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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Patrons of Cinemagic Washington Square 7 Theatres in Detroit Lakes will have a rare opportunity this week to view an independent, small-market film — one that has its roots in Minnesota.
"New York, New York, it's a wonderful town..." If Detroit Lakes High School's choir students are finding themselves belting out this familiar tune at unexpected moments these days, who could blame them? For most of them, the group's upcoming trip to New York City in April will be their first visit to the "city that never sleeps." "There are about 70 of us going, sophomores through seniors," says Isaac Eggebraaten, who is a junior.
He may not have come up with the recipe himself, but Detroit Lakes' own U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson now has the right to brag that his staff members are among the best cooks on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, the Minnesota Congressional Delegation came together for U.S. Sen. Al Franken's seventh annual hotdish competition — and for the first time, Peterson's staff was victorious. "I think we came in second one year," said Rep. Peterson on Thursday. "But this is the first time we won."
Summit Productions, the lakes area's community theater group, is bringing Noel Coward's iconic play, "Blithe Spirit" to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre for three performances this Thursday through Saturday, March 9-11. Director Doug Schultz and a talented cast of seven local actors will bring this ghostly comedy to life.
A possible extension of North Shore Drive into the Minnesota/Lake Avenue neighborhood was once again the hot topic at a public hearing on the proposed local option sales tax that was held during a special Detroit Lakes City Council meeting Monday night. Roughly half of the dozen or so local residents who stepped forward to comment and ask questions during the hearing were there specifically to request that the North Shore Drive extension be permanently removed from consideration for possible projects to be funded by the proposed half-cent sales tax.
When Essentia Health officially acquired the five 7-Day Clinics in Detroit Lakes, Fargo and Moorhead on March 1, patients of both local healthcare providers were the biggest beneficiaries, according to Peter Jacobson, president of Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes. "The 7-Day Clinics' primary focus has always been on providing quality, convenient, accessible care," says Jacobson, who oversees the operation of primary care for Essentia Health clinics in western Minnesota and North Dakota.
West Avenue, along with portions of both Willow Street and West Lake Drive in the city of Detroit Lakes, will be getting major facelifts within the next three to four years. The upgrades to West Avenue and the east end of Willow Street were given the green light at a special meeting of the Detroit Lakes City Council on Thursday afternoon.
You've heard it said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.
"No water, no life. No blue, no green." These words from renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle summarize the central nature of water in human life — how it has shaped our past, our present, and even our future. Earle's quote can be found on one of the narrative panels that comprise "Water/Ways," a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution that opened this past Saturday at the Becker County Historical Society & Museum in Detroit Lakes.
Last week, the Detroit Lakes City Council set a special meeting for Feb. 28, to deal with a couple of items they were not ready to take action on at their regular monthly meeting.