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Though the name "solar garden" can be a bit misleading, the arrays erected in the Detroit Lakes industrial park will soon be surrounded by native grasses and forb plants, courtesy of a joint project between Detroit Lakes Public Utilities (DLPU) and the Becker Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD). Workers from the Becker SWCD and the City of Detroit Lakes were busy this past week, preparing the soil and planting 1.4 acres of seed around the city's two solar arrays, located at 1426 Terry St.
Whatever your musical preference — classic country, blues, rock or even rhythmic drums — the Pine Point Music & Arts Festival is sure to have something you'll enjoy hearing. "There's a lot of variety," says Mike Swan, spiritual leader for the Pine Point community and one of the organizers for the annual festival, which will be presented for the ninth time this Saturday, July 7 at the pow wow grounds in Ponsford.
Though this year's Independence Day festivities fall in the middle of the week, that doesn't mean the Detroit Lakes community's annual Fireworks on the Beach display is going to be in any way curtailed — in fact, organizers are planning a bigger event than ever.
Many communities in the lakes area have summer celebrations, from Frazee's Turkey Days to Vergas's Looney Daze, Detroit Lakes' Northwest Water Carnival and Pine Point's Music & Arts Festival. Though Audubon has tried to hold its own celebrations in years past, none of them have really "taken hold," so to speak — so some civic-minded local residents decided to do something to change that. The first-ever Audubon Summer Fest is set to take place this Friday through Sunday, June 29-July 1.
It was a sunny, warm, yet breezy afternoon at Eksjo Lutheran Church this past Sunday, as the predominantly Swedish congregation celebrated its heritage and history with a combination Midsummer Festival and Cemetery Walk. Co-hosted by the Becker County Museum, the Cemetery Walk brought upwards of 100 people to the grounds of the historic church in rural Lake Park, where a well-kept cemetery sprawls across the sloping landscape, surrounded by farmland — and groves of oak trees — on all sides.
Though the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes has raised approximately $6.1 million of the $6.5 million needed to construct its new facility in Lyle Crovisier Park, some of that money has been raised in pledges, to be paid off over a period of several years. In order to enable this to happen, the club is seeking a 7-year, $1.2 million forgivable loan through a New Market Tax Credit program administered by Bremer Bank. Certain provisions of the NMTC program require, however, that the Boys & Girls Club extend its lease on the city-owned property from 30 to 50 years.
Last summer's inaugural "Blues, Beer & BBQ" fundraiser for the Detroit Lakes Kiwanis Club was such a success, they decided to bring it back for an encore. The Kiwanis' second annual event is set to take place on Friday, June 29 at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, with Minnesota blues legends the Lamont Cranston Band returning as headliners. "They've been really good for us," says organizer David Larson. "People love them." Before Lamont Cranston takes the stage at 10 p.m., however, there is plenty of other entertainment planned, he added.
It was a little over a decade ago, in 2007, that the staff at Emmanuel Nursing Home first began implementing a practice known as the "Walk of Honor" as part of its palliative care program. Introduced by the nursing home's chaplain at that time, Vicki Marthaler, the practice involved honoring residents who pass away with a special ceremony. First, a chime is rung three times and the death is announced over Emmanuel's public address system. Then, the body is cleaned and prepared for removal.
Lakes area residents may have noticed recently that sundown is coming later and later in the evening each day; that's because the Summer Solstice — also known as Midsummer — is almost upon us. The folks at Richwood Winery are once again preparing to celebrate the summer's "longest day of light" with their 6th Annual Summer Solstice Festival. This Saturday, June 23, from 2 to 8 p.m., the grounds will be filled with live music, games, food, shopping — and of course, an abundance of opportunities to sample the winery's finest vintages.
Lakes area residents may have noticed recently that sundown is coming later and later in the evening each day; that’s because the Summer Solstice — also known as Midsummer — is almost upon us.