Detroit Lakes' McCullough named to 'artist cohort' by LRAC

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Celebrating the academic achievements of area students. (Stock photo)

Carmen McCullough, a mixed media artist from Detroit Lakes, was among those individuals recently named to the Lake Region Arts Council's 2021 Artist Cohort.

Others named to participate in this 10-week program were Michael Burgraff, a ceramics artist from Fergus Falls; Kandace Creel Falcón a painter from Erhard; Jillayne Hanson, a painter from Barrett; Kelli Sinner, a ceramics artist from Moorhead; and Nancy Valentine, a painter from Fergus Falls.

Participants were chosen based on diversity of artistic disciplines, geographic representation and commitment.

Cohort artist's activities will include the following, to be provided at no cost to the artist:

  • One on one career coaching and goal setting;
  • Professional 1-2 minute video for self-promotion;
  • The Artist Spotlight, where artists are featured in the LRAC newsletter, Facebook, LRAC;
  • Artist Registry and LRAC Solo Gallery;
  • Reserved registration for the 12 session Work of Art series by Springboard for the Arts, that promotes career development;
  • How to create a professional bio/artist statement workshop;
  • Components of a professional website workshop;
  • Grant writing workshop;
  • Grant proposal proofreading and editing;
  • Professionally photographed samples of their work;
  • Networking opportunities with other artists.

Frazee student earns scholarship to attend UW-Eau Claire

Jaryn Johannsen, a recent graduate of Frazee-Vergas High School, earned a Ralph E. Duxbury Biological Sciences New Student Scholarship to attend classes at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) this fall.


Johannsen was among 481 incoming UWEC freshmen to receive scholarships from the university for the 2020-21 academic year.

Vergas student graduates with honors from UW-Stevens Point

Madalin Berube, Vergas, recently graduated with cum laude academic honors from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance.

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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