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In the early 1970s, two wheel drive was still the norm for most motor vehicles; four wheel drive was still relatively uncommon outside of the military or on farms, and the invention of the sport utility vehicle was still more than a decade away. But by the mid-1970s, people were starting to take more of an interest in 4WD vehicles, and modifying them for off road, recreational use.
After reviewing a list of about $7 million in additional needs at all four of its K-12 academic sites at a Feb. 4 work session, the Detroit Lakes School Board approved a building project list of just under $55 million at a special meeting on Thursday.
The Becker County Museum's first Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser on Thursday — also known as Valentine's Day — was a success.
Valentine's Day, which always falls on Feb. 14, is traditionally a holiday intended for showering affection on your loved ones, friends, classmates and occasionally, even coworkers. This year, however, it also offers an opportunity to "show the the love" to some of your favorite local nonprofits.
One of the pioneering women of Becker County was Julia Warren Spears. Julia, the daughter of Lyman Marquis Warren and Mary Cadotte, was born on September 3, 1832, at Madeline Island, La Point, Wisconsin. Her father could trace his ancestry back to the Mayflower Pilgrimage, while her mother was the granddaughter of White Crane, a Chippewa Chief.
There are dueling piano shows...and then there is Deuces Wild! It's a clap along, sing along musical comedy show and it's returning to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. For over 15 years Dave Eichholz and Ted Manderfield have traveled the country from coast to coast as the most sought after dueling piano act in the country.
Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration was created as a means for inspiring local residents and visitors alike to get out and experience the beauty, and the fun, of winter: On Monday night, that goal reached a new level, with a presentation hosted by the Detroit Lakes Public Library at the Historic Holmes Theatre.
Detriot Lakes' first municipal power plant was purchased in 1902; by 1913, new electric poles with incandescent street lights attached to them had been installed on Washington Avenue. In September of 1955, a $100,768 contract was awarded to Tri-State Electric of Breckenridge for the installation of 144 new street lights on Washington Avenue and side streets in the city's commercial areas. A parade to celebrate the advent of Detroit Lakes' new fluorescent street lighting system was held on Nov. 25 of that year.
It may seem like this winter's snowfall has been heavier than normal, but big piles of snow were not an uncommon sight in Detroit Lakes even as far back as 1895. For a look back at how Detroit Lakes residents have made winter fun over the past 150 years or so, be sure to check out the Becker County Museum's exhibit trailer down at King Isbit's Royal Courtyard and Palatial Playground during this year's Polar Fest celebration.
They came from as far away as Rochester, Minnesota, and as close by as Audubon: Five teams of competitive carvers gathered outside the Detroit Lakes Pavilion this past Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, to take part in the inaugural Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition that was one of several new events planned for the "MN Sn'Ice: A Snow and Ice Showcase," which kicked off DL's annual Polar Fest celebration in style.