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In the Detroit Lakes area during the summer, the only ice people want to think about are the cubes cooling down their favorite drink. But a crew of Detroit Lakes city employees have two large ice cubes to think about starting in late May. Jed Restad and Brennon Raser are in charge of making the rink ice at Kent Freeman Arena -- both in the summer for the International Hockey School and the fall for winter hockey. Both arenas of the skating complex are cooled down over a weekend in May, their cement floors frozen by coolant flowing beneath.
Detroit Lakes resident and self-described Harley-Davidson nut Joe Solmon wanted something to "class up" his backyard. The seven-foot-tall, three-foot-wide oak stump there wasn't doing the job. So he had it carved up -- into a six-foot-tall bald eagle sitting atop a Harley-Davidson logo. He cut down the dead oak tree three years ago, and started planning on having it carved into something. "I've always loved those chainsaw carvings," Solmon said. Solmon let the stump dry out for three years, so the wood wouldn't split, then called Floodwood chainsaw artist Troy Conlon and inquired abo
Local members of the Red Bulls Army National Guard unit spent an extra five months in Iraq, on top of their regular one-year deployment in 2006-2007. They grew close, laughed together, fought together and shed tears together. Here's a Memorial Day look at how some of them are doing since they came home. Andy Riewer lost two of his brothers while serving with Able Company in Iraq. Pictures of his good friend, Josh Hanson, and brother, Greg, adorn his office at the Detroit Lakes Armory.
Schoolteachers have a lot on their plate just being a teacher. Some choose to also coach sports or lead an extra curricular activity.
The Veteran's Memorial Wall at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes has a new permanent location. The wall, which had outgrown its former location at the main cemetery entrance, was moved to its new location next to the north entrance last week. According to veteran volunteer Dave Coalwell, the Memorial Wall had seven panels of veterans' names with no room to expand. The new location will have room for 11 panels. Each panel holds 120 names of Becker County deceased veterans, he said. The new permanent location for the wall will feature an American flag on one end and a P.O.W.
Travel north of Audubon about six miles during an early April morning and you may hear an unearthly noise.
It's springtime in Minnesota. Robins return, once dead grass and flowers start to grow again and gamefish start to make their runs upstream to spawn. That's when the Fisheries crew at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Lake Sallie Hatchery get busy collecting walleye eggs. According to Fisheries manager Jim Wolters, his crew will collect about 310 quarts of walleye eggs in about a two-week period, which started April 5. "That takes care of our quota for our lake stocking and our walleye rearing ponds, too," he said. The operation is fairly simple.
Despite playing a hard-fought, clean game, the Detroit Lakes Lakers fell short 47-40 to the Hawley Nuggets Thursday night in Ralph Anderson Gym. Hawley (23-0) showed why they're the third ranked team in class 2-A in the state -- playing good defense and slowing down the pace of the game when they need to. "You have to play efficient basketball against a team like Hawley because you know they are," said Laker head coach Mike Hoganson.
A major earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12. Seeing the devistation, Detroit Lakes High School students decided they needed to do something to help the people of Haiti. Last week, the DLHS Interact, Key Club and Seminar 9 joined together for a Be a Hero for Haiti Week fund-raiser. "Sometimes the perception of high school students is not always real positive," DLHS principal Steve Morben said. "But we challenge that here at Detroit Lakes High School.
A cold wind blew as a sprinkle of snow fell on frozen Big Detroit Lake Saturday morning. It was a great day to break out the old snowmobile and race against 101 other teams -- going 25 laps on a four-mile course. Saturday, the Regional One Lunger Association (ROLA) held the 13th Annual One Lunger 100, an endurance race of 100 miles for one-cylinder sleds sold in 1973 and older, on the ice in front of the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. "It's kind of an attrition of man and machine," said ROLA treasurer Jeff Lausten.