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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.
About 20 people gathered at the former Grover-Lindberg gas station and convenience store in North Washington Avenue Tuesday morning for the auction of the property by Steffes Auctioneers of Fargo. Only one bid of $310,000 was entered on the property by Bob Bristlin, who is now the owner of the convenience store. The warehouse, which was auctioned off separately, was not sold because no one entered the minimum bid. Bristlin said he is hoping the city of Detroit Lakes purchases the property and the former Wisted Hardware Hank and VFW buildings and redevelops the block.
The Frazee School Forest is a bit thinner after about a week's worth of selective thinning of 18 acres of Norway pine trees last week. According to Department of Natural Resources Forester Howard Mooney, Frazee alumni and teachers 25 to 45 years ago planted the pine trees. Planted in rows, the thinning involves taking out every fifth row of trees to allow the remaining pines room to grow. "They were planted about 800 per acre, and that's fine when they're young; that's good spacing," Mooney said. "But when they get 20-plus years old, it gets too tight.