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On Highway 34 seven miles east of Detroit Lakes, a quaint log building captures the attention of drivers with its bright, white "Antiques" sign. Pulling over for this often unplanned stop, curious shoppers walk into the store, which instantly gives them a whiff of history. "I had a kid come in and say, 'This place smells like my Grandma's attic'," laughs Fritz Zirbel. Zirbel is the owner of Northbound Trading Co., an antique store he single-handedly created five years ago. Zirbel makes his real living as a residential homebuilder, but spends his summer weekends with his real passion --
The Detroit Lakes man who drowned while swimming off a pontoon on Long Lake Sunday has been identified. Authorities say 47 year old Barry Ellegaard was found in 34 feet of water this morning. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon says Ellegaard was apparently struck by the propeller after inadvertently leaving the motor in gear prior to jumping off the bow of the pontoon to swim. Ellegaard's body was found this morning at around 9:40. Divers used specialized sonor to locate the body after running up against low-light conditions Sunday night and Monday.
Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon says they have found the body of a man who drowned on Long Lake Sunday. Gordon says they found the victim, who is believed to be a Detroit Lakes man in his 40's, in the "target zone" of where they originally believed him to be. Gordon says they found the man in about 34 feet of water. Low visibility due to deep, dark conditions hampered the search yesterday. Ten divers with specialized equipment have been rotating one-hour shifts yesterday and this morning.
The Detroit Lakes community is buzzing with half excitement, half anxiety, as there is speculation this could be one of the most explosive Fourth of July weekends in Detroit Lakes in several years. The conditions are right for increased activity -- the weather is hot, the weekend is long, and Minnesota has, so far, been deprived of any real, beach-like weather. Add to that a state shutdown, which city officials say will likely disperse campers from state parks into area campgrounds. Another factor is the new High Plains Festival. Officials there say the weekend-long bluegrass music fes
A charming, big city trend is riding into Detroit Lakes.
At Kamp KACE (that's pronounced like Casey), you can find kids of all ages running, jumping, swimming, fishing and singing. At first glance, you'd swear it was like any other summer camp. "My favorite part is fishing," said 4-year old Evan, "I already got a big one." It's complete with big fish stories. A closer look, however, shows something deeper. Something sadder. Something happier.
When one of Karen and Chris Heinz's first customers gave them a 59-cent tip, it meant something. The 59'er is back. The new owners tried to have a soft opening two weekends ago, but it ended up being harder than anticipated. "We didn't advertise; we didn't tell anyone -- and we got bombarded," said Karen Heinz, as her husband, Chris, added, "If there was something that could have gone wrong, it did," he laughed, "We ran out of eggs, the fire department came out because the alarm went off and we didn't know how to shut it off..." The Heinzes say their customers were all very patient, as
Kurt and Andrea Jacobson are one of those couples that live the good life. They have three grown children and grandchildren who they're close to, good jobs in Detroit Lakes, a strong faith and they live in a beautiful house that snuggles up to the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge. One might say that for the Jacobson's, life is sweet; but now, it's getting sweeter ...
Becker County employees recently rolled up their sleeves for some serious spring cleaning, and the result was a huge weight lifted off them. Tons of weight, to be exact. After their May afternoon of going through and cleaning out county offices, a recent report filed by County Administrator Tom Mortenson is astounding. Not all of the county departments were able to participate in the cleanup day, but the ones that did, produced about three tons of paper, three tons of metal, two dumpsters full of obsolete electronics and 28 file cabinets -- all of which will either be recycled or re-used
People from all over don't make Detroit Lakes their Fourth of July destination for no reason. In fact, there are many reasons. Restaurants with music Walking up and down the Detroit Lakes beach over the Independence Day holiday is nothing short of festive, as most local bars and restaurants add to the ambiance with live music. "This is something that really livens up the atmosphere and adds to the fun," said Chamber President Carrie Johnston. "I know Lakeside, Zorbas, the Bridge, Holiday Inn ... all those places have live music.