Historical photos courtesy of Becker County Historical Society
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History of Project 412

Project 412 formed

The Project was formed as a nonprofit organization in September 2022 with the sole goal of being a community connector+

Blandin Grant awarded
The Blandin Foundation Grant was awarded in association with the  Holmes Theatre Visual Arts Program for “Create DL” in October 2022.
Start-Up Series Events

Led by Jon Melgaard, Project 412 hosted three events in October, November, and December 2022

The series was modeled after Emerging Prairie’s StartupBREW in Fargo, North Dakota

  • MiCartagena Coffee House & Jonah Hauser/Hauser Honey
  • Bluebird Books — Amy Erickson, Owner
  • Allure — Skye Fingalson, Owner
Light Up the Park

Malstrom Electric, Miller Yard Care and Construction, and our event sponsors make the first lighting of the park possible! Detroit Lakes City Park is transformed into a magical winter wonderland.

Cave People in City Park

Cave people in Ice by Leonic Collective cause a solical media stir and get people talking about Project 412.

Mashaal the Mammoth unveiled
Three weeks after they started, the artists of Leonic Collective finished their 20-foot-tall wooly mammoth sculpture at Detroit Mountain.
Way North of Nashville 2.0

Three Nashville-based singer/songwriters bring their music and stories to the Soo Pass Ranch and entertain guests.

Cool Kites on the Lake

Giant kites take the lake as professional kite flyers bring their spectacular, giant kites to color the skies in partnership with Detroit Lakes Polar Fest.

Trucks & Tunes commences

A summer of concerts in the park and at other venues + food trucks begins.

Murals & Art Surprises the city

Blandin grant-funded murals and art surprises add vibrancy to various buildings and walls throughout Detroit Lakes and creates a positive buzz throughout the lakes region!

Project 412 & DL Poetry Walk being collaboration

Poems by selected area poets show up in flowerpots, on buildings, and in parks throughout the town.

Chocolate Chip Cookie contest brings bakers to the fair

53 contestant cooks enter their Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes for an award (and bragging rights) during the Becker County Fair.

Power Box Art brilliance born

Through a collaboration with the Arts & Culture Commission, Public Utilities, and the Blandin Foundation, utility power box art transforms boring to brilliant throughout Detroit Lakes.

Light Up the Park sparkles!

The park is lit up in a magical glow, and custom bollard lights grace West Lake Drive by the lake.

Cool Kites on the Lake soar

Giant kites take the lake as professional kite flyers bring their spectacular, giant kites to color the skies

Way North of Nashville 3.O + bourbon and chocolate — a HIT!

A Project 412 Bourbon & Chocolate fundraising Party is part of the listening room evening featuring  singer/songwriters Brett Tyler, Perham-native Patrick Murphy.