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Being a Detroit Lakes volunteer firefighter requires guts, determination, willingness to help others, admiration of adrenaline rushes and a huge commitment. According to Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson, the Detroit Lakes Fire Department runs about 200 calls a year. "We've been as high as 300," he said. "So that's getting where you're going on a call almost every other day." Swanson ventured to say that the Detroit Lakes volunteer firefighters see more action than most larger cities' full-time firefighters do. "My guys go to every fire," he said.
September 26 was Take a Kid Hunting Day in Minnesota, and the Cormorant Lakes Sportsman's Club did just that -- times 25. The sportsman's club once again sponsored a youth pheasant hunt, and took a group of 25 area kids hunting at Thompson Hunting Preserve in Barnesville.
The Detroit Lakes McDonald's was evacuated late Thursday morning after Minnesota Energy gas inspectors found an underground gas leak behind the restaurant. According to Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson, the inspectors were conducting a routine gas leak inspection at the location and found a leak with a highly sensitive gas detector. Swanson said a crew from Park Rapids had been contacted and was headed to Detroit Lakes to repair the leak, but that McDonald's would remain closed presumably until Thursday night.
A mother and her newborn baby are safe, thanks to the family dog, after a fire broke out at a home north of Detroit Lakes this morning. The Callaway and Detroit Lakes fire departments responded to the fire at the home of Tim and Doreen Hauge located at 23938 Highview Oaks Road in rural Detroit Lakes. The Hauge's duaghter, Rachel, and her newborn were in the home at the time of the fire, as was the family dog, Miss Muffin. Doreen Hauge said her daughter was asleep when the dog's barking awoke her, and she got the baby and dog and was able to get out of the house.
Not many people are left in Kay Bachman's profession. The rural Detroit Lakes woman has been skinning beaver for more than 40 years.
Flood evacuees from the Fargo-Moorhead area can usually scrounge up a hotel room or a family member's house to crash at, but when a large group of more than 50 needs to stay together, a little luck might need to step in.
Brady Wold of Detroit Lakes did something in his first year of deer hunting some hunters never do in a career. The 12 year-old Detroit Lakes Middle Schooler bagged a trophy buck on the first day of the muzzleloader season. Wold shot the 10-pointer south of Twin Valley on a family friend's land. After having the rack measured -- a large 146 3/8 inches on the Boone & Crockett measuring system --it was suggested that he enter it in this year's Minnesota Deer Classic, held in St. Paul.
With the return of five state qualifiers and a good contingent of wrestlers back from the Class 1A third-place team from last year, the Frazee Hornets once again are being tagged as one of the top teams in Minnesota. The Hornets will be able to flex plenty of muscle, made up of experience and lots of talent. "We return a good crew and some young kids from last year," said Frazee head coach John Barlund. "They are battle tested." The young wrestlers on the team came through at the perfect time last season when they beat Badger/Greenbush-Middle River in the section team tournament.
Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy knew his baseball. Considered one of the greatest managers in Major League Baseball history, the legendary Hall of Famer -- known as Connie Mack -- led the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901-1951. Over his 50-plus year career, he won five World Series and nine American League pennants.