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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The Detroit Lakes City Council approved a $5.5 million certified levy and $23 million budget for 2019 at its regular meeting on Tuesday. The total property tax levy of $5,498,426 marks a $384,417 (7.52 percent) increase from last year, according to City Finance Officer Pam Slifka — yet thanks to a $918,000 (7.45 percent) increase in the city's net tax capacity, the overall tax rate will increase just .026 percent.
For the second straight year, the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club has been spending the Christmas season trying to get books into the hands of as many children as possible, as part of the club's Christmas Book Project.
The award-winning six-piece ensemble Simple Gifts will be bringing their 2018 Christmastide Tour to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, Dec. 14 for a 7:30 p.m. concert. As long-time fans already know, Simple Gifts brings a modern flair to traditional Christmas carols and hymns, using some unique Celtic instrumentation and vocal harmonies to create musical magic.
Christmas is generally considered to be a "fun" holiday, with all its festive decorations, brightly lit homes and trees, tasty treats and gourmet delicacies — and of course, the presents! But it can also be stressful, what with all the event planning and scheduling, gifts to be purchased and wrapped, food to be cooked, and relatives to wrangle.
When Dale and Beth Rengstorf applied to have their ranch north of Pelican Rapids certified under the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP), Dale was given a list of questions to answer about how they managed their 2,200-acre agricultural operation, and learned what they would have to do to meet the standards of the program. The answer? Very little. "The way I was already doing things met all of their requirements (for certification)," said Rengstorf, who raises a herd of about 700 head of bison on the property, using the land for pasture and hay.
It was 13 years ago now that the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train first rolled into Detroit Lakes, and each year, it has helped to keep the shelves of the Becker County Food Pantry filled with enough food to ensure that local families in need won't go hungry through the holiday season. "It's a nice boost for us, especially during the holidays," says Brad Carlson, the food pantry's executive director. "Last year Canadian Pacific gave us $4,500, and we also picked up another $972 in cash and 446 pounds of food from local donations."
Tray after tray of Christmas cookies, candies, jellies, jams, bars and breads, along with a host of ethnic delicacies like pizzelles, rosettes, sandbakkles, krumkake and biscotti, spread out on tables that stretch across the room ... that's what the public sees as soon as they walk into the Holy Rosary Parish Center for the church's annual Christmas Cookie Walk.
Women's empowerment is an idea that has been around since at least the late 19th century, when the female half of the world's population first began seeking the right to vote. In the 1970s, the movement reached a crescendo, as radio-friendly anthems like Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" and Aretha Franklin's "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." hit the airwaves.
Canada's the Good Lovelies are bringing their immensely popular Christmas show to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. What better way to celebrate the season than with classic holiday and winter selections polished to a warm and welcoming glow? The aptly named Good Lovelies are Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore. All of them best friends, the Ontario-based trio relies on impeccable vocals, winsome songwriting and on stage banter drawn from a seemingly endless succession of comedic adventures on the road and at home.
Short-term or vacation rentals as an alternative to staying in a hotel or resort have been an option for travelers since at least the 1990s — but the practice has seen a huge uptick in popularity in recent years, with a plethora of online services like AirBNB popping up all over the Internet. The reasons why many home and condo owners have chosen to list their property as a short-term vacation rental are fairly obvious: A story published in the Fargo Forum in March indicated that AirBNB's 2017 earnings in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota alone topped $29 million.