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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The birds are chirping, the snow is melting — and thoughts of new, fresh home improvement, landscaping and construction projects have begun to bloom in the minds of lakes area residents. The Lake Region Builders Association can help make those ideas a reality with its 32nd Annual Home and Sports show, set for this coming Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25 at the Kent Freeman Sports Arena in Detroit Lakes.
A couple of years ago, the Tribune ran a front page feature about how many kids in the Detroit Lakes school district had no permanent roof over their heads; last spring, a similar story appeared, highlighting the prevalence of homelessness in the region, and the programs available to help. Those stories caught the attention of the members of Detroit Lakes' Congregational United Church of Christ, many of whom wanted to find a way to do something about it — but it wasn't until late last year that they found a concrete way to do so.
More than a decade has passed since discussions first began regarding the possibility of a new building to house the Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club — but now, it's all starting to come together, with construction of a $6.5 million, 29,650-square-foot facility slated to start in May. "It's been a long time coming," says Pat Petermann, the club's executive director.
A date has been set for the groundbreaking on Detroit Lakes' new $34 million wastewater treatment plant: Public Utilities General Manager Vernell Roberts announced at Tuesday night's meeting of the Detroit Lakes City Council that the groundbreaking would take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 9.
With an eye toward a possible November building bond referendum for a new school facilities construction project, the Detroit Lakes School Board approved a letter of engagement with Zerr Berg Architects of Fargo at its Monday night meeting. The action was the result of two special meetings, held on Jan. 22 and Jan. 29, at which the board interviewed four potential architectural firms including Zerr Berg as well as Foss Architecture & Interiors, also of Fargo; YHR Partners, of Moorhead; and JLG Architects, based in Alexandria.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little early this year as the Historic Holmes Theatre goes Irish for its annual Motion Fundraiser for the Arts on Friday, March 16. This Celtic-themed event will be held in the Holmes Ballroom, with musical entertainment provided by 32 Below. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.
Homemade Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy are once again on the menu for the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary's 11th Annual Meatball Dinner, which will be hosted by the local service club from 4:30 to 7 p.m. this Tuesday, March 13 in the cafeteria at M State Detroit Lakes (900 Hwy.
Township residents, mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 13: That's the day when all 1,781 townships across Minnesota — including 37 in Becker County — are required to hold their annual town meetings. "It's the day when townships set their annual levy for road and bridge (construction), fire contracts and other township maintenance costs," says Roger Winter, who currently chairs the Becker County Township Association. "Most townships also have their board elections on that day (though there are a handful in Becker County that hold them in November)."
On Thursday, March 8, members of U.S. Sen. Tina Smith's (D-Minn.) staff stopped in Detroit Lakes for a visit with local parents, providers, community leaders, and employers to discuss the impact of the growing child care shortage in the region. Charles Sutton, Sen. Smith's senior outreach director, and Carson Ouellette, Smith's regional field representative for northwest Minnesota, began their visit by opening up a roundtable discussion with local childcare advocates at Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership.
It's been almost three years since the Becker County Historical Society first unveiled plans for constructing a new museum to replace its aging building at 714 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes.