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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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—"Set a goal, work hard, and never give up." Those words from soon-to-be published author Lindsay VonRuden might have been said in the context of her realizing her dream of becoming a writer, but they could also be applied to the subject of the book she co-wrote with children's book author Ryan Jacobson: Adam Thielen.
ROLLAG, Minn. — It takes a staff of over 2,000 volunteers to keep the crowds entertained at the annual Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag, Minn. — but they're always looking for more. "We can always use more helpers," says WMSTR President Pete Mandt, who is wrapping up his third year in charge of the annual event. And even though this year's show concluded on Labor Day, anyone who's interested can sign up to be a member, at any time, by emailing the WMSTR secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org .
May 1 is officially known as May Day, but Detroit Lakes residents had another reason to celebrate on that date this year: It was the day that both Big and Little Detroit were officially declared ice free. "The last remnants of ice on Big Detroit vanished during the half-inch early morning rain (on Tuesday)," says longtime local resident Dick Hecock, who has been the official keeper of local "ice in" and "ice out" data for the Pelican River Watershed District for more than 30 years now.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Local residents who haven't yet taken the opportunity to pay a visit to King Isbit's Ice Palace on the Detroit Lakes City Beach, take note: This weekend will be the final opportunity to see the palace fully lit at night, though the structure itself will be remaining intact for a little longer than first anticipated.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - It’s official: Detroit Lakes’ first ice harvest since the early 1970s is in the books. A crew of nine men from Wee Kut Ice in Spicer, Minn., arrived late Thursday morning to begin the process of harvesting approximately 1,500 blocks of ice, to be used in the construction of a 30-foot-tall ice palace on the city beach. The Polar Fest Ice Palace is set to make its debut at a Grand Lighting Ceremony on Thursday Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. (which is also the first day of Polar Fest 2018).
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Conditions are good for Detroit Lakes' first ice harvest in nearly 50 years as ice thickness near the Detroit Lakes Pavilion has reached 17½ inches. That nearly a half foot thicker than needed for harvesting ice on Little Detroit Lake. "It needs to be a minimum of 12 inches," says Ice Harvest Committee member Scott Walz, who along with fellow committee member Hans Gilsdorf, completed the official depth measurement on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Raising the legal age limit for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 has been a priority for anti-smoking groups across the state of Minnesota for several years now — but it's been a tough sell so far. Currently, only the metro-area cities of St. Louis Park and Edina have such ordinances in place. That may soon change. One of the agenda items for the Detroit Lakes City Council is a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 12, on a city ordinance raising the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21.
WASHINGTON—He may not have come up with the recipe himself, but U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson now has the right to brag that his staff members are among the best cooks on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, the Minnesota Congressional delegation came together for U.S. Sen. Al Franken's seventh annual hotdish competition — and for the first time, Peterson's staff was victorious. "I think we came in second one year," Peterson said Thursday. "But this is the first time we won."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Gary Thompson has been pulling pieces of history out of Becker County's lakes and rivers for going on half a century now. "This will be my 50th year," says Thompson, owner and proprietor of Detroit Lakes' Tri-State Diving. "I started diving in 1967... I paid for my first set of scuba gear out of my high school graduation money."