In a city with a soul, the soul doesn’t stop at the city limits. A few weeks ago, I wrote an article, “City with a soul,” that appeared in this space. The article argued that Detroit Lakes was a city with a soul and presented all the reasons for that pat on our own backs. After the article was typed and sent to the paper, but before it appeared in print, I woke up in the middle of the night and realized I’d overlooked a big factor. Was it too late to add the missing essential ingredient? Unfortunately, yes.

But here it is – better late than never. Nature has blessed us generously. Detroit Lakes wouldn’t be what it is without the lakes. Big Detroit, Little Detroit and Deadshot Bay are gems.

Lynn Hummel
Lynn Hummel

I have stood on the shore of Big Detroit after dark and listened to the waves lapping the shore under the moon and stars and marveled that the pioneers had chosen this spot to settle so many years ago and that many more generations could stand right where I was and be awed like me.

The lake is a living part of our soul. So are our abundant trees and parks. So is the river walk along the Pelican River to the Dunton Locks fish hatchery and the Sucker Creek Preserve and trails ̶ more of nature’s blessings that don’t stop at the city limits.

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Environmentally for miles around us, Detroit Lakes is in a garden spot. If we are faithful stewards of these blessings, we can always have them. If we abuse or neglect them, they can be lost. Our city with a soul ̶ and consider our entire globe ̶ require our respect, devotion and care.