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Though the 2009-10 season at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes doesn't officially get underway until Oct.
For more than three decades, Fran DeCock -- known simply as "D" to his students -- has been sharing his passion for all things agriculture with high school students in Audubon, Lake Park and Detroit Lakes. And for most of those years, his wife Erlene has been just a few doors down the hall at Lake Park-Audubon High School, teaching English. But on Friday, the DeCocks both taught their last day of classes at LP-A. The pair announced earlier this spring that they would both be retiring at the end of the semester. Their departure marks the end of an era at LP-A --in more ways than one.
When the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell was renovated a few years ago, it opened up new opportunities for outdoor concerts and activities -- including live theater. This June, the bandshell will be the setting for the first-ever Shakespeare in the Park production by the Historic Holmes Theatre. Directed by DL native Nikki Caulfield, the production will be a "play within a play," putting a modern spin on William Shakespeare's classic comedy, "The Taming of the Shrew." Auditions begin this Thursday, May 21 at the Holmes Theatre, from 7 to 8 p.m.
It's been nearly a decade since a new summer tradition was instituted in Detroit Lakes, and after nine years, the Street Faire at the Lakes is going stronger than ever. The ninth annual incarnation of the lakes area's inaugural summer festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31 in downtown Detroit Lakes. Continuous live music and a variety of tasty food offerings complement the event's main attraction: More than 250 regional artists and artisans displaying their wares for sale throughout the weekend.
It's finished! After nearly two full years of construction work, and many more of poring over space needs studies, construction designs and building specs, Becker County officials are finally ready to show off the newly expanded and remodeled County Courthouse to the public. An open house is planned for this Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The use of off-highway vehicles on county-administered forest roads and trails continued to draw controversy at Tuesday's meeting of the Becker County Board. Members of the Becker County Citizens for Responsible Recreation were in attendance at the meeting.
After a disappointing turnout in 2008, organizers of the 2009 edition of the 10,000 Lakes Festival are hoping that headliners like the Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic and Wilco will boost attendance for the weekend music and camping fest into the 20,000-30,000 range. To help ensure a sold-out show for Matthews -- who currently ranks No. 7 amongst the world's biggest touring acts -- the festival is offering single-day tickets for Saturday, July 25 only.
Once again, Memorial Day festivities in Detroit Lakes will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. on Monday. Starting in front of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center on Summit Avenue, the parade will wind its way through downtown Detroit Lakes and down Washington Avenue to the Detroit Lakes City Park, where a commemorative program begins at 10:30 a.m. Special guest speaker will be Dennise Milton, U.S.A.R., a past 9th District American Legion Commander and chaplain for the Minnesota chapter. In Audubon, services begin at 10:30 a.m.
By VICKI L. GERDES firstname.lastname@example.org As usual, area veterans are getting ready to remember their fallen comrades past and present at Memorial Day festivities set for this Monday, May 25. Parades, programs and ceremonies honoring the Armed Forces take place every year at this time. But the members of Alpha Company 2-136, C.A.B.
For 37 years now, Karen Hagen has spent every weekday working at the same Detroit Lakes bank. During that time, her job title has changed from teller to loan officer to personal banker, and the name of the bank has changed too -- from First National to Norwest to Wells Fargo. She's had several different bosses, including Arnie Porkkonen -- who gave Hagen her first job as a bank teller -- the late Bob Harris, and most recently, Ladd Lyngaas. But the biggest change of all, Hagen says, has been the technology bankers use to do their business. "When I started in banking, we did a lot of h