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The firebrand singer and songwriter who transformed coal into diamonds by exploring her dirt-poor childhood in eastern Appalachia in her career-defining 1970 hit died on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Her family said that she died from natural causes at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
WE Fest announced its 2023 headliners in a Facebook post on Sept. 27.
Country music superstars Lonestar will perform live on the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
A desire for the rural lifestyle and the opportunity to carry on the family farming legacy were two of the major reasons that influenced Nick Hagen’s decision to farm.
Jerry Ostensoe was known for his soothing voice and the songs he wrote telling the stories of the people and places he knew in western Minnesota. Osetensoe, 71, died Monday at his Granite Falls home.
Teresa Walter, a classically trained musician, credits Rochester's vibrant music scene for her growth.

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A two-day retirement celebration for longtime Detroit Lakes Public Schools vocal music instructor — and muslcal theater director — Kathy Larson is planned for this coming weekend, Aug. 13-14. A Saturday evening cabaret and retirement reception will be held Aug. 13 at the Historic Holmes Theatre, with a mass choir concert to take place the next day, Sunday, Aug. 14 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Matt and Nancy McKenzie and their children Isaiah, Caleb, Thomas and Malia have all been a part of the high school choirs and fall musicals at Detroit Lakes High School during Kathy Larson's 34-year tenure with the district, and all six plan to sing as part of her two-day, musical retirement celebration this weekend.
Organizers of the WE Fest country music festival, which wrapped its three-day run at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch on Saturday, are already busy gearing up for its 40th anniversary celebration in 2023.

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