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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.

It's been four years since the last in-person Wine and Chocolate fundraiser was held at the Depot in Wadena — but it's back! The Feb. 11 event will be bigger and, hopefully, better than ever.
The Detroit Lakes-based collective also includes players from Frazee-Vergas, Perham, New York Mills and Park Rapids.
City Engineer Phil Martin outlined the project scope and costs at the start of the hearing, attendees voiced their opinions following his explanation of the project.
Nathan Runyan, the 36-year-old Verndale man who needed emergency surgery following a major heart attack on Oct. 11, is expected to leave the hospital soon, but will require a long recovery period.
Kyle Colby, a Detroit Lakes native who has been making music most of his adult life, will be featured Feb. 2 on the Prairie Public Television show that puts a spotlight on regional artists.
The month of January is a busy one for the Wadena-Deer Creek School Board, with a series of listening sessions planned to receive input from the community on potential facility improvements.
Thousands of people came to Wadena between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day to view the Christmas in Wadena animated light show, with many of them donating to the cause.
Zug Zug, Zara and Baby Oog have arrived! Two life-size "cave people" sculptures, encased in fake ice, can be found at the Detroit Lakes City Park through Feb. 26.
Longtime Wadena residents Robert and Ruth Fisher will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary this Friday. They were married in a Menahga church parsonage on Dec. 30, 1947.
The Wadena-Deer Creek School Board approved a final 2022, payable 2023 property tax levy of $2,187,922 at its Monday, Dec. 19 meeting, an increase of 3% over the previous year.