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Two hours of music, "hillbilly humor" and relaxation -- all brought to you by Branson, Mo.'s funniest comedian and some of the world's finest musicians -- is just a sampling of what the Ozark Jubilee music and comedy revue has to offer. Based in Branson, Mo., the Ozark Jubilee cast spends about 100 days on the road each year, according to Randy Newman, who has played the featured comedic role of Doofus Doolittle since acquiring the show in 1994. One of this year's tour stops will be next Thursday, April 26, at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. A world-class violinist, Newman has pe
In honor of Earth Week, the Historic Holmes Theatre is hosting three performances of the original musical play, "Wetland Adventures," on April 20-21. Written by Detroit Lakes area playwright Carol Ann Hough, "Wetland Adventures" is a timeless tale of wisdom and wonder. Audience members will learn about aquatic animals, wetland ecosystems and human relationships. This local, original play is also going to feature an American Indian storyteller, flute player and performances by a local drum group.
For the first time since William Leff officially retired on June 30, 2006, the Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community & Technical College has a new provost. After a nationwide search process, Cristobal "Cris" Valdez was selected to fill that position.
Detroit Lakes Girl Scout Troop 410 will be selling cookies this weekend, April 13-14, at two locations in town. The Scouts will be at Papa Murphy's on Friday, April 13, from 4-7 p.m., and Washington Square Mall on Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. They will be selling the usual varieties of cookies, and the new cookie for this year, Lemonades. Cost is $4 a box. According to Troop Leader Sue Livermore, proceeds from the sale of each box go to the local troop to pay for craft supplies, badges, field trips and service projects.
Following up on the success of its inaugural concert in November, the Lakes Area Community Concert Band will be giving a second concert this Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m., in Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. According to band manager Rick Olson, admission is free, though there will be a free will offering taken to benefit the newly-formed organization. "We started rehearsals Feb. 1, and have been holding weekly practices, except for one snow day when we had to cancel," Olson said.
Though the cuts may not have gone as deep as in recent years, the Detroit Lakes School Board was forced to tighten its budget belt yet again for the 2007-08 school year. The board approved a total of just over $123,000 in actual cuts, plus nearly $288,000 in adjustments, reallocations and revenue-increasing measures. Two budget items totaling just over $26,000 were also added back into the general fund expenditures, bringing the total general fund budget adjustment to just over $385,000. "This isn't the end," Superintendent Lowell Niklaus cautioned the board.
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Sometimes, bigger isn't necessarily better. For five years in a row, and counting, Lake Park-Audubon High School has sent its Knowledge Bowl team to state competition. And for all five of those years, that team has also competed in the McDonald's HIgh School Challenge, an academic quiz show sponsored locally by McDonald's and KVLY-TV in Fargo.
It all comes down to accessibility: Whether it's access to information, or access to businesses, recreation and residential areas during the construction season, the Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to make it as easily available as possible during the reconstruction and realignment of the Highway 10 corridor through Detroit Lakes. With construction officially slated to begin Monday, April 16 -- though it could actually get underway a few days sooner, according to construction project engineer Shiloh Wahl -- the two-year, $32.5 million project is going to cause "major traffic dis