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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"As any great coach will tell you, you're only as good as the players around you — and I play on a great team." With these words, Rossman special education instructor Amy Raboin accepted the honor of being chosen as Detroit Lakes Public Schools' Teacher of the Year for 2017. Raboin and her fellow nominees — Brady Baxter (Area Learning Center), Mark Henderson (Detroit Lakes Middle School), Pam Krueger (Roosevelt Elementary) and Tresha Mitchell (Detroit Lakes HIgh School) — were honored with a ceremony held late Monday afternoon at the local American Legion.
The Lake Park-Audubon School District will soon begin using a unified telephone system for its facilities in both Lake Park and Audubon. The LP-A School Board approved the district-wide system upgrade, as well as similar updates to the intercom and camera surveillance systems in the elementary building, at its regular board meeting Monday night in Audubon.
Now that the days are getting longer and the temperatures outside gradually warming, people's thoughts are turning toward springtime — and area musicians and singers are no exception. Spring concerts galore are coming to the lakes area this week, including Detroit Lakes Public Schools' All-City Choir Festival, the HIstoric Holmes Theatre's Classical Music Night, the Heart O'Lakes Harmony Men's A Capella Chorus with their annual spring variety show, "Home Town Harmony," and the Lakes Area Chorale's spring concert at Holy Rosary.
Since 1983, the Becker County Food Pantry has been opening its doors to help keep the county's low-income residents from going hungry in times of need. And for more than half of those 34 years, the families who walk through those doors have been greeted by the smiling face of Jack Berenz, who has served as the Food Pantry's executive director since 2000, and began volunteering with the organization about three years before that.
From the days when they were housed in Metropolitan Stadium, to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, and now Target Field, the Minnesota Twins have had loyal fans in Detroit Lakes' Berg family. But since 1987, Barb Berg — who now makes her home in Maple Grove, Minn., though her father Don still lives in Detroit Lakes — has taken her fandom into the realm of volunteerism, as a loyal member of the Minnesota Twins First Aid Team.
If you don't already have your ticket for this Friday's "Reflections of Hope" Banquet and Auction to benefit the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center, then chances are, you're out of luck. "We're sold out," says Anna Sellin, LCRC assistant director. "But we do have a waiting list." Anyone who would like to get on that list for any last-minute tickets that become available can call 218-847-8572 for more information. Sellin says she's had a lot of calls from people asking to reserve a table, but there aren't any available.
Every year, just as the weather is beginning to turn from winter to spring, roughly 300 radio stations across the country join forces to raise money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospitals — and Detroit Lakes' three local stations are no exception. Leighton Broadcasting-owned stations KDLM (1340 AM), KRCQ (102.3 FM) and WAVE (104.1 FM) will host the St. Jude's Radiothon on April 6-7 this year — and Detroit Lakes' BTD Manufacturing is challenging other area businesses and community organizations to match its contribution.
With the first day of spring now behind us, and temperatures jumping up into the 30s, 40s and even 50s, the sap has begun flowing from area maple trees — just in time for Vergas' annual Maple Syrup Festival, which is on tap for Saturday, April 8 at the Vergas Community Events Center. This year, the festival committee has lined up something new to tempt visitors' taste buds: A Maple Syrup Tasting Contest. Or if you'd prefer, go out and tap a tree or two to make your own and enter the contest yourself.
March is Reading Awareness Month, and in honor of that designation, the Humane Society of the Lakes has decided to launch a new program that will benefit both its shelter pets and area schoolchildren. "Book Buddies" allows any child between the ages of 6-15 to come into the Humane Society shelter on Highway 59 and read to the dogs and cats awaiting adoption. "We ask that they attend volunteer orientation first," says HSL board member Lori Thompson, "but after that they can come in to read on any afternoon, Wednesday through Saturday."
The City of Detroit Lakes is getting a dog park. Plans for the new four-acre park were approved at Tuesday night's regular meeting of the Detroit Lakes City Council. "It will be open by June 1 at the latest," says Public Works Director Brad Green, "although we're hoping it will be ready earlier than that. It's all weather dependent." The old softball fields out by Lakeshirts will now be host to the city's four-legged denizens. The main access to the park will be off 10th Avenue, though Green said that there will be an access point on the other side as well.