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Christmas crafter: Waubun native spends his days at The Cottages in Detroit Lakes making holiday decorations

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From Army serviceman to over-the-road trucker to bulk oil dealer to rural mail carrier, Waubun native Herb Ahles has had a variety of careers.


"I've had a pretty busy life," he says. "I've been a part-time policeman, part-time deputy sheriff, part-time farmer... I drove school buses, and I was a (volunteer) fireman for 24½ years."

At the age of 19, Herb enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he spent the next two years on active duty.

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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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