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Though Detroit Lakes' 72nd annual Northwest Water Carnival doesn't officially get into full swing until next week, there are a few "warm-up" sporting events scheduled for this weekend. First up is the Lake Swim, which takes place from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7. As the name suggests, this competitive racing event involves swimming on Detroit Lake itself. There are half-mile and one-mile events, divided into age and gender categories.
By the time you read this article, Detroit Lakes native Lisa Briggs will be back on her home soil, preparing to give her first live performance in the lakes area in more than three years. "I'll be in Minneapolis on Saturday," Briggs said in a Wednesday telephone interview. "I can't wait." Briggs, who is a 1990 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, has made her home in Nashville since moving there in 1996 to pursue a career in music. But she had already experienced some success as a performer before she made the move to Tennessee's musical mecca.
Since 2004, Detroit Lakes has played host every summer to a unique "party in the park" known as Family Jam. Billed as a "concert and fun in the light of the Son," this Christian-themed, family-oriented summer event has been growing steadily in popularity. So much so, in fact, that parking for the Family Jam has been expanded from the lot next to the City Park (where the event is located) to include the lot at Detroit Lakes High School, which is just a block away. "We're expecting even more people this year," explained Kathy Nelson, Family Jam committee member and marketing chair. From
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