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February 22, 2018
Students line up at the tubing hill to watch their friends slide before taking turns on the tubes themselves.
Totally tube-ular!: Elementary school students get outside to slide
February 22, 2018 - 11:00am
Detroit Lakes Newspapers' own Luanna Lake took home the first place trophy from the inaugural 'Minne-Soda Hotdish Challenge,' held Sunday, Feb. 11 at Grace Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)
Polar Fest's inaugural hotdish challenge brings in big, hungry crowd
February 22, 2018 - 9:00am
February 19, 2018
Eric Lundmark cut quite a dashing figure as he plunged into the waters of Little Detroit Lake during Saturday's Polar Fest Plunge. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)
Polar Fest ends with a bang – and a splash
February 19, 2018 - 9:49am
February 17, 2018
During a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on "Building the Ice Palace," lead designer Hans Gilsdorf noted that the project was done "by the people, for the people" of Detroit Lakes and the surrounding area. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)
'Building the Ice Palace': Artist Hans Gilsdorf reflects on challenges of construction
February 17, 2018 - 4:00pm
Abby Gray, left, and Sheyenne Norberg form two of the tentacles on their giant snow sculpture of an octopus at the City Park on Wednesday. Teams of students from the Detroit Lakes High School Advanced Placement Drawing Class competed in a snow sculpting competition as part of this year's Polar Fest/Ice Palace festivities. In the background, more students can be seen working on their polar bear and dragon sculptures. Marie Johnson / Tribune
Snow much fun: DLHS art students make larger-than-life snow sculptures as part of Polar Fest
February 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
February 15, 2018
Kids have one last chance to play in this Preschool Palace -- during Open Gym on Friday, Feb. 16 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Education Center.
Tomorrow is last chance for kids to play in Preschool Palace
February 15, 2018 - 3:01pm
To the ends of the earth and back: Minnesota native Ann Bancroft has visited both North, South Poles
February 15, 2018 - 10:00am
February 11, 2018
Break out the chocolate and wine for that special valentine
February 11, 2018 - 4:00pm
These Detroit Lakes Noon Rotarians are all smiles as they dish up generous helpings of spaghetti and meatballs for the annual 'Polar-riffic' Spaghetti Dinner. This year's event is set for Thursday, Feb. 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at M State. (Photo courtesy of Ed Gehrke)
It's a 'Polar-riffic' way to feed families in need: Noon Rotary's spaghetti dinner to benefit Food Pantry this year
February 11, 2018 - 11:00am
February 10, 2018
Red, purple, blue, and green, the palace lit up for all to see. Meagan Pittelko / Tribuneplay button
DL's Polar Fest kicks off with 'cool' light show Thursday night
February 10, 2018 - 3:28pm
February 7, 2018
Members of the Detroit Lakes  Photography Group have been out taking artistic photos of the ice palace and selling them. Fifty percent of the profit goes to the ice palace project. Prints, canvases and metal prints of various photos can be purchased by going to detroitlakes.pixieset.com/icepalace2018. (Photo courtesy of David Baer)
Ice Palace lighting ceremony to kick off Polar Fest Thursday
February 7, 2018 - 2:12pm
February 4, 2018
Ice palaces, valentines and moonshine...oh my!: Becker County Museum is hopping with activity with month
February 4, 2018 - 11:00am
January 31, 2018
Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance set for Feb. 9: This year's event will feature a Valentine's Day theme
January 31, 2018 - 2:00pm
January 17, 2018
Crews of professionals and volunteers worked diligently side-by-side throughout the day last Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12-13, to complete the fist ice harvest that Detroit Lake had seen in almost 50 years. In all, a little over 1,100 blocks — each weighing about 900 pounds each — were harvested for construction of 'King Isbit's Ice Palace,' which starts today. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)
Construction of ice palace to start today: Cold weather causes slight delay, but still on schedule
January 17, 2018 - 4:30pm
January 12, 2018
The harvesting ice has been kept clean for January 11 and 12, the days it will be extracted from Little Detroit Lake. Kaysey Price / Tribuneplay button
A frozen crop: Detroit Lake hosts first ice harvest in nearly 50 years
January 12, 2018 - 2:03pm