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O'Reilly Auto Parts is the first business in the new Downtown Crossing to swing open its doors. The corporate company famous for its large inventory of everything auto (making it the third largest auto retailer in the U.S.) officially opened March 31 -- two months ahead of schedule. "It was just a little creative planning," said store manager and Detroit Lakes native Jimmy Medrano, who added that it only took about two weeks for them to do up the inside after receiving the keys from the developers. The 12-person crew running the Detroit Lakes location trained at the Moorhead store during
The files in Becker County District Court would bring tears to your eyes: A 1½-year-old Waubun girl -- picked up by the hair, thrown on the bed and hit in the face.
When anglers have an eye for the walleye, they often head to the heart of lakes country. And although the region is famous for its plethora of the shiny-eyed catch, it's hardly by accident. The Minnesota DNR gives Mother Nature a big shove in the right direction every spring with what they call "The Walleye Run," and right now it's go-time. "The walleyes' ideal temperature to start spawning is around 30 to 44 degrees," said DNR Fisheries Expert Jim Walthers, "and their natural instinct is to start moving upstream, so what we're doing is blocking this area off with nets at night because t
White Earth Reservation is the largest Indian Reservation in Minnesota, with a section of its 1,093 square miles lying in Becker County. Home to the White Earth Nation, the Anishinaabe people continue fighting to keep their deep cultural roots intact while moving into a fast-paced, technology driven world. This sometimes proves to be a tough "fancy dance" to master, as today's Native American youth engage the world around them. Unfortunately, for some on the Reservation, that world can also include struggles with poverty, academic achievement gaps, domestic violence and substance abuse p
Minnesota could be seeing an earlier start to the big fishing season this year. "This is it -- this is the start of the madness," said Chris Denardo, as he helps his crew from J&K Marine prepare the docks and lifts on Little Detroit. The crew is out much earlier this year because of a record-breaking early ice out, and the jump start could be a necessary one for them, as some legislators are pushing for the walleye opener to be pulled back one week early. The big day is currently set for May 12, but if the house-approved proposal also passes the senate and the governor, it would be moved
The Detroit Lakes QWERTY robotics team is back in town after the Minnesota State Northstar regional FIRST competition at the U of M (FIRST meaning "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology"), and despite the fact that they did not go on to nationals like they did last year, they say it was incredible year. The team, which designed a robot to compete in a basketball game, received recognition for Best Named Bot ("The Tank") and Best Designed Bot. Despite the team nearly tripling in size since last year's state championship, bigger and better didn't translate into a win this
Nearly everybody has at least one book in their lives that has changed or deeply affected them in one way or another. For 13 Detroit Lakes eighth graders, those changes were not only articulated in letters they wrote to the authors of those books, but now they're being recognized on the state level. Letters About Literature is a national competition that Detroit Lakes eighth-graders have been competing in for three years now. "It's a contest where they write letters to an author of a book that's had an impact in their lives," said Middle School Language Arts Teacher Pam Daly, who says ou
There's just something about a church carnival that can bring people in from all over a community. Folks at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee are hoping that's once again the case as they prepare for their ninth annual Family Carnival on Saturday, April 14. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Becker County Sheriff's Office and the Becker County Environmental Office are teaming up to tackle two problems with one solution. A pharmaceutical receptacle now sits in the sheriff's department as a way for citizens to safely dispose of their unused prescription, over-the-counter and narcotic medications. The drop off box is in a locked room at the sheriff's department, but it's available seven days a week, 24-hours a day and is free to the public. "It's built the same way as a night depository at a bank," said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon.
Growing up in Detroit Lakes, Chris Allen remembers occasionally getting to go to Godfather's Pizza. "It was a big deal -- I sat right up there on the balcony," he said, pointing up where old woodwork within the historic Graystone building splits the top and bottom level of the pizza shop. Godfather's has been a pepperoni-topped icon since the early 1980s, proving itself a cheesy mainstay of Detroit Lakes throughout the years. But now, Chris Allen (a 1990 DL graduate) is all grown up and is once again hanging around Godfather's. That's because the entrepreneur now owns the place, along