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Turning Back the Pages

79 years ago

March 7, 1929 -- At the regular monthly meeting of the city council, all appointive offices were refilled by former officials and there was no change in the administration of city affairs. W.B. Carman will again be city attorney, Dr. J.E. Carman was named city health officer, and N.C. O'Kelly as dump tender was also approved.

The Detroit Lakes Tribune comes out this week with four pages printed on paper made from cornstalk. The Tribune is the first newspaper in Becker County and the first in the state, as far as we know, to utilize this new paper in its regular edition.

A federal post office building is in prospect for Detroit Lakes, according to word received by Ben Peoples, postmaster, from C.G. Selvig, representative in Congress of the Ninth District. Detroit Lakes is on the list to be given consideration in connection with the public buildings appropriation bill coming up in Congress in December.

Tuesday the people of the United States placed Herbert Hoover in the highest office within their power -- that of president of the Union.

60 Years ago

March 4, 1948 -- Members of the city council, in special session this afternoon, is scheduled to act on bids for the construction of a grandstand and installation of floodlights at the baseball park. Bids range from $18,482 to $27,645.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Anderson of Lake Park received the championship farm and homemaker plaque at Crookston.

Mayor Hubert Humphrey of Minneapolis will be the main speaker at the annual stockholders meeting of the Big 5 Co-operative Association.

Pleas of guilty were forthcoming from defendants in three criminal cases on the district court docket this week when charges against them were reduced to less serious counts. Originally the defendants were charged with driving motor vehicles while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. Charges were changed to reckless driving with the guilty pleas.

Duane Witt, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Witt of Detroit Lakes, was seriously injured in a truck-car collision in Fargo. He sustained fractured ribs and internal injuries.

February 1948 gave this community something to remember it by, as it went out over the weekend in the midst of a snowfall amounting to 10 inches.

A section of Little Detroit Lake will be open to promiscuous fishing for a period of 10 days starting today. Decision to allow promiscuous fishing in the lake followed a finding that oxygen content in certain areas of the lake had reached a point where a heavy fish kill seemed inevitable.

A 5-year-old country girl with a badly gashed arm was brought to St. Mary's hospital after a county snowplow had performed a "mercy" errand. The girl, Diane Tobkin, accidentally pushed her arm through two panes of glass. Horses were hitched to a stone boat and the girl taken across the deep snow to the Frank Root home, where a phone was available. Sheriff Wennerstrom was called and in turn arranged for the snowplow to make the trip to the rural home.

Marion Klopke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Klopke of rural Detroit Lakes, with a scholastic average of 3.705, tops the 1948 senior class at the Detroit Lakes High School.

The ceiling fell in on three seeded teams during the first two days of the district 23 basketball tournament. Detroit Lakes was the first to drop by the wayside, losing to the Barnesville Trojans 40-32. Up-sets came thick and fast in the second round as the Trojans went on to dump Moorhead 33-26 while Glyndon eliminated favored Moorhead 48-37.

40 Years ago

Feb. March 4, 1968 -- Two Becker County high schools -- Detroit Lakes and Frazee -- are among the five "seeded" teams in the 1968 District 23 basketball tournament, which opened March 4 at the Concor-dia Fieldhouse in Moorhead. Detroit Lakes will face Dil-worth and Frazee faces defending champion Moorhead.

The Detroit Lakes Planning Commission gave its seal of approval to a new site for the city's fire hall.

Bids were opened and considered for the construction of nine additional holes at the municipal golf course. Voters approved the addition to the golf course last fall. With the construction of the new nine holes, Detroit Lakes will have one of the few 27-hole golf courses in the state.

Richard Campion was elected president of the United Fund of Detroit Lakes.

Robert Leuben was elected president of the newly-formed Citizens Scholarship Founda-tion or Detroit Lakes, Inc.

A four and a half hour session failed to bring an agreement in 1968-69 salary terms between the Detroit Lakes school board and a five-member salary council from the Detroit Lakes Minnesota Education Association.

Five Frazee High School teens received superior ratings at the District 23 solo and ensemble contest. They are Sharon Trieglaff, Diane Woodward, Carmen Bunkow-ske, Donna Walseth and Andrea Schlehner.

Carol Sogge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Sogge of Waubun, has been named as Girls State representative for Waubun High School.

20 Years ago

Feb. 21, 1988 -- Organi-zations in Becker County that run charitable gambling operations are biting the bullet this tax season.

The financial pain from additional federal taxes has been almost too much to handle. The problem all started around Christmas time, as local non-profit groups received notice that they were incorrectly tabulating their federal tax in past years.

Plans are well underway for a centennial celebration this summer in Evergreen Town-ship in eastern Becker County. Along with those plans comes the production of a book, which Carol Litzau, who's done most of the work on the book, says should be very interesting.

The Detroit Lakes High School boys' basketball team was in the throes of a three-game losing string and hadn't been on the plus side of a score during the month of February -- until Thursday, when they defeated the Park Rapids Panthers 76-66 in a Mid-State Conference game.

Feb. 28, 1988 -- Residents from the Audubon and Lake Park school districts will be getting surveys in the mail this weekend regarding possible consolidation and/or sharing between two school districts, which could take place as early as next school year.

Becker County will not be exempt from the phase-out of the federal reserve grain program as earlier hoped for. County Agricultural Stabiliza-tion and Conservation Service (ASCS) Executive Director Curt Kozitka said the U.S. Agriculture Department does not take such actions on a county-by-county basis.

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