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Arts and culture activities have a significant economic impact on Becker County and its residents, according to a new collaborative study released just last week by Creative Minnesota. A joint effort of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC), City of Detroit Lakes and Historic Holmes Theatre, this local study is part of a larger, statewide collaboration that seeks to provide "hard data" on the contributions of nonprofit arts and culture organizations to the state's economy, says Sheila Smith, executive director of MCA.
More hungry people than ever are visiting the Becker County Food Pantry these days; in 2017, Food Pantry volunteers served 5,288 families by distributing 500,661 pounds of food. "That works out to be about 19,200 people, of which 42 percent were children under the age of 17," says Brad Carlson, who became the Food Pantry's executive director last April. That means this Thursday, March 1 will mark the start of Carlson's first Minnesota FoodShare campaign, a month-long effort to help feed the hungry in communities across the state.
Scandinavian heritage has deep roots in the lakes area, and the Sons of Norway-Vikingland Lodge is setting out to reinvigorate the region's Viking spirit by establishing a new cultural festival.
Anyone who has spent the past couple of weeks binging on Winter Olympics sports coverage for the past three weeks has undoubtedly seen the Visa commercials proclaiming, "anything you can do, I can do better" — and this coming week, Detroit Lakes area residents will be able to see the members of the DL Girl Scouts try to prove just that to the members of Cub Scout Pack 605.
The Ice Harvest 440 Vintage Snowmobile Races, held this past Saturday on the ice of Little Detroit Lake, was deemed a huge success according to organizer Jeff Jasperson. "We had really good attendance," he said, by both racers and spectators. "We estimate that there were between 600-650 people there throughout the day, based on ticket sales and racer participation... and we got a lot of rave reviews."
With the 2018 Polar Fest celebration now in the record books, a volunteer crew led by Lloyd Feldt demolished King Isbit’s Ice Palace on Friday, Feb. 23.
With the 2018 Winter Olympics concluding this weekend in Pyeongchang, South Korea, interest in winter sports has never been higher — and figure skating, in particular, with its unique blend of artistry and athletic prowess, has captured the imaginations of fans across the globe. Capitalizing on that heightened awareness, the Lakes Figure Skating Club will be presenting its 2018 Ice Show this Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. on the ice of Kent Freeman Arena (1310 Rossman Ave.) in Detroit Lakes. Tickets are $6 each, and may be purchased at the door.
As the end of February approaches, and frigid winter temperatures start to warm, maple syrup producers in the Vergas area are beginning to place taps on their maple trees, signalling the start of syrup season — and the community has established a local competition to see if someone can guess the exact date and time the sap will start to flow.
Callaway-based nonprofit environmental organization Honor the Earth is partnering with Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre to host a screening of the national award winning documentary, "First Daughter and the Black Snake," this Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. A dinner with traditional Anishinaabe foods will be served, followed by the film screening and discussion. Tickets are $20 for one person or $30 for two people, and will be available at the door. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 218-375-3200 or visit the website at www.dlccc.org/holmes.html .
It's been six years since the Lakes Area Photography Show was first established in Detroit Lakes, and to celebrate, organizers are bringing back a familiar face. Long time Detroit Lakes Tribune photographer Brian Basham will be the featured guest presenter at the show's awards ceremony, which is set for Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m.