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Though the Becker County Fair and 10,000 Lakes Festival are barely behind us for another year, area residents won't have much time to settle back into their normal routine -- the area's biggest summer attraction, WE Fest, opens Thursday at the Soo Pass Ranch south of Detroit Lakes. Country music fans from across the U.S. converge on the lakes area every August, for what has become known as one of the biggest and best celebrations of the summer. The 27th annual country jam fest gets underway Thursday, Aug. 6, and continues through Saturday, Aug.
When the state's Outstanding Seniors for 2009 are recognized at the Minnesota State Fair on Sept. 3, Becker County will once again be well represented. Solveig Nordsletten and Leonard Thielen, both of Detroit Lakes, were named as the county's outstanding seniors at the annual ceremony Thursday inside the Becker County Fair's Big Tent. Both of them indicated that they would like to attend the Senior Day festivities at the State Fair next month in St.
Four Detroit Lakes residents will vie for the title of Becker County's Outstanding Senior Citizen this Thursday at the county fair. One man and one woman will be chosen to receive the 2009 honor at the annual ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m.
"He's 'Mr. Fair.'" So says Lowell Jorgenson when asked to describe longtime friend and fellow Becker County Fair Board member Bob Sonnenberg. For roughly three decades now, Sonnenberg has been an integral part of making each year's fair a success -- and currently serves as both the fair manager and president of the Becker County Fair Board. "I've been on (the Fair Board) 20 years, and he was there before me," said Jorgenson Tuesday afternoon as he was helping to prepare for the start of the 118th annual Becker County Fair, which opens today.
Though it hasn't been all that long since he left his childhood years behind, Detroit Lakes native Christopher Mohs has packed a lot of accomplishment into the decade since his high school graduation. A member of the Class of 1998 at Detroit Lakes High School, Mohs went on to study communications at Concordia College in Moorhead, eventually earning a bachelor's degree. Since then, he's worked on an award-winning film project, started a successful media corporation and launched not just one, but two new Fargo-area magazine publications. His success as an up-and-coming media entrepreneur p
MAHNOMEN -- He may not have known quite how to pronounce the name, but "American Idol" champ-turned-rock star David Cook gave his Mahnomen audience a concert to remember Wednesday night at the Shooting Star Casino. After starting out the show with a cover of the Collective Soul hit, "The World I Know" -- which he first performed on "American Idol," to the acclaim of both audience and judges -- Cook briefly quizzed concert-goers about the correct pronunciation of "Mahnomen." He said that he'd heard it pronounced a few different ways since his band's arrival in the community on Tuesday, and
They worked tirelessly, from 7:30 a.m.
Every year, the 10,000 Lakes Festival draws music lovers from as far away as Alaska, New York and California -- and sometimes, even from across the ocean. But many of its most loyal attendees are drawn from Detroit Lakes itself. Deanna Sinclair, a longtime Detroit Lakes resident, has been a loyal festival-goer for five of its first six incarnations. She missed the first year, but has been going "every year since then," and fully intends to be there when the event kicks off tonight as well. "I just think it's a fun atmosphere, with great music," she said earlier this week.
Though she's been heavily involved in Rotary Club activities on a local, state and national level for many years, Detroit Lakes' Janet Green admits she was "very surprised" when the Noon Rotary Club chose her as its "Rotarian of the Year" last month. "There are a lot of people in Rotary who do great things -- I was very surprised to be chosen," Green said.
When it comes to good ideas, this contest was a shoe-in. The Lake Region Garden Club's "Boot & Shoe Revue" at the Washington Square Mall this weekend can be deemed only one way, to the event's chief organizer: A resounding success. "The turnout was excellent," said Tom Rieffenberger, the garden club member who spearheaded preparations for the show. "We had 95 exhibits, from 72 exhibitors -- that's pretty good." Gardeners were given pretty much free rein to design their own plant container, based upon one simple premise: It had to be in the shape of a shoe or boot.