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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—People are beginning to ask more and more questions about their food: How was it made or grown? Where did it come from? Is it organic? The push to support local farmers by buying local is growing, and the question of whether it's worth it to certify organic is on farmer's minds. Organic certification can be a costly process, but the owner of Lida Farms just outside of Pelican Rapids says it can be "a complicated little beast" as well, requiring neat record-keeping and other changes some farmers may just not be ready for.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Jeremy Scott wasn't looking for luxury when he curled up with his dog Buddy beneath the eastbound Highway 10 bridge in Detroit Lakes to sleep. It was a roof, a temporary shelter while he gathered his bearings. Scott says he had been left behind by a couple fellow "travelers" who took his money to get a hotel room for the three of them, while he panhandled by Subway in this popular lakes-area community. By the time he figured out they weren't coming back for him, it was dark, and Scott had no idea where to go.
It has been 43 years since Milda McQuillan went missing in Becker County with little more than a trace, leaving her family with more questions than answers. One of McQuillan's granddaughters, Lori Voigt, who was 17 at the time of her grandmother's disappearance, says it still haunts her family to this day, particularly her mother, Carol Hinze. "My mom is going to turn 80 in April, and she just feels like she's never going to know what happened to her mother," Voigt said. "She's going to go to her grave and not know." June 17, 1975
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — How many times have you thought of a great idea, the next best invention, and said, "I should make that" but then just let it fall by the wayside and never got around to it? Well, three Detroit Lakes High School seniors didn't let their brainchild go — they had an idea, and they made the leap — no fears of failure — just an idea they thought would be fun. It started with a need for a gift. One of the high schoolers, Isaac Eggebraaten, was trying to decide what to get his girlfriend for Christmas, and bath bombs came to mind.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Folks showed up in droves for Polar Fest's kick off in Detroit Lakes on Thursday evening, despite sub-zero temps. Children and other community members wandered through the ice sculpture garden and slid down a tubing hill next to the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. Then, they went inside the building for a little walk through ice harvest history before laying eyes on the peak of the excitement: the 30 foot-tall ice palace, which was lit in a ceremony at 7 p.m.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Three people narrowly escaped a Suburban after it plunged through the ice on Little Detroit Lake around 6:40 p.m. Christmas Eve, and the county sheriff is urging residents to be careful as ice conditions can change quickly and nighttime on the lakes is even more of a danger.. Katie Erb, 28, and Cody Grendall, 31, along with a child whose name is not being released, were traveling in the vehicle on a previously travelled path when the vehicle broke the ice and sank into water that was 11 feet deep.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—The 15-year-old Detroit Lakes boy who'd been missing for roughly three months, believed to be a runaway, may be returning home to Minnesota after being found in California, but the road home isn't turning out to be a smooth one. Meghan Eastman, the mother of Parker Eastman, is saying she's still having trouble bringing him home after he was located by authorities Friday.
CLEARWATER COUNTY, Minn. — Rodney (Rod) and Robert (Rob) Felt, brothers who grew up on an area farm, have always done everything together, despite the fact that Robert is legally blind, only able to make out some shapes and colors. As kids, they romped through the woods, Rodney never thinking twice about his brother's disability, treating him just the same. "We'd come back with maybe a few more bumps and bruises than most," Rodney said with a laugh, "but we'd come back."
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."