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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Seven people will be vying for four open seats on the Detroit Lakes City Council at the Nov. 6 general election — and there will be at least one new face on the council come January, as Barb Voss has opted to step down from her alderman at large position at the end of the year. Two alderman at large seats are up for grabs in 2018, with incumbent Madalyn Sukke seeking a third term against challengers Beth Pridday, Natalie Bly and John Thorpe.
This past summer, the Minnesota Department of Education announced that it was making approximately $25 million in grant funding available to school districts throughout the state, in order to "pre-design, design, construct, furnish, and equip school facilities for improvements related to violence prevention and facility security."
It may have been their debut performance, but the 32 students in Kendra Mohn's LACHE Homeschool Band certainly didn't show it on Thursday, as they performed before a packed house in the main lounge of Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. And the audience of nursing home residents, staff and family members were certainly appreciative, drawing several delighted comments from the band's guest director, Michael Levine over how responsive they were.
Even those who have not read Herman Melville's epic novel, "Moby Dick," are probably familiar with at least some of the story: The quest of Captain Ahab for revenge against the white whale that crippled him is a well-known cautionary tale, warning against the twin dangers of obsession and the thirst for vengeance.
Marisa Pace, 16, daughter of Tom and Joni Pace and a high school junior from Detroit Lakes, will be performing in "Collabo Jazz" with the 3D Jazz Project Company in Cary, N.C., this Friday, Nov. 2. Pace is a student with the Professional Training Program at Cary Ballet Conservatory, where she trains in the dance disciplines of ballet, jazz and contemporary. She is also a member of the Cary Ballet Company as well as the 3D Jazz Project Company.
Though winter's chill is nearly upon us, roses of nearly every shape, size and color imaginable will be in full bloom at DL Floral, Thrifty White Drug and Bergen's in Detroit Lakes this week. Those are the three chosen venues for the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club's 2018 Roses from Rotary fundraiser, set to take place this Wednesday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 2. "It's our 26th annual rose sale," says Breakfast Rotarian Kathy Michaelson, who is one of the organizers for this year's event.
When most people reach their 90th birthday, they're well into their retirement years... but not Detroit Lakes' Don Getz, who celebrated his 90th birthday last Friday with a bash hosted by Nereson Automotive — where Getz has no plans to stop selling cars anytime soon. "It's an interesting business," says Getz, who first started selling cars 62 years ago, at Overvold's in Fargo. "It's changed so much in the last 10 years, with all the technology... but I still enjoy it."
Unhappy with either the price tag, the location of the new school or the plans for existing facilities, Detroit Lakes School District voters have rejected three prior bond referendum proposals for improvements to the district's school buildings. This time around, the district's $49.9 million proposal for additions and upgrades to its existing K-12 academic facilities has seemed to generate much more positive feedback.
Chim, chim, cheroo! "Mary Poppins," the 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' musical adventure, is set to open on the stage of Detroit Lakes Middle School's George Simson Auditorium this Thursday, Nov. 1 — and in preparation, the cast and crew of roughly 100 aspiring thespians are busy putting the finishing touches on an ambitious production that brings such memorable tunes as "Step in Time," "Jolly Holiday" and "A Spoonful of Sugar" to soaring life.
Following the internationally acclaimed "Alice in Wonderland," which was performed in Detroit Lakes two years ago, Theatre Tout à Trac returns to the Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, Oct. 26 to present the tale of the world's most famous puppet: "Pinocchio."