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The coordinated efforts of local law enforcement, security personnel and volunteers to make WE Fest a safer experience for everyone involved appears to be working. According to Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon, there has been "seven consecutive years of decline" in the number of arrests and criminal issues investigated at the festival and surrounding areas. "There's so much cooperation between the sheriff's department, state patrol, private security, WE Fest chaplains, and the horse posse," Gordon said.
As WE Fest wrapped up yet another celebration this Saturday south of Detroit Lakes, one Minneapolis filmmaker was just getting started on his project to document the experience. Though he completed most of the filming for the project on Saturday, the process of compiling all that footage into a documentary format will take several months of work for creator Mike Plant before it's ready to be shown to the public. "I wouldn't think it will be done until late fall or winter," Plant said in a telephone interview.
Rain may be in the forecast for the third and final day of WE Fest, but for those who don't mind getting a little damp, the day also offers an unprecedented opportunity to see a host of up-and-coming artists making their festival debuts. Starting off the action with a bang, Rocket Club, a group of rising national stars who hail from Minneapolis, will make their first trip to the WE Fest main stage today at 2:45 p.m. They will be followed by two more WE Fest newbies, Easton Corbin at 4:15 p.m.
Though it's still a few weeks away, preparations for the 39th Annual Parish Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes are already in full swing. Festival co-chair Sue Braun described it as "a labor of love" for herself and fellow co-chairs Joe and Sandie Boyer, as well as planning committee members Mary Hager and Monsignor Tim McGee. Besides the planning committee, there are approximately 150 parish volunteers involved in organizing, setting up and running the festival, as well as cleaning up afterwards -- and every one of them is needed, because there is so much work involv
There were many changes at WE Fest this year -- upgraded stadium seating in the VIP section, high definition jumbotrons for viewing throughout the venue, even a new management team to oversee operations -- but one of the most unique innovations took place on the Barn Stage, a secondary music venue across from the Soo Pass Saloon, north of the main concert bowl. Not only was the Barn Stage rebuilt and the surrounding patio area remodeled and expanded, but the music offerings for festival patrons from that stage were upgraded as well, to include a songwriter's showcase. The Barn Stage has tr
Among the many first-time visitors to this year's WE Fest festivities is one whose face is probably quite familiar to viewers of the GAC cable television channel. Storme Warren, host of the weekly GAC country music news and entertainment show, "Headline Country," was at WE Fest this weekend to film some footage for his show. But his visit to the 29th annual event was multi-purposed as well: Warren also hosts a daily radio show for the XM Radio channel Highway 16, called "Music Row Happy Hour." In addition, he was also planning on writing a column about WE Fest for the publication Country
For almost as long as there's been a WE Fest, there has been a shuttle bus service that takes festival-goers and campers back and forth between the Soo Pass Ranch and the city of Detroit Lakes. For the affordable price of $6 per day, or $14 for the entire 3-day festival, city residents can receive unlimited bus transportation to and from WE Fest, while campers on the festival grounds receive free transportation to and from the city as part of their camping package. For the second year in a row, those staying in the six hotels along Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes can also obtain shuttle servic
Detroit Lakes' annual country music extravaganza, WE Fest, is just getting underway this afternoon at the Soo Pass Ranch. Area favorites Troubadour got things underway on the Main Stage at 2:45 p.m. They will be followed by Jerrod Niemann at 4:15 p.m., the Charlie Daniels Band at 6:15 p.m., Blake Shelton at 8:30 p.m.
After almost three decades in existence, it might seem as though Detroit Lakes' yearly August tradition, WE Fest, is as comfortable and familiar as your favorite old pair of blue jeans. But as the 29th annual country music festival prepares for its official opening with tonight's free kickoff party, regulars may notice quite a few changes -- starting at the top. A new management team has stepped up to fill the shoes of WE Fest's founding president, Jeff Krueger and vice president Chyrll Sparks, who both retired and sold their interest in the festival to longtime partner Randy Levy last fal
It's been 35 years since the Minnesota State Fair Board first began a statewide recognition program for farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more -- the Century Farm Awards. Ten years later, in 1986, the Becker County Fair Board established a century farm recognition program of its own, to be held during the annual county fair. Since that time, a total of 77 farms in the county have been honored. This past Saturday, July 30, five more farms were added to that list, bringing the total to 82.