Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune as a reporter and magazine editor in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in Detroit Lakes with her husband, Dan, their 3-year-old son and baby daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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25 Years Ago Fluid poisoning case: DL men fined, must do community service: Two rural Detroit Lakes men were sentenced to 15 days in jail Tuesday for poisoning five people with windshield wiper fluid. The victims were among 25 to 40 people attending a Detroit Lakes party in mid-March. A bottle of schnapps, which contained the wiper fluid, was passed around at the party.
From simple, self-guided fall color tours to elaborate pumpkin patches, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the cool, crisp days of autumn in the Detroit Lakes area. The abundant lakes, trails, parks and scenic drives around Lakes Country make it hard not to get out and enjoy the fresh fall air. As of mid-September, the Minnesota DNR was reporting that fall colors were at about 10-25 percent of their peak in the northern half of the state, and it was expected they'd reach their peak in late September or early October.
Detroit Lakes' FIRST LEGO League program is building up. After an exploratory start last year, with two non-competitive teams, in its second year the program is being enhanced and expanded to include official league tournaments and a third local team.
Detroit Lakes’ first-ever Feed My Starving Children food packing event is just days away, and key organizer John Simonson, the pastor at First Lutheran Church, is surprisingly cool and calm. “We’re ready,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “We’re really ready.”
Erik Dale is a quiet guy by day. He's admittedly shy, and has literally made a career out of staying behind the scenes. As the Historic Holmes Theatre's new Event and Local Productions Manager, Dale takes care of the offstage prepwork involved with events at the theatre, completely avoiding the spotlight himself.
Roosevelt Elementary School has received state recognition for the progress its multiracial students have made in reading. The Detroit Lakes school is one of 171 schools in the state — the top 5 percent of all schools in Minnesota — to receive the recognition, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) announced last week. Roosevelt students who identify as multiracial (being of two or more races) were found to be making significant achievement on reading progress over time, under MDE's new North Star accountability system.
Kids across the Detroit Lakes school district said 'goodbye' to summer and 'hello' to a new school year on Tuesday, and public school officials are saying it was a good first day all around.
25 Years Ago
"Can I bake something?" has become a sort of catchphrase for Hannah Barberg. The 10-year-old Detroit Lakes girl asks that question a lot around her house. Her family is used to it. Her two young brothers even roll their eyes at it sometimes. But they never get in the way of Hannah and the oven. Baking is her passion, and she does as much of it as possible. "I like seeing everything come together — the flour and sugar and (other ingredients)," she says. "And it makes something awesome!"
Perched on a puffy couch in the living room of her parent's home in Detroit Lakes on Wednesday, a summer scarf casually draped around her neck, Laker alum Celeste Koppe shared stories about what she's been up to since her 2012 graduation. There was a lot to tell. Since delivering the farewell address to her classmates at their commencement ceremony six years ago, Koppe has been out saying hello to the world, making her mark on it both literally and figuratively, as she's lived and worked internationally for much of the recent past.