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Most everyone who has cruised through the small Minnesota town of Lake Park has seen the old cars (think classic 1930's and 50's rigs) lined up outside of the Old Skool Malt Shop right off Highway 10. It's a hot spot for curious passersby to stop and check out the cars and grab an ice cream treat, but what many don't realize until they step foot into the little roadside shop is it's also a boutique. "A lot of people don't know I'm here," said owner Peggy Haugrud. "They come in for ice cream, and they're surprised to see all this."
Well, it's that time of year again—the time when people start falling off the New Years' resolution bandwagon. According to statisticbrain.com, about 41 percent of Americans make a resolution and, by the third week, over 68 percent of them have already quit. For those trying to lose weight this new year (the top resolution according to the site), January can be a frustrating few weeks of crash dieting and failure, but the folks behind TOPS are saying they've found a weight-loss program that has worked for decades—seven, to be exact.
A small fire broke out in a wall at Long Bridge Bar today just before 2 p.m. No one was injured in the incident, but the damage, which was contained to the single wall, was enough to close down the restaurant for the day. Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Scott Flynn says construction work was the cause of the flames. The building has been undergoing some improvements lately but was still open to the public.
The Detroit Lakes School District saw a pretty big change recently in regards to transportation. In an attempt to get students to school a little later in the mornings and get them on their busses a little earlier in the afternoon, some of the routes were shuffled around, a plan that went into effect Jan. 2 and impacted roughly 500 students. The district's Business Manager Ryan Tangen says the first few days of implementation were a little rough, with some kids missing their initial bus and one bus that was running about 20 minutes late, but the kinks have since been worked out.
A 54-year-old Fargo man was rescued from a deer stand just outside of Detroit Lakes Thursday morning after spending what had to have been a long, harrowing night there. According to the Becker County Sheriff's Department, the man had been trying to hitchhike, but was unable to catch a ride when the blizzard rolled in Wednesday night, forcing him to find shelter in a nearby deer stand. The chilled traveler, Michael James Tye, was able to call 9-1-1 from a cell phone around 9:30 a.m. and reported he was in need of assistance because his feet were frozen.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Detroit Lakes has recently gone from a part-time service to full-time, offering that much more assistance for anyone with a disability who is looking for work in Becker County. Maureen Lilleby, who heads up the service in the Minnesota Workforce Center, says she has been in Detroit Lakes since 2008. Though, until recently, she was only in town for two days a week, spending the other three work-week days in Moorhead.
After an "amazing" 16-year run in Detroit Lakes, Michael Mercil, owner of the Speak Easy has announced he is looking to sell his restaurant. "I just feel I am ready for a new chapter in my life," said Mercil, adding that deciding to sell wasn't easy. "This is my child. It is a very sad decision, and I'm very sad over it." Mercil brought the Speak Easy to Detroit Lakes in 2002 after working for many years at the Speak Easy his parents ran in Moorhead. "I started in Moorhead when I was nine years old bussing tables and washing dishes," recalled Mercil.
Just a few short years ago, Circle of Life Academy on the White Earth Reservation opened up to a rough start academically. Test scores were low and seemed to just continue dropping until they finally reached rock bottom in 2015. "Back in 2015, Circle of Life Academy was identified as one of the lowest five percent, compared to bureau schools—tribal schools—in the nation," said Ricky White, the "proud, proud, proud" superintendent of Circle of Life Academy (COLA).
Detroit Lakes has seen another crime spree. This time, several unlocked cars that were mainly parked along Long Avenue and North Shore Drive were entered in the early-morning hours Thursday, Jan. 4. "Lock your doors, take your keys and hide your belongings," reads a Thursday-morning Facebook post from the Detroit Lakes Police Department. "Overnight in Detroit Lakes, about 12 vehicles were entered, rummaged thru and had property stolen from." The incidents are supposedly all connected, and a suspect is already in custody as of Friday morning.
The Four Seasons Car Wash in Detroit Lakes upgraded its wash this September, going above and beyond and installing a premium car wash experience with a dual conveyor belt, the first-ever to be installed in the state. A little smoother, a little slicker than other conveyor belts that latch onto a vehicle's tire, this wash begins with an attendant pre-rinsing the vehicle, power washing off bugs and other hard-to-remove debris.