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Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us, and that means there's plenty of entertainment planned for lakes area residents over the course of the next 4-5 days. On Friday, May 24, Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center will be hosting a concert by chart-topping country artist Trace Adkins, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at www.starcasino.com/tickets or via the "Buy Tickets" tab on Shooting Star's Facebook page.
Though their 2019 competitive season had a bit of a rocky start, Frazee-Vergas High School's Kaotic Robotics team ended the year much as they did in 2018 — with their second consecutive Minnesota state championship. By the time the two day Minnesota State High School League competition was completed this past Saturday, May 18, at the University of Minnesota's Williams Arena, Frazee was the last team standing out of 36 state qualifiers. Though they have been frequent competitors in the state event, this was only the second time they had made it that far.
The local school district is already one of the top employers in the community — and starting next fall, its staff is going to get just a little bigger. The Detroit Lakes School Board took action at its Monday night meeting to approve just under $459,000 in staffing "enhancements" that will be added in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year this fall.
Since 2016, the local nonprofit organization known as Lakes Area Mountain Bike Alliance and Trails (LAMBAT) has been working hard to grow the sport of mountain biking in the Detroit Lakes area — not just by developing a strong local network of trails, but also by scheduling public riding events and making presentations to local service organizations in order to increase awareness of the sport. "We want to make sure that we're not just building trails, but getting more people to use them," says LAMBAT Vice President Dan Josephson.
Memorial Day may mark the official start of summer in the Lakes Area, but the federal holiday has a much deeper meaning for military servicemen and women, veterans, and their families. Every year on the last Monday in May, tens of thousands of people gather in communities across the country to remember our veterans, living and dead, who have served their country — and most especially, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in that service.
Though the 2018-19 season at the Historic Holmes Theatre officially draws to a close this Friday, May 17 with "I Am, He Said," a tribute to the music of Neil Diamond, that doesn't mean the theater will be closing its doors until the new season launches in the fall. Quite the contrary, in fact — the theater will be hosting several theater camps — and even a magic camp! — for kids this summer, along with a few art classes for adults and a couple of music shows as well.
Local students to graduate from MSUM May 17 MOORHEAD — Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to about 850 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 17 in the university's Nemzek Fieldhouse. The 10 a.m. ceremony will include graduates from the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Science, Health and the Environment, and Graduate Studies. Local students who will be receiving their degrees during the event include the following:
Detroit Lakes area residents may have noticed quite a bit of activity out on Big and Little Detroit Lake late Thursday afternoon, as about a half dozen pontoons and motor boats ferried visitors around the lake to view dozens of different varieties of shore birds and waterfowl. It was all part of Detroit Lakes' 22nd Annual Festival of Birds, which wraps up Saturday with the Birder's Bazaar, a silent auction, book signings and an evening dinner and program at Minnesota State Community & Technical College.
Residents of Willow Street and West Avenue in Detroit Lakes, take heed: The two city thoroughfares are scheduled to undergo a $7.25 million upgrade this summer. "It's full reconstruction of both street and utilities," said City Engineer Jon Pratt as he reviewed plans for the project with Detroit Lakes City Council members at their regular meeting on Tuesday.
When the unofficial results were tabulated Tuesday night, the Frazee-Vergas School Board and administration were left wondering what went wrong: The $25.6 million bond referendum for improvements to the district's K-12 academic and athletic facilities had failed to pass by a margin of 1,122 "no" votes to 632 "yes." Frazee-Vergas Superintendent Terry Karger admitted that he was surprised by the results.