Detroit Lakes

Detroit Mountain Shutting Down Due To Coronavirus

The Company Says They Are Hopeful To Be Able To Get Back Up And Running Before The End Of The Season.

DETROIT LAKES, MINN. — Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes says they are shutting down tonight for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus. The company’s Facebook page says the decision came down after Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared a state emergency. The ski resort has been up and running for almost 80 days this winter. The company says they are…

“Snoway But Up & Snoway But Round” Competition

Unique Annual Event Hits Detroit Mountain

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Most people think of hitting the slopes by bringing things like skis and snowboards. A group of competitors are doing the unconventional, in a set of wacky races for a good cause. There is a silence through the hills of Detroit Mountain near Detroit Lakes as the ski lifts are at a halt before opening for…

LIVE: Detroit Lakes Ice Palace A Royal Monument To Winter

Ice Palace Will Reign Over Polar Fest Through February 17th

  The DL Ice Palace rises nearly 30 feet into the cold, February air in Detroit Lakes. Sculptor Hans Gilsdorf designed the castle, but it takes and entire team all year long to plan out the display. They come up with the design, figure out how to light it, harvest the ice when winter hits, then stack the 500-pound blocks…

Volunteers Working On Ice Palace For Polar Fest in Detroit Lakes

The Building Blocks Are 500 pound Ice Blocks Harvested From Detroit Lake

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The sounds of cranes grabbing, hammers hammering and chainsaws sawing into tons of ice. It’s all a part of the preparation for one of the biggest winter events in Lakes Country: Polar Fest. The building blocks used for this ice castle and all the other decorations for the festival are these 500 pound ice blocks that…

Detroit Lakes Drug Bust Lands Three People From Chicago Behind Bars

a search turned up 196 grams of heroin, 2 grams of cocaine and nearly $6,300 in cash

BECKER CO., Minn. — Three Chicago people were arrested in a drug bust in Detroit Lakes earlier this month. Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander says a state patrol trooper pulled over a vehicle and a search turned up 196 grams of heroin, 2 grams of cocaine and nearly $6,300 in cash. 38-year old David Verner, 57-year-old Vincent Verner, and 38-year…

Missing Becker County Teen Found Safe

Dominic has ties to the Audubon, Detroit Lakes and Lake Park areas.

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption UPDATE: The Becker County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Dominic Elhard has been located. They thanked the public for looking and calling in tips on their Facebook page.   AUDUBON, Minn.–The Becker County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help locating a runaway from the Audubon/Detroit Lakes area. Seventeen-year-old Dominic Elhard was last…

Veterans Honored At Wreaths Across America

This Is The Fifth Year They've Taken Part In The Honoring

DETROIT LAKES, MINN. — A crowd of people grouped in the frigid cold at the Veterans Memorial Park in Detroit Lakes to honor all branches of the military in remembrance for all those who serve our country. This event is just one of the hundreds across the county as people hang a wreath for each branch. “This is a small…

Man Walking On Highway 59 Near Detroit Lakes Killed By Semi

The fatal crash was reported around 5:45 Wednesday morning

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A man is dead after he was hit by a semi while walking near Detroit Lakes. The state patrol says 57-year-old James Gunthorpe of Detroit Lakes was hit on Highway 59 and Brandy Lake Road. The fatal crash was reported around 5:45 Wednesday morning. The patrol says Gunthorpe was walking in the northbound lane of the…

WE Fest Will Not Return to Detroit Lakes Until 2021

Festival announces on Facebook they will not hold the festival in 2020

Detroit Lakes, MN — In a Facebook posting WeFest Organizers announced they will skip holding the festival in 2020. They will return to Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in 2021. Here is the post: We are so excited to embark on this new journey with WE Fest. With 37 years under its belt, we know this festival is an important part of…

Veteran Takes Virtual Honor Flight To D.C.

"When I go through personal struggles of my own, I just think about Ole and how he perseveres, and his spirit is just wonderful."

DETROIT LAKES, MINN — U.S. Navy Veteran Daryle Olson or as everyone calls him, “Ole” served from 1956 to 1960. When his number was called to join the Honor Flight, there was some excitement. “When we first found out he was chosen to go on the flight, we were excited and looking forward to it,” Ole’s wife Darlene Olson said….