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Construction of Detroit Lakes' Polar Fest Ice Palace got underway this Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 20-22, with the harvesting of 2,000 blocks of ice from Little Detroit Lake. The blocks will be used to construct the city's largest ice palace to date, along with an ice maze, professionally-carved ice sculptures, and more. The palace will be unveiled in a Grand Lighting Ceremony set for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 — which marks the opening of the 17-day winter festival.
A 4-year-old Detroit Lakes boy, under-dressed for winter, was found outside by sanitation workers on Jan. 12, which led to the involvement of Detroit Lakes police officers contacting the mother and returning the child. While dropping off the boy to a frantic mother, the officers noticed the family was in desperate need of help, which is how, through a series of calls and donations from the Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store, a family's life was changed for the better.
Barricades are going up on Little Detroit Lake this week in anticipation of the ice harvest that will launch construction of Detroit Lakes' 2022 Polar Fest Ice Palace, starting Thursday, Jan. 20. The ice palace will be the city's largest to date, containing roughly 2,000 blocks of ice harvested directly from the lake. Polar Fest will officially begin Thursday, Feb. 11 and conclude Sunday,. Feb. 27. The super-sized winter festival marks the culmination of the community's 150th birthday celebration.
It was a terrible start to the New Year for Dent cabin owners Mike and Jenny Parker, who let out their beloved dog, Doc, that Friday morning only to have him run into the trees and disappear from sight.

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The kickoff meeting for the "Building Equity" leadership development group will take place at the end of the month (date to be determined); the deadline to sign up for participation is this Friday, Jan. 7.
The Dutton family has been inviting the Detroit Lakes community to come and enjoy their holiday light displays for more than 20 years now. This year's displays at their Brookridge Drive home will include a mixture of new, old and restored scenes.
From meeting Santa to nativity performances, the community of Perham is sure to make its 2021 Christmas a memorable one for all kids in town.
A new decorative quilt now graces the wall above the main desk at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. The quilt was donated to the library by the Lakes Area Quilt Guild.
Becker County 4-H members recently held their annual Achievement Awards program, recognizing the accomplishments made by the youth and adult volunteers in the 4-H program throughout the past year.
The annual free throw contest hosted by the local Knights of Columbus returns to Detroit Lakes on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. The contest, which is open to boys and girls between the ages of 9-14, will be held in the gymnasium of Holy Rosary School. It is open to the public.

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Programs like Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency to take another blow with federal vaccine mandate deadline approaching.
After hosting a popular live Nativity event as part of their all-outdoor, parking-lot Christmas services in 2020, Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church decided to bring it back again this Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. — along with a free community Christmas dinner the following day. Due to ongoing COVID safety concerns, however, only curbside to-go and home delivery options will be offered for the dinner, which will be served from 12 to 2 p.m. on Dec. 25. Meal deliveries must be reserved no later than Dec. 23.
Detroit Lakes volunteers are finalizing plans for the annual Wreaths Across America festivities, set to take place this Saturday, Dec. 18 at five different sites around town, starting at 11 a.m. The event honors all Becker County service men and women, past and present.

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