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HISTORY

Under the bold headline “Murdered for Money,” a Bemidji Daily Pioneer story from June 8, 1904, broke the news that a father and daughter had gone missing from the tiny town of Quiring, Minnesota.
Using his own money and time, Bob Riepe found out who is buried at the cemetery using homemade grave markers.
On Sept. 7, 1876, the notorious James-Younger gang, led the famous outlaw Jesse James, attempted to rob the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota. Town citizens, made aware of the robbery attempt, confronted the robbers. The ensuing shootout led to three gang members being killed, three captured and the end of the nation's most dangerous gang of outlaws.
The Detroit Record, a printed precursor to the Detroit Lakes Tribune, used to advertise hair food. Yes, you read that right. Ayer's Hair Vigor, food for the hair that cured dandruff, falling hair and restored all of the hair's rich color of early life was advertised in a 1905 issue of the paper, but as one Sanford Health family nurse practitioner said, men experiencing baldness today should probably stick to Rogaine or Minoxidil.

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Members of the Detroit Lakes Washington Ballpark committee started to plan for contingencies during their June 16 meeting after Minnesota legislators failed to pass a bonding bill during the 2022 regular legislative session, which included $1.17 million in state-match funding for the ballpark project in Governor Walz' bonding proposal.
Following his role in one of sport’s most notorious scandals, Charles 'Swede' Risberg rebuilt his life—after his lifetime ban from Major League Baseball—in Minnesota, including playing baseball again in the Dakotas and several other states.
The latest attempt to save part of the building came from the Fergus Falls School District, which wanted to turn part of the structure into an elementary school.
The times have changed. The machinery has changed. The reporters have changed. But one thing that has held true over the 150-year history of the Detroit Lakes newspaper are the stories that tie a community together. Here are a few highlights from stories-past to show how far we've come.
When you only have 3 or 4 stations, you tend to hear the same commercials over and over again, and boy do we remember them. "Back Then" columnist Tracy Briggs wants to know your favorites.
Local historian Ray Nelson shares his research of Minnesota's oldest rifle artifact to date and its journey from Europe to fur trade-era Minnesota. He is a member of the Friends of Old Crow Wing and its former president, and a founder of the Crow Wing County Muzzleloaders Club.

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For Memorial Day, an American military cemetery in Cambridge wants to honor the Americans (including North Dakotans and Minnesotans) who are buried there with photos beside their grave markers. Maybe you know one of these men.
When a gunman killed a police officer in Hope, North Dakota, in 1933, the county sheriff wasn't about to take it lying down. He persisted to track the suspect for two years over seven states and thousands of miles -- one of the most highly publicized manhunts in U.S. history.
The 1950 U.S. Census has officially been released after 72 years of waiting. What you learn about America back then might surprise you, according to columnist Tracy Briggs.

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