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The Detroit Lakes Tribune turned 150 years old on May 18, 2022. We created a special Sesquicentennial section and this corresponding page to celebrate that milestone. Thank you to our readers for making this possible.


Reflecting on what it means to tell the stories of our community for150 years
The Detroit Record print shop as it appeared in the early part of the 20th century, with editor George D. Hamilton, left, and his staff.
The Detroit Record print shop as it appeared in the early part of the 20th century, with editor George D. Hamilton, left, and his staff.
Contributed / Becker County Historical Society

For almost as long as there has been a Detroit Lakes, Minnesota — including the days that it was simply known as Detroit — there has been a newspaper here.

And though it has gone through many changes of name, ownership, and even location over the years, the newspaper has remained a stalwart of the community since the first issue of The Record was published on May 18, 1872.

“One hundred fifty years is a long time!” said Melissa Swenson, current publisher of the Detroit Lakes Tribune. “To think that our newspaper, whether called The Record or the Tribune, has been the keeper of history since before Detroit became Detroit Lakes is mind-boggling.

“Looking back at our old bound volumes (newspaper archives) reaffirms what I feel

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Starting with George D. Hamilton and continuing with Lou and Jack Benshoof, most of the Detroit Lakes newspaper's leaders over the past 150 years were long-haulers. Read on to learn more about some of these leaders, along with other well-remembered editors, columnists and other characters who've worked at the newspaper, in light of the paper's Sesquicentennial on May 18, 2022.

MORE SESQUICENTENNIAL COVERAGE

Changes in storytelling techniques, technology and much more have shaped and defined the Detroit Lakes Tribune for the past 150 years, but the paper’s mission and values have largely stayed the same.
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.

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