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From 1880s, Detroit Lakes has drawn a crowd for Independence Day

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Independence Day. Once upon a time, Detroit Lakes and its mile-long city beach were a mecca of sorts that drew thousands of visitors from throughout the Upper Midwest to the community for July 4th festivities.


Though it is still a favorite spot to spend the summer holiday for many, the crowds are nowhere near what they were during the celebration's heyday in the 1980s and 90s.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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