50 Years Ago

  • Movie Ratings Change: Parents who are concerned about the movies their children are viewing were given better guidelines recently when the Motion Picture Association of America announced a modified program of movie ratings. The new process includes two changes from the former way of rating movies: One, a change from the “M” rating to “GP,” means that all ages may see the movie, but parental guidance or discretion is advised. The other raises the age limit for viewing films rated “R” without an accompanying parent or legal guardian from 16 to 17.

  • Debbie Larsen Crowned Sno Ball Queen: The week long Sno Ball activities were capped off with the crowning of Debbie Larsen as Sno Ball queen. The third annual Sno Ball saw the seniors win again as they edged the juniors 1990-1775 in the points department, allowing their queen candidate to become queen.

  • Farm Home Damaged By Flames: The farm home of Duane Anderson in Richwood township was extensively damaged by fire on Thursday afternoon. While no amount was set on the estimate of loss, Anderson said the entire second story of the home was destroyed by the fire is beyond repair.

Excerpts from the Monday, February 2, 1970, Detroit Lakes Tribune

25 Years Ago

  • Wild turkeys turned loose in Becker County; DNR views chance of survival as good: Wild turkeys are now officially living in Becker County. Thirty-eight wild turkeys were released last month in a joint effort by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the state and national Wild Turkey Foundation. At this point, it’s an experiment to see if wild turkeys can actually survive this far north in Minnesota. Half of the birds were released near the Wildlife Conservation Center south of Audubon and the other half in the Hubbel Pond Wildlife Management Area east of Rochert. This is the northernmost attempt in Minnesota to establish wild turkey populations.

  • Snowboarders flying high in DL: There’s plenty of enthusiasm for this new Olympic sport in the Detroit Lakes area, according to Gary Pehrson. The Fergus Falls man helped run a junior snowboarding competition at Detroit Mountain on Saturday and Sunday, the second such competition held there this year. It was part of a series of competitions held amongst snowboarders in the western Minnesota and North Dakota and South Dakota region.

  • Committee to examine Main Street Proposal: It’s unanimous. Something needs to be done to revitalize Detroit Lakes’ retail sector. And more than just a few business owners and area residents think so. A crowd of nearly 80 people filled the lecture hall at Northwest Technical College Tuesday to hear one possibility for change. Bill Smith, a transportation consultant from St. Paul and a member of the Main Street USA team, presented a program that..includes a four-point approach to revitalizing downtown areas. Organization, promotion, economic restructuring and design outline the program's concept.

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Excerpts from the Thursday, February 2 and Thursday, February 9, 1995, Detroit Lakes Tribunes