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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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - It’s official: Detroit Lakes’ first ice harvest since the early 1970s is in the books. A crew of nine men from Wee Kut Ice in Spicer, Minn., arrived late Thursday morning to begin the process of harvesting approximately 1,500 blocks of ice, to be used in the construction of a 30-foot-tall ice palace on the city beach. The Polar Fest Ice Palace is set to make its debut at a Grand Lighting Ceremony on Thursday Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. (which is also the first day of Polar Fest 2018).
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — By now, most of northwest Minnesota knows that Detroit Lakes will soon be getting its very own ice palace — courtesy of the first ice harvest to be conducted here since the early 1970s. The ice harvest will take place Thursday, Jan 11, and Friday on Little Detroit Lake near the Pavilion. But have you heard of the jolly spirit who will be inhabiting the halls of said palace? A close friend of Polar Fest's official "spokes-bear," Polar Pete, King Isbit comes with a legend all his own.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Conditions are good for Detroit Lakes' first ice harvest in nearly 50 years as ice thickness near the Detroit Lakes Pavilion has reached 17½ inches. That nearly a half foot thicker than needed for harvesting ice on Little Detroit Lake. "It needs to be a minimum of 12 inches," says Ice Harvest Committee member Scott Walz, who along with fellow committee member Hans Gilsdorf, completed the official depth measurement on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — When organizers behind the plans to build a "super-sized" ice palace for the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival scuttled the project last week, the news was greeted in Detroit Lakes with more than a few gasps and groans of dismay. That's because a committee of local volunteers had been working hard behind the scenes for more than a year on plans to harvest the ice from Detroit Lake as the principal source of building materials for the St. Paul structure.
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. — 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. The festival itself employs a cast of thousands, from backstage crew to sound and light technicians to food and beverage vendors, merchandise and ticket sellers, and much more.
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.