50 Years Ago

  • Mystery Develops Concerning Lake Island Bluegills: What happened to the bluegill population of Island Lake? That's the latest mystery that many resorters, lake residents and the Conservation Department are trying to unravel… A 1960 test netting of Island Lake showed 92 bluegills per lift. A survey taken eight years later showed only 1.7 per lift... There are several theories circulating about the decline of the tourist-attracting fish, but not many people, including the experts, are sure that their theories are correct.

  • From the Editor’s Cubbyhole (Editorial): The U.S. Post Office Department has approved the use of two-letter abbreviations for states, island possessions and Canadian Provinces… One of the major reasons for the two-letter code is to assist in getting long addresses on mailing plates for automatic addressing machines..

  • Three Former Pine-Palmers On Pro Tour: Three golfers who once competed in the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament at Detroit Lakes are among seven Upper Midest golfers who will be on the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) tour in 1970. The three are Mike Morley of Minot, N.D., Les Peterson of Redwood Falls, and Joel Goldstrand of Worthington.

Excerpts from the Monday, January 5, 1970 Detroit Lakes Tribune

25 Years Ago

  • Nude dancing prohibited; Bar owners on record against city ordinance: Nude dancing restrictions were approved at Tuesday’s Detroit Lakes City Council meeting over the objections of a few. Aldermen voted unanimously to prohibit nude dancing at businesses licensed to sell liquor in the city. But bar owners Roger and Casey Klemm of Frazee questioned the need for the new ordinance as well as the action taken against their bar, Kahoona’s… The city began formulating the new ordinance after an officer, searching for a man who was wanted for arrest, observed topless dancers at Kahoona’s. The officer issued a public nuisance citation to Casey Klemm.

  • Nash-Finch announces intent to close DL Food Center sometime in February: Officials at Nash-Finch’s Fargo division announced the company will close DL Food Center, a store it purchased in March 1994, due to declining sales and strong competition in the area. The 45 full- and part-time DL Food Center employees will lose their local jobs, although...will have the option to work at one of the six Nash-Finch stores in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

  • Thanks from Thomas Grocery (Letter to the Editor): To all our customers present and past, a sincere thank-you for your patronage. Thank you for the fond memories for myself and my late father, Isaac M. Thomas Sr. — or Morgan, as many of you knew him — who went into business in 1926 and after 37 years retired in 1963. He then passed it on to me, and after 31 years we are now closing Thomas Grocery. Yes, it’s the end of an era. Progressiveness has taken over. It’s been great, fun, enjoyable. I couldn’t have had it any better… Ike and Lottie Thomas, Detroit Lakes

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Excerpts from the Thursday, January 5, 1995 Detroit Lakes Tribune