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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Step inside the grounds of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion at Rollag, Minn., and you'll feel like you're taking a walk back through time, to an era where engines were powered by steam, when women wore long dresses and men wore bib overalls to work. The gates on Steamer Hill open for WMSTR's 63rd year at 6 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, and will reopen daily at the same time through Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day).
This past Friday night, a large crowd gathered on the beach in front of the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn to witness a spectacle the likes of which had never been seen in northwest Minnesota before. In suits lit up by LED lights, with plumes of water streaming from jet-propelled 'flyboards' that leaped more than 40 feet up into the air at times, then plummeted down in dazzling loops and spins, a trio of world-renowned aerialists dazzled the crowd with their flyboarding skills in Detroit Lakes' first-ever Flyboard Night Show.
Detroit Lakes City Aldermen Bruce Imholte and Matt Boeke will lead the first in a series of 'Coffee with the Council' events tentatively set to take place this fall. Imholte said the first 'Coffee with the Council' session is set for this Saturday, Aug. 27 at La Barista (inside the Washington Square Mall), starting at 9 a.m. The goal for the one-hour session, according to Imholte, is "to have citizens come to us with questions, concerns, or just to get some information." The session is free and open to the public.
Longtime Moorhead area resident Mike Russell wasn't looking for a second career when a local band member saw him on stage one night and asked him to perform with them. "I was a business guy for many years, until I sold my company in 2000," says Russell, who now makes his home in Chandler, Ariz., when he's not visiting his cabin on Pelican Lake. "Then someone saw me singing and asked me to sing with their band, doing Elvis and Blues Brothers songs."
After only a couple of months on the job together, the crime fighting duo of Deputy Cody Bouchie and his K-9 companion, Cooper, are already 'top dogs' in their field. "We've had a lot of productivity," says Bouchie, who went back on the job full-time at the Becker County Sheriff's Department in mid-June, after he and Cooper completed three months of safety and tactical training at McDonough Canine in the Twin Cities suburb of Anoka.
Minnesota's Governor, Mark Dayton, was in Detroit Lakes Thursday morning to meet with local officials regarding the city's plans for a $34 million upgrade to its wastewater treatment facilities — and the urgent need for state funding to support it. By the end of the hour-long meeting, Dayton was fully on board, stating, "I don't have a vote with the Minnesota Legislature, but I'll do whatever I can to get it (the bonding bill) passed."
John McEuen has a lot to celebrate these days. One of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the man known as the "string wizard", is in the midst of a 50th anniversary tour with his bandmates that will bring them to Detroit Lakes this coming Friday, Aug. 26. Not only is his band still making records and packing music venues across the country, but McEuen himself is about to release his own solo album, "Made in Brooklyn," in September.
You can still beat old man winter, and accomplish those plans to update your home. Whether it's as simple as a new coat of paint or as extensive as building an addition, your library has materials that can help you make the necessary decisions. If your plans are interior, not a problem, your library has many items that will help with decorating choices. Hurry in and beat old man winter. "Love the House You're In: 40 Ways to Improve Your Home & Change Your Life," by Paige Rien.
On the same day that about two dozen youth from the Boys & Girls Club in Detroit Lakes were getting lessons on how to make the letters of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" into an interpretive dance, residents of Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home were learning how to tap to the rhythm of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" with hand-held taps that worked much the same way as tap shoes.
Ten young women will grace the stage at the Lion's Hall in Wolf Lake to vie for the titles of Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Wolf Lake on Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. The pageant competition kicks off Wolf Lake's annual Harvest Festival, which continues with a dance at 8 p.m. (featuring Hatfield Bay) at the liquor store, then switches into high gear for a full slate of activities on Saturday, Aug. 27. The young women vying for each of the three titles on Aug. 26 are as follows: Little Miss Wolf Lake