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. More than a dozen people quickly responded, with several saying they had killed between two and four dozen mice so far this year.
Not everything has what it takes to become a state symbol. The lowly leech in its lake weeds and crawly wood tick in its underbrush can only gaze wistfully at those state symbols that so proudly embody what it means to be a Minnesotan – the soulful loon is the state bird, bone-building milk is the state drink, the elegant fluttering monarch is the state butterfly and the tasty walleye is the state fish.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is entering its third year of evaluating the 55 miles per hour speed limit on all two-lane highways in the state. The five-year study is a legislative mandate to look at the speed limits and make recommendations about increasing the speed to 60 mph. In the Detroit lakes area (MnDOT District 4) 935 total lane miles will be studied.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Thanks to some not-so-gentle nudging by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concerned about phosphorus levels going into a lake, the city of Detroit Lakes in the next few years will be building a new wastewater treatment plant expected to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 million.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- It’s a city planner’s dream come true: A St. Cloud developer wants to build a $10 million hotel-restaurant project near the beach along Little Detroit Lake. A hotel near the city’s large public pavillion and surrounding park is part of the city’s long-range plan as spelled out in a 2008 study.
Barrel O’Fun, which produces potato chips and other snack foods in this town of 3,000 and employs 900, has agreed to pay a $45,000 penalty for not effectively pre-treating wastewater from its production plant here before sending it to the now improved city treatment facility.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A dozen or more buffalo are roaming the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Minnesota after they got loose from a neighboring farm. The bison haven’t been especially aggressive, but they are unpredictable and people should be cautious around them, just like they would be around bear, timber wolves or any other wild animal, said Refuge Manager Neil Powers.
Detroit Mountain is a whirlwind of activity as a new four-seasons park comes together. The Detroit Mountain Recreation Area is on track to be open for skiing, tubing and snowboarding this winter.
Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County has had zebra mussels for five years now, and a resident there had this to say about the recent discovery of the aquatic invasive species in Becker County’s Lake Melissa: It gets better.
Toby the black Labrador retriever probably didn’t have to lay down his life the day he was chased by a big black bear, but if he hadn’t, a human member of his family might be dead now.