Wells Fargo Bank in Detroit Lakes was shut down for a brief time Tuesday afternoon after a protester locked herself to a table in the lobby. Disabled veteran Jessie Campbell left after about 20 minutes of negotiation with local law enforcement and bank officials. She was not arrested. She was one of a dozen or so protesters who picketed outside Wells Fargo after arriving from Camp Turtle Island - Water Protector Sanctuary, located at the intersection of County Road 4 and Highway 113 in the center of the White Earth Reservation.
A man who was struck and killed by a train Sunday was born and raised in Detroit Lakes, loved spending time with his 8-year-old son, and had been looking forward to foraging for wild mushrooms with his brother. Joseph Merten Mackner, 41, of Detroit Lakes was reportedly walking southbound on the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks about a mile north of Detroit Lakes when he was struck by a southbound train just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Mackner was pronounced dead at the scene, and the incident remains under investigation.
A disabled veteran, now recovering from a liver transplant, and his little sheltie-type dog will have to find a new home, and a 70-year-old woman will lose her rental income, courtesy of the Detroit Lakes City Council. The veteran, Brian Fraser, choked up at the thought of giving up his dog while addressing the council. "I cannot afford to move," he told the council. "This place is the only home I have, I need my dog as well ... I'll lose him if I lose my home."
Former Detroit Lakes High School Principal Rod Thompson, who left Detroit Lakes under a cloud about 16 years ago, allegedly after an affair with a subordinate, has resigned under fire from his position as superintendent of the Shakopee School District.
An influx of outdoor mice has area homeowners on the verge of mouse madness. Mouse traps and mouse bait have been selling at record levels, exterminators are staying busy and people who have never had house cats before are bringing in "mousers" to join the fight. On its Facebook page, the Detroit Lakes Tribune asked if people were having worse-then-usual mice problems this year.
Detroit Lakes, MN - Ah, the sweet smell of success: The new $2.9 million Becker County transfer station should be open next month, and it will offer drive-through service to residents and commercial waste haulers alike. With a 12-foot-high concrete foundation, a 38-foot-high ceiling and 16,000 square feet of steel building, the new transfer station will be a big improvement over the much smaller existing building.
WE Fest has come under fire after replacing its corps of local beer vendors with an independent contractor, which brought in its own beer hawkers. Hawkers work the crowds at WE Fest, selling cans of beer, cans of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and water. Local boxer and longtime WE Fest worker Chris Holt said in a letter to the editor that he is “very unimpressed with how the new WE Fest owners that are a corporate company (Townsquare Media) treat people.”
According to the State Patrol, a 2013 Ford Edge, driven by Ruth A. Ramsay, 58, of Perham, was eastbound on Highway 29 south in Bluffton. A horse-drawn Amish buggy, driven by Ruth S. Gingerich, 24, was also eastbound on Highway 29. With her was a baby, Mattie A. Gingerich. The Ford went into the westbound lanes to pass the buggy, but was forced back into the eastbound lanes, striking the horse. The horse and buggy went off the roadway and they both rolled into the ditch. The horse was severely injured and had to be put down at the scene.
A former Detroit Lakes Schools superintendent is out of a job after being charged with DWI for the second time. Mark Adams made local headlines in 2006-2007 after a grand jury indicted him for assaulting an area farmer after having an affair with the man’s wife. The case went to trial, where Adams was ultimately acquitted.
Two people were hurt Tuesday in a head-on collision on Highway 10 in Audubon. Lauren D. Odne, 70, of Detroit Lakes and William J. Crabtree, 44, of Hawley both suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, according to the State Patrol. They were taken to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes. Both were wearing seatbelts and airbags deployed in both vehicles.