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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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—After the firestorm of controversy that erupted following the Detroit Lakes City Council's July 11 decision to revoke a rental registration for an Elizabeth Street property — owned by a 70-year-old woman and rented by a disabled veteran — the council opted to reconsider that action on Tuesday.
It may have been the final night of WE Fest 2017, but the party at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch showed no signs of slowing down on Saturday, as chart-topping country stars Randy Houser, Brett Eldredge and Luke Bryan kept the concert bowl rocking long into the midnight hour.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — WE Fest, the iconic country music festival that wrapped up its 35th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 5, brings thousands of visitors to the Detroit Lakes community every year during the first week of August.
Detroit Lakes' City Park and mile-long City Beach will be transformed into a boaters' paradise this coming weekend, Aug. 12-13, with a boat show in the park on Saturday and powerboat racing on Little Detroit Lake both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The 3rd Annual Detroit Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show is scheduled for Saturday in the City Park, from noon to 4 p.m.
Though the celebrating has already begun for some — campers began lining up outside the festival grounds as early as Monday morning, and the first of two "pre-party" concerts took place last night (Tuesday), with another to follow this evening — the 35th edition of WE Fest doesn't officially get underway until Thursday afternoon, when the gates to the main concert bowl open for the first time at 2 p.m. In honor of the 35th anniversary, festival presenters Townsquare Media have made some impressive upgrades that concert goers are sure to notice.
When lifelong Frazee resident Justin Oelfke entered his truck in the demolition derby for the 2017 Becker County Fair, he knew it might be for the last time. "He had to get medical clearance to compete," says Oelfke's longtime girlfriend, Jamie Larson.
The Edith Sanford Breast Center at Sanford Health's Detroit Lakes clinic is now offering 3D mammography screening to its patients. "We started providing them here on July 17," says Erin Swyter, radiology supervisor at Sanford's Detroit Lakes clinic. "It's been going for a week now here in Detroit Lakes," added Jenny Lessman, a physician's assistant who works in the clinic's obstetrics/gynecology department. "But we've had it in Fargo for almost two years."
Cormorant Days, the annual celebration that brings upwards of 2,000-3,000 people to the tiny Becker County village on the third Saturday in August of each year, is still a few weeks away — but Mayor Duke has already hit the campaign trail, seeking re-election. "He's world famous," says Karen Nelson, a member of the Cormorant Days planning committee. "He even has his own Facebook page." The 11-year-old Great Pyrenees became the village's elected mayor during the 2014 Cormorant Days celebration, and has been re-elected by a landslide every year since.
"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 The Lakes Crisis & Resource Center in Detroit Lakes provides help to countless numbers of men, women and children from the area who are victims of a variety of crimes and most particularly, of domestic violence.
When Lake Park-Audubon School Board member Rich Veit resigned last August, in order to accept a position as a special education paraprofessional at the high school in Lake Park, it created a vacancy that was later filled when Mande North was appointed. Because that appointment was only for one year, however, the board must now hold a special election to fill out the one year remaining on Veit's original term. At its regular meeting on Monday, the board called for a special election to fill the one-year vacancy, to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7.