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BOBBY DORCY JR. AND PETE LARSON, both of Maple Grove, Minn., construct a gazeebo-like structure in Lake Sallie Campground at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes Tuesday afternoon. The pair build a different structure for WE Fest every year. Dorcy said he plans on sleeping in the building, at least until Saturday night, when they will tear it down and use the wood for a bonfire.

WE Fest both new, familiar

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After almost three decades in existence, it might seem as though Detroit Lakes' yearly August tradition, WE Fest, is as comfortable and familiar as your favorite old pair of blue jeans.


But as the 29th annual country music festival prepares for its official opening with tonight's free kickoff party, regulars may notice quite a few changes -- starting at the top.

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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.
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