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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The official launch of the holiday season may still be ahead of us, but the lakes area is already gearing up for a whirlwind weekend of activity. There is no shortage of things to see and do over the next four days, from music concerts and art shows to a storytelling session about "local legends and lore." Here's a little compilation of the biggest happenings in the lakes area this Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 16-19. The Looney Lutherans
When plans for Detroit Lakes to supply the ice for a record-breakingly huge St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace were put in the deep freeze last month, the local Ice Harvest Committee decided to proceed with its own plans for a smaller-scale ice palace right here in DL — as the centerpiece of the community's February celebration of all things winter, Polar Fest 2018.
Santa Claus is headed back to Detroit Lakes — and he's looking for local residents, businesses and organizations that are willing to brave winter's icy (and sometimes snowy) chill to take part in his annual Grand Parade of Lights, set for Monday, Nov. 27. "We're encouraging people to get dressed up, decorate a float with lights and come on down," says parade chair Natalie Bly. "It's free to register, and it's open to anyone. The only requirement is that we ask for their entry to be lit up in some way."
Do you have the urge to make a donation to help your local animal shelter, food shelf or other nonprofit organization, but want to find a way to maximize every dollar that you give? Then there's no better time than the present. From now until midnight on Thursday, Nov. 16 — known statewide as Give to the Max Day 2017 — Minnesotans have a unique opportunity to donate to their favorite local nonprofit organizations and participating schools, while helping them earn additional cash incentives as well.
Want to get an early jump on your Christmas shopping? Learn how to draw and paint? Catch a live music show featuring some of Minnesota's finest (and in some cases, funniest) performers? Then the Historic Holmes Theatre is the place to be this coming weekend. The 14th Annual Holmes Art Show gets underway on Thursday, Nov. 16, continuing through Saturday, Nov. 18 in the Holmes Theatre Ballroom. And as always, the show will be accompanied by three live shows in the main theater — one for each day of the event.
For eight weeks they trained, heading on over to the CrossFit Detroit Lakes gymnasium twice a week for hourlong coaching sessions with their fitness trainers.
Both State Rep. Paul Marquart (D-Dilworth) and Sen. Kent Eken (D-Twin Valley) acknowledge that political partisanship has considerably slowed the wheels of government in recent years — but believe it is less of a problem among legislators who represent rural Minnesota. "Rural legislators often need to reach across the party divide to make sure our voice is heard," Eken said during a special Legislative Preview public forum that was held at the Detroit Lakes Library Tuesday night.
Though it is a non-election year for most local, state and national offices, there was at least one place in Becker County where an election was held on Tuesday: The Lake Park-Audubon School District.
When Lowell Deede completed his 3,000 mile journey back in early 2016, he officially became the only man to have traversed every mile of public road in Becker County — on foot. Now Deede, who retired from his 30-year career as a wildlife biologist at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge a little over two years ago, has a new claim to fame: A 15-piece puzzle map of all the county's different watersheds.
When Detroit Lakes' first-ever Festival of Trees was held at the Holiday Inn last year, it was a dream come true for local resident Skye Fingalson. Fingalson, who is employed as a showroom manager and residential sales and design consultant for I'll Tile and Stone in Detroit Lakes, had attended a similar event in her hometown of Valley City, N.D., several times, and wanted to bring a Christmas tree festival to the community that she now calls home.