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Letter: Film festival in Detroit Lakes was a great event

We attended last year on a whim, and came back this year looking forward to the stories within the films, the personal testimonies, and the entertainment.

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Last weekend my wife, Karen, and I attended the Intrepid Adventure Film Festival at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. Frankie Hutchinson and Stein Retzlaff, along with a strong group of sponsors, put together a wonderful daylong event capped with music on the beach.

We attended last year on a whim, and came back this year looking forward to the stories within the films, the personal testimonies, and the entertainment.

Those who enjoy the outdoors and did not attend missed a great opportunity to watch some inspiring short films and listen to some of the individuals featured in the films.

Todd Offenbacher, a world class climber, and outdoors promoter started the evening off by asking people to get off their computers and get outdoors. He was featured in a film shown last year, The Crux, which tracked his early life of first ascents around the world. After getting married and having his first child, Todd became a leader in family climbing in the Lake Tahoe area.

Colby Stevenson suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident and then won a Silver Medal at the Beijing Olympics in Free Skiing. Colby answered many questions after his film was shown.

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Pete McAfee is an amputee who was featured in a film that showed the story of two amputees who summited and then skied down Mount Denali in Alaska. The sheer determination of Pete was dramatically shown in both the film and his question-and-answer session.

All 14 films were short and had inspiring stories along with time to socialize and participate in a fundraiser that raised money for youth events at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.

Thanks to Frankie and Stein for bringing this event to Detroit Lakes.

We would encourage anyone who has any interest in the outdoors to attend next year’s Intrepid Adventure Film Festival.

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