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Vicki Gerdes, Forum News Service, Published December 05 2013

Former Miss Minnesota brings holiday show to hometown

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Since Kathryn Knuttila was crowned Miss Minnesota in 2010, the Detroit Lakes native has been busier than ever.

While she was still the reigning titleholder, Kathryn met her future husband, Nashville musician Andy Karg, and they began writing and performing music together.

“We just got married last year,” she said. “After we were married, we started a music company, 2-Gether Productions.”

Their business includes everything from writing musical jingles for Twin Cities-area companies to writing and producing their own music.

“We have a recording studio here in our home in St. Paul,” Kathryn said. “We’ve been doing some recording for other musicians as well.”

That studio’s latest release is “A Very Merry Christmas” by Andy and Kathryn Karg, and the couple will be playing selections from that CD on Dec. 15 at Detroit Lakes’ Historic Holmes Theatre.

“We decided it would be a great gift for our family, and for us, to do a Christmas CD together,” Kathryn said. “We ended up making it a huge project, and decided to sell it. We did everything in our home recording studio, a full orchestra production with every instrument you can imagine – even jingle bells.

“We put all this work into the CD, so we thought we might as well perform it live,” Kathryn added.

“We’ll be doing a lot of popular Christmas songs, and we also have an original song that we’re performing.”

In addition to that show, the Kargs will perform at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes on Dec. 20 and Spanky’s Stone Hearth in Vergas on Dec. 21.

If You Go

WHAT: Holiday show with Andy and Kathryn Karg

WHEN: 3 p.m. Dec. 15

where: Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased online at www.dlccc.org, by phone at (218) 844-7469 or at the Holmes Theatre Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.