New additions to DLHS raise the sails on Laker Pride – Detroit Lakes Tribune

DETROIT LAKES — Rob Nielsen looked at the acoustic panels installed at the Lakeshirt Fieldhouse at Detroit Lakes High School and got goosebumps.

The school district’s activities director noted, “It’s been interesting how many times I’ve had goosebumps since my wife and I moved into the community.

Sound panels feature Laker athletes from all sports. Athletic moments captured on film were mixed with digital prints by an artist at Trophy House in Detroit Lakes. When the images were mixed, they were printed on acoustic panels provided by DOW Acoustics, also of Detroit Lakes.

Nielsen said a five-person committee reviewed thousands of images to be featured on the 6-by-4-foot panels. Most sports received three panels. A total of 92 panels were installed.

The committee discussed who would be on the panels. The idea of ​​only state champions was considered, but the committee felt it was equally important to celebrate athletes who have seen character growth or personal accomplishments. To go along with the district’s mission to do “Champions in Life,” Nielsen said the group decided to just go with the best images for the panels.

Detroit Lakes High School’s Lakeshirts Fieldhouse now offers acoustic panels for each of the 29 sports offered in the school district. For comparison, Activities Director Rob Nielsen noted that large districts, like Eden Prairie, offer 31 sports.

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“We took the photos to the artist and he figured out how to put them together,” Nielsen said. “Some of the older images look grainy, but it makes them look artistic with the way they’ve been put together.”

A police officer, who happened to be visiting the school, saw the signs and added: “Boy, this is going to dress it up (the pavilion)”.

The sound panels will also serve to reduce noise in the gym, which offers bowl seating with a basketball court at center stage. There is also a balcony with a track or standing space, and this is on the upper level where the panels have been installed.

Nielsen may get goosebumps again when the district mural project comes to fruition. For about a year, the school collected photographs of Laker alumni, and with approximately 1,500 photographs submitted, a mosaic mural was created.

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Detroit Lakes High School alumni have been invited to submit photographs for a mosaic to be installed at Lakeshirts Fieldhouse.

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“It has pictures of people, their families, what they’re doing now, and in those pictures you can see a sailboat and our motto ‘Champions in Life,'” Nielsen said.

The vinyl mosaic mural will measure 8 feet by 6 feet and will also be installed on the upper floor of the country house. Nielsen explained that once installed, it will appear as if it was created directly on the cement block wall.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has purchased brand new equipment for Detroit Lakes High School’s new weight room.

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If that wasn’t enough to celebrate at Laker Country, the school also applauds the generosity of a professional football player – Adam Thielen. Thielen, a 2008 Detroit Lakes High graduate, approached the school district and asked to buy all new equipment for his weight room, Nielsen said. At the time, the school hoped voters would approve the major renovation projects and asked the Minnesota Viking if the offer had an expiration date. Nielsen said Thielen was also generous with his time, allowing the school to find the right time to accept the gift.

A student walks through the expanded weight room with new equipment. Adam Thielen, a 2008 Detroit Lakes High School graduate who plays for the Minnesota Vikings, asked the school district if they could buy all the new equipment for the weight room and graciously waited for the renovation and renovation projects. addition are complete.

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Nielsen said the new weight room was previously a half-court-sized gym space. New windows were added to the room and the state-of-the-art equipment offered was brought in.

Compared to the old weight room, the new one is about “three or four times” larger, Nielsen said. He added that the larger space allowed sports teams to use the equipment at the same time. Whereas before, there were times when teams skipped weight day, he said.

“Now we can have 60 or 70 kids at a time, all training,” he said. “Before, if we were 30, it was a tight fit.”

Equipment is in place and weight training classes are being held in the space, along with team workouts, but the mottos still need to be added to the walls along with some acoustic panels.

The former weight room has been transformed into a dance studio and a space where aerobics and yoga classes can be held. Nielsen said he was happy to give the school dance team a home.

While seeing projects that exemplify Laker Pride can cause goosebumps on Nielsen’s arms, he explained that most of the bumps belong to the people and companies that are part of Laker Pride — from Thielen providing the next generation of athletes at Lakeshirts building an ‘amazing gym’ to those who donated photos to be part of a school pride project.

“People are stepping into this community,” he said. “It’s teamwork. It’s always great to step back and look at what we’ve done together.

The former weight room has been transformed into a dance studio which is also used for gym classes.

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