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Though it's still a few weeks away, preparations for the 39th Annual Parish Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes are already in full swing. Festival co-chair Sue Braun described it as "a labor of love" for herself and fellow co-chairs Joe and Sandie Boyer, as well as planning committee members Mary Hager and Monsignor Tim McGee. Besides the planning committee, there are approximately 150 parish volunteers involved in organizing, setting up and running the festival, as well as cleaning up afterwards -- and every one of them is needed, because there is so much work involv
There were many changes at WE Fest this year -- upgraded stadium seating in the VIP section, high definition jumbotrons for viewing throughout the venue, even a new management team to oversee operations -- but one of the most unique innovations took place on the Barn Stage, a secondary music venue across from the Soo Pass Saloon, north of the main concert bowl. Not only was the Barn Stage rebuilt and the surrounding patio area remodeled and expanded, but the music offerings for festival patrons from that stage were upgraded as well, to include a songwriter's showcase. The Barn Stage has tr
Among the many first-time visitors to this year's WE Fest festivities is one whose face is probably quite familiar to viewers of the GAC cable television channel. Storme Warren, host of the weekly GAC country music news and entertainment show, "Headline Country," was at WE Fest this weekend to film some footage for his show. But his visit to the 29th annual event was multi-purposed as well: Warren also hosts a daily radio show for the XM Radio channel Highway 16, called "Music Row Happy Hour." In addition, he was also planning on writing a column about WE Fest for the publication Country
For almost as long as there's been a WE Fest, there has been a shuttle bus service that takes festival-goers and campers back and forth between the Soo Pass Ranch and the city of Detroit Lakes. For the affordable price of $6 per day, or $14 for the entire 3-day festival, city residents can receive unlimited bus transportation to and from WE Fest, while campers on the festival grounds receive free transportation to and from the city as part of their camping package. For the second year in a row, those staying in the six hotels along Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes can also obtain shuttle servic
Detroit Lakes' annual country music extravaganza, WE Fest, is just getting underway this afternoon at the Soo Pass Ranch. Area favorites Troubadour got things underway on the Main Stage at 2:45 p.m. They will be followed by Jerrod Niemann at 4:15 p.m., the Charlie Daniels Band at 6:15 p.m., Blake Shelton at 8:30 p.m.
After almost three decades in existence, it might seem as though Detroit Lakes' yearly August tradition, WE Fest, is as comfortable and familiar as your favorite old pair of blue jeans. But as the 29th annual country music festival prepares for its official opening with tonight's free kickoff party, regulars may notice quite a few changes -- starting at the top. A new management team has stepped up to fill the shoes of WE Fest's founding president, Jeff Krueger and vice president Chyrll Sparks, who both retired and sold their interest in the festival to longtime partner Randy Levy last fal
It's been 35 years since the Minnesota State Fair Board first began a statewide recognition program for farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more -- the Century Farm Awards. Ten years later, in 1986, the Becker County Fair Board established a century farm recognition program of its own, to be held during the annual county fair. Since that time, a total of 77 farms in the county have been honored. This past Saturday, July 30, five more farms were added to that list, bringing the total to 82.
During his 30 years in law enforcement, Larry Bergsgaard spent almost as many hours filling out reports and paperwork as he did investigating cases. "Unlike in TV shows and movies, investigators spend most of their time writing reports," says Bergsgaard, who now lives on Upper Cormorant Lake, south of Lake Park.
Debate raged on Capitol Hill this week over the federal budget and the possibility of the U.S. government defaulting on its current $14.29 trillion debt. Growing increasingly concerned over the possibility of Medicare and Social Security benefits being cut to cover the U.S.
It was 125 years ago that the building housing Augustana Lutheran Church was built in rural Detroit Lakes -- and this weekend, the congregation is planning to celebrate that milestone in style. On Sunday, July 31, Kathie Brekke & the Gospel Blues Band will be leading the 10:30 a.m. worship service, and many former pastors will be in attendance as well as the congregation's current spiritual leader, Rev. Paul Peterson -- who also serves as pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.