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'Capital for a day' plans underway

DETROIT LAKES - Much of the planning for Detroit Lakes' Capital for a Day is underway, but there is still time to get involved.

Plans include everything from a dance the evening of Tuesday, May 13, at Soo Pass Ranch to a day packed with activities on May 14, the day assigned to Detroit Lakes.

During the Sesquicentennial celebration, Detroit Lakes will be showcasing the city and surrounding area with tours, tree planting, mock legislature, a re-enactment of the Holmes vs. McCarthy gun fight (played by Lynn Hummel and Wade Dutton), exhibits at the Pavilion, a children's play, American Indian pipe ceremony and dance, sailboat dedication and community picnic. To name a few.

What the committee is looking for from the public is "quirks" or unique items from this biome to showcase, or spotlight, during the celebration.

Chamber President Dave Hochalter said the guidelines for what to submit aren't set, but he gave the example of Richwood Store, which houses a post office and grocery store, as a neat place to stop and visit, he said.

The state's sesquicentennial Web site,, can be visited for ideas as well.

Hochhalter said other ideas might be other little stores, such as Toad Lake Store, or historic stops and sites, or maybe even an old lumber mill.

"They want some creative juices that not everyone thinks of."

Contact Dave Hochhalter at the Chamber of Commerce at 847-9202 with suggestions.