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A California man riding his bike across the United States made a pit stop in Detroit Lakes recently, hoping his passion for fitness would rub off on local children. Chris Figureida, 30, is a volunteer with the American Heart Association on a bike ride from Fort Kent, Maine to Neah Bay, Wash.
It's full steam ahead for construction crews digging into downtown Detroit Lakes. It's hard to miss the piles of dirt as you drive past Highway 10 and Washington Avenue, but look a little closer and you'll also see progress. Two tall slabs of granite are now erect on the corner, marking where the Veteran's Memorial Park is being constructed. "The city's public utilities department is working with the veterans groups in setting the flag poles up around the granite monument," said City Engineer John Pratt, "and the contractor is still working on grating and getting the park area ready for
When Detroit Lakes High School Counselor Janell Girodat left this world due to breast cancer this past spring, she left a legacy that won't soon be forgotten. "She had such a huge impact on me and just about everybody in the school," said 2011 Detroit Lakes graduate Ashtin Spies, who remembers the day students were told of Girodat's passing. "It was a somber day," said Spies, "everyone gathered in our main gym, and we took some time to just remember her.
Rossman fifth-graders Collin Motrow and McKenzie McDougall sit in their classroom tapping away at an Apple iPad like they have been around forever. "I'm checking my grades right now," Collin said, "Yeah, it's really cool -- you can do lots of quizzes and stuff on it," adds McKenzie without looking up. The tech-savvy fifth-graders may know their way around an iPad, but what they probably don't know is why. The Detroit Lakes Public Education Foundation is the reason behind that classroom iPad. The foundation, which started in 2007, bought it. The DLPEF is not affiliated with the school
Rita Alaniz got a pre-Halloween scare she likely won't forget anytime soon. As she was walking through her kitchen in rural Detroit Lakes Monday, she says she noticed a spider inching towards her 1-year-old nephew. It wasn't a typical spider, though, and she says there was something about the way it was moving that creeped her out. "It was moving sideways back and forth," Alaniz said, adding that her first instinct was to jump in front of her nephew. "And when I did that, it put its butt up in the air, jumped straight up, and when it landed it spread its feet out," said Alaniz, "then i
Recent news of the city's plans to build a new municipal liquor store on the current Burger Time site has many asking the big Time question -- are they relocating in Detroit Lakes? "Yes," said Jack Chivers, the real estate broker who is representing Burger Time in the sale to the city, "We are looking for another site for them to reconstruct or build new in DL -- we just don't know where yet." Chivers says they don't necessarily need to find the place with the highest visibility in town because their success has not been tied to their location. "They have a cult following," said Chivers,
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Richard Spadgenski sits patiently at a table set up at the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes, chatting with friends and whittling away at a piece of wood. With each swipe of his knife, the chunk of wood gets closer and closer to resembling a duck -- a wood duck to be exact. "These are number 51 and 52," the Frazee man said of the pieces of art that typically take him about 75 hours each to finish.
The National K9 competition in Detroit Lakes last month went so well, volunteers for the event are pushing for the city to host another one in 2014. "When I first heard about it, I thought they were joking," said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten, "but apparently they weren't." Eggebraaten and K9 handler Sgt.
The Minnesota DNR is carrying out a first-of-its kind, fast attack on the zebra mussels recently found in Rose Lake in between Frazee and Vergas. The invasive species with a reputation for killing off fish populations and destroying beaches with their sharp shells were found in the lake on Sept.