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Turning back the pages
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60 years ago

June 2, 1954 – As the city council took steps to fluoridate Detroit Lakes’ water, opponents increased measures to rally public opposition to the plan. Flyers sent to residents cited insubstantial proof for the benefits of fluoridation and the added expense to the city for necessary equipment.


Assistant principal of Detroit Lakes High School George Simson was honored by more than 100 attendees of a dinner hosted to celebrate his 25 years of service to the school.

After serving 20 years as the county auditor for Becker County, Carl R. Erickson announced that he would not seek re-election, planning to retire at the end of his current term.

An announcement was made that the Silver Spurs, a nationally famous western dance group was scheduled to appear at the Detroit Lakes Fairgrounds on July 3. The program was set to be preceded by a performance from the Detroit Lakes summer band and followed by a fireworks show.

A cool, rainy Memorial Day weekend put a damper on area plans and celebrations. Temperatures ranged from the mid-40s to the 60s with intermittent rainfall throughout the weekend.

The District 23 baseball title was won by Fergus Falls in a victory over Perham 14-5. Rain delayed the game in the 5th inning.

30 years ago

June 4, 1984 – At a meeting of the city council, it was decided that the project for widening Summit Avenue would proceed pending the decision upon an appeal filed by the Neighborhood Preservation Association. Opponents and members of the association said they would continue to campaign against the project no matter the outcome of the ruling.

Cotton Lake resident Edith Osterhout filed several complaints with the DNR after a valve letting a stream on her property run into the lake from Hubbel Pond was not turned on. This caused water in the stream to become stagnant. The water became filled with algae, which Osterhout claimed hurt her resort business.

Services were held at First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes for former Detroit Lakes’ mayor Kent Freeman. Freeman served as mayor from 1965-81. While in office, he was instrumental in the development of both Detroit Lakes Beach and the Detroit Lakes Sports Arena.

Breezy Shores Resort and Beach Club, Detroit Lakes, was presented with a service award from Vacations Horizons International.

Jay Jorgenson was a standout for Detroit Lakes High School boys track at the Section 8AA championship in Moorhead. Jorgenson took titles in both the triple jump and 300-meter intermediate hurdles. He advanced to the state tournament in both events.

15 years ago

June 2, 1999 – Students from Detroit Lakes Middle School wrapped up a year-long program which taught them valuable lessons about pollution and the environment. The program included a study of the local environment and projects which culminated with a clean-up of a nearby wetland.

The City of Frazee had a near miss when the State Department of Economic Trade and Development threatened to rescind $1.4 million in grant funds. The move came after it was discovered the city did not have all of its paperwork in order for a $3 million project to improve city streets, water and sewer. The department gave the city an extension to complete all necessary paperwork.

On the White Earth Reservations, meetings were scheduled to hear input from members on the new tribal constitution.

In Crookston, businessman Gary Luckow of ProVision farms planned to cash in on Y2K fears by releasing new products designed to help customers survive in emergencies. These products included foods in metal and plastic containers. Luckow hoped customer fears about an uncertain new millennium would help drive sales.

Seniors T.J. Johnson and Lisa Eidenschink from Detroit Lakes High School advanced to state after the Section 8AA track tournament in Alexandria. Both qualified in the discus throw.