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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Abandoned pets are, sadly, pretty much an everyday occurrence at animal shelters like Detroit Lakes' Marshmallow Foundation. But the kitten that was rescued by local resident Kyle Braaten from the city's yard waste dump site on Oct. 22 was a bit unusual, in that he was barely more than a week old. "We don't usually get anything that small," said the shelter's manager, Cassi Ohman. "He was just a baby." In fact, the kitten was so tiny that Braaten almost didn't find him at all.
Santa Claus is coming to town on Nov. 28 — and he's looking for Detroit Lakes area residents and businesses that are willing to brave the winter chill to take part in his annual Grand Parade of Lights. "The parade had almost 30 entries last year, but we would love to have more!" exclaimed Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston. "It's free to register," added Natalie Bly, who is co-chairing this year's parade along with Marjorie Berg. "And it's open to anyone!"
So was it Duck for President, or Farmer Brown? Turns out, it was neither. The mock election held Saturday at the Becker County Historical Society & Museum was as hotly contested as Tuesday's race for the White House, with voting ending in a dead heat between the contenders. Yes, it was a tie, which might have tilted one way or the other if not for an unexpected write-in vote cast for Curly Howard (of "Three Stooges" fame).
On Give to the Max Day 2016, set for this Thursday, Nov. 17, Minnesotans will have a one-day-only opportunity to donate to their favorite local nonprofit organizations and participating schools, while helping them earn additional cash incentives as well. Though Give to the Max Day is a one-day-only event, those who want to participate but will be unavailable on that day can pledge their donation in advance, says Jake Blumberg, executive director of GiveMN, which hosts the annual event via their website, givemn.org.
This Thursday, Nov. 10, history and nature buffs alike are invited to Detroit Lakes' Greater Sucker Creek Preserve to learn more about the very first road in Becker County, at the unveiling of a sign that details the history of the Old River Road. The unveiling ceremony will get underway at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, at the site of the new sign, which is located on an unimproved trail about 3/10 of a mile from the Sucker Creek public parking lot off Highway 10.
Though the adventures of King Triton's youngest daughter, Ariel, were first introduced to the world nearly 180 years ago, in the 1837 Danish fairy tale "Den Lille Havfrue," the story of "The Little Mermaid" is one that little girls today still know by heart — thanks in no small part to the magic of Disney.
Forget about Trump vs. Clinton, Eken vs. Leiman, Marquart vs. Grimsley or even Schurman vs. Braaten: The really important race to be decided in Detroit Lakes this week is Duck vs. Farmer Brown. Families with youngsters of all ages are invited to come to the Becker County Historical Society Museum this Saturday, Nov. 5 and hear Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk read the children's book, "Duck for President," at 10:30 a.m., after which they can vote on whether Duck or his opponent, Farmer Brown, has the best qualifications to lead.
Despite the chill in the air outside, it's that time of year when everything's coming up roses for the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary. The club is preparing to host its annual Roses from Rotary fundraiser this Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 2-3. "This is our 24th annual rose sale," says Breakfast Rotarian Kathy Michaelson, who is one of the core group of seven responsible for organizing the 2016 event. "It's our biggest fundraiser," she added. "It's been very, very successful for us, year after year."
The finances of the Lake Park-Audubon School District are looking good this year, according to the results of the 2015 district audit presented by Andrew Adams of Eide Bailly at Monday night's school board meeting in Lake Park. "The auditors provided a 'clean' audit opinion," said LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie after the meeting. "According to the Eide Bailly report that means 'the financial statements have been prepared using accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, do not contain material misstatements, and are fairly represented.'"
When aquatic invasive species (AIS) specialists with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed that zebra mussels had been found in Big Detroit Lake in August, many local residents began wondering what changes these invaders might bring.