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Turning Back the Pages -- 79 years ago: Council debates showing Sunday movies

79 Years ago

April 4, 1929 -- C.J. Mack has leased the building formerly occupied by the Quality Grocery and will be ready to open up a grocery store on Saturday. The store will be known as Mack's Grocery.

The question of showing moving pictures on Sunday in Detroit Lakes received a thorough discussion at the meeting of the city council. Due to the large number of interested parties attending, the council adjourned to the courtroom where discussion on the proposed repealing of the section relative to the holding of movie picture entertainments was held. Several organizations were present and spoke against the repeal of the ordinance, contending that the question should be presented to a vote of the people. After the public hearing, the council voted 6-3 to repeal the ordinance.

The sale of the Detroit Gravel company plant was completed this week, the purchaser being the Becker County Sand & Gravel company, of which E.A. Mullin is vice president and general manager.

60 Years ago

April 1, 1948 -- Names of five Becker County World War II dead scheduled to arrive in New York on the army transports, Robert F. Burns and John L. McCarley, were released this week by the war department. Those returning to Becker County are Pvt. Horace Sonju, Pvt. Daniel Brown, Pvt. Victor Davidson, all of Detroit Lakes; Staff Sgt. Henry Hand and Pvt. Richard Sailor, both of Ponford.

Amos Anderson, who saw 44 months of service in World War II, will be installed as the new commander of the Jess-Omund-son post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. At the same time, Mrs. Albert Klomstad will be installed as president of the VFW auxiliary.

The epidemic of dog poisoning that had existed in Detroit Lakes for a period of 10 days, came to an abrupt halt during the past week, according to local authorities. No new deaths were brought to attention of authorities, who are still seeking clues that might lead to the identity of persons responsible for the deaths of more than a dozen pets.

A 10-year-old boy who smashed 27 window panes and broke a glass door in the district 76 rural school appeared in probate court on Tuesday. The lad was sentenced to the youth conservation commission at Red Wing but the sentence suspended and the child was put on probation.

A prominent citizen here 40 years, Municipal Judge Fred Dennis, died early Sunday morning in the St. Anthony hospital at Oklahoma City, Okla. He was 68 years old.

Resignations of 12 teachers from the Detroit Lakes public school faculty were accepted by the school board at a special meeting. They included Miss Constance Rogstad, Miss Elsie Hardy, Miss Betty Anne Fritzke, Miss Phyllis Hinkle, Miss Geraldine Lovgren, Miss Ruth Marfell, Miss Julianne Quamme, Miss Cathryn Wambheim, Henry Winters, Mrs. Howard Crum, Miss Deloris Marty and Miss Florence Grover.

Ruth Juve of the Detroit Lakes High School won a rating of excellent when she competed yesterday in the regional speech contest held at Fergus Falls. She was entered in the manuscript reading division.

Word that Bob Haas and Odis LeGrand will be on the roster of the DL ball club this season was announced the first of the week.

40 Years ago

April 1, 1968 -- Western Electric Co. technicians are installing additional dial switching equipment and making arrangements in the present equipment at the Detroit Lakes plant of Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. This is the latest step in the company's $7 million program to bring Direct Distance Dialing to Detroit Lakes and other communities in northwestern Minnesota this summer.

In 38 years of driving school bus, Mike Winter, 63, of Sugar Bush Township, figures he's driven the equivalent of 17 times around the world. He's made the same 30-mile trip twice a day for the 180-day school year -- and in 38 years, it figures out to some 410,000 miles.

Eleven Detroit Lakes junior high school students will compete in the District 23 speech contest at Pelican Rapids. They are Barbara Imholte, Russell Tessman, Lori McLeod, Linda Beug, Jane Johnson, Marilyn Hanson, Christine Hoess, Kathy Nelson, Lynne Gessele, Ellen Hendrickson and Robert Shimek.

20 Years ago

April 3, 1988 -- The future of the Becker County Fair is more secure than it has been in some time after action taken by the County Board of Commissioners. At a special meeting called to discuss solid waste matters, the board passed a motion to fund the fair with up to $16,000 for 1988.

After a debate of issues of due process and parking responsibilities, the Detroit Lakes City Council approved two purchase agreements dealing with the West-Kjos Funeral Home project. Council members approved a purchase agreement to purchase the West-Kjos Funeral Home, on the corner of Frazee Street and Lake Avenue, at the price of $228,000. They also approved an agreement to purchase the David and Donna Arneson property, located at 906 Summit Avenue, for $65,000. The intent is to sell the Arneson property to West-Kjos at the price of $11,000 with the difference to be recouped through tax increments. The purchase came about as a result of the Public Library addition project.

There's a new kind of support group meeting in the Detroit Lakes area that focuses on a more positive theme, and group members feel the arrangement works. For over five years, a group of area women have been meeting in members' homes one day a week to paint of draw.

Two former members of the Becker County Auxiliary Police have been honored for their years of service. Ernie Hukriede, Detroit Lakes, and Don Dahring, Frazee, stepped down from the force late last fall and were presented with plaques by the Auxiliary.

A tendency to have "one bad quarter" was especially harmful to the success of the 1987-88 Detroit Lakes High School boys' basketball squad, according to head coach John Erickson. Erick-son, who stepped down at the end of the season after handling the head coaching duties for 11 years, recalled that bad quarters cost the Lakers chances for victories against Staples, Moorhead, Fergus Falls and Crosby-Ironton, just to mention four of the losses in a 10-10 overall season.

Elizabeth Meyer, daughter of Merle and Judy Meyer of Audubon, has been selected as an entrant in the 1988 Miss Minnesota Teen USA Pageant.

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