Skip to main content
Detroit Lakes Online
Crime & Accidents
Audubon man faces domestic assault charges
MnDOT adds North Star Route to U.S. bicycle system
Local National Guard unit wins acclaim during grueling training in Mojave Desert
DL man faces first-degree drug charge for meth
Tags: Detroit Lakes
Offensive woes continue for Laker girls
Pelican Rapids completes sweep at Frazee
Viking girls hold on for win at Frazee
Wrestlers looking to jump back in section mix
Wittner takes over Hornet basketball program
Want to be a snowbird?: Here’s what you should know before ‘taking flight’
In search of cultural identity in a new country
Establishing an early homestead in Becker County (Part 2 of 3)
Reacting the christian way
Friends & Neighbors
Average MN gas prices up 5 cents
Styles on Willow has a new hair stylist
Essentia Health welcomes family medicine physician in Park Rapids
Is your sewer skewered?: Local man designs system to prevent frozen sewer vents
Essentia Health welcomes orthopedic surgeon in Detroit Lakes
Grace Lutheran to host Holiday Vendor Fair
'World's best tribute to young Elvis' comes to Detroit Lakes Saturday
Area students participating in Concordia Christmas Concerts
Award-winning country artist Phil Vassar coming to Shooting Star Friday
Great American Think-Off solicits questions for anniversary debate
Diana Lynn Aker
Helen C. Erickson
Eugene (Gene) A. Nelson
Melvin Martin Goodman
Jeffrey Lee Olds
Mourning a friend who survived Pearl Harbor--and helped win WWII
Guest editorial: Don't ditch local businesses this Christmas
Does penalizing airlines for customer service infractions do any good?
Don't curse the clouds, they have surprising benefits
Editorial: Becker County scams - why can't we stop them?
It's December, bring on the ice fishing!
This is the time to go after trophy muskies
Wanted: More deer hunters in Minnesota
Now is the time to plan a Boundary Waters trip
Lot of activity as autumn turns towards winter
An explosion of everything Christmas: Detroit Lakes woman creates holiday wonderland in her home
'In Spite of Heroin': Area mom pens book about surviving twin sons’ addiction
MN children's book author coming to DLCCC Thursday
Tuxes & Tails: Rescued dogs, tuxedo’d handlers to strut their stuff on the runway this coming Friday
'An Andy and Bing Christmas': Former NFL player to bring classic Christmas show to DL
Pine to Palm
Severe Weather Announcements (3)
July 21, 2013
Brad Laabs: Change your strategies to stay on the fish
With the hot weather and bright sunshine of the last few weeks, water temperatures have returned to seasonal averages of mid-70 degrees. With the warming trend, the lakes have been active with hatches of both bugs and young of the year fish of several species. This means that nature...
July 21, 2013 - 1:00pm
July 14, 2013
Brad Laabs: Turn off the TV and take a kid fishing
A few weeks ago I was fishing on Mille Lacs Lake. The bite had been very good on several trips over to the big water. The lake had not been as busy as you would think given the good bite on bigger walleyes. Strong year classes of walleyes of 21-22” fish and 24-26” fish were active....
July 14, 2013 - 12:00pm
July 6, 2013
Pike’s eyes were bigger than its stomach in Northland lake
As Julie Collman tells it, this northern pike literally bit off more than it could chew. Collman, of Grand Marais, was returning from fishing...
July 6, 2013 - 2:32pm
Declare your independence: Go fishing
This Fourth of July, I encourage you to declare your independence from the taxations of life by launching a patriotic action. Go fishing! It’s as American and Minnesotan as apple pie and the state fair. An army of others have already enlisted. Join them. Do so by fighting...
July 6, 2013 - 10:00am
June 30, 2013
Brad Laabs: Improve your fishing knowledge to be a better angler
The calendar says we are in the last week of June, but everything in nature seems to indicate we are still in early June. Some lakes have still not reached the 70 degree mark for surface temperature. Bugs are hatching now that in many summers we see hatching in May. Late blooming...
June 30, 2013 - 10:00am
June 29, 2013
Mark Greenig: Bulldog Trade Mark vintage spinners
This week’s title is almost like a trick question. Most fishing enthusiasts know this company’s lures by a different name — Pflueger. With...
June 29, 2013 - 2:00pm
June 26, 2013
'Peers to Piers' is free every Tuesday in DL
The Department of Natural Resources wants to make sure all kids that want to fish have that chance. Through the MinnAqua education program,...
June 26, 2013 - 11:14am
June 23, 2013
Brad Laabs: Remember your manners on the lake this summer
I have written several times over the last couple of years about fishing etiquette at both the landing and on the water. After several experiences over the last week, I am compelled to write a few reminders. I can’t believe everybody doesn’t read my column and follow my previous...
June 23, 2013 - 4:00pm
DL Let’s Go Fishing greets its 2,500th guest
When the Detroit Lakes Area Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing was first organized back in July 2008, the fledgling organization managed to put together...
June 23, 2013 - 12:00pm
June 19, 2013
Man gets jail for cheating in fishing tournament
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. – A Long Prairie angler was given seven days in jail Monday for cheating at the Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Derby this winter. Alfred “Tom” Mead, 72, pleaded guilty in Hubbard County District Court to a felony charge of theft by swindle...
June 19, 2013 - 8:23am
June 16, 2013
Brad Laabs: Tips and tricks passed down from angler to angler
Now that our open water fishing season is in full swing, I am reminded of a few little tricks and tips that can help out your fishing outings. I can’t lay any claim to any of them. These have all been passed to me from others and most likely passed to them from others. As anglers,...
June 16, 2013 - 1:00pm
June 9, 2013
Brad Laabs: Lakes area awash in varieties of fish
Our “412 Lakes Region” is a multi-species rich area. I have been fortunate to experience some awesome fishing in some other areas of the country, but when I come back and fish my own neighborhood I am always impressed with the variety and quality of fishing opportunities we have...
June 9, 2013 - 5:00pm
June 2, 2013
Brad Laabs: Warm weather poses challenges to keeping fresh bait
As our weather warms, keeping live bait of all kinds can sometimes be a challenge. It is important to keep live bait fresh and healthy for the bait to be effective. Minnows are in high use right now, and killing them before they get to do the job for you can be expensive. Most...
June 2, 2013 - 11:00am
May 28, 2013
Leave aquatic vegetation alone unless you get a permit
State officials are trying to protect the health of several lakes by reminding residents with waterfront property not to clear aquatic vegetation unless they have a permit. Some homeowners remove vegetation to keep beaches clear for swimming. But that removes vital habitat for...
May 28, 2013 - 8:33am
May 26, 2013
Brad Laabs: Adapt to conditions to enjoy the trip more
With all the wind and rain we have had this last week, it might be a good time to talk about adjustments a person can make to adapt to the conditions. First, we will take on the rain. The most obvious is to get a good quality rain suit. I cannot believe the amount of anglers that...
May 26, 2013 - 10:00am