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Detroit Lakes Lakers began football practice this week to prepare for the 1968 grid season. Returning lettermen include, left to right, first row: Dave Wething, Dave Schneider, Bill Brekken, Craig Yocum and Steve Olson. Back row: Laurel Tollefson, Mark Mancell, Bruce Paskey, Jim Wiedewitsch, Steve Swanson and John Flatt. From the Monday, Aug. 19, 1968 Detroit Lakes Tribune 1 / 2
Marilyn Ryding, who won the trophy for having the outstanding cat at the Mutt and Pet show at the Becker County Fair, shows the awards she won to her husband, Jerry Ryding. From the Monday, Aug. 19, 1968 Detroit Lakes Tribune 2 / 2

25 Years Ago

• Casino manager denies mob ties: The head of Shooting Star Casino's management company is denying allegations of mob ties made in the Aug. 23 edition of U.S. News & World Report. "I deny, in the strongest terms possible, that I have now, or ever in my have had, ties to organized crime," said Angelo Medure Sr., the 64-year-old president of Gaming World International, in a press release issued Aug. 16. Medure, who has residences in both Detroit Lakes and New Castle, Penn., also said he knows nothing of an FBI gambling investigation as reported in the news magazine. The article named Medure as a target of a federal probe into alleged mob ties to gambling on Indian reservations. The Italian-American businessman called the news media reports slanderous and bigoted, and suggested the story was planted by opponents of his Indian gaming operation.

• Hamden overlook dedicated in name of the late Dr. Hesby: The late Roger Hesby dreamed of someday restoring farmland north of Audubon to a wetland habitat. His vision eventually become the Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge, and the public can now share his vantage point. On Sunday, friends gathered to dedicate a scenic overlook at Hamden Slough in his name.

• In support of a levy: School board outlines its rationale: Reasons which prompted the Detroit Lakes School Board to ask for a referendum levy measure were outlined Monday. Voters in the district asked to support a maximum referendum levy for operating revenues in an amount up to $429 per pupil over the next four years. It was noted in a prepared statement by the board and administration that passage of the referendum levy would allow the district to maintain current programs and services while, if it is unsuccessful, cost containments of about $650,000 would be made in these areas: Elimination of 10 to 15 secondary teaching positions; reduced administrative services; fewer curricular offerings, including electives and advanced placement; and reduced availability of equipment.

Excerpts from the Thursday, Aug. 19, 1993 Detroit Lakes Tribune

50 Years Ago

• DL Committee Starts Talks On Fieldhouse: The Citizens Committee on the Fieldhouse was officially organized Thursday night in Detroit Lakes with the hope that it will have strong authority to run the fieldhouse. Howard Myhre was named to chair the committee. Figures from the fieldhouse's first year of operations show it running a deficit of about $5,400. "I'm actually pleased with the first year of operation of the Fieldhouse," Mayor Ken Freeman said to the committee. "I think that it got the fullest use for which it was intended. But now we've reached the point where it should be getting greater year-around use... All you've got to do is get this fieldhouse rolling. We want some action."

• New Bank Protection: Kent S. Rogstad, president of the First National Bank, discussed with Detroit Lakes Police Chief Larry Person the recent installation of Mosler's Photoguard Surveillance system at the bank. Strategically located, Photoguard provides positive identification of anyone attempting a holdup. This new form of protection is considered by security and law enforcement officers to be an effective aid in their efforts to control the increasing amount of bank robberies.

• Family Poverty Often Begins In Rural Areas: (Guest Editorial) There is a growing belief among American officials that the problem of poverty in the cities is related directly to poverty in rural areas. Poverty-stricken rural residents are migrating to the cities, where they find little chance to improve their economic condition...Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman believes that a national policy, covering both the urban and rural areas, must be formulated because of the massive rural-to-urban migration which has put the nation seriously out of balance. Almost half of the nation's poor are now living in the rural area, which has only one-fourth of the country's population.

Excerpts from the Monday, Aug. 19, 1968 Detroit Lakes Tribune

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune as a reporter and magazine editor in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in Detroit Lakes with her husband, Dan, their 3-year-old son and baby daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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