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Though the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club has been providing a September blood screening clinic to the public for 29 years now, there will be significant changes to the 2018 version, which takes place Sept. 10-14. "We have a new location, and new hours," says event organizer Adrienne Buboltz.
For one late summer weekend every year since 1954, a little piece of living history has taken over the tiny northwest Minnesota town known as Rollag — home of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion. This annual non-profit "steam meet" typically draws about 80,000 visitors over the course of its four-day run. The 65th anniversary Steam Threshers Reunion will be held over Labor Day weekend, opening this Friday, Aug. 31, and continuing through Monday, Sept. 3.
While most lakes area residents view Labor Day weekend as the last blast of summer, the good folks at Richwood Winery see it as a last chance to catch their breath before their busiest weekend of the season. For the past few years, the Friday and Saturday after Labor Day have been reserved for the Toast to Tamarac, a fundraiser for the nearby Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, as well as the Grape Stomp Festival, a celebration of the winery's annual grape harvest.
Though it may not have been the finale to this year's American Rally Association (ARA) racing season, the 2018 Muscatell Ojibwe Forests Rally was nevertheless hotly contested, with an estimated 700 people showing up to watch the final stage Saturday night at the Becker County Fairgrounds in Detroit Lakes. "Overall it went really well," said Jonathan Atkins, chairman of the 2018 race. "We were able to stay on time throughout the event. It's always a big plus when everything runs when it's scheduled to run."
Detroit Lakes residents John and Stacey Larson recently had a rare opportunity to travel to Moscow, Russia, along with their son Cole, when he was invited to play on a team representing North America at Moscow's prestigious Tretiak Cup.
"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." — Angela Artemis Earlier this summer, Mahube-Otwa Head Start Coordinator Marie Ashland put out a call to several Scoutmasters in the lakes area, asking if there were any local Boy Scouts looking for a service project to earn their Eagle Scout badges.
Scratch coding, computer aided design, 3-D printing, robot programming... not the usual type of activities that one might associate with a summer day camp at the Becker County Museum. But that's just what the 40 kids between ages 7-14 that are taking part in the museum's first-every Robotics Camp are learning how to do this week. "They're all learning how to do some simple Scratch coding and program these tiny robots, called Ozobots, to perform basic tasks," says the museum's executive director, Becky Mitchell.
After years of planning for improvements to the main runway at the Detroit Lakes-Becker County Airport, the first phase of the $18 million project is now complete. "Phase I mainly involved filling in and building up the south end of the airport, where the runway and parallel taxiway will be extended," says Detroit Lakes City Administrator Kelcey Klemm.
A post-Labor Day tradition in the lakes area for the past 23 years, the Dick Beardsley Run's popularity has grown steadily since it was purchased by the Fargo Marathon in 2014. Besides the half marathon and 5K races that had been a part of the event since its inception in 1999, a full marathon and 10K race were added in 2015 — and last year, races for both two-wheeled and four-legged competitors were set for the week leading up to the main event. This year, however, they have opted to downsize just slightly: the full marathon has been dropped from the lineup.
Prince fans in the lakes area, rejoice! It's time to get ready to "party like it's 1999." The Revolution is coming to kick off the 2018-19 season at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. "This is not a tribute show," says Holmes Theatre Executive Director Amy Stoller Stearns, noting that the musicians in The Revolution are the same ones that played with Prince on tour during the rock icon's "Purple Rain" heyday.