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Hope Fest spectators sing along with Ottertail Christian rock band Firestarters during Hope Fest in Detroit Lakes Saturday evening. BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE

Festival spreads joy while raising funds for Refuge programs

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When morning dawned on the final day of Hope Fest, organizer Mel Manning’s prayers were answered: The chances of rainfall in the day’s forecast had dropped from 60 percent to zero.

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“I feel it was an absolute miracle, the weather we got on Saturday,” Manning said. “It seemed like the good Lord cleared the clouds out for us.”

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454
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