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The Detroit Lakes QWERTY robotics team will be out at the Becker County Fair this week, giving fair-goers an up-close look at their competition robots. The team will not only be manning a booth inside the hockey arena Wednesday through Saturday, but will also be setting up a dunk tank from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The public is invited to drive the team robot, called "The Tank." "People can drive and have the robot shoot basketballs and trigger the dunk tank to dunk whoever is in it," explained the team's advisor, Debbie Janzen.
"I love to shop," giggled Tracy Roach, "It's kind of a bad habit of mine." Roach and her husband, Chris, are turning Tracy's naughty little love of quaint, up-town retail into a local business of their own -- called Unique Boutique. The new shop recently opened up at 515 Washington Avenue, next to Detroit Lakes Newspapers. "It's probably different than anything that's in DL right now," said Roach, a self-proclaimed city girl who moved to the area from Hastings, Minn. "And after doing some shopping around town, we just thought the community could really benefit from some more variety an
Sometimes a tractor is more than just a tractor. Sometimes it can be the very thing that "pulls" a family together in every sense of the word. Such is the case with the Don Anderson family. Many in the Detroit Lakes area know Don Anderson as the guy with the fire-shooting tractor. He was always in local events, including the Becker County Fair -- his kids proudly hanging off the tractor. A gear head with a love for tractors, Johnson built "The Blue Ox" from scratch back in 1980 ... his father, Ray J., gave it the name after Paul Bunyan's powerhouse pet.
During a time when invasive species news has been less than encouraging, finally a bright spot. Officials working on eradicating flowering rush around area lakes say they just may finally have the weapon they need ....
The dreams of three women have come to fruition and combined to create a new business in Detroit Lakes called Shear Grace Salon & Boutique. Shawna Willson Shawna Willson had always wanted to go to school for hair design, but a family tragedy when she was only a senior in high school stopped her from doing so. Instead, she went down another road that led her to Detroit Lakes. For the next 12 years she worked other jobs, such as doing billing for a Detroit Lakes dentist. It might have been fine, except she still had that dream. "I just kept working until I was able to go back to sc
For a few years now, I've heard about these "Tuesdays in the Park" events down in the Detroit Lakes City Park, and I've always meant to make it.
Are local citizens slowly being poisoned by the air we breathe, the food we eat?
The popularity of frozen yogurt is now officially part of the "culture" of Detroit Lakes. The Yogurt Place, located in a space attached to the Lakeside Tavern on across from the city beach, opened its doors last month. Owner Jerry Maley and business manager Dana Christiansen of Fargo say they got the idea after watching one yogurt shop after another pop up in Arizona, where they have a home. They thought briefly about getting into a yogurt franchise, but ultimately decided to build one themselves -- something that would better reflect themselves. While the idea of a yogurt business sat
The Becker County Food Pantry has been issued a challenge, and volunteers there are passing that challenge onto local residents. For the third year, the Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless program is putting $100,000 up for grabs to the roughly 300 food pantries scattered across Minnesota. Whichever pantries raise the most money during the month of July will get a chuck of that big change, with winnings being doled out on a percentage basis. The maximum amount each pantry can win is $4,000, and Becker County Food Pantry Director Jack Berenz says they're going for it. "Last year
Six years before Dick Blanding was born, the great fire of 1914 ravaged Detroit Lakes, destroying much of the downtown. One of those buildings engulfed in flames was a little opera house, which sat right where the new Downtown Crossing now starts. That opera house had belonged to Arthur M. Blanding, Dick's grandfather, who had passed away. On the day of the fire, the story has it that a little boy ran into the store and yelled, "Mr. Blanding, Mr. Blanding, the opera house is burning down!" "I guess he (Dick's father, H.D.