Vicki Gerdes / Forum News Service
It's hard to imagine that the biological impact of an oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico more than seven years ago could still be showing up in Minnesota's Common Loon population in the present day — yet that's exactly what's happening.
The Perham City Council seat that has been vacant since the passing of Councilor Harriet Mattfeld has been filled. Perham native Brad Schmidt was appointed to fill the position by unanimous vote of the remaining council members at their Monday meeting.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Detroit Lakes and Perham are doing some great things, as the burgeoning membership at both sites attests. Last Thursday night, staff and supporters of the clubs gathered at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes to celebrate their successes, as well as to talk a little bit about what’s in store for their futures.
For most gardeners living in northern Minnesota, the start of the spring growing season is still a few weeks away. But at Forest Glen Farm in rural Frazee, the Flynn family has been hard at work for a couple of months already, getting their herbs and vegetables started from seed and ready to transplant into the farm's two high tunnel greenhouses.
It's maple mania in the lakes area this week, as both the Vergas community and Maplewood State Park are set to host maple syrup-related events on Saturday, April 8. Maple Syrup Demonstration Day
With the first day of spring now behind us, and temperatures jumping up into the 30s, 40s and even 50s, the sap has begun flowing from area maple trees — just in time for Vergas' annual Maple Syrup Festival, which is on tap for Saturday, April 8 at the Vergas Community Events Center. This year, the festival committee has lined up something new to tempt visitors' taste buds: A Maple Syrup Tasting Contest. Or if you'd prefer, go out and tap a tree or two to make your own and enter the contest yourself.
When Detroit Lakes native Gabe Noah is asked what it’s like to plan a standup comedy show back in his hometown, the Minneapolis-based comedian describes it in one word: “Horrifying.” “I don’t know why I ever sign myself up for these things,” he joked.
Kids fishing, wiener dogs racing, old timers playing softball, loons calling… err, make that a contest for calling loons. It’s all part of the fun of Vergas’s annual Looney Days festival, which kicks off Thursday with the crowning of Vergas “royalty,” who will preside over the weekend’s festivities. The Miss Vergas, Princess Altona and Junior King & Queen pageants are all set to begin at 7:30 p.m.