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The Barrel root beer stand in Detroit Lakes was located along Highway 10 where the Minnesota Department of Transportation building is now located, near Perkins Restaurant. Submitted Photo

Root beer ‘barrel’ served DL in 1930s & 1940s

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Years ago the landscape of Detroit Lakes looked much different than it does today. In the 1940s, it included a large barrel and plenty of root beer.


Steve Hoffbeck, a history professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead will be speaking at the Detroit Lakes Library on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

He has researched root beer barrels in Minnesota and has published a book on the subject.

The event is free and there will be root beer floats served after Hoffbeck’s presentation.

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