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Four games, $11, 11 throws and one stuffed dog -- that was a consolation prize for missing the bull's-eye. Oh, the fair. After some wandering and scouting out the games at the Becker County Fair, four booths were chosen to test skill, chance and how things go on a stomach half filled with cheese curds. Game No. 1: Basketball The object of this game is pretty self-explanatory -- shoot the ball through the hoop. My test subject -- newspaper photographer Brian Basham -- takes two shots and misses two shots.
After a few attempts at winning a crown so she could move onto the Miss Minnesota competition, Lacey Erickson has finally reached that goal. Erickson, 20, was crowned Miss Northwest 2008 at the start of the Northwest Water Carnival events. She graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 2006 and is enrolled at the University of North Dakota in broadcast journalism. At the pageant, Erickson also won the eveningwear and personal interview portions of the pageant.
One more north side business is closing in Detroit Lakes. Wisted's Hardware Hank is closing its doors next month after nearly 40 years of business. Co-owner Bruce Wisted talked about the history of the building, business and the neighborhood, what's changed since getting into the family business and why it's time to close up shop. Building history The north portion of the brick building, called the Landmark Building, was built in 1873. It changed hands many times, but Wisted said his earliest memory of the building is Grims Guard Grocery Store.
Ask any repeat visitor at Fair Hills Resort what the phone number is or what lake the resort is located on and you're bound to hear a song. Since 1965, Fair Hills Resort has played host to the Hootenanny, where each Tuesday night staff members entertain guests with songs -- some highlighting the resort. The resort has received pictures of former guests doing the actions to "Pelican Lake," and others have had to sing the "2-1-8" song in order to remember the resort's phone number. It's those fun stories that keep the resort hosting the event.
DETROIT LAKES - When G.C. Nunn purchased and built a summer cabin on Detroit Lake, he was simply doing it for his family to enjoy their summertime. His descendants are still enjoying that cabin -- along with another one built a few years later -- and this weekend are celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the property. It still remains in the family, owned by five of his granddaughters. "It's more years than Grandpa could have even imagined," Carolyn Hoyme said of the land being in the family 100 years.
DETROIT LAKES - Sales at Lakes Liquors were noticeably different for May and June between 2007 and 2008. May showed an increase of more than $33,000, and June showed a decrease with about the same dollar amount. "It's because of a shift in the calendar," Liquor Store Manager Brad MacMaster said. In June 2007, there were more days for sales including an extra Saturday, while in June 2008, there was an extra Sunday in the month.
DETROIT LAKES - Financial support for the veteran's park has begun. Don Schattschneider appeared before the Detroit Lakes City Council last week to present a check for $1,100 as the first monies for the Veteran's Memorial Fund to build the veterans' park in the new Gateway District. The $1,100 is courtesy of the John Bridges American Legion Post. "It gives me the greatest pleasure to present (this check)," he told aldermen after presenting two other checks that evening for the American Legion Campground.
PELICAN RAPIDS - Did you hear the one about the guy who wrote a book of jokes to help Chinese learn English? That would be Gerry Haukebo. Haukebo, a Pelican Lake resident, has written jokes for the book Did You Hear the One About...Classic American Jokes that was then translated into Chinese. The book is for Chinese people learning the English language. This isn't Haukebo's first time working with different languages. "I'm credited with starting the language villages in Bemidji," he said.
After last week's Detroit Lakes City Council meeting, the city is looking into an ordinance rewrite on its building permits. A public hearing was held for abatement of an unfinished house at 1941 Long Bridge Road. Owner Rick Kalinoski started the house 10 years ago and has yet to finish more than the foundation and cap. That wooden cap is now rotting and causing concern for safety. Neighbors are also upset with the appearance of the property, which now has a green snow fence along the side of it and overgrown weeds around it.
DETROIT LAKES - The traffic has switched over to the new highway, and now it's time for major disruptions to businesses where Highway 10 used to lie. The now old Highway 10, Roosevelt Avenue, Washington Avenue and more will be closed -- with access to businesses only -- for the next month or so. "It seemed to flow pretty good," Minnesota Department of Transportation Construction Project Manager Shiloh Wahl said of the traffic shift prior to Fourth of July.