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It's been six years since the Lakes Area Photography Show was first established in Detroit Lakes, and to celebrate, organizers are bringing back a familiar face. Long time Detroit Lakes Tribune photographer Brian Basham will be the featured guest presenter at the show's awards ceremony, which is set for Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m.
A plunge into the waters of Little Detroit Lake, frozen fireworks and live music wrapped up the final weekend of Detroit Lakes' historic Polar Fest celebration, which included the unveiling of the largest ice palace the community has ever seen.
Though Detroit Lakes' Polar Fest celebration officially wraps up this weekend, there is at least one more event still to come that pays tribute to the 2018 Ice Harvest and construction of King Isbit's Ice Palace, which formed the centerpiece of this year's Polar Fest.
Local residents who haven't yet taken the opportunity to pay a visit to King Isbit's Ice Palace on the Detroit Lakes City Beach, take note: This weekend will be the final opportunity to see the palace fully lit at night, though the structure itself will be remaining intact for a little longer than first anticipated. "The palace will come down on Friday, Feb. 23," said its lead designer, local artist and sculptor Hans Gilsdorf, during a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on "Building the Ice Palace" that was held this past Wednesday at the Becker County Museum.
Sleeping in subzero temperatures, being hunted by polar bears, traversing icy crevasses as wide as a football field... at 62 years of age, Minnesota native Ann Bancroft has the kind of accomplishments under her belt that very few women have even attempted, let alone achieved.
Moving another step closer to the start of construction on Detroit Lakes' new $30 million, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant, the DL City Council approved a $16.3 million project loan agreement with the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority at its regular meeting Tuesday. According to City Finance Officer Pam Slifka, the General Obligation Sewer Revenue Note, Series 2018A, was offered by the MPFA at an extremely good interest rate of just under 1.1 percent, to be repaid over the next 20 years.
The Third Annual Becker County Energize Community Health & Wellness Summit will be held next Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Keynote speaker Jim Bensen, president emeritus at Bemidji State University, will share his visionary and innovative methods of "Planning from the Future" — and no, that's not a typo, says Karen Crabtree, Becker County Energize facilitator and manager of community health and social services at Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes.
The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club's annual 'Polar-riffic' Spaghetti Dinner has become a popular Polar Fest tradition — but this year's event, set for Thursday, Feb. 15 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. inside the cafeteria at M State's Detroit Lakes campus, will have the added benefit of helping to feed local families in need. "Hunger and food insecurity are a much larger issue in Becker County than most people realize," says Dave long, president of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club. "Approximately 25 percent of county residents receive help from our local food shelf."
It's been more than 50 years since members of the Heart O'Lakes Harmony Men's Barbershop Chorus first began to offer singing valentines to sweethearts throughout the lakes area every Feb. 14. This year, no less than three quartets of barbershop singers will be sent out on Valentine's Day to deliver the musical missives in the different areas where Heart O'Lakes Harmony group members live, says Carl Andersen, who serves as the scheduler for one of the three groups.
Looking for a fun, free activity for the whole family to enjoy together this coming weekend? Now might be the time to give ice fishing a try, as kids' fishing derbies are scheduled in both the Detroit Lakes and Cormorant communities this coming Saturday, Feb. 17. The Cormorant Lakes Sportsman's Club and Cormorant Pub are co-hosting their annual Luke Gandrud Memorial Youth Fishing Derby this Saturday, Feb. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Lake Ida, a quarter of a mile west of the Roadhouse on Becker County Highway 4.