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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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.
There must have been a higher power at work this past May when Becker County Sheriff's Deputy Kayla Jones happened to notice the predicament of 11-year-old Wyatt Simon, who had been out playing in Eilertson Lake, south of Audubon, when he suddenly found himself in over his head — literally.
After almost two hours of testimony on Tuesday night, some of it quite emotional, the Detroit Lakes City Council opted to take no action on a proposed ordinance to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 within city limits — though the vote was not unanimous. At the conclusion of the public hearing on the proposed ordinance, Alderman Ron Zeman introduced a motion, seconded by Alderman Barb Voss, to not give the ordinance a first reading. "If this were a statewide law I'd be on board with it, but from a city standpoint I'm not sure how effective it would be," said Voss.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Raising the legal age limit for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 has been a priority for anti-smoking groups across the state of Minnesota for several years now — but it's been a tough sell so far. Currently, only the metro-area cities of St. Louis Park and Edina have such ordinances in place. That may soon change. One of the agenda items for the Detroit Lakes City Council is a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 12, on a city ordinance raising the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21.
Lakes area bikers, it's time to get those motors running! The Leather & Leaves Motorcycle Ride departs from the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center this Saturday, Sept. 16, with kickstands set to go up at noon. The event, which started in approximately 2008, has become a fall tradition with local riders, says organizer Nancy Hebert, a personal trainer at the DLCCC. "We've been very fortunate with the weather... it's really been very nice to us," she says, adding that the 130-mile ride is also designed to be safe and leisurely.
One of Detroit Lakes' oldest and most iconic landmarks is turning 100 this month. A centennial celebration for the Graystone Hotel is set to take place on Thursday, Sept. 21, with a public open house from 2 to 4 p.m. at 119 Graystone Plaza, located across from the train depot on Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes. Tours will be provided at 2 p.m., followed by speakers in the ballroom, as follows:
It was quite a sight for a sunny, yet comfortably cool Labor Day morning in Detroit Lakes, as dogs of just about every shape, size, breed and description — big and brawny, short and stubby, sleekly graceful, adorably fluffy, excited pups and laid-back elder canines — were accompanied by their humans to the starting line of the inaugural Zorbaz Dog Run at Peoples Park.
"It's ladies first here," said engineer Jennifer Eden-Roth at a steam engine demonstration event held during the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion on Saturday afternoon at Rollag. Hosted by the "Ladies of Steam," the event did, indeed, have a "girl power" theme, as the dozen or so licensed female engineers who gathered for the event helped to show women of all ages — some as young as five years of age — how to run a coal or wood-fired, steam traction engine for the first time.
First there was a "Night at the Museum" for moms and sons, and soon there will be one for dads and daughters as well. "After last spring's event went so well, we had many, many requests to hold a dads and daughters event too," says Becky Mitchell, executive director of the Becker County Museum. "So that's what we're doing."