50 Years Ago
Frazee Turkey Plant to Discontinue Operation: The Lakeland Turkey Processing plant at Frazee will close its doors this summer following the completion of 24 years of operation by the Lakeland Turkey Growers Association. The lack of volume of turkeys was listed as the main cause the plant's closing. Other reasons include increased labor and operating costs and taxes.
Nine Lives — And Then Some — For ‘Pudie’: If cats have nine lives, then there’s one Detroit Lakes cat that must have lived through just about all of them. She is “Pudie,” 18 years old, going on 19, an “alley cat” belonging to Pat Grover of East Shore Drive. According to specialists, one year of a cat’s life is equal to seven of a human’s life — then Pudie is 126 years old and will be 133 on her next birthday. Average life of a cat is about 10 and the oldest recorded age is 21.
Meteorite Search Launched At MSC: About 200 farmers in the Red River Valley area have been contacted by mail this spring and summer and alerted to watch for possible meteorites. A detailed search is being conducted by the chairman of the Moorhead State College and its astronomy department. They say this area was part of an old lakebed...and the chances of finding meteorite remains here are good because most natural rocks have been covered by a layer of lake silt.
Excerpts from the Monday, July 28, 1969, Detroit Lakes Tribune
25 Years Ago
Taking the plunge; Scuba fans stage underwater wedding: Two couples took the dive into married life on Saturday, with fathoms of whimsy and blithe spirit. And lots of bubbly. Jim and Denise Fredickson of rural Frazee, and Paul and Ruth DuChene of Fargo, tied the knot under the clear green waters of Lake Seven, south of Frazee.
What’s up for fall hunting: There are two major changes in the 1994 Minnesota fall hunting season, including that firearms deer hunters must wear blaze orange clothing. The regulations require blaze orange for all hunters and trappers in areas open by law or ordinance for firearms deer hunting. Red is no longer a legal color.
Court ruling right on the money: The recent Minnesota Supreme Court ruling on the unconstitutionality of sobriety checkpoints was right on the money. Just before the Fourth of July weekend...the justices in a 5-2 opinion ruled the roadblocks violate the provision against unreasonable search in the Minnesota Constitution. When sobriety checkpoints were first started...the cry to stop these careless drivers on the road was great. It was an extremely public way for law enforcement to say, “Hey, we are doing something about this.” Sorry. Detaining individuals with no cause is not the right way to do it.
Excerpts from the Thursday, July 21 and July 28, 1994, Detroit Lakes Tribunes