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For the first time in its 11-year history, the Street Faire at the Lakes ended its two-day run Saturday without a single raindrop having fallen. So says organizer Mary Beth Gilsdorf, who summarized the summer's inaugural festival with just one word: "Awesome." "It was just ... smooth," she added. "The artists and vendors were really happy." Indeed, Sandy Kuhlers of Fairmont, Minn., who was a first-time exhibitor with her Simply Homemade line of jams and jellies, said she was very pleased and hoped to come back again. "The people are very friendly," she said.
Fire trucks of all ages, shapes and sizes lined the streets of Detroit Lakes for about half an hour on Saturday afternoon, as firefighters from around the region took part in a parade commemorating the 136th Annual Minnesota State Fire Department Association Conference. The conference was hosted by the Detroit Lakes Fire Department this past weekend, June 1-4, and DL Fire Chief Dave Baer said the event was such a success that it will be coming back to the community again. "They're going to put it (hosting the conference) on a rotation, and Detroit Lakes happens to be on that rotation, so e
Concertgoers at the Historic Holmes Theatre were treated to an evening of exceptional music Tuesday night, as the 27 members of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Chamber Orchestra presented the first of three touring performances of "Four Seasons at the Lake." Though the Chamber Orchestra is about a third of the size of the full, 80-member F-M Symphony Orchestra, their instruments nevertheless filled the 837-seat Holmes Theatre with the soaring strains of Handel, Vivaldi and Piazzola. Under the baton of conductor Bernard Rubinstein, the musicians moved effortlessly through the intricacies of G.F
Though she is an award-winning author of children's books, Mary DuBois' latest release, Game Over, is her first foray into adult fiction -- and in fact, she started writing it before her children's series became a success. Under the name Mary B. Koski -- which was her married name -- DuBois wrote a series of children's books, several of them centered around the character of Impatient Pamela.
Six years ago, Emmanuel Community began hosting an annual art auction fundraiser known as Art for the Ages. Since then, the event has grown into a showcase for some of the area's best artists, including a variety of media from pottery and sculpture to paintings and mosaics -- and everything in between. The sixth annual Art for the Ages, set to take place Thursday, June 9 from 1:30 to 6 p.m., is no exception.
Doug Ohman's enthusiasm for his work is obvious. "I have the best job in the world!" he told a group of about 30 people gathered at the Detroit Lakes Public Library Thursday night. Over the past 11 years, the Minnesota photographer has traveled the state's scenic highways and back roads, documenting its history through imagery that has formed the basis for 14 books -- including six in the "Minnesota Byways" series, published by the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). Though Ohman said that he thought the fifth book in the series, Cabins of Minnesota, would be the last, he jumped at the c
"He truly was a nice guy." That's how former Detroit Lakes mayor and city alderman Larry Buboltz remembers ex-city administrator Wayne Lance, who passed away Thursday, May 26, at the age of 91. Lance served the City of Detroit Lakes from 1959 to 1984 -- first as finance officer, then as city clerk, and finally as its administrator. "He was a man of very high integrity," said Rich Grabow, who worked with Lance for nine years.
The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club is planning a little celebration to commemorate the return of summer (finally) to the lakes area, and to raise some funds for its various literacy, youth and community service projects. Called "Fiesta Verano" -- which translates, literally, into "celebration of summer" -- the event will take place Friday, June 10 at the Speak Easy in Detroit Lakes, starting at 6:30 p.m. The evening is set to include live music, dancing, food and door prizes -- all included in the $20-per-person ticket price -- as well as a silent auction, raffles and other fun activi
For a little over 23 years now, Hank Carpenter has been a cheerful, calming presence in the halls of the Becker County Courthouse. But as of today, you'll probably find him out fishing -- weather permitting, that is. Hank's last day as a bailiff for Becker County was Tuesday, May 31. A native of Staples, Hank first moved to Detroit Lakes in 1982, after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps. "In the Marine Corps, I was stationed on recruiting duty in Fargo, and I used to come here to do a lot of fishing on the weekends," he said.
There's nothing quite like the atmosphere of an outdoor music concert, and in Detroit Lakes, area residents have an opportunity to experience that atmosphere every Tuesday night this summer. Starting on June 14, Tuesdays in the Park will return to the Detroit Lakes City Park, with live music in the bandshell every Tuesday through Aug.