Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 17 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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The Detroit Lakes One Lunger 100 was held this past Saturday, Jan. 12, on the ice of Big Detroit Lake in front of the Holiday Inn. Spectator Donovan Morse snapped a couple of photos of the event and shared them with the newspaper.
Back in the early part of the 20th century, lake ice was a profitable winter crop for the Detroit Lakes community, with Big and Little Detroit providing a rich harvesting field for the heavy blocks of ice, which were floated up to a tramway that conveyed them up off the beach and into railroad cars for shipment.
Though the 2019 commencement ceremonies for Detroit Lakes Public Schools will take place the Saturday before Memorial Day, as per usual, that will be the last time the district calendar will adhere to a "normal" schedule for the next two years.
After an extensive, 16-month renovation process, the Detroit Lakes National Guard Armory is once again fully operational and open for business. Members of A Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion of the Minnesota Army National Guard's 136th Infantry Regiment, were on hand this past Friday to welcome the community inside their newly renovated digs for a public open house that was attended by members of the Detroit Lakes City Council and Police Department as well as the Becker County Sheriff's Office, among others.
It's been almost three years since Frazee-Vergas High School senior Cassidy Shipman chose Alex's Lemonade Stand as her platform in a bid to win the 2016 Miss Frazee Outstanding Teen title — yet even after taking the crown and finishing her year-long reign in 2017, both Cassie and her mother Daneele have remained active in the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), hosting fundraisers and raising awareness for the organization that helps fight childhood cancers.
A year ago this month, the Legend of King Isbit was born, introducing the royal resident of Detroit Lakes' 2018 Ice Palace to the public for the first time. Isbit will be making his royal return to the community in February, and to celebrate, the Detroit Lakes Ice Harvest Steering Committee is gearing up to present "MN Sn'Ice: A Minnesota Snow and Ice Showcase," starting on Thursday, Feb. 7 and continuing through the end of the community's 2019 Polar Fest celebration on Feb. 18.
The start of Detroit Lakes' 2019 Polar Fest celebration is now less than a month away, and organizers are busy putting the finishing touches on the schedule for the 10-day winter festival, which runs from Feb. 7-18. "The Frozen Fireworks over the lake, one of Polar Fest's signature events, are coming back, along with a lot of other old favorites, like Ice Tee Golf, the Freeze Your Buns Run, the Great Polar Race, the Polar-riffic Spaghetti Feed and the Polar-Palooza tubing races at Detroit Mountain," says Beth Pridday, who is co-chairing the 2019 event along with Jill Brandt.
"Big Shot." "Movin' Out." "She's Got A Way." "Uptown Girl." "Piano Man." "Only the Good Die Young." "It's Still Rock & Roll." "We Didn't Start the Fire"... Billy Joel has written and recorded some of the most iconic rock and pop hits of the past 50 years, so it's no surprise that other artists have looked up to him, covered his songs, and even made them into a jukebox musical that premiered on Broadway back in 2002.
"Detroit Lakes had a banner year in 2018," said Mayor Matt Brenk during his 'State of the City' address at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. Brenk added that the city enjoyed "tremendous development, expansion and growth in our private sector," along with several significant civic improvement projects and housing developments that either broke ground or were completed during the past 12 months. The city issued more than $53 million in building permits during the past year, almost $20 million of which was for construction of new single-family homes and multi-family units.
Two new board members were sworn in, board officers were appointed, and the sale of $47.5 million in general obligation bonds for the school district's impending $49 million building construction project was finalized at a special meeting of the Detroit Lakes School Board on Wednesday night. New school board members April Thomas and Jennifer Pedersen were sworn in along with newly re-elected board member Kylie Johnson and returning board members Amy Erickson, John Steffl and Jane Foltz.