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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Canada's the Good Lovelies are bringing their immensely popular Christmas show to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. What better way to celebrate the season than with classic holiday and winter selections polished to a warm and welcoming glow? The aptly named Good Lovelies are Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore. All of them best friends, the Ontario-based trio relies on impeccable vocals, winsome songwriting and on stage banter drawn from a seemingly endless succession of comedic adventures on the road and at home.
Short-term or vacation rentals as an alternative to staying in a hotel or resort have been an option for travelers since at least the 1990s — but the practice has seen a huge uptick in popularity in recent years, with a plethora of online services like AirBNB popping up all over the Internet. The reasons why many home and condo owners have chosen to list their property as a short-term vacation rental are fairly obvious: A story published in the Fargo Forum in March indicated that AirBNB's 2017 earnings in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota alone topped $29 million.
There is no doubt that the 2018 Detroit Lakes Ice Harvest, and the subsequent construction of King Isbit's Ice Palace in preparation for the launch of February's Polar Fest celebration, was a huge hit with residents and visitors alike. Thousands upon thousands of spectators packed the Detroit Lakes City Beach, where the palace was located, and the adjacent "Palatial Playground," which extended into the City Park, throughout January's ice harvest and palace construction and even after it was unveiled to kick off Polar Fest.
This weekend marks the beginning of Advent, a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming." At First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, the start of Advent also marks the beginning of a holiday tradition known as the "Advent Mini Concerts." "We've been doing it for more than 20 years now," says Holly Heisserer, who coordinates the mini-concert schedule for the church.
If Santa felt a little overdressed for the weather at last year's Grand Parade of Lights, he and his fellow North Pole visitors must have felt right at home on Monday night, as a chill winter wind swept through downtown Detroit Lakes for the official kickoff of the 2018 holiday shopping season. "Everyone seemed to stay huddled inside the stores until just before the parade started," said Parade of Lights co-chair Natalie Bly. "The attendance was down a little bit for our pre-party, but the streets seemed to fill up as the parade got going."
These days, most Detroit Lakes residents know Mary Haney as the director of the Detroit Lakes Public Library, a position she has held since Sept. 3, 2001. But the long time Detroit Lakes resident — her parents, Jim and Theresa Haney, moved to the community in 1961, when Mary was just seven years old — also had a legal practice here in town for many years.
Black Friday may be the official start to the holiday shopping season in most communities, but in downtown Detroit Lakes, the kickoff party actually comes a few days later, when Santa arrives in town for his annual Grand Parade of Lights. Set to take place this coming Monday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m., the parade usually includes about 30 entries — though the final lineup isn't usually determined until the last minute, according to Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston.
Every holiday season for the past five decades, an increasing number of local businesses and service organizations have hosted a uniquely decorated Christmas tree — bare at first, the trees quickly become festooned not with garlands and ornaments, but mittens, gloves, hats and scarves in every shape, size and color.
The Humane Society of the Lakes' biggest annual fundraiser is going Scottish this year: "Tuxes & Tails with Canines & Kilts" will take place this Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom in Detroit Lakes. The event starts with a 5:30 p.m. social hour and silent auction, and will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The dinner, which is being catered by Hub 41 this year, will include a selection of about a half dozen Scottish entrees to choose from, such as "Bangers & Mash," salmon and flannel hash and one vegan selection: Eggplant Parmesan.
While he has called the Detroit Lakes area his home for the past five years, Jack Chivers Realty owner Dirk Ockhardt spends a lot of time traveling — much of it with his 10-year-old son, Harry, who now attends school in the same Barnesville district where Ockhardt spent a year as a foreign exchange student in 1995-96. Born and raised in Germany, where his parents still live, Ockhardt is an experienced world traveler, though he has now put down roots in northwest Minnesota.