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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

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers and editor of MN Boomers magazine for the past 13 years. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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