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Local kids host lemonade stand to raise money for new museum

Kate Johnson, age 11, Cole Rotter, age 9, Grace Johnson, age 8, and Etta Rotter, age 6, set up a lemonade stand on Lake Sallie Drive last Friday, Aug. 24, to raise money for a new Becker County Museum in Detroit Lakes. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
On Saturday, Aug. 25, prior to attending – or being a part of – the Prairie Fire Children's Theatre production of "Wizard of Oz" at the Historic Holmes Theatre, the Rotters and Johnsons presented Becker County Museum Director Becky Mitchell (at left) with a check for $320. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

As most local residents know, the Becker County Museum is in the midst of a $6.5 million fundraising campaign to build a new museum facility adjacent to the Historic Holmes Theatre on Summit Avenue in Detroit Lakes (next door to the museum's current location).

This past Friday, Aug. 24, four kids who were involved in the Prairie Fire Children's Theatre production of "The Wizard of Oz" at the Holmes Theatre, and/or attending Robotics Camp at the museum, decided to take it upon themselves to help raise some cash for the museum's building project.

Kate Johnson, age 11, Cole Rotter, age 9, Grace Johnson, age 8, and Etta Rotter, age 6, set up a lemonade stand on Lake Sallie Drive, where visitors could not only purchase a glass of lemonade and a sweet treat, but take home a free necklace as a "thank you" for their donation.

By the end of the day, the foursome had raised a total of $320 — which they proceeded to present to Becker County Museum Executive Director Becky Mitchell on Saturday, Aug. 25, just prior to heading over to the theater for the second and final showing of "Wizard of Oz."

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