in 2011, the Patriot Assistance Dogs program has successfully paired 86 military veterans with service dogs trained to assist with their specific needs. This past Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-25, the Detroit Lakes-based PAD program celebrated its five-year anniversary with a reunion weekend that culminated in a ceremony featuring one of its largest graduating classes ever. "We celebrated the graduation of 24 teams in the past 12 months," says PAD founder Linda Wiedewitsch, who also serves as a trainer and foster home provider for the program.