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Through a brisk wind and intermittent rain, a large excavator demolished the old Becker County Museum building on Wednesday. The museum's new home, attached to the Historic Holmes Theatre, is expected to be open to the public for the first time on Feb. 17 during the 2023 Polar Fest, according to a museum official.
When the Polar Fest Freeze Your Buns 5K Run was first postponed and then canceled due to arctic weather conditions, Detroit Lakes native Ryan Bjorklund decided to run it anyway. Why? As a means of honoring his father, the late Ron Bjorklund, whose completion of the same run in 2016 was one of the proudest accomplishments of his life.
The ice palace in Detroit Lakes was demolished by heavy equipment on March 1 following the conclusion of Polar Fest 2022, which ran from Feb. 11 to Feb. 27.
Bucks Mill Brewery, new to Detroit Lakes, and other homebrewers gathered for the Polar Fest 2022 Home Brew Tasting event at Washington Square Mall on Feb. 24.
The 2022 Polaritaville fundraiser, hosted by the Lakes Area Parrot Heads at Shorewood Pub in Detroit Lakes, raised more than $7,600 for the Lakes Area Imagination Library on Feb. 25.
Fireworks filled the winter sky as hundreds of people made their way to the Ice Palace on the shores of Detroit Lake on Feb. 26 for the closing weekend of Polar Fest 2022.

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The 2022 Break-a-thon, hosted by the Detroit Lakes School of Tae Kwon Do and Kumdo, drew dozens of onlookers and raised money for the Becker County Food Pantry during their Polar Fest 2022 event at Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes on Feb. 24.
A record amount was raised for the Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes at the 26th Annual Polar Fest Plunge held Saturday, Feb. 26 in Detroit Lakes. Guest judges, the Cboys, capped off the day with a plunge of their own, bringing out a small slide mounted on a 4-wheeler to take the leap in style.
The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club's 12th Annual Poles 'N Holes ice fishing derby is in the books, and despite "sometimes brutal" conditions, the Polar Fest event drew more than 650 participants, who reeled in over 150 fish on Feb. 19.

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