Lakes Country

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…

Local Business Owner Reacts To New MN COVID-19 Fishing Regulations

Governor Tim Walz says he does not want people from out of state coming in for the opener.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The fishing opener starts on Saturday but before you think about picking up a rod and heading out on the boat the DNR has new rules. The department recommends people to follow the stay-at-home order by limiting travel to a fishing spot. They also recommended you only go with those you live with and maintain social…

Vergas Community Comes Together For Parade Of Hope

The parade is meant to bring smiles to people's faces sending a message that we are all in this together.

VERGAS, Minn. — At the Parade Of Hope people across the community are coming together in the wake of multiple weeks of shutdown due to the Coronavirus. The parade is meant to bring smiles to people’s faces sending a message that we are all in this together. “Ya know being cooped up in your house not being able to go…

Lakes Country Fishing Shops Prepare For Opener Amid COVID-19

The State DNR Says People Can Still Go Out And Fish But To Follow Guidelines Like Staying Close To Home, Not To Go In Large Groups Outdoors And To Follow Social Distancing.

LAKES COUNTRY, Minn — Fishing shops across Minnesota are at a stand still for people hoping to be able to walk into stores to get hooked up for the upcoming season in May. As the Governor of Minnesota has asked non-essential businesses to remain closed and people to stay home and avoid any unnecessary travel. The State DNR says people…

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…

Zorbaz Kicks Off Beardsley Marathon with Inaugural Dog Run

Runners and their favorite furry friends ran a 1.5 mile course, which finished at People's Park

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes is kicking off Dick Beardsley Marathon Week with the inaugural dog run! Runners and their favorite furry friends ran a 1.5 mile course, which finished at People’s Park. Humans participating got a Dog Run Finisher Shirt and all dogs got a dog tag medal and a Zorbaz bandanna. Registration for the run…

Star Lake Casino Project Clears Another Hurdle

An Environmental Impact Study was requested to gather more information on the proposed casino on Star Lake

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The Star Lake Casino project overcomes another hurdle. Otter Tail County officials met in Fergus Falls to discuss whether or not to move forward with the project. The Star Lake Casino project takes the next step forward, but not without some requirements. “In regards to Shooting Star Casino, the county board declared an EIS was necessary,”…

Nine Tornadoes Confirmed in Recent Thunderstorms Across the Valley

These storms ripped through many parts of the Valley on Tuesday

RED RIVER VALLEY — Nine tornadoes from Tuesday’s storms were confirmed by the Grand Forks National Weather Service. Weather officials said the strongest storm created three separate tornadoes along a straight line. The most powerful tornado formed east of Hatton and stayed on the ground for about 23 miles with winds up to 135 miles per hour. The storm weakened…