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Richard Blanding and his toy poodle Mikey relax in the living room of his apartment at The Madison in Detroit Lakes. "He's a real comfort," Blanding says of Mikey. Blanding will celebrate his 90th birthday on Thursday, Jan. 21. (Vicki Gerdes/DL Newspapers)

Detroit Lakes man's roots run deep

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Norby's Department Store celebrated its 100th anniversary in Detroit Lakes just a few years ago.

But what many people may not remember is that before there was a Norby's, there was a Blanding's.


"We were the Wal-Mart of early Detroit Lakes," says Richard Blanding, whose grandfather Arthur established the Blanding Department Store in 1887.

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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.
(218) 844-1454