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With Sunday's game in Fargo cancelled, the Detroit Lakes American Legion Post 15 baseball team should be well-rested and ready to defend its home turf in the 13th Annual Northwest Water Carnival Legion Baseball Classic, which gets underway Thursday at DL's Washington Ballpark. "My anticipation for this weekend is that we play well, get all the guys into the game at their own tournament, and hopefully win a couple of games," said Post 15 head coach Keith Blattenbauer. The tournament, which runs Thursday through Sunday, July 12-15, will be played in round-robin format.
Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church's new pastor, Rev. Brenda North, knew she was called to the Christian ministry when she was still in high school. "My family never used to go to church," she says. "But one day, a friend of mine invited me (to come to church), and eventually, my whole family started going. It made a huge difference in our lives. "We'd always been a good and loving family, but (finding faith in Christ) made us happier... we had a sense of larger purpose.
The Otter Tail River was the place to be on July 4, judging by the crowds that were gathered there Wednesday. "We had a substantial amount of traffic problems," said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. "The Otter Tail River kept us pretty busy...
Though Detroit Lakes' 72nd annual Northwest Water Carnival doesn't officially get into full swing until next week, there are a few "warm-up" sporting events scheduled for this weekend. First up is the Lake Swim, which takes place from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7. As the name suggests, this competitive racing event involves swimming on Detroit Lake itself. There are half-mile and one-mile events, divided into age and gender categories.
From boat parades hosted by area lake associations, to Frazee's second annual Family FreedomFest, to Detroit Lakes' annual fireworks spectacular on the city beach, this Wednesday's Fourth of July Independence Day festivities will provide holiday fun-seekers with plenty of variety. The annual Lake Melissa/Sallie Association's July 4th Boat Parades begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Lake Melissa boats are to congregate at Shoreham; Lake Sallie's at the Maloney/Michaelson residence. Boats will proceed counterclockwise around the two lakes.
Since 2004, Detroit Lakes has played host every summer to a unique "party in the park" known as Family Jam. Billed as a "concert and fun in the light of the Son," this Christian-themed, family-oriented summer event has been growing steadily in popularity. So much so, in fact, that parking for the Family Jam has been expanded from the lot next to the City Park (where the event is located) to include the lot at Detroit Lakes High School, which is just a block away. "We're expecting even more people this year," explained Kathy Nelson, Family Jam committee member and marketing chair. From
By the time you read this article, Detroit Lakes native Lisa Briggs will be back on her home soil, preparing to give her first live performance in the lakes area in more than three years. "I'll be in Minneapolis on Saturday," Briggs said in a Wednesday telephone interview. "I can't wait." Briggs, who is a 1990 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, has made her home in Nashville since moving there in 1996 to pursue a career in music. But she had already experienced some success as a performer before she made the move to Tennessee's musical mecca.
A few months from now, local viewers of Country Music Television may see a familiar face on the cable station's video countdown. Detroit Lakes native Terry Mackner was at Bonanzaville USA on Thursday to shoot a music video for his new single, "Idaho Rodeo." The song, penned by Nashville songwriter Gabriel Farago, is Mackner's favorite on his new solo CD, "Jack Daniels," which was released independently on May 5. "I like this song the best of any off the CD," he says.
"What does a person have to do in the county of Becker to create a housing development on a lake?" These words, uttered by developer Mark Yozamp at Tuesday's meeting of the Becker County Board of Commissioners, expressed his frustration at having his application for a change of zone and a multi-unit residential development denied by both the county's Planning & Zoning Commission and the County Board -- more than once. "This is the third time I've been denied," Yozamp pointed out.
When the little red truck pulled into town Monday, with the words "Missoula Children's Theater" printed on the side, it was the start of a week-long theatrical adventure for 56 Detroit Lakes-area children. Since Monday, MCT actor-directors Anna Miller and Matt Ablan have been putting the kids through daily four-hour practices -- practices that will culminate in two live weekend performances on the stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre. The cast will present two performances of the children's play "Jack and the Beanstalk," set to take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 29, and 10:30 a.m.