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Man airlifted after rollover in Becker County Wednesday night
Post-oil boom, drug prices fall as gang trafficking increases
New Camp Ripley exhibit gives visitors a look at WWI
Exploration gaining steam: Rush of interest in Northland gold
Local golfers compete at The Birchmont
Cubs defeat Sox for Little League title
DL Babe Ruth team wraps season at districts
Three-time champion Jack Rule to play in 2016 Pine to Palm
DCC 100 celebration Thursday at Pavilion
These s’mores can be made any time of year
Jorgenson piano students end season with recital, awards
Social Secuirty: Thank you for last 31 years… and goodbye
Essentia Health hospitals work with local groups to identify health needs and improve community health
Friends & Neighbors
‘Bait boys’ take over Quality Bait and Tackle
Encouraging good spending
MN property tax refund filing tips
Tips on insurance and storm damage claims
Former patrons buy Bleachers
Bluestem extends summer concert series into October
‘Annie Get Your Gun’ has strong native presence
Apple Music buys ‘Carpool Karaoke’ TV series
Park Rapids Crazy Days July 28-29
Frazee Turkey Days set for July 29-31
Julie Ann Stewart
Timothy J. Karsnia
Dean W. Sanders
David Lomen Stenseth
Cheers to young volunteers
Sound & fury drowns out the issues
ND should have left ‘Red Tomahawk’ image on its 4,000-plus highway signs
Running with the fools
Woman born of native-white parents wonders how DL can close cultural gap
Northwest MN Fishing Report
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
DNR advice for handling damaged trees
Time to get over trauma, learn to cast
Birds vary wildly in how, where they build nests
Becker County Fair Premium List
Celebrating Solstice at Richwood Winery
June Summer Scene
Biking becoming bigger with area trails
Get out and golf
February 13, 2016
Warmer temps means less ice means early ice-off
Even with the last couple of cold fronts before the blizzard of last Sunday and Monday, we just can’t seem to build the ice past that 15-16 inches that are on most area lakes. This is very little ice compared to most seasons, and it seems to be the same issue all over the state....
February 13, 2016 - 5:10am
February 6, 2016
Not getting bites? Time to mix it up
Ice anglers will notice this time of the ice season that many fish may come into your flasher’s view, but not bite like they did earlier in the season (especially the walleyes). Fish will seem to key to a couple of short major and a short minor feeding period. Catching them or getting...
February 6, 2016 - 5:10am
January 30, 2016
Ice fishing heats up across Minnesota lakes
As the weather warmed up, so did the ice fishing, Lake of the Woods Tourism reported Monday. Ice roads along the South Shore are allowing half-ton...
January 30, 2016 - 5:10am
Conditions prime for Poles and Holes
Next weekend the 6th annual Poles and Holes fishing derby will be held on Little Detroit Lake. The derby will be from noon until 3 p.m., with the gates opening at 9 a.m. First place for the derby will receive an Ice Castle fish house. Many derby prizes and great raffle prizes will...
January 30, 2016 - 5:05am
January 19, 2016
One dead, one hospitalized in carbon monoxide poisoning in fish house
LEECH LAKE, Minn. -- One man is dead and another is in a Twin Cities hospital after an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in an ice fishing house Sunday on Leech Lake. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports it received a call at 4:37 p.m. Sunday of a medical emergency at a fish...
January 19, 2016 - 8:57am
January 16, 2016
Poles ’n Holes 2016
It may seem like winter has barely gotten started, but the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club’s Poles n’ Holes Fishing Derby is just a couple...
January 16, 2016 - 5:55am
January 9, 2016
Get kids started on ice fishing fun
We have finally gotten into full swing with the hard water season. Most lakes in the area have 8-12 inches of ice, and we are making good ice with the cold snap. When we dip below zero, we can make an inch every 24 hours. You will hear the ice pop and crack when you are on it now...
January 9, 2016 - 5:10am
January 2, 2016
Thin ice creating safety issues for ice fishermen in the region
Two Wisconsin fishermen are dead after falling through the ice this week. The tragedy serves as a reminder to ice anglers in the Detroit Lakes area. For anglers like Tim Jacobson, the wait for the ice to freeze takes a lot of patience. Warm winters like the one we’ve had so far...
January 2, 2016 - 5:50am
December 26, 2015
Ice house ‘communities’ will start to pop up
Usually by the holiday break, Little Detroit has created its own little community on the ice. This has been slow start to the ice season and ice anglers are anxious to get out. With the improving ice conditions you will start to see the ice community grow significantly this next week...
December 26, 2015 - 5:30am
December 22, 2015
Ice fishing communities pop up on many lakes
When you live in an area known as “lakes country” within a state already known for its lakes, things tend to get impressive when entering...
December 22, 2015 - 10:18am
December 12, 2015
Early Red Lake ice fishing is good
I took the opportunity to head to Red Lake to get in on the early ice walleye bite. Red can be very busy early, as it has a reputation as a great first ice destination. The week before had ice bite reports reflected a poor bite (due mostly to poor water clarity) that I figured would...
December 12, 2015 - 5:05am
March 28, 2015
Last week to ice fish
We are quickly getting to the “tweener” season. The period of time between safe ice and open water. This week will most likely be the last week to venture out on local ice in the Detroit Lakes area. Check ice conditions before heading out as they can change quickly this time...
March 28, 2015 - 5:05am
March 2, 2014
Some fish houses need to be off lakes by Monday
It’s time to reel up the lines and get ready to say goodbye to this year’s ice fishing season. Fish houses need to be off area lakes by...
March 2, 2014 - 11:00am
December 1, 2013
Brad Laabs: New technology makes ice fishing more enjoyable
Ice fishing is in full season now. Most area lakes have 5-8 inches of good, clear, solid ice. Our ten day forecast looks like we will keep making good ice and no significant snow accumulation will make this one of the earlier and better starts to an ice fishing season than we have...
December 1, 2013 - 8:00am
March 8, 2013
Brad Laabs: Lots of snow cover means later ice-out date
I must not be the only one feeling impatient for spring weather to arrive and the soon to follow open water season. This last week I have been asked several times when I think the ice will be off the lakes. That can be tricky to predict right now because the answer is so weather dependent....
March 8, 2013 - 2:25pm