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"Big Shot." "Movin' Out." "She's Got A Way." "Uptown Girl." "Piano Man." "Only the Good Die Young." "It's Still Rock & Roll." "We Didn't Start the Fire"... Billy Joel has written and recorded some of the most iconic rock and pop hits of the past 50 years, so it's no surprise that other artists have looked up to him, covered his songs, and even made them into a jukebox musical that premiered on Broadway back in 2002.
"Detroit Lakes had a banner year in 2018," said Mayor Matt Brenk during his 'State of the City' address at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. Brenk added that the city enjoyed "tremendous development, expansion and growth in our private sector," along with several significant civic improvement projects and housing developments that either broke ground or were completed during the past 12 months. The city issued more than $53 million in building permits during the past year, almost $20 million of which was for construction of new single-family homes and multi-family units.
Two new board members were sworn in, board officers were appointed, and the sale of $47.5 million in general obligation bonds for the school district's impending $49 million building construction project was finalized at a special meeting of the Detroit Lakes School Board on Wednesday night. New school board members April Thomas and Jennifer Pedersen were sworn in along with newly re-elected board member Kylie Johnson and returning board members Amy Erickson, John Steffl and Jane Foltz.
It's the stuff that any winter angler's dreams are made of: A heated, fully furnished Ice Castle fishing house, stocked with rods and reels, bait, tackle, and all the equipment necessary for a comfortable day of ice fishing with family and friends. And from now through Feb.
While some area residents might have been bemoaning the piles of snow that were dumped on the region over the course of this past week — and all the shoveling, plowing and blowing out of the white stuff from driveways, sidewalks, roads and parking lots that came with it — local snowmobiling enthusiasts were busy getting their sleds ready to hit the trails. There are over 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails to enjoy in Becker County — and a plethora of local events for fans of the sport are place just about every weekend between now and the end of February.
Storytelling, songs, snowshoeing and (cross country) skiing... yes, Itasca State Park's Jan. 12 festivities are being brought to you by the letter "s." Yet it's not a visit from the characters of Sesame Street, but rather, the park's annual Lantern-Lit Ski & Snowshoe event, which is once again being held in conjunction with some fun indoor activities, starting with a 4 p.m. storytelling session featuring Park Rapids writer and retired teacher Steve Maanum at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.
Starting today, the staff at MANNA Food Co-op in Detroit Lakes is ready to begin taking orders for their latest offering — Local Eats, a meal kit service featuring organic foods from local farmers. "Partnership 4 Health gave us a grant to use toward advertising, packaging and the use of their chef, who is working with us to help maintain nutritional guidelines for all our meals," says Lisa Skarie, general manager of the MANNA store on Barbara Avenue. Each week, MANNA will be offering two new meal boxes, one with an entree and one with a salad, she added.
Despite a post-Christmas blizzard that caused not just one, but two sessions to be postponed until later in the week, the Becker County Museum's Robotics Mini Camps were a big success, with more than three dozen area kids between ages 4-14 learning how to do such basic tasks as scratch coding, problem solving, and bridge building.
Despite race day temperatures in the minus 20s, the return of the One Lunger 100 snowmobile endurance race to Big Detroit Lake drew more than 100 riders last year — and organizer Grady Shearer hopes the addition of one very special guest racer will bring big crowds to watch the action in 2019.
It's become a holiday tradition at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center to ring in the new year with some fun for the whole family — yet still wrap things up early enough to get the kids in bed on time. The New Year's Eve Bash at the DLCCC gets underway at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, with swimming, games, food and plenty of other family-oriented fun that lasts until 7 p.m. As always, the pool inside the BTD Aquatics Center will be open throughout the celebration, and there will be pool games, including the annual cannonball contest.