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Construction begins on Fish Lake Dam makeover
Health and Wellness in Becker County: Summit addresses challenges, highlights reasons to celebrate
Fire in Ottertail: Periwinkle destroyed, liquor store damaged
Watch: Flames engulf an Otter Tail business
Changing lanes: Tyler Shipman car show seeks family to help
Gorden a finalist for NHSACA coach of the year
Squirt B’s fifth at B1 International
Lamoureux sisters give U.S. Olympic gold with dramatic goals
DL Youth baseball sign-up and skill assessment March 5-9
Laker boys pull away from Rangers in second half
It's almost time to light the 'Fire in February': DL preacher's plans taking shape to mobilize community to read Bible's Book of Acts
'Fire in February': DL preacher hopes to mobilize local faith community to read Bible's Book of Acts
LP-A Elementary recognized for achieving positive student outcomes
Snappy side: Festive Pomegranate Salad sure to shine on holiday menu
Social Security supports veterans, active duty military personnel
friends & neighbors
Report: Minnesota solar jobs jumped 48 percent last year
'A Daughter's Love': Sisters open up business caring for seniors
Explore Lake Life Expo scheduled for Feb 23-24
Speakeasy sells to buyer who plans to lease building to Spitfire Bar & Grill
Minnesota gas prices down 2.5 cents this week
What's new in lakes area entertainment this week
Break out the chocolate and wine for that special valentine
Heartfelt harmonies: Barbershop singers to deliver musical valentines on Feb. 14
'The Grumpy Gardener' provides a shovelful of ideas for minimizing gardening angst
Talking Stick accepting literary submissions
Owen Milo Accola
Supporting Denny McNamara
Ed & JoAnne Lillis
Hildur "Peg" Coen
George Anthony Oja
Suzanne J. Rogstad
Anna Marie Smith
Gun violence: Inaction is deafening with every shot
A great president: I (still) like Ike
Letter: One in four high schoolers now use tobacco products
Solar, wind power mean jobs for Minnesota
What people don't know about genetic testing can hurt them
It's nest-building time for bald eagles
Brad Laabs column: Got the itch? Here are some open water spots
Refuting 'keyboard cowboys,' Wis. man verifies authenticity of famous entangled bucks
Don't let fish freeze before cleaning
Cold doesn't stop fun-loving river otters
Adolescent anxiety is on the rise, and social media may be part of the problem
Minnesota Made: Enjoy some movies shot in the Lake of 10,000 Lakes
For the love of the homeless: DL native Luke Pechmann poses for animal adoption pin-up calendar
Welcome to the dark side: Local museum's first 'After Dark' event brings sold-out crowds
Minn. mom, former Olympic swimmer, competes for $1M on Survivor TV show
Totally tube-ular!: Elementary school students get outside to slide
Polar Fest's inaugural hotdish challenge brings in big, hungry crowd
Polar Fest ends with a bang – and a splash
'Building the Ice Palace': Artist Hans Gilsdorf reflects on challenges of construction
Snow much fun: DLHS art students make larger-than-life snow sculptures as part of Polar Fest
Severe Weather Announcements (10)
August 8, 2017
UPDATE: Man who was hit by train identified
The man who was stuck and killed by a train just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday has been identified. Joseph Merten Mackner, 41, of Detroit Lakes was...
August 8, 2017 - 10:46am
September 7, 2016
Rollag threshers reunite for a steamy weekend
Rollag threshers reunite for a steamy weekend
September 7, 2016 - 10:25am
August 19, 2016
Train derails special session plans
Minnesotans will not get tax cuts and will not see road and other public construction projects begin after the governor and legislative leaders failed to agree on a special session agenda. "I've concluded ... I am not going to call a special session," Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said...
August 19, 2016 - 9:11am
May 24, 2016
Truck driver being charged in Callaway train derailment
The propane truck driver who authorities say caused the train crash and derailment in Callaway two months ago is being charged in the incident....
May 24, 2016 - 9:25am
March 25, 2016
Video: Town of Callaway evacuated following train derailment
The small Becker County town of Callaway - about 15 miles north of Detroit Lakes - has been evacuated after a Canadian Pacific train struck a...
March 25, 2016 - 7:52am
June 8, 2015
Two hurt in Minn. collision between train, car
BAXTER, Minn. - A BNSF Railway eastbound freight train collided with a car carrying two occupants Sunday at the West Gull River Road crossing...
June 8, 2015 - 8:39am
May 17, 2015
Oil safety lawsuit unhelpful
While the primary purpose of the American Petroleum Institute is to advocate for its member oil companies, it is disappointing that the institute’s narrow focus all but dismisses matters of public safety. So when the oil lobby this week asked a U.S. Court of Appeals to block rules...
May 17, 2015 - 5:15am
May 7, 2015
Derailment focuses attention on lack of Minnesota rail deal
ST. PAUL — A North Dakota oil train derailment reinforces the fact that Minnesota legislators have a week and a half left in their 2015 session...
May 7, 2015 - 8:16am
May 1, 2015
Oil trains' dangers fuel debate at Minn. Capitol
ST. PAUL—The Canadian Pacific and BNSF railroad tracks have run through the Twin Cities for years, but it's a recent cargo that's bringing them new scrutiny: North Dakota oil. Dozens of trains loaded with oil pass through Minnesota each week, many of them through the Twin Cities,...
May 1, 2015 - 8:35am
Couple decides to take train west, enjoy scenery instead of driving
When John and Karen Thorpe decided to travel west to see their daughter, they decided to take a more scenic route this time around. “We’re...
May 1, 2015 - 5:25am
February 25, 2015
Train derails northwest of Duluth
COTTON, Minn. -- Thirteen cars from a Canadian National Railway train bound for Duluth-Superior derailed in a rural area northwest of Duluth...
February 25, 2015 - 10:12pm
February 18, 2015
Man injured after being struck by train
A BNSF train collided with a vehicle that became stuck on the tracks in Perham Tuesday night, police said. The 21-year-old driver of the vehicle was taken to Perham Health, an Otter Tail County dispatcher said, relaying information provided by Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby. The...
February 18, 2015 - 11:45am
February 7, 2015
Broken rail caused Wadena train derailment
A broken rail has been determined as the cause of a 32-car derailment on the BNSF Railway line four miles northwest of Wadena on Dec. 1. BNSF recently wrapped up a two-month investigation into the derailment which spilled sugar and sugar products near Bluffton in Otter Tail County. The...
February 7, 2015 - 5:20am
February 6, 2015
New derailment ignites calls for safer rail cars
ST. PAUL -- Authorities began to clean up after a northeastern Iowa ethanol train derailment Thursday morning, at about the same time that rail safety advocates renewed calls to get rid of old, less safe rail tank cars that commonly carry crude oil through Minnesota and North Dakota. Canadian...
February 6, 2015 - 5:05am
Bus driver, student killed, dozen injured after school bus strikes train near Larimore, N.D.
LARIMORE, N.D. – A bus taking students home after school here Monday struck a westbound train, killing the driver, 62-year-old Max Danner,...
January 6, 2015 - 9:17am