Detroit Lakes Public Schools recently received word that it would be receiving a $1 million gift from Lakeshirts/Blue 84, the locally-based apparel company. The company has made a commitment to invest that amount in district construction projects over the next five years.

In 2020, Lakeshirts received a substantive investment from Carlson Private Capital Partners. As part of that investment, Lakeshirts' co-CEO’s Mike Hutchinson and Mark Fritz made the decision to share proceeds of that investment with others, including not only Lakeshirts employees, but also the Detroit Lakes community as well.

“We have been very fortunate and blessed to have been able to build a successful business in the community in which we grew up," said Fritz in a press release. "A big part of who we are was shaped by our educators, coaches, and community members. Many of them believed in us as much as we did. Giving back to something that has given us so much only makes sense. DL is a great community in which to live, raise a family, and visit, and Mike and I want to help it remain that way.”

“The value of ‘community’ is one that we believe very strongly in — it’s one of our five core values,” Hutchinson added. “The Detroit Lakes School educated us, educated many of our employees, and is now educating their kids and even some grandkids! It has meant a lot to our community, and has meant a lot to us personally.

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"This is an amazing community that has believed and supported us for the past 37 years — ever since we started printing shirts in Mark’s parents’ basement. We want to make sure it continues to be vibrant for years to come, and that’s why we made the commitment that we did.”

Detroit Lakes Public Schools' $60 million renovation project is estimated to be completed sometime during the summer of 2022.