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With temperatures dipping well below zero at times, this weekend's Polar Fest nevertheless managed to draw good enough attendance to be judged a success by organizers. One of the best-attended events was the Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance on Friday evening, which drew more than 300 people. "For the grand march we had people lined up from the entrance to the stage all the way down the hallway outside the theater and into the ballroom," said Kesley Myhre of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, who helped coordinate this year's Polar Fest activities.
Though the Detroit Lakes School Board had much to celebrate at Monday night's regular board meeting, that celebration was slightly bittersweet. On the heels of learning that the district was being honored with a School Finance Award from the Minnesota Department of Education, the board was also asked to accept a resignation. After more than 16 years with the Detroit Lakes School District, operations supervisor and transportation director Brad Green has opted to take on a new challenge, as public works director for the City of Detroit Lakes. Though his resignation won't become official un
The Historic Holmes Theatre is giving area singers the chance to perform on stage with the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir and its well-known conductor, Robert Robinson, at its concert in Detroit Lakes this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. But in addition to the chance to perform on stage, those who have signed up for the experience will also be learning to sing in a way that is most likely unfamiliar to them. "We don't use scored music," said Robinson in a telephone interview Thursday.
It's been 20 years since he did a full-length, live concert, so Eric Riehle might be forgiven for having a few last-minute jitters. Instead, the local singer-songwriter's eyes were sparkling as he talked about "An Evening With A Regular Joe," which will take place this Saturday, Feb. 10, on the stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre. "I'm ecstatic," he said in a Monday afternoon interview. "I was nervous for the first month or so after I talked to Amy (Stoller Stearns, administrator of the Historic Holmes Theatre).
Polar Fest is back! Though Detroit Lakes' annual winter festival has faded from view in recent years, a variety of local organizations, businesses and individuals have joined forces to revive it. "This is really grassroots...
Retired Minnesota State University Moorhead professor G. Theodore "Ted" Schaum, 72, of Rochert, was killed Monday evening following a car-semi collision on Highway 34, seven miles east of Detroit Lakes. Schaum's westbound Mercedes ML320 hit a semi tractor-trailer rig that was attempting to do a U-turn on Highway 34 near Charlie's Tubing, according to the State Patrol. Schaum, who lived on Island Lake, was critically injured when his car hit the passenger side of the semi trailer, which was blocking both lanes of the highway.
Though Patti DeGroat didn't pursue a career in education immediately upon graduating from Waubun High School in 1977, "it's always been in my blood," she says. "When my brother was 3 -- he's four years younger than me -- I used to make him all these flash cards, and taught him his letters and numbers," explains the White Earth native.
It's not all that uncommon for temperatures in this part of Minnesota and North Dakota to hit the minus-20s at this time of year. "Traditionally, we've had the tendency to see some of our coldest air of the season arrive in early February," says Daryl Ritchison, a meteorologist with WDAY-TV in Fargo. But the cold snap that was anticipated to sweep through the region today (Sunday) and tomorrow is "the coldest this area has been in two or three years," he adds. Nevertheless, most native Minnesotans don't even blink an eye when the thermometer drops into the minus-20s and -30s. "In gener
The Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club has been growing by leaps and bounds lately, with membership jumping to over 450 kids this year. "That's an increase of 30 percent (over the past year)," said Jeff Aafedt, president of the club's board of directors. With participation in its after school and summer activity programs more than doubled, the club is more in need of community support than ever, noted Pat Petermann, the executive director. And that's where the Polar Plunge comes in.
When Roosevelt Elementary School received word this past fall that its students had received a "five star" rating (out of a possible five) in both reading and math, it was cause to celebrate. First, because the Detroit Lakes grade school was one of only 78 in the state to receive two five-star ratings in 2006.