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After 77 days of locked doors and dark windows, Billy's Corner Bar and Grill in Vergas is opening back up. Thursday, the historic spot on the corner will once again see the busy summer hustle and bustle it's experienced since the late 1800s. Fire destroyed the first building in 1918, with the current building being erected in 1928. Since then, names, faces and ownership have changed a few times (including the 1990 name change when Vergas man Billy Day bought it) but it appears to be a place townspeople refuse to let die. One of those people is new owner Kurt Sleen and his son, Jordan S
White Earth Police are now able to stretch the long arm of the law even further. The department now has a high tech way to deal with emergency situations anywhere, anytime, as they have turned a large RV into a fully functional command center on wheels. The RV is a 2006 model that the Tribal Police acquired from FEMA -- in fact, the vehicle was being used to coordinate recovery later efforts down south after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. While the police department got the shell of the vehicle at no cost through a federal surplus program, it invested roughly $120,000 dollars in equipme
Maplelag has been turned into a small, Chinese Village this past week. "When I was registering for camp on Monday, this guy was talking to me in Chinese, and I was like ...
When Robbie Schoenberger was little, she remembers decorating up a storm. "I was always designing and creating," she said, in a low, soothing voice and bright smile. Tending to details and making things beautiful grew to become Schoenberger's passion as she has owned a special events-wedding decorating company called Wings of Silver for nearly 20 years. She has also thoroughly exercised her flare for entertaining throughout the years. "My mother called me the Pearle Mesta of Detroit Lakes," she said, of the 1950s Washington D.C.
Truancy was one of the topics discussed at Monday morning's monthly school board meeting in Detroit Lakes. A presentation by the school's attendance coordinator, Karin Fritz-Staley, raised some concerns about the issue of students missing school. Although Fritz-Staley says the problem has been a fairly steady one over the last few years, she also emphasized the consequences some Detroit Lakes students face when they don't show up for school. "In the New York Times, there was a study from Johns Hopkins University that showed the direct correlation between attendance rates and graduation r
Since the little town of Callaway was incorporated in 1907, it has always had gravel roads. Sure, a few paved county roads cut through, not to mention the busy Highway 59, but for residents in and around the sleepy little town, it's either been a battle with mud when it rains or dust when it doesn't. But times, they are a changing. After over a century, those old dirt roads are meeting the paver. "Crews began paving the roads Monday and should be finishing up on Friday," said City Clerk-Treasurer Shelly Dillon, who grew up in Callaway, population 234. She says residents are thrilled
A boating group in Minnesota is bringing back a tradition that runs as deep as the lakes that surround us. The Twin Cities Powerboat Association is hosting the sixth annual Quake the Lake Powerboat Races, set for the weekend of June 16 and 17. The event, which was quite popular in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, continues to regain popularity in lake cities such as Detroit Lakes. Like last year, the races will be held at the Holiday Inn on Big Detroit Lake and will be free and open to the public. "We will have six classes of boats from mini GT's to ones that will go 125 miles per hour," said
It was the boom heard around Detroit Lakes Thursday morning -- along with a heavy downpour of rain came a crack of thunder that literally shook buildings and residents around the city. So imagine being only feet away from the source of that energy. Lorene Erickson was. She was in her house on 326 Langford Street -- a house she just bought last month -- right across from the high school, when she saw a bright flash outside her window. "And then it was like an explosion," she said "if you could think of the loudest bang you can get from a big firecracker and amplify it by like 10 -- it w
A group of Waubun students are celebrating some high honors after winning an online competition for a video they produced tackling the problem of bullying. Zoe Allan and Deondra Jackson were just finishing up their sixth grade year when they decided to enter the Native Chat Film Festival on April 27 at the Shooting Star Casino. The festival, which encourages native youth to use video technology to share their perspectives on social issues, brought in 27 videos. One of those showed what bullying looked like in the eyes of young Zoe, Deondra and their two friends, Janaisia Walton and Bobbi
On April 20, 1972, the Becker County Record published a short article and some pictures about a new electric supply company in town. Then-Mayor Kent Freeman was shown signing the guest book at the grand opening of the little company called "Arrow Electrical Supply." "It doesn't seem like 40 years ago," said Ron Saunders, who along with a handful of other investors, started the company. "I knew there wasn't anything like it in Detroit Lakes," said Saunders, who was a graduate student of engineering from the University of Minnesota. Saunders says he specifically scoped out Detroit Lakes