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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.
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.