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The motto of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre for the past few seasons has been, "Step inside and see the world." Starting this week and continuing through the spring of 2013, that phrase will take on new meaning: The theater is hosting performances by four international music ensembles over the next two years, courtesy of the arts outreach program, Arts Midwest World Fest. Each Saturday performance at the Holmes Theatre will be preceded by a five-day residency in the community by the featured musicians, who will visit area schools, nursing homes and community organizations, both to
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Do you enjoy experiencing fresh new music from some of Minnesota's best up-and-coming young artists? Then you won't want to miss this Saturday's Caravan du Nord concert at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes. The concert, hosted by the Minnesota Music Coalition, will include not just one, or even two, but three groups of homegrown Minnesota musicians. First to hit the stage at 7 p.m. will be Detroit Lakes' own Hardwood Groove.
Though he doesn't perform publicly anymore, due to health issues that have left him unable to fully exhibit his talent, rural Callaway resident Eric Riehle has found a way to stay connected to the music industry and his fellow musicians: House concerts. By transforming his family's large living room into an intimate concert venue complete with stage, lighting, sound and seating for up to 50 people, Riehle is able to host performances by some of the region's best musicians, right in the comfort of his own home. The Riehles' first house concert, held last May, featured performers David Stodd
Though he just started as the new youth pastor at Community Alliance Church in Detroit Lakes on July 1, Dave Christensen was already a familiar face to the members of its congregation. "I have been on staff here as the worship music director for a couple of years," Christensen said.
Though it has been more than 10 years since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the enhanced awareness of the general public regarding potential threats to their safety and security remains an enduring legacy of that day. "That's when our lives changed," said Ronda Stock, Becker County Community Health Services supervisor.
Though some might consider accounting to be a somewhat less than thrilling profession, Pam Slifka would beg to differ. "My parents had several business while I was growing up, and I got involved with the accounting side of things at a very young age," said the Albert Lea, Minn., native. "I enjoyed it." So it wasn't much of a leap for her to decide on a career in finance.
There were smiles all around at the Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School open house Wednesday evening in Audubon. Gasps of awe could be heard as the doors of the newly refurbished gymnasium were opened and the public got its first glimpse of the shiny new floor (in fact, they weren't able to walk on it because the final protective coating had yet to dry). "It looks great, doesn't it?" said LP-A School Board member Bryan Anderson. "It's fun to finally get to this point and see all the people walking through with smiles on their faces," he added. "It's wonderful," said Sarah Vareberg as s
Though it may not have been a "local" event, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 had an impact on every U.S. citizen. As the tenth anniversary of that tragic day nears, several area communities are planning special commemorative events -- and Detroit Lakes is no exception. Country singer-songwriter John Berry will be giving a special "Tribute to 9/11" patriotic concert at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets for that concert are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and free to all veterans, military and service personnel.
For the past few years, the Historic Holmes Theater's slogan for its seasonal lineup of musical, theatrical and cultural arts experiences has been, "Step inside and see the world." This season, however, that phrase has particular resonance: Detroit Lakes and the Historic Holmes Theater have been chosen as a host site for the Arts Midwest World Fest, 2011-13. For the next two years, the tiny community of Detroit Lakes will play host to some of the world's most diverse, multi-faceted musical groups and ensembles. "This is huge," said Holmes Theatre executive director Amy Stoller Stearns.