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SINCE THE BEGINNING of the Northwest Water Carnival, activities have always centered around the water. This is a 1971 photo.

Rich history for a wet and fun festival

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BY PAULA QUAM

It was 1935.

The Great Depression had taken its toll on the Detroit Lakes area — just like it had everywhere else.

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People had lost businesses, farms and many jobs.

But young, local leaders were determined to cheer everyone up a little bit.

The local Junior Chamber of Commerce, now called the Jaycees, came up with the idea of throwing a water carnival.

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