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Vicki Gerdes

Community News Lead

A native of Madelia, Minnesota, Vicki Gerdes graduated from Hamline University in 1988 with a degree in English literature (writing emphasis). During her time at Hamline, she experienced several study abroad and internship opportunities, including travel to Hawaii, the United Kingdom, and New York City.

After beginning her journalism career in 1989, Vicki worked for newspapers in Fairmont, Redwood Falls and St. James, Minnesota, prior to accepting the position in Detroit Lakes. She has also worked as a freelance writer in Belize, and has worked part-time at a local bookstore and the Becker County Museum.

In addition to her duties with the Tribune, Vicki is in the process of writing a book for the museum, tentatively titled, "The People of Becker County.” When not writing, her hobbies include exploring the lakes area, reading, playing computer/video games, going to the movies, and taking advantage of as many travel opportunities as possible.

Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on January 1, 2022. Readers should reach out to her for all community and church-related news stories, local happenings/calendar items and community event-related coverage, story ideas and questions. As community news lead, that’s her specialty.

You may reach her at or 218-844-1454.

Organizers of the WE Fest country music festival, which wrapped its three-day run at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch on Saturday, are already busy gearing up for its 40th anniversary celebration in 2023.
Vergas is getting ready to host its annual end-of-summer festival, Looney Days, on Aug. 11-14.
If customers are waiting for credentials through the mail, “they can just come here and we will issue new credentials and cancel the old stuff — they don’t have to wait for the mail,” said WE Fest General Manager Mark Bjerke.
The 2nd Annual Intrepid Adventure Film Festival will include live music, yoga and youth activities as well as 16 short films focused on outdoor adventures.
Fireballs, smoke and costume changes all featured prominently during Friday night's Bash on the Beach in Detroit Lakes as Hairball performed the classics and thrilled the outdoor, sold-out crowd as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 15.
Injuries were non-life threatening, according to Minnesota State Patrol report
Classic cars abound as The Great Race rolled into Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park on Saturday
Richwood Winery's Summer Solstice Festival is set for Saturday, June 18, from 2 to 8 p.m. Besides live music by not just one, but two different acts, there will also be wine, food, arts and craft vendors, games for the kids and plenty of fun for the whole family to enjoy.
“The addition of the Equinix data center not only furthers the reach, redundancy and diversity of the Arvig network, but it presents an exciting opportunity for service providers and enterprises to establish a physical presence in Minnesota,” said Dave Shornack, Director of Business Development & Sales for Arvig.
A pancake feed, Maple Leaf Hunt, Saps Running 5K, horse-drawn wagon rides and more are scheduled throughout the day, and local businesses will be offering a variety of discounts and specials, including maple-flavored treats, milkshakes and whiskey.