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The Detroit Mountain Recreation Area is on track and on schedule to open in a little over a year, as planned. Supporters from the community and beyond have so far donated $750,000 of the $1 million goal during the public fundraising campaign. Mark Fritz, the board member in charge of fundraising for the organization, said the public fund-raising campaign launched in July is going well. “We’re thrilled,” he said. “We’ve raised over three quarters of a million dollars since we came public with this.
There will soon be a local option for people in mental health crisis other than hospitalization or being sent home. A two-bed crisis stabilization unit will open in Detroit Lakes by early November. The unlocked apartment-type facility will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be available on a voluntary basis for patients who meet the criteria for admission. The idea is to create a supportive environment for people in crisis who need help, but don’t need full hospitalization. Average stay is expected to be 4-8 days. “The reason we’re doing this is because Becker
Wildfires in the western part of the United States can make for spectacular sunsets and sunrises in this area. “It’s been periodic and not continual,” said WDAY meteorologist John Wheeler, “but a few days over the past few months — it’s not every night — it’s been brilliant.” The outstanding sunsets are caused by high altitude smoke from the west, he said. “People need to understand this isn’t smoke you can smell,” he said.
A Detroit Lakes woman has won $10,000 playing a Minnesota Lottery scratch game. Anita McDougall was playing the Lottery’s Cash & Cadillac game. She claimed the prize Aug. 30. The winning ticket was purchased at Big Daddy’s Quick Stop on Morrow Avenue in Detroit Lakes. Proceeds from the Lottery benefit all Minnesotans. Since 1990, the Lottery has raised more than $2.2 billion for state programs.
After more than 25 years as a road builder, Dean Drewes of rural Osage has launched his own business. D&D excavating specializes in driveways, basements, building sites, dump truck hauling and similar jobs. Dean and Lori Drewes are the sole owners and operators.
Get ready to engage all five senses when you enter the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion near Rollag. The first thing you notice as you get close are the clouds of steam and black smoke spouting high from various sources around the expansive reunion grounds. When you enter the grounds you’re hit by the sounds — the belching, whistling, thumping sound of the engines, large and small, that bring you back to the time bef
AUDUBON, Minn. -- A rural Audubon man was seriously injured in a garage fire Wednesday evening on Pearl Lake Drive. Aaron Kalberer, 21, was burned when gasoline fumes ignited in the roughly 24-foot-by-24-foot detached two-car garage, which was set up with shop equipment for vehicle maintenance. Kalberer was taken to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes with burns to his hands and arms.
This year, the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion at Rollag will honor Gaar Scott equipment, a brand that’s not common in this area — but one that helped launch the reunion in the first place. It all started in 1940 when local thresher men, the Nelson boys, fired up their family’s Gaar Scott engine, which has been in the Nelson family since 1926, to thresh with steam again for old time sake. Friends, family and a few spectators were attracted to the scene. The Nelson family continued the event once a year until 1954, when Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion met forma
Here’s an unusual way to show support for cancer research — pink garbage cans. Jon and Sons Disposal has purchased 200 of the pink plastic containers and for a $25 donation customers can use them for the life of the can. Jon Christenson, who owns the company, says he joined the campaign in honor of a sister who successfully battled breast cancer and his father, who just ruined 81 and is now dealing with colon cancer. He donated $1,000 to the Susan G.
Caribou Coffee is a hit in Detroit Lakes. Store manager Jodi Jendrysik said the Caribou Coffee store that recently opened in the new downtown development had the second-highest opening week sales of any store in the chain. The only store with higher opening sales is located in the Minneapolis-St.