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Games, prizes, music and more will be on tap at The Brew Ales & Eats in Detroit Lakes next Saturday, Sept. 3, as The Brew joins forces with the Becker County History Museum to host a Community Block Party from 8 p.m. to midnight. Local favori...

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Detroit Lakes musician Mike Hokanson will be one of two featured musical acts at the Community Block Party set for next Saturday, Sept. 3, at The Brew Ale & Eats in Detroit Lakes. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the Becker County History Museum, wihch is in the midst of a $3.2 million capital campaign for a new building. Also performing that evening will be the Hardwood Trio (Jake Seelye, Dan Thornby and Ben Grimsley).
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Games, prizes, music and more will be on tap at The Brew Ales & Eats in Detroit Lakes next Saturday, Sept. 3, as The Brew joins forces with the Becker County History Museum to host a Community Block Party from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Local favorites Mike Hokanson and the Hardwood Trio (which consists of present and past Hardwood Groove band members Jake Seelye, Dan Thornby and Ben Grimsley) are each scheduled to play sets during the celebration, which will also feature door prizes, trivia games and opportunities to win prize baskets like a Shooting Star Casino getaway, back-to-school and romance packages, to name a few.

To win the baskets, guests will purchase tickets, put their contact information on each, and drop them into containers beside each basket, from which the winner's name will be drawn, toward the end of the evening. Some of the games that will be played include a bean bag toss, chicken bingo, and a round of trivia, which will feature some nice prizes.

Of course, attendees will also be able to enjoy The Brew's delicious food and beverages throughout the event as well.

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A portion of proceeds from the Block Party will benefit the Becker County History Museum.

"There is no admission charge, but there will be a small fee to register for the games," said Gretchen Hunter, owner of The Brew, noting that all proceeds from the games will go toward the museum, which is in the midst of a $3.2 million capital campaign to construct a new facility, near the existing site on Summit Avenue.

Saturday night's Block Party will not only benefit a good cause, but is "a fun way to send out the summer," Hunter said.

"We're right at the halfway mark," says museum director Becky Mitchell of the fundraising drive, which was launched last fall.

The need for a new facility is no less urgent than it was when the capital campaign was first launched, she added; the existing building has several problems such as a leaking roof and handicap accessibility issues, which are no longer financially feasible to fix.

"The building is reaching the end of its usable life," Mitchell says.

Museum staff and volunteers have already been busy organizing its research library materials and making digital copies of as many of them as possible, cataloguing the museum's various historic collections and exhibits, and just generally getting everything ready in anticipation of moving to a new facility, "to make the transition as smooth as possible," she added. In the meantime, they are kept plenty busy planning events like the museum's monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series and Family Day events, as well as preparing the space to house a new traveling Smithsonian Museum exhibit, "Waterways," which will be coming to six communities in Minnesota during 2016-17, courtesy of the Minnesota Humanities Center. The Detroit Lakes museum will host the exhibit from Feb. 25 to April 9, 2017. Visit www.mnhum.org/waterways for more information.

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A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.
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