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Though WE Fest is still a couple of months away, the Soo Pass Ranch will be opening its doors for a fun evening of food, drink, music and dancing on Thursday starting at 6 p.m. Though it is being billed as a "life celebration," the event will also raise funds for cancer treatment and research, according to organizer Jim Fletcher. This past year, two longtime members of the WE Fest family, Jim Worm and Terry McCloskey, were diagnosed with cancer.
It's been a decade -- 10 years -- since the first Street Faire at the Lakes was held in downtown Detroit Lakes. To commemorate that milestone, organizers have made a few changes to the annual event, which takes place this weekend. Most noticeably, the dates of the festival have been moved to Friday and Saturday, rather than the Saturday-Sunday format of previous years. "Our committee is really excited to try out our new Friday-Saturday schedule," said organizer Mary Beth Gilsdorf.
When the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center (DLCCC) announced plans for a $2.5 million Backyard expansion project last month, those plans had a distinctly youth-oriented focus. But the expansion is not "just for kids," explained community center CEO Stu Omberg. "The Backyard is something for everyone in the community," he said.
Winning awards may not be the primary objective for a school administrator, but it's never a bad thing to be honored by your peers for the work that you do. Detroit Lakes High School Principal Steve Morben was notified in April that he had been chosen as Western Division Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals. "It's always nice to be recognized for your efforts," he said.
It's been 10 years since Minnesota bluegrass band Monroe Crossing first began performing together -- and to celebrate, the quintet will kick off its 10th Anniversary Tour in Detroit Lakes this Friday, June 4 at the Historic Holmes Theatre. Named for the legendary "Father of Bluegrass," Bill Monroe, the group performs a wide range of music, combining classic bluegrass with original compositions --occasionally throwing in some rock and country cover songs as well. "Our current CD, 'Heartache and Stone,' has a lot of originals from the band, some songs written by friends of ours, and we even
There's nothing that signals the start of summer quite like a parade, and in Detroit Lakes, that time is now. The annual Detroit Lakes Memorial Day Parade takes place this Monday, May 31 at 10 a.m., proceeding from the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center to Washington Avenue, then south to the City Park Bandshell. A program begins at 11 a.m.
The question of whether residents of the Audubon Trailer Park will proceed with a proposal to become a resident-owned cooperative should be answered sometime in the next couple of weeks. A report on possible options for the future of the trailer park is due to be presented shortly to the Audubon Economic Development Authority by Northcountry Cooperative Foundation, the consultant hired to do the initial study on the project. "The report will deal with some of the options available to aid the community in getting where they want to go (with regard to the future of the trailer park)," said G
It was more than 30 years ago, in the late 1970s, that the first rumblings of plans to build a community center in Detroit Lakes began to be heard. "There were a lot of people that wanted this thing built, and every year it (interest in the project) seemed to grow," said former mayor Larry Buboltz, who was one of the early proponents of the project.
An application for a conditional use permit to operate a gravel pit near the Chester Field development was tabled at the request of the applicant at Tuesday's Becker County Board meeting. The County Planning Commission had recommended that the permit be denied following testimony at its May 18 meeting.
Though she only spent seven years as chaplain at St. Mary's Hospital and Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes, Sister Trudy Keefe made an indelible impression on the community. "She's a special lady, I tell you," said Gary Wagner, one of the many whose lives Sister Trudy touched during her tenure here. "We've had four deaths in the family, and she's been here for us. That's the kind of lady she is." Sister Keefe is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee as a member of the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this year.