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The population of Detroit Lakes balloons in the summertime, and this past weekend was no exception. A big warm front combined with large city events to create the perfect storm for local businesses, which saw hot weekend sales. "I don't know whether it was the fireman's convention, the Street Faire, or the warm weather," said Lakeshirts Beach Store Manager Judy Nunn, "but whatever it is, we'll take more of it!" Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston says every hotel in the city was booked. "I heard maybe there was like one room available," she laughed. Johnston s
Park rangers at Tamarac Refuge are unlocking the paddle locks and swinging open the gates to some of the area's most tangible pieces of history. "People usually aren't allowed back here," said Tamarac's senior Park Manager Kelly Blackledge, as she literally walks down a path less traveled. While only wildlife is allowed to actually live in the park today, Blackledge and other guides will be bringing people back into a section of the refuge where little clues to human settlement still stand. It's part of the Tamarac History Tour, something park officials began doing once a month during th
It was a warm, breezy June day. The streets of White Earth village were buzzing with excitement and activity, while energetic kids played baseball, whooping and hollering. The annual powwow always had people piling into the city, and this year was no different. It was 1947, and little Lenny Potter was soaking it all up. He loved the baseball, the carnival, and the dancing. "I was so excited," Potter said, looking out onto the now weedy lot where powwows used to be held when he was a kid. The 69-year-old Potter is now an Ojibwe elder and only one of an entire community, which has, a
The ladies of the Holy Rosary's Catholic Daughters are having their 21st annual salad luncheon on June 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jerry Hanson remembers his first day as principal of Roosevelt Elementary in Detroit Lakes. "I was so nervous," said Hanson, who came from the principal position in Perham's elementary school. That was 10 years ago, and now Hanson is once again packing up his office for another move - this time to Fargo. "I seem to get a little stir crazy after about eight years, so this is pretty good that I made it to 10," laughs Hanson. Another big reason for the move across the border is because the 55-year old principal is eligible for retirement next year. This means he can
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "I think that somehow, we learn who we really are, and then live with that decision." As Curves in Detroit Lakes switches hands, the two professional women making that business deal continue to learn who they really are. Linda Engelman, a retired college sociology instructor and councilor moved to Detroit Lakes with her husband, Jerry, five years ago. "And I knew from being a Curves member for many years that it was something I wanted to do - to own it and make it my retirement business," Engelman said.
BY PAULA QUAM firstname.lastname@example.org Little Ashtyn Carrier bounces around her kitchen being a little silly and worrying about a spider she saw. If you didn't know her before she got sick, you would think she was like any other 8-year old. If you did, you'd maybe notice a strength in her eyes she wouldn't have had reason to have a year ago. "I feel good," she smiles. Ashtyn and her family are home in Detroit Lakes after just over a year battling a very rare immune disorder called Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), which rolls off the tongues of Ashtyn's parents like nothing.
Oprah Winfrey's final farewell show had a reported 48 million fans glued to their televisions for the end of the talk show queen's 25 year-long run. "How do I begin to say goodbye?" Lady O questioned from her Chicago studio at 4 p.m.
Not that there is ever a good time for an unexpected fire to break out, but if it happens to anybody around Detroit Lakes next weekend, they are in some serious luck. Three hundred to 400 firefighters are descending upon the city for the 136th annual Minnesota State Fire Convention, which goes from June 1-4. Detroit Lakes was chosen to host the event, which is open to every Minnesota firefighter and their spouses. "We're usually chosen to hosts the convention every five to six years," said Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Dave Baer, "It's kind of like getting to host the Olympics," he laughs.
Being stuck at work on a nice day has many people watching the clock and daydreaming about the beach. It has Lon Eikren switching careers. "I want to be where the action is," said a smiling Eikren, "to have a good time and have the freedom to do what I want." Eikren, who formerly owned Becker Pet and Garden, sold his store last fall, and is now pulling his new business venture behind him wherever he wants to. He is setting up a new food cart called "Camouflage Melon." And frankly, there's no good reason for the name. "I want to serve a real random assortment of food, so I didn't w