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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One of Detroit Lakes' oldest and most iconic landmarks is turning 100 this month. A centennial celebration for the Graystone Hotel is set to take place on Thursday, Sept. 21, with a public open house from 2 to 4 p.m. at 119 Graystone Plaza, located across from the train depot on Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes. Tours will be provided at 2 p.m., followed by speakers in the ballroom, as follows:
It was quite a sight for a sunny, yet comfortably cool Labor Day morning in Detroit Lakes, as dogs of just about every shape, size, breed and description — big and brawny, short and stubby, sleekly graceful, adorably fluffy, excited pups and laid-back elder canines — were accompanied by their humans to the starting line of the inaugural Zorbaz Dog Run at Peoples Park.
"It's ladies first here," said engineer Jennifer Eden-Roth at a steam engine demonstration event held during the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion on Saturday afternoon at Rollag. Hosted by the "Ladies of Steam," the event did, indeed, have a "girl power" theme, as the dozen or so licensed female engineers who gathered for the event helped to show women of all ages — some as young as five years of age — how to run a coal or wood-fired, steam traction engine for the first time.
First there was a "Night at the Museum" for moms and sons, and soon there will be one for dads and daughters as well. "After last spring's event went so well, we had many, many requests to hold a dads and daughters event too," says Becky Mitchell, executive director of the Becker County Museum. "So that's what we're doing."
For most area residents, this final holiday weekend of the summer marks the unofficial transition into fall —; but that doesn't mean there aren't still plenty of chances to get out and enjoy the late-season warmth. In fact, over at Richwood Winery, the busiest weekend of their season is just about to get underway. This coming Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9, the winery will be hosting back-to-back events: The Toast to Tamarac, a fundraiser for the nearby Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, and the Grape Stomp Festival, a celebration of the annual grape harvest.
Though bicycle riders are a pretty common sight on Detroit Lakes city streets during the summer months, local residents may have noticed something a little unusual about some of these bikers in recent weeks: Namely, that they were wearing Detroit Lakes Police Department uniforms. This past spring, the police department applied for, and subsequently received, a $2,500 grant from the PartnerSHIP 4 Health Community Health Board for the purchase of two bicycles and related safety equipment. (A $300 local match was required as part of the grant.)
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.