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On a beautiful, bright, sunny day at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers' Reunion (WMSTR), men gather in a dark, hot, smoky place to learn a long lost trade, to make something with their own hands or just to fiddle around with metal. The blacksmith shop at the Rollag reunion is always a bustling place with spectators watching people of every ability work metal into useful or decorative items. Roger Cook has been a full-time blacksmith for 16 years. He has a shop near International Falls, where he specializes in making knives and spears.
When you think of 4-H, what comes to mind? Farm animals? Sewing projects? What about photography? According to Becker County 4-H Program Coordinator Mickey Okeson, photography is the No. 1 project in 4-H aside from raising livestock. "It's a very popular project area and, of course, now with the digital part of it, that also gives the kids more opportunities," she said. "They like showing something at the fair and it is something that's achievable." Entrants are limited to two entries in each of the three classes of photography -- digital, conventional (film) and digital enhancement.
A possible Minnesota state record muskie was caught in Lake Sallie last weekend, but the 54-year-old record may still remain intact because of the government shutdown. John Gergen, of Pheonix, Ariz., whose family owns a cabin on Lake Sallie, landed the 57-inch monster off the point in the lake on the evening of July 1, using a bulldog lure. The length of the muskie was measured by him at one inch longer than the state record, but weighed 51 or 52 pounds, two or three pounds lighter than the record. "I've caught a bunch of muskies," Gergen said. "I just haven't caught one that big.
Though it's hard to put a number on how many lives were possibly saved on many emergency calls last weekend by the Detroit Lakes Fire Department and Becker County Sheriff's Office, there is one they can be certain of. A 34 year-old horse was stuck in a swamp south of Detroit Lakes Sunday afternoon, and the combined efforts of both departments pulled the exhausted horse out safely. The horse is doing well as of Friday morning, according to Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. At about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3, Gordon received a call that a horse was stuck in a swamp on 280th Avenue.
The Detroit Lakes Laker boy's golf team is in perfect position to make a run at a Class 2A state golf title after posting a 302 at the end of the first round of play at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. "We're right where we want to be," said head coach Bob Gorden. The Lakers finished the first day of play in second place behind Marshall's 299, and are just one stroke ahead of Staples-Motley, who shot a combined 303. "We're happy with our day," Gorden said.
Just a few weeks into the start of the DLHS production of "All Shook Up," Mark Everson and Carol Nustad had a discussion on the stage before rehearsal started.
Aire Serv of the Lakes Country prides themselves on customer satisfaction, quality of work and the character of their employees. "The Aire Serv philosophy is number one, we want to treat the customer better," said owner Joe Esser, Sr. The locally owned and operated heating and air conditioning company is part of the Esser Family of Companies, which was established in 1955 by Esser in Perham. Aire Serv's great customer treatment includes keeping in contact so the customer knows exactly when Aire Serv will arrive, clean uniforms on their employees and shoe covers when they make a home cal
Behind the penetrating drive of junior guard Andy Knudsvig, the Lake Park-Audubon Raiders girl's basketball team easily handled the visiting Park Christian Falcons in the Section 6-1A north quarterfinals in Lake Park Thursday night. Knudsvig's fearless penetration into the Park Christian lane the entire game netted her 41 points on the night, and boosted the third seeded Raiders past the sixth seeded Falcons 68-56. "(Andy's) one of our go-to girls and she knows how to drive and take it to the bucket and draw the foul as well," said Raider head coach Tiffany Christiansen.
Russ Karasch takes a drink of coffee from his barrel-shaped coffee mug. Root beer barrels sit in a bowl at the front of Heidi Karasch's desk. Even the German shepherd pup roaming around is named Whiskey. For the Karasch family, owners of Black Swan Cooperage in Osage, life is all about whiskey barrels. The cooperage, or barrel-maker, is one of only 22 left in the United States. Heidi Karasch picked up the trade from her father, Russ, who has been making barrels for nearly 20 years. "It's definitely a unique type of job," she said.
Thousands of people make the journey to Lake Park every year for the Midnite Riders Old Time Snowmobile Run, and this year was no exception. For the Olson family of Audubon, the yearly run is a family affair. "We have relatives who come from all over just for the run," said Nancy Olson, who's husband, Howard, and brother-in-law, Don, both won trophies for their sleds. "It really is a family affair." Don took home a trophy for his restored 1976 John Deere Cyclone 440 he bought about a year ago.