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 28 years since the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club first began offering a blood screening clinic for the public. "One of our Rotary members, Dave Knutson — who's now 89 — came up with the idea after seeing it being done by a Rotary Club in another city," says Dr. Tom Seaworth, who in addition to being a Rotarian, is also a physician at Sanford Health.
Detroit Lakes Public School preschoolers will soon be learning how to hop "big and loud" like a kangaroo, or "small and quiet" like a bunny; how to blow up, then deflate and drift toward the ground, like a balloon; or use a musical instrument like bells, drum or whistle to make some noise as they parade around a circle — thanks to a grant from the regional nonprofit, PartnerSHIP 4 Health.
Once every three years, the Becker County Senior Network presents Senior Fest, a celebration that brings together the region's senior citizens with the businesses and agencies that serve them for a full day of fun, food and education on a range of senior issues.
A post-Labor Day tradition in the lakes area, the Dick Beardsley Run has become bigger and more popular than ever since it was purchased by the Fargo Marathon in 2014. Besides the half marathon and 5K races that had been a part of the event since its inception 22 years ago, a full marathon and 10K race were added in 2015 — and this year the Beardsley is expanding even further, with races for both two-wheeled and four-legged participants set during the week leading up to the main event on Saturday, Sept. 9.
Though the family and close friends of longtime local banker — and recent "Lifetime Laker Booster" award recipient — Mark Hagedorn have known for a few months that he is in the advanced stages of liver cancer, it didn't become public knowledge until the feature story about Hagedorn's award appeared on the front page of the Detroit Lakes Tribune's sports section this past week.
"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
Farm-to-table cooking classes — where the participants pluck fruits, vegetables and herbs fresh from the garden and bring them directly into the kitchen for preparation in a variety of recipes — are one of the hottest trends in American food culture right now. But at the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes, University of Minnesota Extension Educator Donna Anderson and Becker County 4-H Coordinator Leigh Nelson-Edwards have added yet another element to their summer-long class for students at the club — photography.
Summer may be on its way out, but you'd never know it from the sheer number of events scheduled to take place in the lakes area this coming weekend.
A three-year project to bring affordable solar power to Detroit Lakes residents has at last borne fruit. Two arrays, each containing 40 solar panels, were installed at the solar garden site at 1426 Terry St. (near the Rotary soccer fields) this past week, and the arrays are scheduled to be producing power by Oct. 1, according to Detroit Lakes Public Utilities General Manager Vernell Roberts. "We've got the wiring to do yet, and then there's the function tests to make sure it (the array) does what it's supposed to do," he said.
Anyone who has visited the Becker County Museum in the past few years has noticed the national, state and county flags on display in the upper level. But until recently, there has been one flag missing from that collection: The White Earth Reservation flag. As an enrolled member of the White Earth nation, the museum's programs director, Emily Buermann, decided it was time to rectify that.