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The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, while exhilarating, can also be stressful. If you're looking for a way to relax and soak up the holiday atmosphere, without its attendant headaches, this Friday's "A Small Town Christmas" celebration at the Historic Holmes Theatre may be just the ticket. Featuring award-winning musician Billy McLaughlin and his six-piece acoustic ensemble, Simple Gifts, this two-hour holiday concert will have the look, feel and sound of a traditional hometown Christmas celebration. "We always say, Las Vegas is for New Year's -- if you want to celebrate Chris
Though the array of Medicare Part D drug coverage plans available to Becker County residents isn't quite as confusing as it once was, the enrollment process can still be a bewildering one. "In 2009, there were 46 (Medicare Part D) drug plans in the state of Minnesota. For 2012, there are 33 plans." said Karen Lenius, who serves as coordinator of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Mahube Community Council, as well as being the Becker County coordinator on aging.
From "The Nutcracker" ballet to Holiday Magic at the Mall, this weekend is jam-packed with activities sure to get lakes area residents into the Christmas spirit. Friday night will bring a visit from the Twin Cities-based Continental Ballet, for a 7:30 p.m. performance of the family friendly Christmas classic, "The Nutcracker," at the Historic Holmes Theatre. Also on Friday night, the Humane Society of the Lakes will host its annual Tuxes & Tails fundraiser at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn, starting with a 6 p.m. social hour. The 7 p.m.
The United Way of Becker County's 2011 fundraising campaign is going strong so far, with over $170,000 raised to date. This represents 76 percent of the campaign's overall goal of $223,000, according to Luann Porter, United Way executive director. The United Way's 2011 campaign kicked off on Sept. 15 with its annual Community Celebration. This year's goal of $223,000 is the largest goal to date for the organization.
Join us at the Historic Holmes Theatre for Continental Ballet's presentation of "The Nutcracker" on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Especially designed for families, this seasoned production develops themes of generosity, non-violence, and responsibility through the timeless tale of Clara's fantastic voyage to the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy with her magical godfather Drosselmeyer.
There's nothing quite like a fresh Christmas tree to give a little boost of holiday spirit -- and by purchasing one from Lakes Area Young Life, you can help light up the lives of local youth as well. "It's such a simple way that people can support the youth in our area -- and get a great tree at the same time," said Peter Paulson, area Young Life director. Young Life has been selling Christmas trees to raise funds for its local youth ministries for at least a couple of decades now, Paulson added. Chad Sletmoen, a member of the executive committee for Lakes Area Young Life, has been in ch
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With a minimum amount of fuss, members of Education Minnesota Lake Park-Audubon and the LP-A Board of Education reached agreement on a new two-year master teaching contract earlier this week. LP-A faculty members approved the agreement on Friday, Nov. 18, while the LP-A school board members followed suit at their regular meeting on Monday, Nov.
As an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hunting, fishing and basically anything that involves spending time out-of-doors, Ryan Frohling seems to be a perfect fit as the new project leader for the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District. Frohling, a native of northeast South Dakota, has actually been a resident of the lakes area for the past year, since he moved here in June 2010 as the new assistant manager at the Detroit Lakes WMD office. "I've been with U.S. Fish & Wildlife for 16 years," Frohling says, noting that he came by his love of the outdoors naturally; his dad was also with U.S.
When the members of Linda Pagenkopf's "Intro to Social Work" class at M State in Detroit Lakes were looking for a project to complete the volunteer service part of their course, they didn't need to look very far. One member of the class, Kayla Bellefeuille, was a veteran, and brought up the idea of volunteering to help train dogs for the new Patriot Assistance Dog (PAD) program. The local nonprofit organization was started earlier this year by the local pet shelter and boarding facility, Lucky Dog, in conjunction with the Becker County Veterans Service Office. The PAD program prepares ps