Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 17 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 Detroit Lakes City Council voted unanimously at its Monday night meeting in favor of calling a special election on Nov.
Detroit Lakes School District voters will once again get to decide the fate of a proposed school facilities improvement project at the polls this November.
The 35th Annual Wolf Lake Harvest Festival is set to take place this coming Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18. "Dirt on My Boots" is the theme for the 2018 fest, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday with the Miss, Little Miss and Jr. Miss Wolf Lake Pageant at the Lions Hall in Wolf Lake. Candidates for the Miss Wolf Lake title are Kelsie Heyer, the 17 year old daughter of Chris and Jennie Heyer; and Jamie Erno, the 17 year old daughter of Justin Brown and Kim Kowles.
It was a beautiful summer night at Dunton Locks County Park Thursday, as well over 100 visitors and presenters gathered for the first Detroit Lakes Aqua Chautauqua hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension Water Resources Team. A total of 28 activity stations were set up throughout the 53-acre park, inviting visitors to listen to music from local musician Rhoda Habedank, decorate a tiny River of Dreams canoe, taste a flight of water samples from the Water Bar, watch water rescue demonstrations from the Becker County Sheriff's Department Dive Rescue team, and much more.
There's nothing quite like the taste of a fresh, tree-ripened Georgia peach — which is probably why the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club's annual Peach Sale fundraiser has become so popular since it was first implemented a dozen years ago. "We usually sell out by about mid-afternoon on the second day," says Kathy Michaelson, the club's fundraising chair, who helps organize the event along with Peach Sale co-chairs Doug Gillam and Darrell Bauder.
As the sun was beginning to set over western Becker County on Wednesday, with the intense summer heat giving way to cooling breezes, the Becker County Museum held its second and final Cemetery Walk of the season at the Lake Park Lutheran Church Cemetery. About 40 people came to the cemetery, located just off County Highway 7 north of Lake Park, to hear stories from a cast of 24 local actors, each tasked with telling the histories of some of the cemetery's most interesting residents.
Minnesota State Sen. Kent Eken (D-Twin Valley) and Rep. Paul Marquart (D-Dilworth) were in Detroit Lakes Tuesday for a lunch meeting with city, county, school and business leaders, followed by a tour of local development projects.
Crazy Daze, the annual one-day sale that takes over downtown Detroit Lakes each year on the first Tuesday in August, got underway at 7 a.m. today. Sales include buy-one-get-one offers, items up to 90 percent off and more. Food vendors are also selling cheese curds, mini donuts, ice cream treats and more through 7 p.m. today.
The Aho farm, located just outside Snellman, has been in the family since Jerry Aho's grandparents purchased it in 1917. They've been milking dairy cows and raising calves there almost as long. "Jerry's grandpa and grandma bought this place 100 years ago," says his wife, Cyndy Aho. "Someone's been milking cows here all those years." At this year's Becker County Fair in Detroit Lakes, the Ahos were honored with Century Farm status — an achievement reserved for those families that have maintained continuous ownership of their farms for a century or more.
The WE Fest crowd was ready to have a good time on the final day of the 2018 festival, as evidenced by all the dancing, singing and cheering going on during the performances of Josh Turner, Chris Young and Jason Aldean. And the performers joined in on the fun — Aldean even chugging a beer toward the end of his 90-minute set, which closed out the 36th annual WE Fest in style.