Letter to the editor: Great to see smiles in Detroit Lakes

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Detroit Lakes Tribune by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Detroit Lakes Tribune. To submit a letter, email or mail it to Detroit Lakes Tribune, 511 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501.

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To the editor:

I just returned from a weeklong trip and had some experience with motels, restaurants, and gas stations that I didn’t appreciate. As a 91-year-old healthy man, I wanted to share this difference in our great city of Detroit Lakes.

As you know, you must stop the mail, especially if you live in an apartment complex like me and my 89-year-old wife, Vivian.

When I got home the next morning, I headed for the post office to pick up the mail, and a very nice lady got it all bundled up and gave it to me with a smile on her face .

Then I went to the bank, got some cash, and nothing but smiles and greetings.


Then I had to go to the grocery store. Same thing, smiles on every face and greetings.

Then on to the big box store -- same thing, greetings at the door and from several people stocking shelves, and workers in general.

Then on to the gas station, same thing, greeted even out at the pumps by the guy replacing trash bags. Then on to pay for my gas, and the lady at the register smiles and mentions how it was such a nice morning!

Well, my point is, I have heard of Minnesota Nice and some other cliches. To say them is fine, but to do them is the thing that this 91-year-old man experienced in our great town on a Tuesday morning, July 20, 2021. I want to say thanks to all of you and God bless you.

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