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2010 Detroit Lakes grad Shane Olson is barely recognizable to old classmates these days. "A lot of them don't even know it's me -- they'll look real close and be like 'is that really you?,'" said Olson. That's because the now 20-year-year old is half the man he use to be. "I've lost 104 pounds," said Olson, who just got back from San Diego, representing the state of Minnesota for the TOPS organization.
It's a name known all over the country -- Jimmy John's. Now, the gourmet sub shop famous for its rock-n-roll atmosphere and "freaky fast" delivery has rolled into Detroit Lakes. The buzz and hype leading up to its opening has translated into a busy business for owners Jake and Alexis Peters, who have found themselves in a whirlwind of change. The Park Rapids couple was high school sweethearts -- she worked at her parent's orthodontics laboratory doing marketing; he did the financing for them (after an eight-year stint building log homes).
Students taking college classes through the Detroit Lakes High School may have to pay a small fee for the credits this year -- just not as much as originally proposed. At the Detroit Lakes School board meeting Monday, members passed a policy that has the district providing a $28,000 per year pot to draw from (which is an increase from its previous $20,000 per-year allotment). After state funding, this is expected to cover the estimated cost of enrollment in the increasingly popular College Now classes, which are college classes offered to juniors and seniors wanting to stay on the high sch
Thursday morning I found myself floating in amongst a patch of lily pads as loons called out to remind everybody why the lake near Vergas is named after them. The morning sun was reflecting off the water, making the green of the lily pads even more vibrant. "In yoga, they talk a lot about the Lotus plant, which like lily pads, grow from muck into something beautiful," said Jess Stuewe, the woman who was introducing me to another new, fun and unique thing to do in the Detroit Lakes area -- paddle boarding. "It sort of symbolizes how we as people can also grow from all of our imperfections
For the past four years, it seemed the housing market in Minnesota was in a free fall. Prices plunged and equity for many was lost.
Terry Mackner, a 1992 Detroit Lakes graduate, is headed to Nashville. "I'm lettin' 'er buck -- that's a DL saying," laughed Mackner. The lead singer for the Fargo based Silverado band could be seeing the break in his country music career he's always waited for. Mackner, who is a bit of a local celebrity with performances at WE Fest and the Grand 'Ol Opry, has spent the past month sending demos of his singing down to different music producers in Nashville. He wasn't really even telling friends or family because he didn't want to get anybody's hopes up. But just recently he got a bite
The warm, cozy art of quilting is once again weaving its way through the fabric of Detroit Lakes residence as the Red Pine Quilt Shop opened its doors to the community on Friday. "There are so many enthusiastic quilters in the area, and I think there was definitely a need in the area for something like this," said Owner Joy Fetting.
This week the Soo Pass Ranch has quickly transformed into a virtual city of its own -- fuel trucks that are like gas stations, vendors that are like stores and restaurants, chaplains for church needs, and security that's like a police station. These shift-make services pop up to help the 50,000 visitors who are all shoved into one area, and when it's crowded and alcohol is involved, medical services are important. Emergency Medical Solutions of Maple Grove is the company contracted by the festival to provide these services.
A public hearing held within a special session of the Detroit Lakes School board Wednesday night led to no decision on the proposed fee for College Now classes at the high school. School administration put the idea on the table as a way to help fund the growing popularity of the college classes, which the district is currently paying roughly 70 percent of. But the concern of some at the meeting is that the proposed $40 per student, per class fee may not add up to any savings if students decide to take free classes through another college.
For 100 years, the Lake Sallie Fish Hatchery at Dunton Locks -- just out side of Detroit Lakes -- has been helping Mother Nature along -- increasing the fish population in area lakes. It has undoubtedly strengthened commerce, business and livelihoods in lakes country since its inception in 1912. That's why DNR officials are hosting a century celebration on Aug.