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CHRISTMAS

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.
"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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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.
Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre closed out its Christmas concert season Thursday night with a sold-out performance of Rock & Roll Christmas. The show has been a holiday staple in Detroit Lakes for more than a decade, though last year's event was virtual-only.
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.
The American Legion in Lake Park hosted 41 Christmas tree displays in their 17th annual Parade of Trees over Thanksgiving weekend. The event drew more than 500 people over the four-day weekend and raised about $1,500 in funds for the community, an event organizer said.
The annual Nordic Christmas Dinner is coming up at the Vining Community Center on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Lakes Area Young Life will once again be selling Christmas trees and wreaths this holiday season, with fresh-cut, Minnesota-grown trees and handcrafted wreaths available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 19 — while supplies last. But with the current shortage of holiday greenery, the selection won't be quite as vast as in past years, so be sure to get in your orders early.

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This is the fifth time that the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center has hosted a Festival of Trees fundraiser — but the annual holiday event looks quite a bit different this year. After it was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, organizers were taking no chances with this year's festival, and made it into a tour, with trees being displayed at 16 local businesses and each tree being offered for online bidding instead of holding one large, in-person live auction. Trees are now available for viewing, and bidding, until noon on Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Live Nativity services during the holiday season are not a new phenomenon — but the Christmas Eve parking lot service at Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church had a little something extra: Goats, sheep, oxen, a donkey, and even a camel, courtesy of Vergas's Trowbridge Creek Zoo.
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited the residents of Ecumen Detroit Lakes on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, bringing along some holiday cheer in the form of teddy bears for the nursing home's residents.

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