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As organizers of the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area are mulling possible mountain bike trails, they need look no further for inspiration than the flinty red trails of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area near Ironton — a two-hour car drive eastward. Now in its third year, the 25-mile trail system has seen annual growth to the extent that there was actually a traffic jam on one trail this summer, said “dirt boss” (trail maintenance guru) Joel Hartman, a member of the local mountain bike group. The owner of a bike and kayak rental store in Ironton is selling her place in part because
Becker County commissioners opted not to pursue a $10-per-registered vehicle wheelage tax this year, but left open the possibility of implementing a sales tax of up to one-half cent to...
With birds and dragonflies darting in the sunlight, and the long green of Detroit Mountain sloping down behind them, organizers with the Detroit Mountain Recreational Area laid out their plans Thursday for a first-class snow sport and mountain biking facility. The media briefing attracting Fargo TV news crews as well as local media, and launched the public phase of a fundraising effort that so far has been very successful. The entire project will cost about $7 million, and organizers have gone a long way towards meeting that goal: Some $4.8 million has been raised from businesses and ind
A Detroit Lakes woman died and her husband was injured after their car was hit broadside by a semi tractor-trailer rig Thursday afternoon in Audubon. Arleen A. Hanson, 86, was a passenger in a 2005 Buick LeSabre driven by Duane M. Hanson, 86. He suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. The car was traveling eastbound and turned in front of a 2004 Peterbilt semi that was westbound on Highway 10. The driver of the semi, Ryan L. Englehart, 34, of Jackson, Mo., suffered no apparent injuries. The crash occurred on dry blacktop in a construction zone.
A behind-the-scenes fundraising effort to re-open Detroit Mountain as a four season recreational park has been very successful, and now a public campaign is being launched to carry the baton on the final crucial laps and finish the race. “I’m certainly more excited about this than anything we’ve done since the beach was done in the 1960s,” said Zorbaz owner and mountain supporter Tom Hanson. In the initial phase of the fundraising project, the DMRA, Inc., board of directors asked local and regional businesses and individuals for support. The silent campaign yielded pledges of $4.8 mil
Becker County is coming up as much as $800,000 a year short in its long term highway construction spending, and commissioners are looking at several tax and bonding options to...
There must be something in the water out there on County Road 6 west of Detroit Lakes that breeds successful entrepreneurs. First it was SJE Rhombus, which started tiny and...
The new owners of the Trophy House are putting their own stamp on the business, keeping existing services while expanding the signage end of things. And why not? Eric and...
Becker County appears to be heading towards adopting the Armer radio system for law enforcement and emergency workers, an abrupt turn away from the VHF digital radio system it had planned to pursue. The Armer system would cost as much as $2.1 million total (including radios for all 28 public safety, public works and school districts in Becker County), but officials hope to offset a large portion of that through grant funding. The VHF radios currently in use across Becker County proved nearly useless during a huge wildfire near Menahga earlier this spring, said Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Da
The Farm Bill now being considered by the U.S. House isn’t all about farm programs and food stamps. It also funds rural development programs, and that money will be missed more than most people realize if it goes away, according to St.