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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First Lutheran Church Pastor Dave Peterson is an avid bicycle rider, so it's not too surprising that he chooses to use a biking metaphor to describe his decision to retire at the end of this month. "I'm 're-tiring' — as in, putting on a new set of tires for the next phase of life's journey," Peterson said Friday morning, a little more than 48 hours away from delivering his final sermon from the First Lutheran pulpit.
Though lakes area residents are just beginning to feel the first bite of winter's chill, there will be roses in full bloom all over Detroit Lakes this week, as the Breakfast Rotary Club prepares for its annual Roses from Rotary fundraiser. "This will be our 25th annual rose sale," says Breakfast Rotarian Kathy Michaelson, who is one of the core group responsible for organizing the 2017 event. "We start sales at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, and will continue on Thursday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 3 — if we don't sell out by then.
Kids climbing the wall on a rope, walking along a balance beam, jumping on a trampoline, or rolling along the top of a series of air-filled cylinders — it's all part of the fun at Fly Time inside the Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics facility in Detroit Lakes. The program, which caters specifically to kids with special needs, has grown exponentially since its beginnings three years ago.
It's become something of a holiday tradition for Detroit Lakes area residents, and while the event itself is still a little less than a month away, the time is now to place your orders for the 35th Annual Holy Rosary School Pie Sale. "We'll be taking orders from now through Nov. 13," says Ronnie Hill, president of the Holy Rosary Catholic School Parent-Teacher Organization, or PTO, which sponsors the event each fall as a fundraiser for the school.
"Oh, he must really like you." "She was just teasing." "They didn't mean it like that." "Don't take it so personally." These are just a few of the ways that adults — be they parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, mentors, coaches or friends of the family — can dismiss or downplay bullying behavior between children. "It used to be pretty common to say that a boy bullying a girl must mean that he likes her (or vice versa)," says Stephanie Baker, a child educator at Lakes Crisis & Resource Center in Detroit Lakes. "But it really doesn't."
This summer, the Minnesota Department of Transportation partnered with the Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676 and the City of Detroit Lakes to install two bike repair stations located along the city's multi-use trails. The VFW purchased and donated the equipment for the stations, while MnDOT's bridge crew and the city's public works department staff installed them.
When organizers behind the plans to build a "super-sized" ice palace for the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival announced a week ago that the project was kaput, the news was greeted in Detroit Lakes with more than a few gasps and groans of dismay. That's because a committee of local volunteers had been working hard behind the scenes for more than a year on plans to harvest the ice of Detroit Lake itself — as the principal source of building materials for the St. Paul structure.
For the first time in more than 12 years, Lakes Crisis & Resource Center in Detroit Lakes will have a new executive director next month — but the face in the director's chair will be a familiar one to many.
Because of its toxicity, the use of lead shot for waterfowl hunting has been illegal in Minnesota since 1987 and nationally since 1991. Additionally, all types of hunting with lead fine shot on Federal Waterfowl Production Areas has been illegal in Minnesota since 1999.
As the brilliant fall colors slowly start to fade, the nights get longer and the days get colder, Halloween happenings are gradually creeping up on the local events calendar.