Turning back the pages
25 Years Ago
• Juveniles guilty in $21,000 vandalism, burglary escapade: Five boys were recently judged guilty in a $21,000 burglary and vandalism spree in Detroit Lakes last year. The boys, ages 15 to 17, were charged with third-degree burglary in juvenile court for stealing money and food from vending machines at two schools and a local business. The boys used a crowbar to break into Detroit Lakes High School, Northwest Technical College and Super Suds Laundromat. They vandalized pop and candy machines and bill changer machines.
• One hundred years; church celebrates anniversary: The Congregational Church of Detroit Lakes proved quite a bargain. It was built at a cost of $3,600 and has lasted 100 years. Last Sunday, May 23, the congregation commemorated the 100th anniversary of their sanctuary, located at the corner of Holmes Street and Lake Avenue.
• Propane explosion is under investigation: One man was injured Tuesday evening when a propane gas explosion totally destroyed a trailer house south of Detroit Lakes,. American Gas had filled the propane tank earlier in the day but left the gas off after discovering an apparent leak in the gas line. Bill Block sustained a gash to the back of his leg. The fire marshal is investigating.
Excerpts from the Thursday, May 27, 1993 Detroit Lakes Tribune
50 Years Ago
• Science Topics: Once considered a frill, the airplane now is an integral and vital part of many business operations. The Federal Aviation Administration reports that 90 of the top 100 corporations in the U.S. have their own aircraft. It says that companies operate some 24,000 planes and employ some 26,000 people to fly them. The figures raise the question of whether one can succeed in business without really flying?
• Detroit Lakes Will Be Site Of MEA Office: The first of four proposed regional offices is being organized by the Minnesota Education Association (MEA) and will be opened August 1 in Detroit Lakes. The Detroit Lakes office will cover the Northwest area.
• Time To Clean Up: The grass is green, the trees are blooming...and unfortunately, so is the litter around some of the area's residences, places of business and in the roadside ditches. We in Detroit Lakes and Becker County should be keenly aware of our environment and its condition because from that environment comes one of our biggest industries—tourism and recreation. It is useless to have resort associations, state tourism areas and the like to spend large amounts of money on promoting this area when the picture we present is one of trash and litter.
Excerpts from the Monday, May 27, 1968 Detroit Lakes Tribune