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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.
Highway 10 has changed the face of Detroit Lakes, and in turn economic development along the city's main highway has seen many changes itself in recent years. Big box retailers like Walmart and Menards have appeared along the west end of Detroit Lakes, spurring a rash of restaurants, stores, strip malls and other development. The Webber Family Detroit Lakes Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership is one of those "other developments," moving its dealership from the current Highway 59 location to the more visible Highway 10 west location.
It didn't take long for Detroit Lakes freshman goalie Mackenzie Steele to fit in on the varsity team. Just a year ago, Steele was the starting Laker Bantam goalie, but instead of taking the normal progression up to varsity, he skipped a few steps. Now, Steele and his Laker teammates are in the midst of a three-game winning streak, the latest being a 3-1 road victory against Prairie Centre Thursday. Steele finished saving 21 of 22 shots, while the Lakers won the battle for the puck by outshooting Prairie Centre 31-22.
Glen Erickson's love of old trucks and cars started when he was 9 years old and his father gave him a small slot car racer truck. "I had this little race set, and around and around I used to watch that little pickup go," he said. "So when I was able to drive, my dad brought me home a 1949 Plymouth, and he said if I could get it running, I could have it.
Wind, warm temperatures and lots of sun made for a tough start to the 2011 Minnesota deer hunting season for many area hunters. According to Bruce Anderson of Detroit Lakes, where there was normally deer sign, there was none this year. "I haven't seen anything," Anderson said. "With the wind, it's just shutting (the deer) down. I've only seen two scrapes and two rubs and it's usually pretty torn up by sign." Anderson was hunting with his son, Dylan, just north of Richwood Tuesday and stopped in to the Richwood Store for lunch.
For Willis Mattison of Osage, a hunting trip to Alaska had been a lifelong dream. "It began when I was about 12 years old," he said. "I dreamed of having a log home in Alaska." Mattison's cousin, Kenny, moved to Alaska in 1963, making Mattison very envious of his close relative. The two kept in touch, and since Kenny was living there, they started planning an Alaska big game hunting trip. "We nurtured the idea for 30 years," Mattison, 68, said laughing.
The Shooting Star Casino was full of native color, gala and regalia Sept. 9, as the Native Alive Campaign held a fundraiser fashion show there.
One of the hardest working men on the Detroit Lakes Police Department finds and chases down criminals, sniffs out drugs, is a fantastic partner and does it all for a dish of dog food. Macho has been the Detroit Lakes Police dog for about six years and partner Sgt. Robert Strand has been the dog handler for the department since 2004. Strand said Macho is a great partner and he loves watching the dog work. "You may not see him, but you can hear him," Strand said.
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.