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.
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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