50 Years Ago
Lake Park Fire Loss Estimated At Over $25,000; Elevator, Silo Are Destroyed: Specific damage estimates and cause of the fire that ripped through the complex of the Lake Park Cooperative Elevator Co. early Thursday are still unknown. Destroyed were the old elevator (built in the 1880s) and an attached annex, plus a nearby silo, which exploded. Either faulty electric switches or spontaneous combustion is suspected as the cause. Residents of the town had to wet down their roofs, as a strong southeast wind swept sparks over Lake Park. Minor damage was reported to homes and vehicles.
North Coast Limited May Furnish Rail Service to DL Area: If the Interstate Commerce Commission rules that the Mainstreeter Passenger Train can be taken out of service next week, Northern Pacific Railway officials plan to have the North Coast limited train provide passenger service to Detroit Lakes. That’s what the Tribune learned Thursday by talking to company officials in St. Paul. They are awaiting the final decision on the Mainstreeter.
Nelson Sets New DL School Rushing, Scoring Records; Detroit Lakes’ Mid-State Co-Champions: Halfback Dave Nelson closed his prep football career in spectacular fashion this season by establishing new single-season Detroit Lakes High School records for scoring and rushing. The co-captain scored 118 points during the year on 18 touchdowns and 10 extra points to break the record. Sparked by Nelson’s performances, Detroit Lakes wound up the season with a 7-2 won-lost record and tied Wadena for the Mid-State Conference Championship with a 5-1 record.
Excerpts from the Monday, November 10, 1969, Detroit Lakes Tribune
25 Years Ago
Vandals strike at Detroit Lakes Junior High; Water, fire damage caused to offices and equipment: Vandals broke into the Detroit Lakes Junior High Sunday night or Monday morning and set fire to the office area. The fire was put out by the school’s sprinkler system, but the office looked like a disaster area and electronic equipment was completely destroyed. The vandals gained entry into the gymnasium by breaking a window on the south side of the building. They then broke another window to get into the office area, which is directly across from the gym on the first floor. The fire was started with duplicating fluid. A burn trail led from a can in one room to a smashed beer bottle near the front desk. School was canceled Monday but resumed Tuesday.
Overtime, unpaid WE Fest bill put sheriff’s budget in the red: The Becker County Sheriff’s Department defended its growing budget Tuesday, stating WE Fest and overtime are the two main culprits. County coordinator Mike Williams projects an $80,000 deficit in this year’s sheriff’s department budget. Concerned about increasing costs, county commissioners voted to prohibit purchases of more than $10 without prior approval of the county coordinator.
Excerpts from the Thursday, November 10 and 17, 1994, Detroit Lakes Tribunes