Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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Gathered around their beloved church in mid-August, 1925, the hundreds of parishioners of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Audubon felt like they were witnessing a miracle. The church lay in ruins, destroyed by a tornado that had swept across Big Cormorant Lake on Aug. 16. Its walls, roof and just about everything else were crushed beyond repair, and the congregation feared all was lost.
In 1893, on a little Swedish settlement about 10 miles southwest of Detroit Lakes, the church that is known today as Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church was born. Back then, it had a different name—the Swedish Mission Church of Christ. It started as a non-denominational church that held services in Swedish, and kept all its written records in Swedish, too. The simple one-room structure was built on land donated by the church's first pastor, John Halstedt. A livery barn was built across the road to the north to provide shelter for horses during church services.
Freshman Josiah Mohn and his younger sister, Katja, wake up for school whenever they're ready to. There's no alarm clock blaring at them to get out of bed in the mornings. There are also no school bells warning them to hurry up and get to class. Once they're up and at 'em for the day, they start their language and science studies together, then move on to math and Bible study. By the afternoons, they're pretty self-directed, focused on history, foreign language and music.
The annual White Earth Powwow was a feast for the eyes and ears, with more than 800 colorfully-dressed dancers and 24 pulse-pounding drums. The powwow drew in big crowds in its 150th year. "It went really well," summed up Lew Murray, a leading organizer, on Monday. "Excellent crowd. We got a lot of good compliments."
Detroit Lakes High School students and Business Professionals of America (BPA) members Mercedes Jesness, Thomas Eckman and Madison Hagen traveled to Dallas, Texas, May 9-13 to compete with 5,500 top students from across the United States at the 52nd Annual National Leadership Conference, the pinnacle of BPA competition.
Detroit Lakes has thrown an ace with its new disc golf course. (That means they got a hole-in-one, in disc golf terms.) The new course, which is now complete, is a replacement and expansion of the city's decades-old, 9-hole Frisbee golf course at the City Park. It's double the size of the old course, with 18 holes, and can be used for tournaments sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association.
They're tiny, they're hungry, and they're here. If you think the ticks seem bad this spring, your suspicions are correct. The Detroit Lakes area, along with the rest of Minnesota, is crawling with ticks this season, and doctors and veterinarians are reporting steadily increasing cases of tick-borne diseases in people and pets.
Imagine being immersed in Minnesota's wildest wilderness. Close your eyes and picture yourself at a secluded island campsite, surrounded by photographic Northwoods views. Hear the sounds of frogs singing and wolves howling in the night. Smell the fresh scent of pine and pristine waters. Feel the stress of daily life melting away... there's no cell reception to interrupt your solitude. If this kind of peacefulness and get-back-to-nature mentality calls to you, you need to head North for a trip to the Boundary Waters.
More than 400 mountain bikers from all over the state will be pushing their pedals in Detroit Lakes next weekend to ride in the Detroit Mountain Shakedown. Racers will start arriving in town on Saturday, June 9, for the Sunday, June 10 race. The Shakedown is part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series of races, which take place at different locations around the state all summer long. "This is the third year we've done this race," said Detroit Mountain General Manager Jeff Staley. "It really brings in the premier mountain bike racers and riders in the state."
Jim Dorrance went through six months of extra-intensive physical therapy to be able to go on the local Honor Flight's most recent tour. The U.S. Merchant Marine World War II veteran knew he was being pushed to do more than usual in therapy — he could feel the added strain in his arms — but in all those months, he never knew the secret reason behind it. His friends at Ecumen Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes planned it that way. They wanted to surprise him. When they finally revealed their true intentions, Dorrance couldn't have been more delighted.