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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May 1 is officially known as May Day, but Detroit Lakes residents had another reason to celebrate on that date this year: It was the day that both Big and Little Detroit were officially declared ice free. "The last remnants of ice on Big Detroit vanished during the half-inch early morning rain (on Tuesday)," says longtime local resident Dick Hecock, who has been the official keeper of local "ice in" and "ice out" data for the Pelican River Watershed District for more than 30 years now.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Local residents who haven't yet taken the opportunity to pay a visit to King Isbit's Ice Palace on the Detroit Lakes City Beach, take note: This weekend will be the final opportunity to see the palace fully lit at night, though the structure itself will be remaining intact for a little longer than first anticipated.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Since early January, there have been two big storylines dominating local headlines and dinner table conversations in Detroit Lakes: One is the first ice harvest in nearly 50 years from Detroit Lake to be used for an ice palace on the city beach; the other, of course, is the fact that Detroit Lakes native Adam Thielen and his Minnesota Vikings are vying to be the first football team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
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.