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Pelican Lake has, for the past couple of years, been the unfortunate poster child of aquatic invasive species -- specifically zebra mussels. The beautiful lake between Detroit Lakes and Pelican Rapids spans close to 4,000 acres and has always been considered a pristine Minnesota lake. But in 2010, word was out that it had been infested with zebra mussels. "I didn't even know what a zebra mussel was then," said Erica Johnson, a Detroit Lakes woman who grew up in her parent's Pelican Lake cottage.
Only about eight months ago, they were breaking ground on a lot northeast of Menards. Now on that lot, a 25,000-square-foot, modern building looms across the seven acres of developed property. A familiar Ford theme of blue and silver shines in the light, reflecting the sun's rays onto equally shiny rows of Ford vehicles that fill the sales lot. It's the fruition of a plan that brothers Jeff and Brock Webber, along with their father, John, have been working on since the day they started their Webber Family Ford business in Detroit Lakes five years ago. "We knew when we started, we were
51-year-old Terry Green sat comfortably in his rural Frazee livingroom Friday morning wearing a Zorbaz t-shirt and chatting with his wife and brother. "I probably shouldn't even be here," he told them, "but there must be a reason I lived -- I don't know what the reason is, but somebody somewhere thought I needed to be here." Green just returned home Monday from a three month stay at a Fargo hospital after a near death experience that seemed to come out of nowhere. "I don't remember anything about the accident, but from what people tell me, it was my fault," said Green, "and that's been s
It's time to lace up the sneakers and stretch out the muscles, as the 17th annual Dick Beardsley Half Marathon is right around the corner. The event is expected to bring in up to 2,000 runners from all over the region for a series of events, including a 5k, half-marathon, 2-person relay for the half marathon and the kids' 1k. The Beardsley is set for Saturday, Sept.
Detroit Lakes woman Marga Ybarra likes things around her to be beautiful. "I do, when I'm in my own home, I don't like things to be plain or boring," said Ybarra, dressed with fashion flare, "I've just always loved making things beautiful and have always done artwork and have been design driven." Now, Ybarra is channeling that inner talent into her own business, called Myy Designs, which is located along highway 10 east of the city. (Many locals know it as the old Sherman Photography Studio).
Monday night proved to be packed full of productivity for members of the Detroit Lakes School Board as they not only toured the schools to check on changes and updates, but also began to really tackle the looming question: to build or not to build? The tour Board members hopped from one facility to the next, getting a first-hand look at the changes that have happened over the summer. Probably the most noticeable is the new concession stand that is now carved into the hallway near the high school gymnasium. Complete with cooking equipment and a full food prep area, concessions can certai
Local swimmers Carol McCarthy and Libby Larson have all the reason in the world to celebrate after conquering Lake Superior and hundreds of other swimmers in the process. Once teacher and student, (McCarthy coached Larson on the girls swim team throughout high school) the duo recently decided to enter the seventh annual Point to LaPointe swim race at Madeline Island located in Bayfield, Wis. The 2.1-mile open-water swim proved to be no match for the Laker talent. The 19-year-old Larson walked away with first place in her category (ages 0 to 19), swimming a straight shot across the lake i
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