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For the first time in roughly two decades, this year's Becker County Fair marked the return of the Beard & Mustache Competition, held on Thursday afternoon. Organizer Roger Winter, who acted as master of ceremonies for the event, noted that the turnout had been very good; most of the seats under the big tent were filled. Earlier in the day, however, he was a little worried about whether he would have anyone to judge the competition. "At noon today, I didn't have any judges," Winter said.
This Thursday was Senior Citizen Day at the Becker County Fair, and indeed, a large contingent of the county's older residents congregated under the big red and white tent that afternoon to hear who would be named as the county's Outstanding Senior Citizens for 2008. Four nominees were introduced by master of ceremonies Arlie Shodean and Judy Peterson, Becker County Coordinator on Aging.
It was about three years ago that Tanya Hockett accepted the invitation of a friend to attend the Detroit Lakes Women of Today annual banquet. She joined the group at that banquet, in 2005, and ever since, the Detroit Lakes native has become an integral part of the local organization. From public relations to membership drives to youth and community program manager and most recently, as programming vice president, Hockett has been one of the chapter's most active members.
A new high school for grades 7-12 in Lake Park, and a renovated and expanded elementary school in Audubon -- that's the latest proposal the Lake Park-Audubon School Board is sending to the Minnesota Department of Education for approval. LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie presented the board with a proposal at its Monday night meeting that included $2.6 million in projected costs for renovations and new construction at the elementary building in Audubon, and another $16.3 million for a new high school in Lake Park.
Though much attention has been focused on the national, state and county offices that will be up for grabs at the Nov. 4 general election, there are also several city and school board officials whose terms will expire this fall. The filing period for city and school elections will be from Aug. 26-Sept. 9. In Detroit Lakes, the terms of Mayor Larry Buboltz and aldermen G.L.
Today's the day for the start of not one, but two major festivals in Detroit Lakes, as both the 117th annual Becker County Fair and the sixth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival get underway, and on Thursday, Frazee's annual Turkey Days festival begins as well. Detroit Lakes' 30th annual Arts & Crafts in the Park is set for Sunday as well. Becker County Fair Wednesday is Entry Day at the Becker County Fair, with poultry and rabbit shows, the Miss and Junior Miss Becker County Fair pageant, performances by ventriloquist David Malmberg and musician Danny Holt, pony rides, concessions and more.
First in Fargo and then in Detroit Lakes, Sue Braun has been a United Way volunteer for more than 20 years now. "It takes a huge amount of people to make the United Way happen," says the Detroit (Michigan) native.
If you thought this past weekend's Northwest Water Carnival celebration was jam-packed with activity, you ain't seen nothing yet. From Monday through Sunday, there will be something to do every day this week. Monday The Frazee Community Club will crown the king and queen of the community's annual Turkey Days festival at a coronation ceremony set for 2:30 p.m. in the Frazee Event Center. A reception will follow the coronation. The Golden Dragon Acrobats of China return to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre Monday for a 7:30 p.m. performance.
DETROIT LAKES - Detroit Lakes' biggest festival of the summer, the 73rd Annual Northwest Water Carnival, ends with a bang this weekend. In honor of admirals past and present, the famous Great Admiral's Hat Hunt begins today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m., and continues until the hat is found. The hat can be found on public property, either inside or outside. The intrepid sleuths who locate the elusive chapeau will receive cash prizes. Tonight is one of the carnival's signature events, the Water Fights, which get underway at 7 p.m. in the DL City Park.
DETROIT LAKES - When one door closes, another opens, or so the old adage says. But in Detroit Lakes, that adage became quite literal this past spring, with the closing of the beachfront bar known as The Green Door -- and the subsequent opening of a Christian-themed music club, The Door, at the same location. "We have a lease on the building for the summer, from Memorial Day through Labor Day," said Pastor David Bakke of Go-After Ministries, which established The Door as a community outreach project, in partnership with Christian Fellowship Church. Every Saturday through the summer months