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Turning Back the Pages - 48 years ago

DETROIT LAKES - 79 Years ago

Jan. 24, 1929 -- The grocery department of the L.J. Norby Company received a prize of $100 for the display of candy during the Christmas break. The prize was offered by the Brach Candy company of Fargo.

Boy Scout Week will be observed during the week beginning Feb. 4 and concluding Feb. 10. A live window demonstration will be given in the arts of scouting in the display window of the Nunn's Sporting Goods store. This demonstration will include first aid methods, signaling and other events in the scouting manual.

The annual convention of the Wilcox Lumber Company yard men was held in Detroit Lakes this week. Topics of importance to yard management was discussed at the various sessions.

Several candidates have already states their intention to run for public office and have filed for the various positions. Two candidates for mayor are A.C. Knudson, incumbent, and Dr. J.V. Dexter. Municipal judge candidates are E.L. Winje and H.D. Shove. Judge Schroeder, incumbent, reports he expects to file for the office. Four candidates are up for alderman of the second ward -- I.J. Smith, C.A. Boyer, F.M. Hanson and George Blake.

A replica of a sun dial cannon, built by Roseau in 1650, is on display at the Grabows Jewelry store. The copy was sent to the local store by the Hamilton Watch Company, who has a model in their possession.

J.K. McCarthy was elected president of the Businessmen's Association at the organization meeting of the executive committee. Other officers named were J.E. Norby, vice president; H.G. Correll, secretary, and A.O. Hoghaug, treasurer.

Six dog racing championship events, three free-for-all, a hair raising horse race with imported thoroughbred steeds, will follow Detroit Lakes' most amusing parade on the afternoon of Feb. 9. The American Legion has changed the name of its annual winter outdoor entertainment to Detroit Lakes Derby Day. It was formerly known as the American Legion Dog Derby.

48 Years ago

Jan. 27, 1960 -- Nearly 20 Detroit Lakes Jaycees will become amateur pirates this weekend as they carry their campaign for the 1961 Minnesota Junior Chamber of Commerce convention to Faribault. The occasion is the annual winter all-state session of the Minnesota Jaycees.

Detroit Lakes High School Band Boosters Club was reorganized at a meeting of 35 parents of band members. Mrs. Morrell Wisted was named president.

Three persons miraculously escaped uninjured when a driverless truck smashed into an apartment at 500 Lake Avenue North. They are Mrs. William Laubach, who was in bed only a few feet from where the truck came to a halt; Mrs. Anna Shay, who was in the kitchen 20 feet a way, and Janie, Laubach's daughter who was in an adjoining room to the bedroom.

A purchase order program for Becker County's agricultural conservation reserve program will be in effect this year.

Fire in 10 below weather gutted the one-story frame building housing the Frazee Bakery in Frazee village, causing damage estimated at between $15,000 and $20,000, according to Fire Chief James Anderson. The Frazee Hotel, three-story building adjoining the bakery caught fire but firemen halted the blaze before any damage could be done.

More than 15,000 keys were tried on three padlocks in Detroit Lakes before the last of 20 winners took home cash prizes ranging from $5 to $100 during the Jaycee Treasure Chest Days. Mrs. Gust Kruger of Detroit Lakes won the grand prize of $100.

Detroit Lakes High School has just received a dynascope, an instrument for study of the stars in the science field, according to Supt. Grant Johnson.

A 17-year-old Detroit Lakes youth, a parolee form the state training school for boys at Red Wing, is being held in the county jail as the aftermath to a reported knifing, which took place neat the armory following a teenage dance.

Winner of the 1960 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow award at the Detroit Lakes senior high school is Bonita Gjersvig, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gjersvig.

Detroit Lakes High School's basketball twins -- Dennis and Duane Raffenbeul, who have won starting guard posts on the promising Laker squad, were honored on their 17th birthday. The celebration didn't end as happily as it might of as the Lakers dropped a close 50-47 decision at Fergus Falls.

22 Years ago

Jan. 20, 1986 -- It was a sight not normally seen in downtown Detroit Lakes. Ten tractors and several trucks, led by a police car, paraded slowly down Washington Avenue. The demonstration was put on by a group of local and area farmers who passed through the area in their way to St. Paul, where farmers rallied to again call attention to the current farm financial crisis.

A five-member team of experts from the U.S. Department of energy met Friday with White Earth Reservation officials to discuss the possible location of a nuclear waste repository within the reservation boundaries.

Hawley's Nuggets remain the only unbeaten District 23 boys' basketball team during the 1985-86 season following a sparkling performance in handing the Breckenridge Cowboys a 67-56 defeat.

Rothsay senior Paul Hansen passed the 1,000 point mark for his prep basketball career in leading the Tigers to a 63-48 boys' victory over Elbow Lake.

Staples High School's Cardinals took a big step toward a third straight Mid-State Conference boys' basketball championship by defeating Detroit Lakes 62-54.

(Turning Back the Pages is compiled by Staff Writer Pippi Mayfield from the archives of Detroit Lakes Newspapers.)