50 Years Ago

  • At Audubon Bank, $500 Was Stolen In Robbery: In a previous article, we told how the State Bank of Audubon was robbed on June 13, 1932, and Ole Netland, cashier, was kidnapped and tied up in his own car, five miles west and a mile north of Pelican Rapids. A check at the bank revealed that a total of $900 was taken by two unmasked robbers. About a week after the robbery, Netland was shown pictures of known convicts and criminals and made identification of the two men as George Brown and Dale Garver, two men who had been released from the North Dakota State Penitentiary in Bismarck a short time previous to the crime. Brown was charged with intent to kill, while Garver was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and related charges. After trials, both men were sentenced to 40 years at the State Penitentiary at Stillwater. James Netland, present president of the Audubon Bank, said he recalled that Brown died in prison some time later, but he could not recall what had happened to Garver. If he is still in prison, then the 40-year sentence will be completed next year.

  • Sewage Plan Opposition Is Growing: Opposition to the proposed Detroit Lakes sewage diversion plan appears to be growing steadily in the Long Lake area west of the city, the Tribune has learned. More opposition surfaced Wednesday when the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency held a three-hour hearing on the city’s application for variance from phosphorus standards for effluent entering St. Clair Lake. The proposed plan calls for holding all municipal sewage effluent in St. Clair, thereby shutting off the flow from St. Clair which now enters County Ditch 14 and eventually the Pelican River, where it reaches Sally and Melissa lakes. Opposition came from the Detroit Township Board, Long Lake Betterment Association and several residents. The central question seems to be whether or not application of the sewage effluent on airport lands will affect the groundwater quality and, in turn, the quality of Long Lake or other lakes in the area.

  • Condominium Units Under Construction: First units of the 39-unit Edgewater Condominiums now under construction in Detroit Lakes are expected to be ready for occupancy by January 1972, according to officials of Detroit Lakes Realty, Inc. Officials have indicated that all but 10 of the 39 one- and two-bedroom units in the three-story structure have been sold. Cost of the structure is expected to be in excess of $500,000. The new condominiums are actually but one part of the improvements slated for the five-acre Edgewater property on little Detroit Lake. When the Edgewater Inn closes for the season this week, extensive remodeling of and additions to the Inn itself will immediately get underway.

Excerpts from the Monday, September 13, 1971 Detroit Lakes Tribune

25 Years Ago

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  • Beardsley race nearly double the fun: 360-plus participants far exceed expectations: The success of the first Dick Beardsley Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk had its namesake nearly speechless. After a day of announcing finishing times, awards and more -- all with his hallmark enthusiasm -- Beardsley was hoarse. After regaining his voice, Beardsley said he was “overwhelmed” at the turnout, and called the event “well-organized” and one he felt honored to put his name behind.

  • World record at WE Fest?: WE Fest-goers could make the Guinness Book of World Records someday with its group performance of the Macarena. The entire concert bowl performed the dance on Sunday afternoon, and, coincidentally or not, a recent article on the dance’s origins stated the largest crowd on record to perform it numbered just about 40,000.

  • Kid’s Club growing rapidly: Program offers secure, quality after school care: For area youth -- kindergarten through sixth grade -- after school can be as much fun as school itself. When school started last week, the District’s 22 Kid’s Club (after school child care program) began its seventh year of programming. So far this year, 95 students are enrolled in the program.

Excerpts from the Thursday, September 12, 1996 Detroit Lakes Tribune