50 Years Ago

  • 'That Was Closest Call Of My Life,' States Man Who Rescued Pair: Phil Haaland saved the lives of a man and a woman Thursday night following a one-car accident near his home. Haaland, who works in the men's department at Norby's in Detroit Lakes, said he wasn't able to sleep a wink after the experience, which occurred shortly after 10 p.m. He and his wife, Martha, reside at Burritt Beach on Detroit Lake. They were at home watching television when they heard a noise they couldn't identify, followed by sounds of rumbling explosions. Mrs. Haaland went to the window to see if she could see anything unusual and exclaimed, "There's a car on fire in front of our house!" Haaland ran from the house to see a car in the ditch on its top and two young men were crawling from the wreckage. Flames were shooting out around them. Haaland went down to the car and saw a man slumped over and unconscious. After he dragged the man to safety, he went back to see a girl all doubled up and unresponsive. He managed to grab her arm and slowly, painfully dragged her from the burning car. "I didn't get two feet from the car," he said, "when the gas tank blew up with the loudest and most terrifying explosion I ever heard." The heat singed his arm, causing minor burns. By this time, the State Highway Patrol was there and took over.

  • From the publisher's cubbyhole: This A.M. a news release crossed our desk telling us that today there are only 450 passenger trains in operation as compared with some 20,000 in 1929. Burlington-Northern people tell us we still have two trains stopping here every day and four passing through the city. That means nearly one percent of the nation's total passes through Detroit Lakes.

  • Accidents leading cause of death: Accidents, not disease, are the leading causes of death for young Americans, according to the "Blue Cross Wire Digest." Dr. Eric J. Cassell, a New York physician, says that automobile accidents kill more than one third of the white American males who die between the ages of 10 and 35 years. Other leading causes of death in this group are drowning and accidents due to firearms.

Excerpts from the Monday, September 14, 1970 Detroit Lakes Tribune

25 Years Ago

  • County budget up $1 million: Maximum levy of 7.93% expected to drop: Major capital improvements are just one expense increasing the need for tax dollars from Becker County residents for 1996. In all, $1.18 million in capital improvements were requested by various county departments. Capital improvements are only a small portion of the 1996 proposed budget of approximately $26.9 million, up about $1 million from 1995. Overall, an increase of $656,557 in property taxes is required to meet the preliminary 1996 budget needs. That is a 7.93 percent increase over the 1995 tax levy. Despite the levy increase, the tax rate would only rise one-third of 1 percent over the 1995 tax rate... (because) the total value of property in the county went up 7 percent. Some of that increase is due to new construction, but a major portion of that is due to the increased value of lake shore property.

  • Groups talk about joining forces to reduce violence: Making Becker County a less violent place to live is the goal of several area agencies and organizations. Recently, a new group joined those ranks when it met with the Becker County Violence Free Council. Triad -- a committee of senior citizens, law enforcement officials and other community leaders -- has been in existence for less than a year, but one of its main goals is to reduce criminal victimization of the elderly. Among areas in Detroit Lakes where the potential for violence exists and is being looked at by the council are unsupervised youth hanging out at the mall and in the parking lot, and the city park. The council is reviewing how these situations can be handled legally, as well as what healthy options there are for people to take care of themselves.

  • Cheers and Jeers: Cheers to the generous spirit: It's always nice to hear about a good deed, but that's doubly true when it's done not for recognition, but for reasons of the heart. A woman driving along an area road after dark reportedly almost struck an older man, because he was riding a bicycle that did not have proper lights. Instead of complaining, she bought the man lights for his bicycle, his only form of transportation. She had only two requests -- that an officer with the Detroit Lakes Police Department put them on his bike, and that her identity be kept anonymous. An officer willingly obliged. Cheers to them both.

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Excerpts from the Thursday, September 14, 1995 Detroit Lakes Tribune