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Turning back the pages: Headlines from 25 and 50 years ago

50 Years Ago

• DL Again Wins Title of Nation's 'Icebox': The Detroit Lakes area, with readings of 29-below-zero Tuesday, won the honor of the coldest spot in the nation for the fourth time in the month of January, according to official readings at the weather observer station at Radio KDLM.

• Liquor Store Sales Reach All-Time High: Sales in the Detroit Lakes municipal liquor stores reached an all-time high of $670,897.47 in 1968. The sales were up $28,816.05 over 1967, the previous high year in sales.

• Salary Hikes Okayed For Becker County Officials: Persons running the government of Becker County gained raises ranging from 4 to 12 percent from the Becker County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. County Engineer Vern Korzendorfer got the biggest raise — 12 percent. His salary was increased from $12,000 to $13,500 a year.

Excerpts from the Sunday, Jan. 9, 1969 Becker County Record

25 Years Ago

• DL home construction at 10-year high: New home construction reached a 10-year high, and multi-family residences reached a 5-year high, Detroit Lakes Building Inspector LeRoy Kicker said. New home construction doubled between 1992 and 1993, going from $655,200 in estimated value to $1.38 million. Kicker said the increase was due, in part, to annexation of property around Detroit Lake.

• MnDOT refuses WE Fest's request for highway signs: WE Fest's Jeff Krueger has met with state and local officials about getting some signs put up on Interstate 94 near Alexandria, along Highway 10 and just outside of Grand guide the peripatetic to "Detroit Lakes, home of the WE Fest." But the Minnesota Department of Transportation denied the request, with a rep saying the state can't allow one business to have this type of signage: "If you start doing it, you'd have to do it for everybody," he said. "And our highway signs are not for advertising."

• Survey notes increase in both crime and fear: The perception that Minnesota is a safe place to live "tragically is changing," Gov. Arne Carlson said Thursday. While unveiling the results of a random survey on crime, the governor said roughly one-third of the 5,670 Minnesotans surveyed last summer were victims of a crime in 1992... Forty-four percent said they were afraid to walk alone at night within one mile of home.

Excerpts from the Sunday, Jan. 9, 1994 Becker County Record

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 4-year-old son and toddler daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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