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At Emmanuel Community, the staff and residents have a motto -- that each and every one of them is "an essential piece of the puzzle" when it comes to building a strong and vital community. So when the Emmanuel Foundation Endowment Fund began working on plans for an art event fund-raiser, the steering committee decided to bring together Emmanuel residents and local elementary, middle and high school students for an intergenerational art project. The intergenerational piece is a mosaic-style replica of an original art piece created for the June 15 event by local artist Linda Sheryak. Shery
Luck was on LeRoy Boyce's side on the day the U.S. 7th Army stormed the beaches of southern France in what later came to be known as Operation Dragoon. On that day, Aug. 15, 1944, Boyce was among the 60,000 combat troops that went ashore in what was termed "the single greatest one-day effort of the Mediterranean war," according to VFW, September 1994. By the end of that day, nearly 200 U.S. servicemen had been killed, and another 400 wounded.
Sunny skies and warm temperatures were the order of the day this past weekend -- or at least, up until late Sunday afternoon -- and lakes area residents took full advantage of the opportunity to get out there and enjoy it. A total of 758 tickets were sold for Friday's grand reopening dance at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, according to Amy Stearns at the Historic Holmes Theatre, which handled ticket sales for the event. "I thought the response was great from the community," Stearns said. "The dance was a huge success," said Mitch Wimmer, a member of the Pavilion Preservation Committee who h
It's official. After months of negotiation over covenants and contract language and price, the keys to the former Callaway Elementary School building finally changed hands on Monday. June 5, 2006, was the day when the sale of the Callaway school by the Detroit Lakes School District to the White Earth Land Recovery Project became final. "We thank the Detroit Lakes School Board and the community of Callaway for working with us and supporting us," said WELRP executive director Winona LaDuke.
Though she's only been on the job at Emmanuel Community for two weeks, Wendy Gordon says she really enjoys the unique challenges it offers. "I'm liking it a lot," she says. "I'm really looking forward to this experience, and all the different aspects of it.
Ever since Dwane Hilmer moved to the lakes area from his native Iowa 38 years ago, he's had a secret wish to see his new home from the air. On Thursday, that wish came true, courtesy of his children.
June 21 may be the first official day of summer, but the Detroit Lakes community will be kicking off the season of sun and fun a little early -- this weekend, to be precise. First up is the grand reopening of the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, with a dance that gets underway at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 2. The Minneapolis-based show band CBO, otherwise known as Casablanca Orchestra, will be providing the music for this prestigious event.
The grand reopening of the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, while serving as the kickoff event for DL's sixth annual Street Faire at the Lakes, is expected to be an event in and of itself. When the newly renovated Pavilion reopens its doors to the public on Friday, it will be the culmination of several years' worth of effort to preserve the 90-year-old local landmark. Lakes area residents past and present are anxious to get a look at the results of the $700,000-plus facelift, and the founder of the band that will serve as the event's featured performers is no exception. "I'm from Casselton, N.D.,
The students at Adventist Christian School and Koinonia for Kids took their guests on a little journey to the past on Wednesday evening, as they presented their annual learning exhibition, dinner and graduation ceremony. The learning exhibition, which featured both Adventist Christian School students in grades K-8 and Koinonia (home-schooled) students in grades K-12, was focused on the theme, "Springtime in the South." Many of the exhibits featured students in period costumes, acting out the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Maia Angelou, Clara Barton, Helen Keller
Though the excitement in the air on the last day of school is almost palpable, as both teachers and students anticipate the long summer break ahead, that excitement was tinged with sadness for Rachel Pederson. A teacher at Detroit Lakes Public Schools since 1971 -- with all 35 of those years spent teaching at Rossman Elementary -- Pederson said goodbye to her 35th and final class of first graders on Thursday. "I've been really sad this week, because I love my job," she said Wednesday afternoon.