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For a little over a year now, the Northern Lights Gospel Quartet has been bringing the spiritually uplifting harmonies of authentic Southern gospel music to church gatherings and other community events in the lakes area. The foursome of Greg Hayes, Pelican Rapids; Norm Floden, Fergus Falls; Rich Treptow, Battle Lake; and Don Garber, Dent has more than 100 years of collective experience in quartet singing, including not only gospel but barbershop, vocal jazz and Broadway show tunes. "We've got a lot of experience between the four of us," said Hayes, who sings bass with the group. Floden s
If you don't have tickets to tonight's Vince Gill concert at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, you're out of luck: the event is sold out. If you do, then you might want to get there early to make sure you find your seat before the music starts. Curtain time is at 8 p.m. Also tonight, the Becker County Historical Society hosts its first-ever "Keeping History Alive" fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom, 804 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.
On Friday, March 29, Lamplighter Manor in Detroit Lakes will be hosting a very special birthday party for two of its residents. That's the day that Ruth Knapp celebrates her 99th birthday -- and fellow Lamplighter resident Oma Grove will celebrate her 100th. The ladies will welcome friends and family for a special open house at 2 p.m.
With work on the $3.5 million remodeling and expansion project at the elementary building now finished, and construction of the new high school for grades 7-12 on target for its August 2012 completion date, Lake Park-Audubon Public Schools have much to celebrate this year. And the good news kept on coming at Monday's LP-A School Board meeting in Audubon. Enrollment projections show that by the 2014-15 school year, the district will have more than 30 new students in grades 7-12. Most of the anticipated growth is projected to be in the lower grades.
Once every three years, the actors portraying the 12 disciples in the Trinity Lutheran Church Easter drama, "The Last Supper," begin growing out their beards in preparation for the one-night-only presentation. A couple of months before the Maundy Thursday event, they are presented with their scripts, so they can memorize their lines. But it's not until Holy Week begins, when the set is put up in the Trinity Lutheran sanctuary on the evening after the Palm Sunday service, that the actors actually begin formal rehearsals. "It's a pretty big commitment -- they're here every night of Holy We
The intrigue of the unknown. A secret longing for the simpler lifestyle of days gone by. A fascination with the mystery of a culture so alien to ours, yet living right in our midst. All of these might be factors explaining why the Lake Agassiz Regional Library System's presentation on the Amish drew such an unexpectedly large crowd to the Detroit Lakes Public Library Wednesday night. There were just under 90 people filling the library's meeting room to overflowing when author Anna Dee Olson stood up to make her presentation.
"Saturday night's all right for fighting" in Detroit Lakes, as the Holiday Inn hosts a special St. Patrick's Day "Irish Fight Night" card, featuring some of the area's best Golden Gloves boxers. The pugilistic action gets underway at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a St. Paddy's Day celebration in the Holiday Beach Bar & Grill, featuring live music from Carmen the Cactus. On Sunday, the Northwoods Harvest Barn Cowboy Church will host a special concert from Christian musician Aaron Michael Weil, starting at 6 p.m.
"I wanted to start in Detroit Lakes, because this is my home." With those words, Phil Hansen formally launched his campaign for the District 4 position in the Minnesota State Senate to a large crowd of Republican Party faithful at the La Barista coffee shop in Detroit Lakes Thursday morning. Hansen, a former defensive end with the National Football League's Buffalo Bills, has made the Detroit Lakes community his home for the past 10 years. "I want to give back," he said of his reasons for seeking public office.
Back in the 1970s and '80s, The Eagles were what is known as a "super group," churning out top-10 hit after top-10 hit. So when Dan Barth of the Pioneer Place Theatre in St. Cloud came up with the concept of doing an Eagles' tribute show a few years ago, it was decided that one band wouldn't be quite enough to do the job right. "Takin' It To the Limit: An Eagles Tribute" -- which comes to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday -- is actually a collaborative effort between two St.
The three finalists for the Becker County administrator position will be interviewed March 28 in the commissioners' room at the Becker County Courthouse. The county commissioners finalized the date for the interviews at Tuesday morning's county board meeting. The three finalists for the position are: Ryan Tangen, Detroit Lakes, who is currently the auditor-treasurer for Becker County; Ron Moorse, Burnsville, who is currently city administrator for the city of Afton, Minn., a rural community on the St.