Meet the Staff
Dave & Barb Kaldahl
Dave has been around Fair Hills all of his life and has seen thousands of staff members come and go! His grandpa Ed bought Fair Hills in 1926. Chester, Dave’s father, ran the resort until Dave took it over. Dave loves music, especially singing. He is the “main guy” for all the Barbershop Quartets at the resort and can sing all four of the parts of all the songs! He can also play any of the saxophone parts in the bad or sometimes the bass drum. He and his wife, Barb Burd Kaldahl, spend their springs, summers and falls at the resort and head south for the winters. They they canoe, sail, play tennis and spend time with their friends. Dave can be seen opening up the lobby everyday at 6am and then cooking eggs for breakfast in the kitchen. You might also see him plumbing, putting chairs together, putting in and taking out docks, remodeling cabins, cutting down trees, repairing anything in sight and sometimes even playing the washtub bass in the Hootenanny! Dave remembers cutting ice out of the lake in the winter to keep the food cold all summer and when the resort had its own ice cream factory and electric generator.
Barb has been at Fair Hills for 55+ years. She, like Dave, is a Concordia Cobber. She has done almost every job at the resort including, recreation but is now famous for the 7:00am walk and “Bobbin’ with Barb” water aerobics. She is the best critic of the Hoots (because she has seen so many) and is at almost every talent show cheering everyone on. She likes canoeing, playing tennis, the warm summers in Minnesota and the much warmer winters in Florida.
Dave & Barb purchased Five Lakes Resort together in 1976.
Dave & Barb are the parents of Steve, Beth, Lisa and Dan.
Beth Kaldahl Schupp
Beth is the owner and operator of Fair Hills. She grew up here, and even fell in love and married one of the guests, Dan Schupp. Like her mom and dad, she graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, then moved to Duluth, Minneapolis, and eventually ended up in Mason City, Iowa, before returning to Fair Hills. Beth is also big in the “music scene” at Fair Hills. She’s a great sport and game for almost anything. You can find her playing trombone, singing in the hootenanny, putting photos up on the Fair Hills websites, and making lattes. She even flops in the bellyflop contest! In the winter, she and Dan live at Five Lakes and in the summer, they are in the famous “Blue House” at the end of the resort.
Dan holds many jobs at the resort. His most important duty is being Cowboy Dan our pony boy who runs the pony rides twice a week during family season. Of course the ponies are his actual horses, Chester & Gunner. Dan has 3 horses in total who live at Lake Five. Lake Five is great for horse trail riding and Dan even travels with a horse or two to shows around the country. His favorite vacations (besides Fair Hills of course) includes horseback riding, like up the mountains of Peru! Dan also assists in construction, plumbing and overall general projects all over the resort. Dan is a retired Radiologist and enjoys his summers in the “Blue House” and winters at Lake Five.
The Schupp Family
Beth and Dan have 6 kids; Emily, Charlie, Margaret, Marianna, Carolyn, and Andy. And 4 grandchildren; Eve & Winston, Harrison & Wilhelmina.
Charlie is married to Anna and they have twins Winston & Eve and baby Harrison!
Emily married Patrick Meyers at Fair Hills on October 6, 2012 and had their first child in December, Wilhelmina!
Carolyn married Max Disse at Fair Hills on September 21, 2013! They are expecting their first child, a girl, in January 2016.
Nan married Jordan Goetz (a Fair Hills Guest) at Fair Hills on August 29, 2015.
Margaret recently got engaged to Andrew. They are planning a 2016 wedding.
Emily is the eldest Schupp child and the only one currently working at Fair Hills (of course they have all worked at Fair Hills at some point in time). Emily is our creative director and is in charge of marketing, advertising and social media. Do you follow us on Facebook or Instagram?! You should, because Emily is always posting something new and exciting. Emily grew up visiting the resort but didn’t start spending her full time here until the last few years. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas and spent several years working in the twin cities before moving up to Detroit Lake permanently. Emily married former staff & Pelican Lake resident Patrick Meyers on October 6, 2012. Their daughter was born December 19 and is just perfect, Wilhelmina Anne!
Lisa is one of the Fair Hills backbones. Raised at the resort, she knows where almost everything is, and how it is supposed to be, when done correctly. She can do most everything from driving the Bobcat, to taking in the docks and boatlifts each fall. You can find her here every morning driving the walkers on the Big Pelican and checking to make sure that the pools are all working correctly. She is also in charge of the flowers around the resort. Quite an entrepreneur, she owns Coco’s, a great gift shop in downtown Vergas! She lives at Five Lakes Resort and helps run all the weddings at the Barn!
Steve is the oldest of the Kaldahl “kids.” He started working here (well, if you called it “working”) when he was just a wee child doing just about everything from pony rides to cooking (he went to chef school). Several years ago, he decided to “retire” and then decided that retirement didn’t suit him so well, so now he’s back at Fair Hills and is in charge of the lawn maintenance crew. He lives a few miles from the resort. Steve, who previously was of our “extreme sport” guy, loving skiing and all sorts of other adventures, has now calmed down a little bit and can tell you many stories about Fair Hills life in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Larry started at Fair Hills when he was a junior in high school, and has been coming and going ever since. Larry directs the hootenanny, puts together the talent show, does the family campfire program and is in charge of the recreation programs at the resort. He grew up on a farm just 8 miles from the resort, and graduated from Concordia College. Now he lives in Sabin, MN when he isn’t at Fair Hills.
During the rest of the year he has his own company called Noel International. Larry does training programs for companies in the area of team building, and doing programs in schools as an “Artist in Residence” with music and cultural diversity programs. He has released 3 CDs of kids music (of course, you can find them in the Fair Hills Store). He also does a bit of motivational speaking, too. Anyone ready for the Wide Mouth Frog or Willie Hitt?
Caitlin is a lifer at Fair Hills. She stared working here as a store girl in 2004 but has been a guest since 1986. Caitlin has had many job titles including human resources, ambassador of foreign affairs and front office manager but is also the current General Manager. Originally from Mt. Prospect, IL, she graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Finance. Caitlin got married August 3, 2013! Caitlin lives at Fair Hills in the summer and in Detroit Lakes in the winter with her wife and two dogs. Caitlin & Gretchen are expecting twins in February!
Emma is our new Food & Beverage Director. She oversees everything and anything that has food or beverages at both resorts and the golf course. Needless to say, she is very busy in the summer! Emma came to us from Arrowwood in Alexandria. Emma is originally from Vergas and lives there currently. Marlette, our Barn Wedding Venue Coordinator is her Mom! Emma has a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management & Business Management from Alexandria Technical College and puts it to good use at Fair Hills. When Emma isn’t working, she if off running around the state helping plan friends weddings, attending concerts and enjoying life!
Mark is the newest member of the full time staff but really is an Old Timer staff. Mark has been around the resort working different jobs since 2008. You may remember seeing him either in the dining room or at the front desk or even in the Barber Shop Quartet. Mark graduated from North Dakota State University in 2014 and became our new Reservationist! Call Mark today to book or confirm your summer vacation! Originally from Wisconsin, Mark has lived in Detroit Lakes since 2006. When he isn’t working Mark enjoys spending time with his Pug Lewis!
Laura joined our full time staff in 2013. She worked at Wildflower Golf Course in the Pro-Shop during summers 2009 & 2010. She then joined our front desk staff at Fair Hills for summer 2012 as our Conference Intern. Fair Hills nabbed her full time before she even graduated and she became our full time Events Coordinator and Manager of Wildflower Golf Course. We keep her very busy during the summer! Originally from St. Thomas, North Dakota, Laura also grew up on Lake Melissa and knows the Detroit Lakes area well. She graduated in May 2013 from North Dakota State University with a degree in Hospitality. Laura splits her time between Detroit Lakes and Fargo. In November 2014 Laura got engaged to her boyfriend Randy. A spring wedding in Fargo is being planned!
Kris joined us as our bookkeeper in 2011. You may not see much of her because she is works in the Pro-Shop at Wildflower during the summer, but she is always anxious to meet new people and chat a bit. Kris grew up in Vergas and relocated to the Twin Cities for several years, but her heart brought her back to the lakes area and recently built a home on Loon Lake with her husband Ardell. Together they have two sons, Tony and Aaron, and a daughter, Aly who all still reside in the cities but love their time at the lakes as well. Kris enjoys boating and motorcycling so you just may catch a glimpse of her rolling into work on her bike.
Marlette has always been hanging around Fair Hills and Five Lakes Resort as Lisa’s best friend, so we finally decided to put her to work. Marlette is our Barn at Five Lakes Resort Wedding Venue Coordinator. She works with the future couples of the Barn to help plan the perfect venue for their wedding. Marlette is a former special ed teacher and lives in Vergas. When she isn’t busy thinking about Barn weddings she owns and operates The Quiet Cricket store in downtown Vergas. Stop in and check out her beautiful store and say hi! Oh, and she also happens to be Emma’s Mom!