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Vicki Gerdes

Community News Lead

A native of Madelia, Minnesota, Vicki Gerdes graduated from Hamline University in 1988 with a degree in English literature (writing emphasis). During her time at Hamline, she experienced several study abroad and internship opportunities, including travel to Hawaii, the United Kingdom, and New York City.

After beginning her journalism career in 1989, Vicki worked for newspapers in Fairmont, Redwood Falls and St. James, Minnesota, prior to accepting the position in Detroit Lakes. She has also worked as a freelance writer in Belize, and has worked part-time at a local bookstore and the Becker County Museum.

In addition to her duties with the Tribune, Vicki is in the process of writing a book for the museum, tentatively titled, "The People of Becker County.” When not writing, her hobbies include exploring the lakes area, reading, playing computer/video games, going to the movies, and taking advantage of as many travel opportunities as possible.

Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on January 1, 2022. Readers should reach out to her for all community and church-related news stories, local happenings/calendar items and community event-related coverage, story ideas and questions. As community news lead, that’s her specialty.

You may reach her at or 218-844-1454.

This past March, the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club spearheaded a community-wide fundraiser in support of Ukraine. Though the initial campaign was to raise $30,000 — including a pledged $15,000 match from an anonymous donor — the effort brought in a total of $44,000 by the time it was over, according to organizers.
Experts from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the University of Minnesota are coming to Detroit Lakes on Thursday, June 9 for an all-day seminar to update local residents on the latest AIS research. The event, which will be held inside the M State conference center, is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested for planning purposes.
The newspaper is the longest continuously-running business in Detroit Lakes, dating back to May 18, 1872, when the first edition of The Record was published. Read on to learn more about the paper's long history: How it got its start, who's been instrumental in its success, and what's changed — and what hasn't.
Sanford Health in Detroit Lakes recently added a new staff member. Becky Peterson specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, including birth control, gynecology, hormone therapy, pregnancy care and women’s health.
More than 2,000 volunteers — the majority of them high school students and staff from Detroit Lakes, Frazee-Vergas and Lake Park-Audubon — came out to rake lawns, bag leaves and clean up litter in roadside ditches on Wednesday, May 11, as the United Way of Becker County's Day of Caring made a comeback after a two-year absence.
There may be just two more concerts on the Historic Holmes Theatre's spring concert schedule, but that doesn't mean the theater's staff is taking the summer off. Three summer theater camps for children will be held, along with some free theater workshops, art classes and the annual Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series at the City Park.
Detroit Lakes' 25th Annual Festival of Birds is set for May 19-21 with a variety of field trips and presentations planned. The fun begins with a pontoon birding trip on Little Detroit Lakes which starts at at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19.
Since relocating to their new building on West River Road last fall, the students and staff at Laker Transitions have been busy making it into a home — and now, they want to show it off. A May 19 open house is planned for the facility and its programming, which is designed to assist adult-aged students with disabilities in making the transition from high school into adulthood, by teaching them job and life skills.
DLHS Class of 2017 graduate Annika Merkens, a senior at South Dakota State University this fall, will be spending her summer as an agronomy intern with R.D. Offutt (RDO) Farms
The Red River Model Train Show was held Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1, at Detroit Lakes' Washington Square Mall, drawing 'fairly steady' crowds, according to organizers. It was the 35th year for the show in the Detroit Lakes mall, which was started by the late Jack Norby, a longtime member of the club.