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Things are looking good for this year’s fishing opener on Saturday – the ice has been off area lakes for about two weeks, the shiners have started to run, crappies are biting – and people are eager to get out on the open water after a long, cold winter. “It’s definitely better than last year,” said Quality Bait & Tackle owner John Store. “They’re talking 47 degrees (water temperature) on the opener. Last year it was probably 32.” Last year, the ice officially left Detroit Lake on Sunday, May 12 – the day after the fishing opener, according to the DNR.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The public, local government officials and transportation supporters are invited to provide input for Minnesota’s statewide bicycle system plan on: Wednesday, May 7 in Bemidji – Hampton Inn and Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Drive The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., and attendees should plan to stay the entire time. The event will begin with a brief project description followed by a facilitated workshop. There will also be a community open house from 6 to 7 p.m., where people can come and go.
Wanting to avoid a steep hike in city property taxes, the Detroit Lakes City Council opted to sacrifice more than $1 million in projected savings and bow out of a joint public works facility with Becker County. The council voted 7-0 to notify Becker County that the city will not be pursuing a joint project. Aldermen G.L. Tucker and Dave Aune did not attend the special meeting on Thursday. The city cost for the joint facility would have been about $5 million.
When the new lodge opens at the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, visitors might be surprised to find a throwback to the old lodge — a large painting of two Viking warriors on skis, with one carrying a small child. The painting is based on historical fact from medieval Norway: A near-miraculous 34-mile flight through a blizzard to save the 2-year-old son of a king from enemies out to kill him. That the painting survived to tell the tale in the new lodge is a near-miracle in itself. The painting hung in its place on a wall while the abandoned lodge leaked and molded and in some places,
The early history of the town that was to become Detroit Lakes is full of surprises. As to be expected, the booming frontier town of Detroit had its share of saloons and billiards halls, but it was also home to the first woman doctor licensed to practice in Minnesota — and she shared space with the first woman pharmacist. There were a surprising number of hotels, several blacksmith, wagon and harness shops, and even a bowling alley — perhaps with just one lane, judging by the long, skinny shape of the lot. There were several churches, grocery stores (including one called Central Marke
Last year, the Minnesota DFL-controlled Legislature raised income taxes on the top 2 percent, and levied a 75 cent per-pack cigarette tax. (It also approved three business-to-business sales taxes, which were dropped this year.) Bracing for an onslaught of Republican ads attacking DFL incumbents for raising taxes last year, the think tank Minnesota 2020 has decided that the best defense is a good offense. Founder and board chair Matt Entenza, a former DFL leader, has been traveling the state to get the word out that the new taxes have benefitted the vast majority of Minnesotans, includ
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With several new twists, along with the old classic events, the Vergas Maple Syrup Festival, held over the weekend, was a celebration of the sweet nectar of the maple tree. “Things went very well,” said Sherri Hanson, a member of the Vergas Community Club, which heads up the event. “There were 145 runners for the “Saps Running” 5K run-walk, which started and ended at Billy’s Bar.
A 17-year-old girl was injured in a two-car accident Saturday afternoon on Highway 10 West near Kmart. Alison Monique Willette was taken to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital by St. Mary’s Ambulance.
The Detroit Lakes City Council on Tuesday agreed to provide up to $425,000 for parking lot improvements at the new Detroit Mountain Recreation Area. A story on Wednesday incorrectly put the amount at $550,000. The Detroit Mountain group had originally requested $550,000, but had lowered its request to $425,000 at a city finance committee meeting Monday, according to City Finance Officer Pam Slifka. “Some council members felt there were other projects in town we really need to be looking at as well,” she said. “They wanted to make sure we had money for them, too.