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Erlene Davis started up Pens and Needles Lakeside Retreat in 2006 after attending a scrapbooking retreat that left her feeling energized and happy. She says she now enjoys bringing that kind of happiness to the women who stay at her cozy 18-acre retreat.

On Pens and Needles: Local scrapbooking/quilting retreat expands

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When Erlene Davis and her husband moved to Detroit Lakes from Fargo in 2006, she had no idea she was about to stumble upon her dream.


"I went to a scrapbooking retreat, and when I came home I just felt...charged. Rejuvenated," said Davis, "I wanted to go back again, so I started to do research on places in Minnesota to do something like that, but there were only a few."

That's when Davis began pondering the idea of starting her own retreat.

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