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It's time to start brushing up on your reading skills and pull your favorite copy of the Holy Bible off the shelf... the fifth annual Detroit Lakes Bible Reading Marathon is coming to Peoples Park in June. For six straight days, from June 13-18, roughly 500 people will be taking turns reading from the Bible for 10-15 minutes, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. The goal is to complete every chapter of both the Old and New Testaments, Genesis to Revelation, over the course of approximately 84 hours.
The Heart O' Lakes Harmony Men's A Capella Chorus will present its annual spring show, "Everyone in Harmony," this Friday, April 26 in Fergus Falls and Saturday, April 27 in Detroit Lakes. "It features all different kinds of songs — country songs, Broadway musical songs, kids' songs," says Brent Gerber, director of Heart O'Lakes Harmony. "We have everything from favorites like 'Edelweiss' to songs from the pop group Pentatonix, songs from your childhood, like 'Old McDonald Had a Farm," and everything in between."
Sexual assault and abuse: It's something that can be hard to talk about, but it's a real problem: According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), an American is sexually assaulted once every 92 seconds — and once in every nine minutes, that victim is a child. In fact, statistics from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center indicate that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old.
Do you love bike riding? Do your kids' or grandkids' bicycles need a spring tune-up? Then gather up those bikes and come down to Kent Freeman Arena this Saturday, April 27 for Detroit Lakes' 9th Annual Bike Rodeo. "A bike rodeo is a bicycle safety education event for kids," says Patrick Hollister of PartnerSHIP 4 Health, which is one of the event sponsors. "The main purpose of the bike rodeo is to teach kids safe biking skills so that when they get on their bikes this spring and summer, they'll be safe on the road."
At a special meeting held early Thursday morning, the Detroit Lakes School Board reviewed bids and awarded contracts for facility additions and renovations at both the Middle School and Rossman Elementary School. Improvements at both sites are slated to begin "the day school lets out" this summer, according to Brian Berg, the lead architect on the project. In fact, some of the preparations may even start a little bit before the end of the school year, he added, in order to get as much done as possible before classes resume on Aug. 28.
Essentia Health St. Mary's of Detroit Lakes will soon have a new leader at the helm. Peter Jacobson, president of the local health care provider since October 2011, recently announced his resignation. "Peter Jacobson has resigned from Essentia Health," said Tara Ekren, who serves as the organization's media relations specialist. "We appreciate all that he has done for the organization and the communities we serve. We wish him the best."
It may be called the Week of the Young Child, but here in Detroit Lakes, it's a little bit longer than that. "We might as well call it Month of the Young Child," says Francine Rethwisch, the early childhood coordinator for Detroit Lakes Community Education A couple of years ago, Rethwisch and the 20 or so other active planning committee members for WOYC began expanding its activities beyond the nationally designated week of celebration, and it's now become an almost three-week-long schedule of events, she added.
There was barely an empty seat to be had at La Barista Monday night, as area residents packed the local restaurant to hear District 4 State Sen. Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley) and District 4B Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth) — along with U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Detroit Lakes), who was a surprise guest at the Legislative Town Hall hosted by the Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters.
Voters in the Frazee-Vergas School District will be heading to the polls next month to determine the fate of a $25.6 million bond referendum for proposed improvements to the district's K-12 academic and athletic facilities. A special election on the bond proposal has been called for Tuesday, May 14, with polling places set up at both the Frazee and Vergas event centers.
Boating, fishing and water recreation are a huge part of life for people in the Detroit Lakes area. But what about those who do not have ready access to the water, either due to decreased mobility, or a lack of someone to take them there? Since 2008, the Detroit Lakes Area Chapter of Let's Go Fishing has been filling that gap, serving thousands of area seniors, veterans, youth and physically challenged people of all ages. "This will be our 12th season," says Dave Hochhalter, one of the chapter's founders, and its current treasurer.