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Residents on White Earth are preparing for the Reservation's first ever White Earth Wolf Conference, as enrolled members there continue the fight for the right to ban wolf hunting on that land. The gray wolves, which are sacred to Native Americans, were taken off the federal endangered or threatened species list last January after roughly 37 years of protection. Although some legislators and many Native Americans fought for a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting, that never happened as the Minnesota DNR deemed the wolf population strong enough to withstand a hunting season and the majority
Moans and groans from all over the area can be heard from residents sick and tired of winter. But then there are those who are way too busy to complain -- busy cashing in. Minnesota winters are crucial for some businesses that were deprived of it last year and the first part of this season as well.
Animal lovers from around the region are getting ready to cough up some Hairball funds, as the Marshmallow Foundation prepares for its second annual Hairball. The big spring fundraiser is being held at Zorbaz at the Lake in Detroit Lakes on March 10 beginning at 4 p.m. as a way to raise money for the non-profit animal rescue and shelter. The organization is a 7-city impound facility that covers Detroit Lakes, Callaway, Frazee, Lake Park, Audubon, Waubun and Mahnomen.
Polar Fest has been deemed a success by many of those who braved the cold and the wind to make the winter festival happen. The 10-day event wrapped up this past weekend, as thousands of people filtered on and off Little Detroit throughout the weekend for a variety of events, including Friday's Ice Tee Golf Tournament. With a nine-hole course carved into the ice and snow of the lake, 18 teams of four registered for the competition. "It was a nice day; temps were good, and the sun was out," said Kim Bettcher who helped run the DLCCC-sponsored event.
Detroit Mountain is no longer the only large peak in town, as last weekend's snow resulted in a whole mountainous range popping up overnight. But the large piles of snow around town aren't a welcome one for many residents and business owners.
At 65-pounds and a mop of hair, 7-year-old Clancy sleeps at the end of his master's bed every night. "He smells really well but doesn't see very well because he has so much hair that goes right over his eyes," laughed Agnes Larson, the woman who has been Clancy's whole world since he was an 11-week-old puppy. The soft-coated wheaten terrier has always been less of a terror and more of a shaggy-dog lover. "He's a big push over, a baby," said Larson, who has admittedly spoils him.
Next weekend, the sounds of excited, snow-loving, hard-working, four-legged friends will be echoing throughout Frazee as the annual Frazee Sled Dog Race gets underway. The event is being held Saturday, Feb. 23, at high noon. The races, which are returning after a no-snow winter forced its cancellation last year, begins and ends one mile south of Frazee on Highway 10. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a variety of races, including the 3-dog junior for youth 16 years old and younger, then the 1- to 2-dog skijor.
The snowstorm that dropped more than a foot of snow in the Detroit Lakes area made for an interesting weekend for law enforcement. "It was terrible...way too much snow," said Sgt. Robert Strand, who says squad cars were getting stuck trying to patrol Saturday. "So we patrolled in 4-wheel drive pickups, and then on Sunday night we commandeered a couple of 1-ton plows from the city," he said. It was a good thing, too because snow storms don't stop for doctors being called in for emergencies.
Plans for a new elementary school and other major school building projects in Detroit Lakes are being put on hold for now. School board members made that decision during Monday night's regular school board meeting, where they decided an April referendum was simply too soon to get everything together.
Over the last couple years, it's been obvious to the Detroit Lakes public that its only Quiznos sub shop was losing momentum. The "For Sale" sign was up, and the place famous for its large array of deli choices and toasted, warm bread was simply not making "the cut." But one man didn't see a failing business...he saw an opportunity.