Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 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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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — When organizers behind the plans to build a "super-sized" ice palace for the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival scuttled the project last week, the news was greeted in Detroit Lakes with more than a few gasps and groans of dismay. That's because a committee of local volunteers had been working hard behind the scenes for more than a year on plans to harvest the ice from Detroit Lake as the principal source of building materials for the St. Paul structure.
Did you know that one of the longest-running mountain bike races in the Midwest is held right here in Becker County, every Labor Day weekend?
FRAZEE, Minn. — When lifelong Frazee resident Justin Oelfke entered his truck in the demolition derby for the 2017 Becker County Fair, he knew it might be for the last time. "He had to get medical clearance to compete," says Oelfke's longtime girlfriend, Jamie Larson.
The Perham City Council has joined forces with the local Chamber of Commerce and the Otter Tail Coalition of Lakeshore Associations (COLA) to oppose the stocking of muskies in the Otter Tail lakes chain. By unanimous resolution, city council members approved drafting a letter to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to that effect, following a special council meeting on Wednesday. During that meeting, council membe
For the first time this century, Detroit Lakes area residents won’t have to travel all the way to Orchestra Hall in St. Paul to hear a live performance by the...
There are still a few general admission tickets left for this coming weekend’s 33rd annual WE Fest — but not many. “As of today, we still have a few general...
Big Cormorant Lake could soon become the latest area water body to fall victim to the invasion of zebra mussels. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is in the process of investigating a report that zebra mussels were discovered in Becker County's second largest lake. "We did receive a report of zebra mussels in Big Cormorant last week," said Mark Ranweiler, the assistant aquatic invasive species (AIS) s
Though it was not unanimous, the Detroit Lakes City Council approved a resolution Tuesday that will establish a tax increment financing district and TIF financing plan for the proposed hotel, condominium and restaurant redevelopment project at the northwest corner of Washington Avenue and West Lake Drive. At the behest of the council, developer Troy Hoekstra gave a brief update on the project, noting that with the council’s approval of the TIF plan, he expects to close on the financing at the end of the month, with construction to begin shortly thereafter. He also briefly we
By Vicki Gerdes / DL Newspapers Area mountain biking aficionados have had the date circled on their calendar for weeks, but hikers should also take note: The biking and hiking trails at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will be open for business starting this Saturday, June 27. The trails, professionally built by Arkansas-based Progressive Trail Design, have been designed to host all levels of mountain biking enthusiasts. They include seven miles of single track, cross country flow trails, optimized for mountain bike use; four downhill gravity and jump trails, ranging from
Every year, between 3,000-5,000 area school kids have an opportunity to experience hands-on environmental learning when they visit the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.