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A gritty group of cowboys carry their guns up the dirty street.
Zach and Dan Ramsey’s turkey hunt was a bust, but they did bring home a bird — an injured osprey. The son and father were hunting May 11 in the Vergas area when they came across what Zach’s uncle had earlier called, “a dead hawk hanging in a tree.” “We just decided to stop by and take a look at it,” 17-year-old Zach said. Sure enough, there was what appeared to be a hawk wrapped in twine on a tree branch. The two hunters decided to get a closer look. “We get up to it and found out it’s a live osprey,” Zach said.
Rural Minnesota CEP and the Minnesota Workforce Center in the Roosevelt Building in Detroit Lakes officially opened the newly remodeled doors to the building that they now own Thursday morning with an open house and program. CEP Executive Director Dan Wenner said the plans to buy a building for CEP have been in the works since the board considered the topic in 2008.
What prompts four men to wake up at 4 a.m., drive 30 miles and carry pounds of gear across a frozen prairie in the dark? Prairie chickens. Prairie chickens? Winter weather aside, we are in the middle of the greater prairie chicken mating season. The male prairie chickens, triggered by more daylight in mid-March, compete with each other and perform for females for about two months or more in the spring each year.
Getting around Becker County has become a lot easier in the past few years thanks to several public services that are happy to bring you where you want to go. Rob and Roxanne Fairbanks started DL Taxi Service in June of 2006. The service serves all of Becker County, and according to Rob Fairbanks, the entire state. “We’ve been down to the Cities on a few occasions,” he said. “It’s an expensive ride, but people just want the personal driver and they’re willing to pay for it.” The taxi service currently operates two vans and a small bus for charter services.
The tolling of the iron bell high atop the fire hall at one time alerted firefighters and citizens of a dangerous fire in Detroit Lakes. Technology has since greatly improved the way emergency personnel are alerted to a situation, and the heavy bell was placed on display in front of the current Detroit Lakes fire hall.
After a brief hiatus in 2011 and a successful return in 2012, the Ojibwe Forests Rally is poised to be back to its former glory in 2013. The 100-plus mile, timed car racing event, which twists and winds through the north woods of Norman and Becker Counties, has been added to the Rally America national series, according to race organizer Erick Nelson. Headquartered in Detroit Lakes, the race will be held Aug. 23-24, with weeklong events leading up to the race itself. "What we had this year is going to look like a county fair compared to a state fair," Nelson said.