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Two traveling exhibits now on display

From children’s tales to natural disasters, the Becker County Museum has a variety of exhibits on display this month.

“Storyland” children’s exhibit is a traveling exhibit of the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul, which brings to life four beloved children’s tales with a series of interactive displays. As a local adaptation of the exhibit, the stories featured in Detroit Lakes will be translated into the Ojibwe language, and one of the featured stories will be an authentic Ojibwe tale, “How the Turtle Got Its Shell.”

The Detroit Lakes Public Library will be hosting a special Storytime session at the county museum every Tuesday through May 21, starting at 6 p.m.

Besides “Storyland,” the Minnesota Historical Society has brought its “Minnesota Disasters” exhibit to the museum’s lower level as well. Minnesota Disasters focuses on the various natural disasters that have devastated the state during its long history, such as tornadoes, floods, blizzards and fires. A local exhibit about aquatic invasive species will be on display in conjunction with the exhibit as it is a form of natural disaster that is currently threatening lakes and rivers throughout the state, including Becker County. There are also other stories and pictures of natural and manmade disasters that have occurred in Becker County such as the 1941 blizzard, the 1953 blizzard that ripped through the Lake Park area, and the 1914 fire that devastated downtown Detroit Lakes on display.

All of the museum’s exhibits are free and open to the public. The Becker County Historical Society & Museum is located at 714 Summit Ave. Find more info at or 847-2938.