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Detroit Lakes' 6th Annual Festival of Trees, which was held Friday, Nov. 18 at the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom, raised $16,420 for the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center. It was the first in-person festival that LCRC had been able to hold since 2019.
In its sixth year, the Medora Christmas show is scheduled to have 24 shows in 22 communities this December. On Friday, Dec. 2, the show comes to Grand Forks with two shows at the Empire Arts Center at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Though it will still have its traditional grand opening on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m., Lake Park's 17th Annual Parade of Trees will look a bit different this year, with a new home (at the corner of State Highway 10 and County Highway 5) and an expanded schedule. It will be open on three weekends this holiday season, with the last day scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 11.
Thirteen uniquely decorated trees, each sponsored by a local business and/or designer, will be on display during the event, with attendees having an opportunity to bid on them via live auction. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are on sale at LCRC's offices in Detroit Lakes, by phone at 218-847-8572, or online at lakescrisis.com.
Local residents who would like to be part of a fun holiday show at the Historic Holmes Theatre are invited to audition for 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,' which will be presented at the theater on Dec. 2-3. Auditions will take place Sunday, Oct. 2, starting at 1 p.m., with rehearsals starting Oct. 8. A variety of adult and children's roles are available.
In his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message, he called on individuals and world leaders to talk to each other rather than dig in their heels.

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"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says traditions might change after losing loved ones, but joy and good memories are still possible during the holidays.
FlightAware said Delta Air Lines Inc. cut 278 flights. JetBlue Airways Corp. chopped 72 flights, or 7% of its Friday schedule, according to the website.
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.

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