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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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.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — After almost two hours of testimony Tuesday, Sept. 12, some of it quite emotional, the Detroit Lakes City Council opted to take no action on a proposed ordinance to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 within city limits — though the vote was not unanimous. At the conclusion of the public hearing on the proposed ordinance, Alderman Ron Zeman introduced a motion, seconded by Alderman Barb Voss, to not give the ordinance a first reading.
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.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—After the firestorm of controversy that erupted following the Detroit Lakes City Council's July 11 decision to revoke a rental registration for an Elizabeth Street property — owned by a 70-year-old woman and rented by a disabled veteran — the council opted to reconsider that action on Tuesday.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — WE Fest, the iconic country music festival that wrapped up its 35th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 5, brings thousands of visitors to the Detroit Lakes community every year during the first week of August.
FRAZEE, Minn. — For most gardeners living in northern Minnesota, the start of the spring growing season is still a few weeks away. But at Forest Glen Farm in rural Frazee, the Flynn family has been hard at work for a couple of months already, getting their herbs and vegetables started from seed and ready to transplant into the farm's two high tunnel greenhouses.
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."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Like many communities across Minnesota and North Dakota, the Salvation Army's Red Kettle holiday fundraising campaign in Detroit Lakes was falling a bit behind its $40,000 goal — until a $10,000 check was dropped into the kettle at Central Market recently. "That one donation of $10,000 has brought us back up to where we were hoping to be," said local campaign organizer Michele Baker, noting that by the time the campaign wrapped up on Christmas Eve, their total might exceed $45,000.
LAKE PARK, Minn. — So what can Americans, and particularly farmers in rural Minnesota, expect from a Trump presidency in 2017? "Honest answer? I have no idea — and no one else I know does either," said U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota), addressing a group of about 30 Becker County residents during an Agricultural Issues Forum hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Peterson said that he was "waiting to see" who would be picked to be the new Secretary of Agriculture under president-elect Donald Trump's administration.