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LAKE PARK, Minn. — The Lake Park-Audubon community is trying to heal following a week that ended up thrusting it into the limelight. This, as its girls head basketball coach, Jay Peterson, was reinstated after a week of paid administrative leave during an investigation into his conduct as a coach. It's proved to be an emotional, pain-filled week that has had community members in that small town pitted against each other.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — After an "amazing" 16-year run, Michael Mercil, owner of the Speak Easy has announced he is looking to sell his restaurant here. "I just feel I am ready for a new chapter in my life," said Mercil, adding that deciding to sell wasn't easy. "This is my child. It is a very sad decision, and I'm very sad over it." Mercil brought the Speak Easy to Detroit Lakes in 2002 after working for many years at the Speak Easy his parents operated in Moorhead.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Detroit Lakes's "strip," West Lake Drive, began resurfacing Thursday, Oct. 19, somewhat of a temporary fix until a bigger plan unfolds. The complete rehaul the city is proposing for the road and surrounding area is not set to occur for another five years or so. People are still be able to navigate the stretch from Legion Road to North Shore Drive with the help of flaggers, but Jim Olson, Becker County engineer, suggests people seek alternative routes because there will certainly be delay during the resurfacing process.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A group of seven determined Detroit Lakes guys are in the midst of a 2,829 mile motorcycle ride to Cabo San Lucas all in the name of charity. Taking off Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, the riders — Chris Bergen, Mike Ring, John Anderson, Jim Wood, Jerome Tappe, Steve Miller and Jon Ring — are hoping to make the trek in eight days, riding anywhere from 300 to 500 miles per day. Though they've built in a little leeway because their rides aren't the newest — they may need a little TLC along the way.
LAS VEGAS—In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, which killed 59 people and left 527 injured, Americans are reeling — and many are reaching out. For the last four years, Erica Nansen, a Detroit Lakes native now living in Las Vegas, has been working at the University Medical Center, the hospital that treated a majority of the shooting victims. "Our trauma center was so busy," Nansen said of Sunday night's mass shooting, the deadliest in modern U.S. history. "Patients were literally brought in continuously for hours."
WHITE EARTH, Minn.—According to the latest statistics, 90 percent of White Earth Nation in northern Minnesota is considered a federally-recognized "food desert." Access to good, nutritious food is incredibly scarce, but junk-food options are readily available in the few convenience stores the reservation has. It's an issue the tribe has been fighting for many years. Now, they may have a solution: the White Earth Mobile Market Food Truck.
Howard Ellingson sat in a lawn chair in his front yard and watched helplessly as his Leaf Lake home burned down this afternoon. Ellingson says he was watching television when he noticed smoke billowing outside his window—that’s when he knew he better get out of the residence, located on the 15000 block of Buckhorn Road, just across the bay from Hooligans Lakeside.
VINING, Minn. — Charges have now been filed against the semi truck driver that police say crossed the centerline of Minnesota Highway 210, striking and and killing a 16-year-old Vining boy in April. Jason Vadner, 35, of Wheaton, is charged with criminal vehicular homicide/operate motor vehicle in grossly negligent manner. If found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
Kerry Petsinger always wanted to be a mother. The Hawley woman planned for parenthood, factoring it into her career and relationship goals, and her husband, Brett Petsinger, was much the same. What they didn't plan for—what is so difficult to anticipate, even though it affects anywhere from 10 to 14 percent of couples—was a heartbreaking struggle with infertility.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Some stories have it all: tragedy; coincidental meetings with helpful strangers; rare, eye-eating amoebas. Perhaps, rarest of all though, is a tribulation story that ends happily. This is one of those stories. In the summer of 1985 Don Blanding was gliding across Lake Minnetonka on water skis, a favored Blanding pastime, when he did "what could best be described as a faceplant off of water skis." Not thinking much of the incident, he hopped back up, ready to take on the boat's wake once more.