Detroit Lakes

Frazee, Minnesota Boy Killed In Crash Saturday Afternoon

Authorities say Hank Engel died at the scene, about 14 miles east of Frazee

BECKER CO., Minn. — A 3-year-old Frazee, Minnesota boy is dead after a crash Saturday afternoon in Evergreen Township in Becker County. Authorities say Hank Engel died at the scene, about 14 miles east of Frazee. A pickup driven by Kristopher Engle was eastbound when it hit an SUV driven by Chad Bladow of Lake Park. Engle’s vehicle left the…

Detroit Lakes man sentenced to 11 years in prison for distributing meth on White Earth Reservation

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.–A Detroit Lakes man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Thirty-eight-year-old Eric Ryan Bergstrom pleaded guilty in December 2019 and was sentenced in St. Paul on Tuesday. Court documents say law enforcement learned of Bergstrom’s intent to deliver meth to the White Earth Reservation and installed a tracking device…

Mayor Issues 9 PM Curfew For Detroit Lakes As Protesters Gather

Protesters Gathering Along Highway 10

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — There is a small crowd of protesters gathering in Detroit Lakes Sunday evening along Highway 10 and Washington Avenue. That is prompting Mayor Matt Brenk to issue a 9 p.m. curfew for the city. It will run through 6 a.m. Monday. During the curfew, no travel is allowed on any public street, sidewalk, path or any…

2-Year-Old Killed In House Fire Near Detroit Lakes

The father was airlifted to a Fargo hospital for smoke inhalation. The mother and a 5-year-old girl were airlifted to Minneapolis.

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption UPDATE: The boy who died has been identified as Micah Hedlund.   HOLMESVILLE TOWNSHIP, Minn. — An overnight house fire northeast of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota killed a 2-year-old boy early Sunday morning. According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, crews responded to the Holmesville Township home on Duffney Road, approximately…

Detroit Lakes Driver and Vehicle Services Exam Station to Open May 19

Class D road tests will begin being offered on May 26.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.–The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division is opening 16 exam stations on May 19. The exam stations are located in St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Fairmont, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Brainard, Duluth, Grand Rapids and Bemidji. The remaining locations will continue to be closed to the public…

Minnesota Businesses React To Cold Weather Fishing Opener Along With New Restrictions

The orders include limiting travel, not going in large groups and maintaining social distancing.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — In Detroit Lakes, shop owners say it’s not the usual bustling Saturday opener they normally see walking in. “I think the main rush will happen at the start of the week now once the weather warms up, it’s supposed to get better out than people will really come out in force when it’s actually enjoyable to…

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…