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Detroit Lakes has been noticeably busier all week — There are more cars and bicyclists on the streets, and more trucks making deliveries to stores and restaurants that are stocking up for WE Fest. The big country music festival runs Thursday through Saturday, but campers seem to arrive earlier these days — something that’s encouraged by the Soo Pass Ranch, which even hosted a pre-event musical celebration for its early-bird guests. It’s difficult to over emphasize the impact WE Fest has on Detroit Lakes — it brings tens of thousands of people to the area — but the conservative estimat
Just in time for WE Fest, Becker County has implemented a “reverse E911” system to warn about approaching storms and other emergencies. Code Red system continually collects and updates local phone numbers, including some cell phone numbers, from a variety of sources, including mortgage, refinancing and credit card applications.When there’s an emergency, dispatchers activate the system and recorded phone messages go out to everybody on the list.
The resurfacing project on Highway 10 between Detroit Lakes and Lake Park is about three weeks behind schedule, and that’s going to cause traffic delays during the big WE Fest country music festival Aug. 1-3. The project started on May 13, as scheduled, and was supposed to wrap up by Saturday, Aug. 3, so all four lanes would be open when WE Fest ended and people headed home Sunday on Highway 10 West. Now the project isn’t expected to be done until Aug. 22, if the weather cooperates, according to MnDOT officials and the general contractor, Shafer Contracting Co. Inc.
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...