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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.

Stained glass artist Robert Larson has studied many different forms of art and architecture to create his own, unique style.
The summer of 2023 marks the 40th anniversary of WE Fest at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch. This milestone will be celebrated with a star-packed main stage lineup. The 2023 festival runs Aug. 3-5, and music and camping packages are available via the show's website.
New meat processing business gets approval.
Wadena-area resident Paul Sailer, who has written two books about World War II aviation history, will be at the Detroit Lakes Public Library on Wednesday, Nov. 9 for a 10:30 a.m. presentation about his books, his own experiences as a Vietnam War helicopter pilot, and how those experiences inform his writing. This presentation in honor of Veteran's Day is free and open to the public.
Two-year, $300,000 renovation project on South Shore Drive home is still ongoing.
The 30-minute documentary film, which had its debut at the Fargo Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 13, was shot at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, located in the heart of Becker County, Minnesota.
As ticket holders began filing into Spanky's Stone Hearth in Vergas, Minn. for a four-course meal and wine pairing event, presented by the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary, on Oct. 11, they expected a delicious evening of adventure for their palates and Head Chef Michael Kasper provided everything they craved.
The time is now for viewing the plethora of orange, red, gold and brown hues popping up amongst the foliage at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Maplewood State Park, Dunton Locks and other area "hot spots" for fall color tours in our neck of northwest Minnesota.
The 11th Annual Princess Warrior 5K brought out hundreds of Wadena area residents to honor the memory of Jane Fiemeyer, the original "Princess Warrior" who died from leukemia in 2012, when she was just 8 years old.
The 43rd Annual England Prairie Pioneer Days will open on Friday, Aug. 26 with an evening meal and live music. The main event gets underway Saturday, Aug. 27 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 28, with live music, food, threshing and saw mill demonstrations, draft horse field demonstrations and much more.