Red Hen gets sold, DL library offers Internet for the first time, and other local headlines from the past
Turning Back the Pages is a collection of top Detroit Lakes Tribune stories from 50 and 25 years ago. It's a regular feature of the Tribune's monthly History page.
50 Years Ago
Red Hen Sale Is Announced: Gervais and Hunter Real Estate Development Co. of Minneapolis has purchased the former Ken's Red Hen and Black Bear Lounge in Detroit Lakes and plans to reopen the restaurant about April 1. The kitchen area is to be remodeled, and the restaurant will be operated as before. The name also will be changed.
Riceville Couple Wins RRV Farmer-Homemaker Award: Mr. and Mrs. Carsten Moe of Riceville township in the northwestern part of Becker County were named the county's 1970 Farmer and Homemaker when the Red River Valley Winter Shows at Crookston honored 16 area winners at the annual banquet Thursday. They received the award for their leadership and technical success in agriculture.
Water Supply Is Restored At Callaway: For three days this past week the village of Callaway was on a restricted water supply when the water main broke. Today, Callaway residents have a new appreciation for their restored water supply.
Excerpts from the Monday, March 2, 1970, Detroit Lakes Tribune
25 Years Ago
Library's latest opens doors: The Detroit Lakes Public Library is allowing people's fingers to do the walking, talking and discovering. The library's new Internet and library dial-in accessibility offers local people the opportunity to explore innumerable subjects. The library first connected to Internet and other on-line services in 1994. But it wasn't until 1995 that the public facility was able to offer home computer and modem owners the on-line accessibility to the services.
Appeals court issues one-of-a-kind ruling on Triple J irrigation plan: The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to require an Environmental Impact Statement on a potato irrigation project near Frazee. It is the first time a Minnesota court has ordered the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement under the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act. The decision is expected to delay the Triple J project at least one year.
A different perspective; DNR disagrees with WELRP view on white pine harvesting: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources isn't keen on recent suggestions of a white pine logging moratorium in Becker County. In fact, local DNR representatives say timber harvesting is one means of propagating the affected species. Two weeks ago, the White Earth Land Recovery Project (WELRP) presented a list of demands to the Becker County commissioners. It included a white pine moratorium, improved communication, a summit to study logging issues, and archaeological/cultural impact assessments prior to cutting.
Excerpts from the Thursday, March 9, 1995, Detroit Lakes Tribunes