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Hope Fest is set for Thursday, Aug. 21 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 23. Christian rock bands are a big hit at the annual festival, which this year will feature performers Lightswitch, Neverclaim and Josh Wilson. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

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Hope Fest in Detroit Lakes may technically be a fundraiser for the area’s men’s homeless shelter, the Refuge, but its purpose goes far beyond that.


Its mission is right in the name.

“It’s about hope,” said Mel Manning, president of the Refuge and organizer of Hope Fest. “It’s so much different from the world’s view of entertainment. We’re ministering hope and healing and health and love, instead of all the other things going on in the world today.”

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