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Greg Larson, one of the owners of the Subaru dealership in Detroit Lakes, gets a good feeling whenever he passes the city beach these days and doesn’t see reedy patches of flowering rush. After all, his father, Winston Larson, was the driving force behind the mile-long city beach. Winston Larson served as city engineer for some 30 years, and helped create the beach in 1967. It would have broken his heart to see the beach marred by muck-producing flowering rush. Engineering the mile-long beach “was a big project,” Greg Larson said.
Talk about a virtuous circle: Bell State Bank & Trust in Detroit Lakes gave $1,000 to Jiffy Lube, which turned around and donated it to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Give...
Due to continued repair and maintenance work Airport Road, from Menards Drive to Longview Drive, will be closed from 6 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Motorists will be required to use an alternate route during this time.
Whether your passion is skiing, tubing or snowboarding, Detroit Mountain will be the place to be in the wintertime. Downhill sports on the mountain will be essentially divided into zones, with appropriate lift systems and snowmaking capabilities for each area. “There will be a triple chair lift on Chipmunk, where the old triple was,” said Jeff Staley, president of the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area Board. “There will be an identical lift on West run, so that will be another triple (chairlift)” he added. “Those will be the two overhead lifts — each has the capacity of 1,000 skiers
Jeff Jasperson has big plans for the former Giovanni’s Pizza building at the corner of Washington Avenue and West Lake Drive, kitty-corner from the Pavilion. If all goes according to...
Stacey Osland runs a cozy and comfortable scrapbooking and crafting retreat in a house just off Highway 59 near North Tower Road. She and her husband, Jeff, opened Silo Tree...
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