Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune as a reporter and magazine editor in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in Detroit Lakes with her husband, Dan, their 3-year-old son and baby daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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Work has begun on the royal transformation of the Detroit Lakes City Beach and Park into a winter wonderland fit for a king. On Monday, volunteers embarked on the chilly task of constructing a giant throne of ice on the beach near the Pavilion. The throne will serve as the centerpiece of King Isbit's Royal Courtyard and Palatial Playground, a big feature of this year's Polar Fest.
50 Years Ago • DL Again Wins Title of Nation's 'Icebox': The Detroit Lakes area, with readings of 29-below-zero Tuesday, won the honor of the coldest spot in the nation for the fourth time in the month of January, according to official readings at the weather observer station at Radio KDLM. • Liquor Store Sales Reach All-Time High: Sales in the Detroit Lakes municipal liquor stores reached an all-time high of $670,897.47 in 1968. The sales were up $28,816.05 over 1967, the previous high year in sales.
Becker County is a big beneficiary in the latest round of Minnesota’s Clean Water Fund grants, and the funds will be used for big improvements to a significant water resource in the region. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources on Dec. 19 approved $13.7 million in Clean Water Fund grants, awarding 52 grants for various conservation projects that will improve water quality across the state.
Walter Fineday-Schultz is a born celebrity. The adorable baby boy made sure to arrive two weeks early to enjoy the local New Year's Baby spotlight. Born at 8:28 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1 at Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes, Fineday-Schultz has the distinction of being the first baby born at a Detroit Lakes hospital in 2019. He weighed 10 pounds, 3 ounces at birth and measured 21.5 inches long.
"Nobody can believe I have what I have." People who've just met Lisa Flynn, or who talk to her only in passing, would never in a million years guess that the radiant woman in front of them has a terminal illness. With her utterly cheerful personality, bright eyes and full head of hair, Flynn doesn't look or behave like people usually expect someone with an advanced, incurable type of cancer to look or behave. When people find out that she has Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, they're always shocked, Flynn says — and she gets it.
Barry Schoder is following up last winter's monthlong community Bible-reading initiative, "Fire in February," with another event a lot like it, "James in January." This time around, the focus of the initiative will be on the Bible's Book of James, with participants challenged to read one chapter a day, sequentially, from Jan. 1 through 31 — the end result being that each of the Book's five chapters will be read six times over the course of the month.
Volunteers in red aprons have been ringing in the holiday season for weeks now in Detroit Lakes, and their friendly smiles are going miles. With their eye-catching nods and waves to passersby, cheerful calls of "Merry Christmas!" and "God bless you," and that signature "jingle jingle" of those little gold handbells, the volunteers help draw attention to a good cause — the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign, a charitable effort that helps local folks in need.
Rapunzel's tower, Clifford The Big Red Dog's dog house, the witch's house from Hansel and Gretel... all kinds of children's stories and classic tales were represented at this year's Gingerbread House Competition at Detroit Lakes High School. In some cases, students wrote their own original stories to go hand-in-hand with their gingerbread house designs. Other times, they didn't focus on a literary theme at all, instead choosing a film, song or other idea of their liking.
As Santa took pictures with kids inside the Washington Square Mall on Saturday, a couple of his beloved reindeer waited outside for him in the parking lot, munching on kibble and enjoying affectionate pats from curious visitors. The reindeer were at the mall from noon to 3 p.m., and were visited by hundreds of children and families throughout the afternoon. Friendly and docile in nature, reindeer have an outer coat of hollow hair that keeps them warm in winter — making them the perfect choice for pulling Santa's sleigh.
A big crowd showed up to cheer on the 2018 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it rolled into Detroit Lakes on Thursday afternoon. The train made a stop at the Holmes Street railroad crossing at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, where hundreds of excited kids, parents and other local folks were gathered in anticipation, enjoying the unusually warm weather (for a mid-December day in Minnesota).