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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.
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.
"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.
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.
For about 40 years now, Ulen native Jean Harney has been a painter. Whether it's oils, acrylics, silk screen (a form of print making known as serigraphy) or her current favorite medium, watercolors, Harney has always loved the thrill of creating her own artwork. "I've always drawn things," she says.
Construction on the addition to the Becker County Courthouse and the new Becker County Transit building at the fairgrounds is progressing nicely, according to County Administrator Brian Berg. Despite some unanticipated delays, both projects are expected to meet their initially projected completion dates, he added. "We fell a little behind the projected schedule (for the courthouse addition) because of a shoring issue on the east side," Berg said.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board approved a preliminary 2007-08 revenue and expenditure budget of just under $6 million at its Monday board meeting. With projected revenues of $5,988,941, and expenditures of $5,991,592 -- a difference of approximately $2,600 -- the budget for the coming year is essentially balanced , according to LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie. Anticipating some fallout from this spring's failed building bond referendum, the administrative staff put together a revenue budget built around a projected K-12 enrollment decrease of 15 students, Hogie added. "Since we've bee
This past Thursday, a delegation of four representatives from the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC) of India was in Detroit Lakes to pay a visit to the campus of Minnesota State Community & Technical College (MSCTC). As part of their tour of the community, the group also visited with local Lutheran pastors, visited the Grace Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School, and attended a meeting of the Noon Rotary Club. The foursome was accompanied by Rolf Wangberg, bishop of the Northwest Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and his wife Pat.
When the Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome performed at the Historic Holmes Theatre's annual fund raising gala, Motion, this past spring, they proved so popular that they were invited to come back. Fargo's hottest 12-piece horn band will perform at the newly renovated Detroit Lakes Pavilion this Friday, June 22, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome will play dance music ranging from Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin to Billy Joel and Chicago.
Though she is a native of the lakes area, Nancy Soberg says becoming part of the United Way of Becker County five years ago was an eye opening experience. "The United Way is very interesting...