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There are some big changes coming to the Becker County Historical Society & Museum in the coming months, according to the museum's executive director, Becky Mitchell. A broadening of focus to include more science and children's activities, as well as an expanded gift shop are in the works — and as of May 1, the museum will begin charging admission for the first time, though children will still be admitted for free.
It's been 10 years since Miquette Denie McMahon founded the nonprofit educational organization TeacHaiti, yet her voice remains just as animated when talking about its future as it did a decade ago. "My dream of a school in St. Michel (McMahon's hometown) is finally happening," she said in a Thursday telephone interview. "It's almost done! It's a beautiful facility; every time I go there I'm so shocked (to see the progress). I just can't believe my name is associated with that school."
More than 100 people packed the Forest Conference Center at Ecumen Detroit Lakes on Monday night for a Legislative Town Hall hosted by the local chapter of the League of Women Voters. State Rep. Paul Marquart and Senators Kent Eken and Paul Utke spoke for a little over two hours on topics ranging from aquatic invasive species to private school vouchers. Rep. Steve Green, who was originally slated to attend the forum, bowed out late Monday afternoon, citing illness.
With 34 entries before Saturday's deadline — and one latecomer who brought their entry in too late to be considered — Vergas's inaugural Maple Syrup Taste Test Challenge was a solid success. Judges Dave Lee of KRCQ Radio, Cornelius Hocker of Valley News Live and Lou Hoglund of the Pelican Rapids Press chose Spirit Lake resident David Trickle's entry as the winner. "We were looking for clarity — and taste," said Hocker. "We all came together on one (winner)," said Lee, adding that Trickle's entry scored 28 out of a possible 30 points.
As bestselling author and inspirational speaker Angela Artemis once said, "Every act of kindness is like a pebble thrown in a pond, sending out ripples far beyond where the pebble entered the water. When we're caring and kind to our neighbors, our actions send rings of kindness that spread from neighbor to neighbor to neighbor."
Detroit Lakes will be 'crawling' with art on Thursday, April 20, as nine downtown businesses host local artists for live demonstrations, 'art talks' and refreshments to kick off the inaugural Detroit Lakes Art Crawl. "It's a great time to get together with friends and enjoy a little downtown shopping, while viewing some beautiful art and meeting the talented artists who created it," says Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston, who notes that the idea for the art crawl came up during a "brainstorming" session with members of the Chamber's Promotions & Events Committee.
Last Friday was a red letter day for the students of Lake Park-Audubon High School's mass communications class — and it wasn't because they were wearing their school colors. In fact, the group of 15 (out of a class of 20) who made the trip to the Bloomington Crown Plaza Aire hotel were predominantly dressed in business casual attire, as they were representing their school at the 2017 Upper Midwest Regional Student Emmy Awards.
Though it's been around since 2007, the Detroit Lakes Public Education Foundation is not as well known as the Booster Club, Dollars for Scholars and other educational nonprofits in the community — yet the DLPEF is responsible for bringing thousands of dollars in grant funds to local teachers each year, for projects that enhance their students' learning experiences in a variety of ways. "Since 2010, we've given out 52 grants, totaling nearly $70,000," says Gary Krogsgaard, a member of the DLPEF board of directors.
For most gardeners living in northern Minnesota, the start of the spring growing season is still a few weeks away. But at Forest Glen Farm in rural Frazee, the Flynn family has been hard at work for a couple of months already, getting their herbs and vegetables started from seed and ready to transplant into the farm's two high tunnel greenhouses. "Our growing season starts in January and goes into October," said Lisa Flynn during a gardening workshop hosted by the Washington Square Mall on March 25, as part of its Blooming Art Spring Craft & Vendor Show.
The whimsical world of children's author Dr. Seuss — the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel — has been a memorable part of growing up for children across the United States since the late 1930s. In 2000, a musical adaption of Geisel's books came to the Broadway stage for the first time, bringing to life such unforgettable characters as Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat. And now, Theatreworks USA is bringing a new version of "Seussical," adapted specifically for schoolchildren in grades K-5, to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre.