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 email@example.com .
The WE Fest crowd was ready to have a good time on the final day of the 2018 festival, as evidenced by all the dancing, singing and cheering going on during the performances of Josh Turner, Chris Young and Jason Aldean. And the performers joined in on the fun — Aldean even chugging a beer toward the end of his 90-minute set, which closed out the 36th annual WE Fest in style.
DETROIT LAKES, MINN. - No restraining orders for either one of them. That was the ruling for the Detroit Lakes police officer and the man he'd arrested in the past. The two got into a Christmas Eve bar fight, and both filed for harassment restraining orders against the other, but the judge in the case shut both of them down.
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. — Since early January, there have been two big storylines dominating local headlines and dinner table conversations in Detroit Lakes: One is the first ice harvest in nearly 50 years from Detroit Lake to be used for an ice palace on the city beach; the other, of course, is the fact that Detroit Lakes native Adam Thielen and his Minnesota Vikings are vying to be the first football team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — By now, most of northwest Minnesota knows that Detroit Lakes will soon be getting its very own ice palace — courtesy of the first ice harvest to be conducted here since the early 1970s. The ice harvest will take place Thursday, Jan 11, and Friday on Little Detroit Lake near the Pavilion. But have you heard of the jolly spirit who will be inhabiting the halls of said palace? A close friend of Polar Fest's official "spokes-bear," Polar Pete, King Isbit comes with a legend all his own.
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. — 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.
Following a Tuesday public hearing about repeated noise complaint violations at Detroit Lakes' Zorbaz restaurant, the city council took action, issuing a 3-day suspension of the popular local hangout's 2 a.m. liquor license — but the establishment's management team says the consequences will be far less temporary.