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Nurturing her creative side

Though her day-to-day job as the Historic Holmes Theatre's new box office manager involves ticket sales and closing out the books each day, Becky Olson has found an outlet for her creative side as well.

Since starting at the theater on Oct. 31, Becky has been working on getting the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center float ready for the annual Santa parade -- in addition to her work in the box office, she provides office support and works on projects for both the theater and the fitness center that forms the other half of the DLCCC complex.

"Right now we're trying to get the lobby and the hallways decorated for the holidays," she said.

"I like to be have lots of projects and tasks going on," she explained. And that's just what she does during her work day. Becky is also an experienced stained glass artist who maintained a home studio in Bowling Green, Ohio, for five years before moving to rural Lake Park with her husband and two children in September.

"We're trying to set up one (a studio) for me here right now," she said. There are some a few pieces of Becky's stained glass artwork on display in the theater lobby, and she is exhibiting some of her work in this weekend's Holmes Theatre Art Show (which concludes today) as well.

But before she had her own glass studio, Becky worked with her mother and brothers in the family's glass shop in Mahmee, Ohio for a few years.

"My mother turned all of us onto glass (art) a few years ago, after she took a class," Becky said.

Becky continued to work in the family business until her mother, Lynette (Mrs. Bruce) Conmy, moved back to Detroit Lakes, where her husband, a physician specializing in obstetrics/gynecology, works for Dakota Clinic.

After that, Becky began operating a stained glass studio out of her home -- but she also began working in the local school district, both as a secretary and as a teacher.

"I became very involved with the schools, doing stained glass with the kids -- we mainly worked with mosaics," she said. "I really found my niche there; I enjoy working with kids."

Though she and her family loved living in Ohio, it was during their annual summer vacation in the DL area that they began feeling the pull of family.

Both of Becky's parents are originally from the DL area -- her father, Dan Beadle, still has a cabin on Lake Sallie, though he and his wife live in Buffalo, Minn.

Becky grew up in Moorhead from her fifth grade year on, and lived in Fargo for a few years before her family made the move to Ohio. She and her husband, Kevin MItchell, have two sons -- Greg, 12, and Ryan, 9 -- and are expecting a third child in June.

Though they found the move from Ohio to be "bittersweet," Becky said they are now settling into their new home on picturesque Forget Me Not Lake quite comfortably.

"Things are going great," she said, adding that the part of her new job she enjoys most is "meeting people."

"I really enjoy people, and this job allows me that outlet," she said. "It also nurtures the creative side of me. There are a lot of advantages to working here."

The Historic Holmes Theatre is located at 826 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes. Its regular box office hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, though the office is also open for two hours prior to the start of every show.

For information on upcoming shows and events, visit or call 218-844-SHOW (7469). Or, you can always stop by and visit with Becky.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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