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DETROIT LAKES - The Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center is expanding on the "cultural" part of its name this week, as it brings the artistry of not one, but two unique cultures to the lakes area. On Friday, the DLCCC will host a Spanish Juerga, featuring the music of acclaimed flamenco guitarist Michael Hauser, at 6:30 p.m. in the DL Pavilion.
DETROIT LAKES - Election candidates for county, state and federal office had until Tuesday, July 15 to file with the Becker County Auditor-Treasurer's Office in Detroit Lakes or the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office in St. Paul. In Becker County, no new candidates have filed for any of the three open commissioner seats since Friday. All three incumbents on the county board whose terms will expire this fall -- Larry Knutson of Frazee (District 1), Karen Mulari of Ogema (District 3) and Barry Nelson of Audubon (District 5) -- are seeking re-election.
Election candidates for county, state and federal office still have until 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 to file with the Becker County Auditor-Treasurer's Office in Detroit Lakes or the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office in St. Paul. So far, the most hotly contested seat appears to be that currently held by U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-St. Paul). Coleman filed for re-election on Monday. Joining him are not only Al Franken, the endorsed Democratic candidate (also from St. Paul), but a plethora of lesser-known hopefuls. Republican Jack Shephard of St.
DETROIT LAKES - When Mark Kuether was entering his senior year at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, he had his eye on law school. So how did he end up at the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J.? "It wasn't my idea," said Kuether, a southern Minnesota native who has served as pastor of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Detroit Lakes for the past nine years. "I was called." As in, called by God. "During my senior year (in college), I felt God's tap on my shoulder, if you will," Kuether continued.
DETROIT LAKES - All three incumbents on the Becker County Board of Commissioners whose terms will expire this fall -- Larry Knutson, Barry Nelson and Karen Mulari -- have filed for reelection. At least one of them will be facing opposition, however. Gerry Schram of rural Detroit Lakes has filed as a candidate for the District 3 seat, currently held by Mulari.
DETROIT LAKES - Though near-perfect weather brought thousands of people to the lakes area over the holiday weekend, there were no fatalities and no major traffic accidents reported, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. "The traffic volume was pretty much the same (as last year) -- it didn't look like gas was almost $4 a gallon," said Captain Bruce Hentges. "We didn't really see a decrease in traffic -- at least not here." "It was awesome," said Tate Jansen of Zorbaz.
DETROIT LAKES - It's finally here: Detroit Lakes' biggest festival of the summer, the 73rd Annual Northwest Water Carnival, gets underway on Friday, July 11. The Northwest Water Carnival was the brainchild of the Detroit Lakes Jaycees, who have been hosting the annual event since they first organized as a chapter, in 1935 (with the exception of 1937, when it was cancelled). Every year an admiral is chosen to take charge of the carnival, and this year it was Cara Frank. "I'm anxious for it to start and all come together. It's a fun week even though we're exhausted," Frank says.
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DETROIT LAKES - Last month, for the first time in 27 years, Detroit Lakes-based Magnum Belize Tours and its sister agency, Travel Travel of Detroit Lakes, closed their doors from June 12-17 so the staff could enjoy a belated Christmas holiday in Belize. Well, at least that was part of the reason for their Central American adventure.
DETROIT LAKES - From laser tag to inflatable games, a mechanical bull, 27-foot double lane slide and even a bungee run, 3'z Company Amusement Productions has plenty to keep Detroit Lakes residents and visitors entertained this summer. The new recreational business opened June 10 on West Lake Drive, across the street from the DL Pavilion and the city beach -- and it's already making waves in the community. "We've really gotten a nice welcome," said Kris Kaiser, who co-owns the business along with her husband, Dwight. The Kaisers, who live in Sauk Center (but have a time share at Breezy Sh