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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.
Detroit Lakes police are puzzled over reports of flag-snatching in town. "I think we've reached a new low," said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena. On Sunday, two residents living a block apart on Sherman Street by the high school, reported their flags being stolen off from their yards. "At around 10 or 11 the night before, I heard a big bang, but I just thought it was the storm coming," said Jason Solmon, who said he had an American flag, a Minnesota flag and an Army National Guard flag swiped from his flagpole -- nothing else. Solmon says the same thing happened to him last Novemb
John Madsen knows all too well the nasty effects invasive species can have on lakes -- it's what the Mississippi State University researcher does for a living. That's why the Pelican River Watershed District contracted his services, along with a researcher from Concordia College in Moorhead and a representative from the Army Corps of Engineers. The crew was in town last week to find out more about aquatic invasive species in the lakes region. A big part of their study, which began last summer, is happening on Detroit Lake, where flowering rush is growing like wildfire. Madsen, who is w
Nobody ever says that just because you build your dreams with your own two hands, it will flourish. Nobody predicts with certainty that if you put your blood, sweat and tears into your work, it will literally pay off. And nobody can promise that making the world a better, more fun place to be will make you more money.