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It's a sign of the times: Record numbers of families have been coming to the Becker County Food Pantry for assistance this fall. "Last Tuesday (before Thanksgiving), we had 74 families come in for food," said Jack Berenz, the Food Pantry's director. "That's the most we've ever had for a one-day distribution since we moved into this building. "We've been averaging about 37-38 families per day on the days that we're open (Tuesdays and Thursdays)," he added. Unfortunately, the supply has not been able to keep up with the demand.
Country music sensation John Berry returns to the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes Monday, with a special holiday performance at 7 p.m. "I can't wait," Berry said in a telephone interview late last week. It will be Berry's second appearance at the Holmes, after playing a sold-out concert there in 2005. "We had a great time," Berry said of that experience. "What a great little theater venue." Local musician Tim Eggebraaten will open for Berry at 6:30 p.m. in the theatre.
DETROIT LAKES - For 25-plus years, Playhouse 412 provided some of the best amateur theatrical productions to be found anywhere in northwest Minnesota. But on April 1, 2007, the Detroit Lakes-based community theater organization officially "merged its talents" with the Historic Holmes Theatre, signaling the end of an era. Now, under the name Summit Productions, Inc., community theater is getting a new lease on life in the lakes area. "We want to re-launch community theater in a regional area, instead of just in Detroit Lakes," says Vicky Williams, who serves as the coordinator for Summit
DETROIT LAKES - When Lynette Mulcahy started feeling dizzy this past June, she just thought she was suffering from dehydration. "I told my husband I felt light-headed all the time...I thought maybe I hadn't drank enough water," she said. A couple of weeks later, she woke up one morning in severe pain, and went into the clinic in Detroit Lakes for a checkup. The diagnosis was a lot more severe than she was expecting. "They ran some tests...I was there for six or seven hours," she said.
It's never easy to see your team lose its first three games of the season, but despite taking an 11-1 pounding Thursday night at Alexandria, Detroit Lakes girls' hockey coach Dan Maloney thinks better things are ahead for his Laker squad. "We're seeing improvements inside the team, they're working hard and dedicated, so they'll improve through the course of the season," said Maloney. "We're improving on getting shots to net," he continued, noting that DL had 17 shots on goal Thursday night. In the first period, DL kept things competitive, allowing just one score for Alexandria -- then ti
The Fifth Annual Holmes Art Show opens Thursday, and continues through Sunday at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center's Holmes Ballroom. "We've expanded the show to four days this year," said organizer Vicky Williams. The Holmes Art Show was created five years ago as a fund-raiser for the DLCCC; all of the participating artists donate a portion of the proceeds from their sales to the center, she continued. The festivities will begin with a special "Cabaret Night" performance by local musician Rick Kratzke on Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom.
A new reading program being implemented at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School this year is helping students who are struggling to keep up with their peers to achieve new levels of fluency and comprehension. Instructors Marge Beaudine and Tiffany Nagel briefed members of the Lake Park-Audubon School Board on the program at their Monday night meeting. "I haven't yet found any student who's done it that didn't like it," Nagel said, adding that all of the stories used in the program are factual -- i.e., centered around real-life events and people. The first time through the story, the compu
Though it has actually been up and running for several months now, the Business & Entrepreneurial Services (BES) program at Minnesota State Community & Technical College (MSCTC), Detroit Lakes, held its grand opening on Monday. The festivities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony with ambassadors from the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. Attendees also had an opportunity to view -- and vote upon -- three different proposed designs for the office space that will be used by incubator businesses.
The Becker County Board on Tuesday geared up for the big Senate race recount. Commissioners approved a request from County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen to allow election judges who will be taking part in the U.S.
When Audubon-area native Roger Eilertson was asked to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives many years ago, he thought about it "for about 20 seconds," but ultimately said no. "It just wasn't for me," he says, adding that he was uncomfortable with the idea of putting himself and his family in the spotlight. And yet this fall, Eilertson found himself an active participant in the Republican campaign to unseat incumbent District 37A State Rep. Shelly Madore (DFL-Apple Valley). The reason? Madore's Republican challenger was his granddaughter, Tara Mack.