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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Though it seems like spring has only just begun, Memorial Day weekend is almost here, bringing with it a plethora of high school graduations, family picnics, fishing, boating, swimming — and the opportunity for Detroit Lakes area motorcycle enthusiasts to gear up for their first big outing of the season.
"It was like a punch," says Darren Thorsteinson of the sudden, sharp pain he felt in his side during an ordinary day last August. But unlike being punched, the pain didn't really subside. "I knew something wasn't right," he said, adding that he wasn't able to work, and he didn't really feel like doing much of anything at all, so finally he decided a visit to the Essentia Health Walk-In Clinic in Detroit Lakes was in order. "They sent him to Fargo for a blood test," said Darren's wife, Amy.
A hearing was held this past Friday, May 11, on the misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge filed against longtime Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Robert Strand.
A compelling combination of colorful musical performance, songs, and storytelling featuring the collaborative efforts of musical ensemble Zeitgeist, humorist Kevin Kling, and composer Victor Zupanc, "For the Birds" has delighted thousands of audience members throughout the state of Minnesota since its creation in 2010 — and now, it's coming to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre.
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.
After 61 years of serving the youth of Detroit Lakes, the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes will soon have a new building to call home. The first shovels full of dirt were turned Thursday at the Richwood Road construction site for the new facility, which will replace a building that had been in use almost since the day the club was first established in 1967. "Eleven short months ago, we kicked off our capital campaign," said Petermann at the start of Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony. "To date, we have raised a little over $5.9 million of our $6.5 million goal."
Though the Detroit Lakes School Board hasn't yet made any decisions regarding a possible November referendum vote for school facilities improvements, the form and scope of improvements needed is beginning to take shape.
The Detroit Lakes Public Works Department moved one step closer to getting a new building on Tuesday, as the City Council approved a proposal for architectural and engineering services on the project.
Spring has finally sprung in Detroit Lakes, and to celebrate, the Detroit Lakes Lions Club is hosting a spring planter sale this Wednesday and Thursday, May 9-10, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Detroit Lakes. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The planters, which are 12 inches in diameter and 10 inches high, will each contain a variety of annual flowers. Supplied by Bergen's the planters are being sold for $25 each, with sales going to support the Lions' Eyes on Mexico project.
Six new, permanent pickleball courts will be installed at Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park this summer, thanks to a $200,000 fundraising campaign organized by local enthusiasts for the sport. The Detroit Lakes City Council gave the green light for construction of the new courts at its Tuesday night meeting, after accepting the $200,000 in donations presented by the Pickleball Project Committee. "We're looking forward to the courts being built," said committee member Mitch Wimmer, thanking the council and city staff for their support of the project.