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Local favorites Vincent & the Van-Goes will heat up the ballroom at the Historic Holmes Theatre with a wide variety of surf, rockabilly and blues music this Thursday, Jan. 29, at a special surf-themed Cabaret Night. The Detroit Lakes-based foursome has been hard at work rehearsing for the two-hour show, which gets underway at 5:30 p.m. "We've been working on some Beach Boys tunes, songs by The Safaris, The Ventures, Johnny Rivers, Ben E. King, Bob Dylan...we're going to have a lot of surf music as well as some other stuff from the late 50s and early 60s," said John "Mr.
Hoping to reach what 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) spokesman Dave Weissman describes as "a wider fan base," the 10,000 Lakes Festival announced Wednesday that the Dave Matthews Band will join Widespread Panic and Wilco as headliners for the seventh annual music and camping festival, set to take place at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch on July 22-25. "It's been a couple of years in the making," said Weissman of the addition of the Dave Matthews Band to the schedule.
For 22 years, Will Yliniemi has worked for the University of Minnesota Extension, first serving Becker County, then Hubbard County, then both. A Becker County native who grew up on his family's farm in rural Wolf Lake, Yliniemi says he's "been involved in agriculture my whole life." But on Jan. 31, the Extension ag educator will enter a new chapter in his life: retirement. "It's time," he said simply.
The Historic Holmes Theatre will hold its annual "Motion" arts fundraiser this Saturday, Jan. 24 starting at 6:30 p.m. Each year, a committee of 15 volunteers plans the annual fund-raiser.
PINE POINT -- For about 20 years now, the White Earth Land Recovery Project has been working on cultural revitalization, food and energy sovereignty issues on the White Earth reservation. The Mino-Miijim ("Good Food") Program was created several years ago, to address the diabetes epidemic on the White Earth Reservation and to restore health and balance to the community.
In Becker County, a total of just over $70.4 million was spent on providing human services programs for county residents in 2007. That amounts to $2,188 per capita -- considerably more than the statewide average of $1,631 per capita for providing all human services programs. Most of that money comes from the state and federal governments.
Has the recent cold snap got you thinking that you might need a little help with your heating bills this winter? Then you'd better get your application in now. According to Nancy Cummings, energy program coordinator for Mahube Community Council, nearly 3,000 households have already applied for assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this year. "Normally, in a year, we serve about 3,200 households, and as of right now, we've approved applications for over 2,900," Cummings said.
CALLAWAY -- This winter, if you happen to be driving past the former Callaway Elementary School building, you may notice a hole in the ground where the baseball diamond's outfield used to be. The former ballfield will soon be the site of a new 75-kilowatt, Loland wind turbine that will be used to power the old school building, which now houses the headquarters of the White Earth Land Recovery Project (WELRP). The wind turbine project was a collaborative effort of the WELRP and Honor the Earth, a national organization that works primarily on tribal reservations and with native organizations
Detroit Lakes tied a record this week, but instead of shouting "Hip! Hip! Hooray!" most local residents were far more likely to say "Brrrrrrrr!" The temperature dipped to 37 below on Tuesday morning, tying a low temperature record set in 1934, according to KDLM radio, which maintains a weather station on Richwood Road. By 9:15 a.m., the temperature had climbed to a balmy 27 below. Things weren't much better for our neighbors, either. Park Rapids weighed in with an overnight low of 35 below.
One of the country's most exciting a cappella vocal bands, InPulse, will perform live at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. But on Tuesday and Wednesday, the foursome will also be making visits to area schools in Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Hawley, to perform for the students as well as impart a little of their musical knowledge. "We do an educational outreach program ... we call it 'edu-tainment,'" said Marcus Hanson, who sings bass as well as serving as the band's manager.