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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For the past 25 years, on the second Saturday in May, postal carriers across the United States have been collecting donations of cash and food for their local food shelves during their regular mail delivery routes, as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, sponsored annually by the National Association of Letter Carriers — and Detroit Lakes is no exception.
It's official: Starting on July 2, Sunday afternoon liquor runs to Fargo will be a thing of the past for lakes area residents. The Detroit Lakes City Council passed a resolution at its Tuesday night meeting that will authorize its municipal liquor store, Lakes Liquor, to be open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the only exceptions will be holidays, including Easter Sunday.
Widely regarded as William Shakespeare's wittiest comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing" will be featured in the 2017 incarnation of Detroit Lakes' annual Shakespeare in the Park summer theater production. Director Nikki Caulfield has set auditions for this year's production to take place from Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13, from 7 to 9 p.m. each evening. Though the production will actually be staged at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, all auditions will take place at the Historic Holmes Theatre (806 Summit Ave.).
E.G. Holmes, J.K. West, Mary Lewis, brothers L.J. and Gustav Norby... many of Becker County's best known and respected historical figures were laid to rest at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes. To learn more about them, as well as the history of the cemetery itself, the Becker County Historical Society & Museum is inviting area residents to take part in a Solstice Cemetery Walk at Oak Grove on Tuesday, June 20 (also known as the Summer Solstice) at 7 p.m. "It will be just over an hour long," says BCHSM Executive Director Becky Mitchell.
It's a busy week ahead for the staff at the Becker County Historical Society & Museum: Events have been scheduled daily from Wednesday, May 10 through Saturday, May 13. "There's something for just about everyone," says the museum's executive director, Becky Mitchell. From an author presentation to family activities and even a preview of an exciting event being planned for this summer, the museum's schedule is jam-packed. Brown Bag Lunch: Lynn Hummel
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Detroit Lakes & Perham are doing some great things, as the burgeoning membership at both sites will attest. On Thursday night, staff and supporters of the clubs gathered at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes to celebrate their successes, as well as to talk a little bit about what's in store for their future. "We are one club with two units, passionate and united in our mission," said Staci Malikowski, president of the Perham club's advisory council, who also sits on the corporate board of the Detroit Lakes club.
It's been 50 years since the Becker County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) was first established in Detroit Lakes, and its residents, staff and volunteers are commemorating the occasion with a celebration that they hope to extend through the end of the summer. "We're going to be doing quite a few things," says DAC Executive Director Chad Baethke, adding that they will have an entry in this year's Parade of the Northwest, which concludes the annual Detroit Lakes Water Carnival in July.
"Every act of kindness is like a pebble thrown in a pond, sending out ripples far beyond where the pebble entered the water. When we're caring and kind to our neighbors, our actions send rings of kindness that spread from neighbor to neighbor to neighbor." — Angela Artemis
It's not every man who can list all of Minnesota's 87 counties from memory, Yet award-winning author, radio personality and storyteller Garrison Keillor did just that in his visit to Detroit Lakes Thursday night. "It's a perfectly useless thing," Keillor said, referring to the skill that he was forced to learn in order to get a passing grade in one of his high school courses — which he was failing at the time. "Now, at last, I've found a use for it... to prove that I'm from Minnesota."
Our state's population is getting older — there's no doubt about it. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the 65-and-older age group is the fastest-growing in the state and will reach 24 percent by 2030. So it comes as no surprise that there are an increasing number of services and products geared toward our senior population — and Detroit Lakes is celebrating that fact by hosting its second annual Celebrate Aging Expo on Wednesday, May 3, at the Holiday Inn Lakefront (1155 U.S. Hwy. 10).