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In my second week of finding fun, unique things to do in the Detroit Lakes area (last week I hit up Cruise DL night) I stumbled upon an old-fashioned hootenanny. Honestly, it was less of a stumble than it was me seeing the event on the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce website and specifically emailing Fair Hills Resort General Manager Beth Schupp and getting reservations. "You're going to have a hoot!" she told me. I had no doubt.
The Tamarac Visitor Center will be closing its doors for the next year, but the shutdown has employees there very excited. That's because they will soon literally be tapping into the nature around the refuge to supply more eco-friendly energy to the building. The Visitor Center will be retrofitted to include geothermal heating and cooling in an attempt to cut dependence on fossil fuels. "Unlike other comfort systems, geothermal does not emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gasses, which contribute to air quality pollution," said Tamarac Park Ranger Kelly Blackledge, w
When I moved to Detroit Lakes almost 10 years ago, I looked around at the beautiful lakes, the quaint little downtown, the fun activities that seemed to be around every corner and thought ... who are these people that got to grow up here? Naturally, 10 years later, I barely notice the lake when I drive by it; there are still some shops I've never even set foot in, and I've done only a small handful of all those "fun" things.
Becker County lake lovers are once again rallying the troops as they prepare to wage battle against aquatic invasive species. This, as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released some less than impressive statistics regarding early violations. According to a news release on the Minnesota DNR website, "through June 6, conservation officers had worked nearly 3,200 hours dedicated to AIS enforcement, making more than 20,000 combined law and education contacts.
Drew Lessin of Detroit Lakes is the most recent recipient of the "Super Service Award" -- a recognition handed out by the promotions and events committee of the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. Lessin is the assistant manager of Tires Plus in Detroit Lakes, and has been working there for 10 years. An anonymous customer nominated Lessin for the award, which is handed out quarterly. "This person just said that they got great service," said Chamber President Carrie Johnston, "they needed their car repaired and they just felt right at home." Lessin, who works at the customer ser
After 77 days of locked doors and dark windows, Billy's Corner Bar and Grill in Vergas is opening back up. Thursday, the historic spot on the corner will once again see the busy summer hustle and bustle it's experienced since the late 1800s. Fire destroyed the first building in 1918, with the current building being erected in 1928. Since then, names, faces and ownership have changed a few times (including the 1990 name change when Vergas man Billy Day bought it) but it appears to be a place townspeople refuse to let die. One of those people is new owner Kurt Sleen and his son, Jordan S
White Earth Police are now able to stretch the long arm of the law even further. The department now has a high tech way to deal with emergency situations anywhere, anytime, as they have turned a large RV into a fully functional command center on wheels. The RV is a 2006 model that the Tribal Police acquired from FEMA -- in fact, the vehicle was being used to coordinate recovery later efforts down south after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. While the police department got the shell of the vehicle at no cost through a federal surplus program, it invested roughly $120,000 dollars in equipme
Maplelag has been turned into a small, Chinese Village this past week. "When I was registering for camp on Monday, this guy was talking to me in Chinese, and I was like ...
When Robbie Schoenberger was little, she remembers decorating up a storm. "I was always designing and creating," she said, in a low, soothing voice and bright smile. Tending to details and making things beautiful grew to become Schoenberger's passion as she has owned a special events-wedding decorating company called Wings of Silver for nearly 20 years. She has also thoroughly exercised her flare for entertaining throughout the years. "My mother called me the Pearle Mesta of Detroit Lakes," she said, of the 1950s Washington D.C.
Truancy was one of the topics discussed at Monday morning's monthly school board meeting in Detroit Lakes. A presentation by the school's attendance coordinator, Karin Fritz-Staley, raised some concerns about the issue of students missing school. Although Fritz-Staley says the problem has been a fairly steady one over the last few years, she also emphasized the consequences some Detroit Lakes students face when they don't show up for school. "In the New York Times, there was a study from Johns Hopkins University that showed the direct correlation between attendance rates and graduation r