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The nursing home that is located on the St. Mary's Innovis Health campus in Detroit Lakes has a new look -- and a new name. As the sign outside the front door says, Oak Crossing is now the official moniker for the facility that was known for many years as St. Mary's Nursing Center. But that's not all that's changed.
This Saturday night, Detroit Lakes area audiences will have the opportunity to experience the story of the Nativity from a completely new perspective -- when the Historic Holmes Theatre presents "Sister's Christmas Catechism" at 8 p.m. Described as "Forensic Files goes to Bethlehem," this holiday mystery extravaganza is the latest installment from the author of "Late Nite Catechism" and "Late Nite Catechism 2." Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as and a gaggle of audience members, Sister will create a living nativity unlike any that's ever been seen in Detroit
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When Mark Potvin learned that he was to be the recipient of the 2008 Young Choral Directors Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), he was literally at a loss for words. "I was speechless, which for me is an oddity," said the Detroit Lakes native. "There are many, many qualified young choral directors in this state -- the home of choral music -- all of whom are deserving of this award.
Just a little over a week ago, the new Therapy Center at St. Mary's Innovis Health opened its doors for the first time. Though therapy services at St. Mary's have been available for many years, the new facility allows these services to be offered at a single site. "St. Mary's Regional Health Center and Innovis Health were recently integrated," noted Dr. Rob Hendrickson, manager of the new Therapy Center. "When that happened, therapy services were being offered in both places.
At the end of November, patients of St. Mary's Innovis Health were informed that as of April 1, the health care facility would no longer be accepting certain Medicare Private Fee for Service (PFFS) plans. The notice was similar to one sent out a few weeks earlier by Innovis Health in Fargo, which is a sister facility of the Detroit Lakes-based St. Mary's. And just like Innoivis Health, St. Mary's is planning to hold a couple of informational sessions this coming week to help explain the changes to its patients. Those meetings are scheduled to take place on Monday, Dec.
For the second year in a row, the number of veterans utilizing the Becker County Veterans Service Office is on the rise. Lauri Brooke, Becker County Veterans' Services Officer, reported at Tuesday's county board meeting that she expected the number of veterans using their services to be up by 15 percent at the end of this year. "As of today, we have seen 2,696 veterans this year," Brooke said.
Now that Thanksgiving has been fully celebrated, it's time to "Light Up the Lakes" for the holidays once again. Starting this Monday, Dec. 1, the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce has lined up a full schedule of holiday events leading up to Christmas Day, Dec. 25. First up is the annual Santa's Grand Parade of Lights, set to get underway at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
It's a sign of the times: Record numbers of families have been coming to the Becker County Food Pantry for assistance this fall. "Last Tuesday (before Thanksgiving), we had 74 families come in for food," said Jack Berenz, the Food Pantry's director. "That's the most we've ever had for a one-day distribution since we moved into this building. "We've been averaging about 37-38 families per day on the days that we're open (Tuesdays and Thursdays)," he added. Unfortunately, the supply has not been able to keep up with the demand.
Country music sensation John Berry returns to the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes Monday, with a special holiday performance at 7 p.m. "I can't wait," Berry said in a telephone interview late last week. It will be Berry's second appearance at the Holmes, after playing a sold-out concert there in 2005. "We had a great time," Berry said of that experience. "What a great little theater venue." Local musician Tim Eggebraaten will open for Berry at 6:30 p.m. in the theatre.