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The 25th Anniversary WE Fest celebration, "Heaven in 2007," is going to be a tough act to follow -- but festival organizers are already "Feelin' Great about 2008," as they confirmed this week that Rascal Flatts will join Kenny Chesney as headliners for the 26th annual event. "It's great to have Rascal Flatts back, especially now that they have the No. 1 country album on the Billboard charts," said Jeff Krueger, president and CEO of Festivals And Concert Events (FACE), Inc., which operates WE Fest.
After pinpointing him as the front-runner for the job at the last meeting of the Becker County Board, it wasn't a surprise when the commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Mike Fritz as Becker County Attorney. Fritz, who has served as an assistant county attorney for the past 14 years -- under the supervision of current County Attorney Joe Evans -- will take the reins on Nov. 16, the same day that Evans' resignation becomes final. (As it happens, that date will also be Fritz's birthday.) Evans was appointed to the Seventh District Court bench earlier this month, by Gov.
Whether you've seen him channeling Elvis in the Historic Holmes Theatre production "Holmes Spun Theatre," performing on stage with his rock and roll band, The Fat Cats, or appearing solo at a corporate party or community festival, chances are that if you live in the lakes area, you know who Doug Newman is. The Detroit Lakes native has been singing professionally since the age of 15.
Are you ready to enjoy some ghostly, ghastly tales of horror and woe? The Historic Holmes Theatre production "Full Moon Macabre" will offer all that and more -- with a dollop of humor thrown in for good measure. Set to take place this coming Friday and Saturday, Oct.
"Tale as old as time, true as it can be..." When the Walt Disney Company released its timeless animated classic, "Beauty & the Beast," in 1991, it instantly became one of the most beloved movies of all time.
Though the martial art form known as tae kwon do has its origins in the Far East, some of its principles have much in common with Christianity. "The five tenets of Tae Kwon Do are courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit," says Pat Fineday, the martial arts instructor who recently helped to found a new tae kwon do club in Detroit Lakes. This club, known as Lakes Tae Kwon Do, is unique amongst other area martial arts clubs and schools, in that it is Christian-based. Its co-founder is Pastor Dave Bakke of Go-After Ministries.
There was a time, Lyle Dahlgren says, when he envisioned retirement as sitting back in his armchair, smoking his favorite pipe and dispensing sage advice to those who would come to listen. But it hasn't exactly worked out that way, as his wife Janet will tell you. "We're semi-retired," she says.
In April 1998, the Minnesota Department of Corrections began an innovative program where carefully selected, non-dangerous, minimum-security inmates were sent to participating counties to construct affordable housing for low-income families. Currently, Becker County is one of seven counties in the state that participates in the program, according to Sheriff Tim Gordon. "We are contracted with the state for six beds," he said.
Fargo has one. Bemidji has one. So does Wadena. And soon, Detroit Lakes will have one too. A local film festival, that is.
"Reconnecting with our roots" is a phrase often used to indicate anything and everything from researching one's family tree to rediscovering religious faith. At the first-ever White Earth Adoptees Welcome Home Gathering, held over the weekend at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, that phrase took on a slightly different context. The roughly 200 adoptees and family members that gathered at the casino's event center over the course of those two days were trying to reconnect with a part of their family history that had literally been lost to them. "Over the last 125 years, one-third of all In