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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.
A new era in Minnesota hunting kicks off Saturday, as the gray wolf hunt starts at sunrise. But some area permit-holders are going to be disappointed. The White Earth Indian Reservation declared the entire reservation a wolf sanctuary and no wolf hunting will be allowed. The gray or timber wolf was removed from the endangered species list in January and the Minnesota Legislature quickly passed a wolf hunting bill, which Gov.
Plain and simple, Cara Frank loves to help others. The Bell State Bank and Trust vice president and branch manager in Detroit Lakes and Audubon said she looks forward to coming into work every day. "The biggest thing for me is I enjoy working with people," she said. "You're constantly meeting new people every day." Bell State is an independently owned bank based in Fargo. "It's nice knowing who you're working for," Frank said, adding that it's not uncommon to have the bank owner personally greet you and say hi when she's waiting for the elevator at the Fargo location.
A man's hands often reflect what he does for a living. To see Gerald "Jeep" Roberts' and Curt Uran's rough bloody hands, you know their work is not easy. "There goes my hand modeling career," Uran said as he wiped the blood from a newly opened wound. A few seconds later, he has a big smile on his face as he does a little dance and sings of how much he loves his job. Uran and Roberts have what many outdoorsmen would call the ultimate job.
A group of people gathers on a backwoods road in southern Clearwater County. A low rumble can be heard deep in the woods. Suddenly, a vehicle appears on the road, tearing around a corner.
Many would argue that the spring return of the common loon is one of the best parts of living in the lakes area. Minnesota's state bird migrates north every spring from wintering grounds along the Gulf coast to breed in Minnesota.
Detroit Lakes high school students -- who had gathered to watch a pre-prom auto accident drill Friday morning -- were shocked to see an unmanned fire truck accelerate down the street and plow into a car, injuring two students, an EMS worker and a state trooper. The mock crash started out as planned, with student actors portraying the aftermath of a drinking and driving accident on Madison Avenue near the high school, a fairly level street. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene, and soon after, it turned into a real accident. A Detroit Lakes Fire Department truck (Engine No.