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The Becker County Sheriff's Department held an open house at its new $21 million jail building this past week — and a big crowd showed up to get a sneak peek at the facility, which is close, but not quite ready to launch operations. "We don't have an accurate (attendance) count, but based on the amount of refreshments and cookies served, we estimated that over 700 people attended the open house," said Sheriff Todd Glander. "Some thought it was closer to 1000, (but) we have no way of saying for certain.
The Ice Harvest 440 Snowmobile Races set to take place this Saturday, Feb. 23 on Little Detroit Lake have been canceled. "Unfortunately, due to Mother Nature and lake flooding, we are forced to cancel this weekend’s race event," said organizer Jeff Jasperson on Tuesday afternoon. "Our track crews worked all morning on different areas of the lake and found flooding and slush after moving snow."
Back in 1903, author Jack London penned "The Call of the Wild," a classic adventure story set during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1800s Alaska — as seen through the eyes of a sled dog named Buck. More than 100 years later, that classic tale was brought back to life by a pair of Austin, Texas thespians, as a one-man show produced by their fledgling theater company, Theatre Heroes — and now it's coming to the stage of Detroit Lakes' own Historic Holmes Theatre.
For 42 years, from 1974-2016, writer/storyteller Garrison Keillor and his merry band of "A Prairie Home Companion" cohorts gathered every Saturday for a live radio broadcast from St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theatre that aired on Minnesota Public Radio — a broadcast that would, at its peak, be syndicated to 690 public radio stations across the U.S. Though the show has since been renamed "Live from Here" and gained a new host, blues musician Chris Thile, APHC remains a treasured piece of nostalgia for many Minnesotans.
Lakes area residents will have one more opportunity this season to enjoy some vintage snowmobile racing, with the return of the Ice Harvest 440 to Little Detroit Lake on Saturday, Feb. 23.
In the early 1970s, two wheel drive was still the norm for most motor vehicles; four wheel drive was still relatively uncommon outside of the military or on farms, and the invention of the sport utility vehicle was still more than a decade away. But by the mid-1970s, people were starting to take more of an interest in 4WD vehicles, and modifying them for off road, recreational use.
After reviewing a list of about $7 million in additional needs at all four of its K-12 academic sites at a Feb. 4 work session, the Detroit Lakes School Board approved a building project list of just under $55 million at a special meeting on Thursday.
The Becker County Museum's first Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser on Thursday — also known as Valentine's Day — was a success.
Valentine's Day, which always falls on Feb. 14, is traditionally a holiday intended for showering affection on your loved ones, friends, classmates and occasionally, even coworkers. This year, however, it also offers an opportunity to "show the the love" to some of your favorite local nonprofits.
One of the pioneering women of Becker County was Julia Warren Spears. Julia, the daughter of Lyman Marquis Warren and Mary Cadotte, was born on September 3, 1832, at Madeline Island, La Point, Wisconsin. Her father could trace his ancestry back to the Mayflower Pilgrimage, while her mother was the granddaughter of White Crane, a Chippewa Chief.