BookEnds, a monthly literary event that connects readers and writers in outstate Minnesota, will not meet in January but will resume Feb. 9 with poet Laura Hansen as featured guest. Bookends meets the second Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. at the The Uptown in Wadena unless otherwise noted. The event is held in a casual interview style with a moderator.
The Detroit Lakes Middle School bands will present their Winter Band Concert on Monday, Jan. 28. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the George Simson Auditorium at Detroit Lakes Middle School.
The Region 2 Arts Council recently awarded $6,907 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program, which is governed by the AAI Council. Monies awarded are for arts activities related to its mission of supporting, maintaining and promoting traditional and contemporary Native American arts in north-central Minnesota. Grant recipients are as follows: • Katie Sandberg from Detroit Lakes received $937 to purchase artist's supplies to create inventory, and to cover framing and other costs associated with displaying her paintings.
Members of the Lakes Area Quilt Guild recently sewed 250 miniature Christmas stockings for residents of the Ecumen Senior Living Community in Detroit Lakes. Filled with candy canes and Christmas greetings, the quilters' community service project was started as a thank you to Ecumen, where their monthly meetings are held.
Every year the Sons of Norway Vikingland Lodge in Detroit Lakes holds a silent auction in April, to raise money for its charitable foundation. Through this foundation, the local lodge is able to support important works in the community, helping to bring much needed services and support to those in need. Earlier this month, the Becker County Food Pantry and Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics were the recipients of some early Christmas gifts from the Sons of Norway, via donations from their foundation.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College's Pat Nordick and Wayne Wolden were recognized for outstanding work at the 2018 CFO Annual Conference held this week at the Minnesota State system office in St. Paul. Nordick is M State's chief finance officer, and Wolden is the college's business manager. The Chancellor's Award
The Historic Holmes Theatre and First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes will host the Lakes Area Community Concert Band's 12th Annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. inside the church sanctuary.
Detroit Lakes resident Linda Schell was awarded the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Above & Beyond Award at the Association's annual conference, held this year in St. Cloud, Minn., on Oct. 11-12. This award is presented in recognition of significant and major contributions by members to the work of MLA. Since moving to the Detroit Lakes area in 2012, Schell has been a dedicated and fully engaged library volunteer. She serves on both the Detroit Lakes Library Board and the Lake Agassiz Regional Library Board.
Detroit Lakes American Legion Post 15 and Jennie-O recently joined forces to donate turkeys to ACO 2/136 military families in need for Thanksgiving dinner. Legion Post 15 member Ray Blauert presented the turkeys to SSG Walker for distribution.
The Lake Park-Audubon High School Honor Society has been busy this fall, organizing a variety of activities and service projects in support of their school district and surrounding communities. Treats for Troops With generous donations from the Cormorant Lakes Sportsman Club and Belles from St. Mary of the Lakes Church in Detroit Lakes, and additional help from the Lake Park Auxiliary and Detroit Lakes Walmart, the LP-A NHS was able to ship several boxes of healthy snacks to armed services members from the lakes area who are serving abroad.