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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota


Location in Minnesota

Coordinates: 46°48′48″N 95°50′41″W / 46.81333°N 95.84472°W / 46.81333; -95.84472 Country State County Government - Mayor - House - Senate - U.S. Congress Area - Total - Land - Water Elevation United States Minnesota Becker Matt Brenk Paul Marquart (DFL) Keith Langseth (DFL) Collin Peterson (DFL) 12.3 sq mi (31.9 km2) 7.5 sq mi (19.4 km2) 4.8 sq mi (12.5 km2) 1,368 ft (417 m)

months is much higher due to seasonal residents and tourists, climbing to an estimated 30,000. From 1990 to 2000, the city experienced approximately 11% population growth. U.S. Routes 10 and 59, and Minnesota State Highway 34 serve as the primary arterial routes through the city. Detroit Lakes is located 45 miles east of the Fargo-Moorhead ND-MN statistical metropolitan area. The nearest major metropolitan area with a population over 300,000 is Minneapolis-St.Paul, which is approximately 205 miles southeast of Detroit Lakes. Detroit Lakes is a regional summer and winter recreation destination, attracting large amounts of tourists and seasonal residents each year. Its economy is fueled by seasonal population increases, with tourism being the area’s chief industry along with agriculture.

The city of Detroit Lakes was founded by Colonel George Johnston in 1871. The city grew quickly with the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1877, an election finally decided that Detroit Lakes, then known as Detroit, was to become the county seat. Detroit won the election by a ninety percent majority. The nearby cities of Frazee, Lake Park, and Audubon were also in the running for the county seat. By 1884, Detroit Lakes had many businesses, including the Hotel Minnesota, the Lakes Hotel, a bank, a newspaper, and an opera house. The first county courthouse was built in Detroit Lakes that year also.

Population (2007) 8,030 - Total 980.4/sq mi (378.3/km2) - Density Time zone - Summer (DST) ZIP codes Area code(s) FIPS code GNIS feature ID Website CST (UTC-6) CDT (UTC-5) 56501, 56502 218 27-15832[1] 0642777[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.3 square miles (31.9 km²), of which, 7.5 square miles (19.4 km²) of it is land and 4.8 square miles (12.5 km²) of it (39.25%) is water.

Detroit Lakes is the county seat of rural Becker County, Minnesota, United States. The city’s population was estimated at 8,030 in 2007 by the United States Census Bureau. Its unofficial population during summer


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voting member. There are four election wards, with two council members serving each of the three primary wards with three serving the "at large" area. [4] 14 city boards and commissions are currently in operation, including the Park Board, Library Board, Public Utilities Commission, Planning Commission, Police Civil Service Commission, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Airport Commission, and the Tourism Bureau.[4] Detroit Lakes is located in Minnesota’s 7st congressional district, represented by Collin Peterson (DFL), the current chairman of the House Agriculture Committee who resides in Detroit Lakes. The city is in Minnesota Senate district 9, represented by Keith Langseth (DFL), and Minnesota House district 9B, represented by Paul Marquart (DFL).

The United States Census Bureau’s population estimate in 2007 was 8,030. As of the official census[1] of 2000, there were 7,348 people, 3,319 households, and 1,845 families permanently residing in the city. The population density was 980.4 people per square mile (378.3/km²). There were 3,782 housing units at an average density of 504.6/sq mi (194.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.98% White, 4.50% Native American, 0.53% Asian American, 0.42% African American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population. There were 3,319 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% were non-families. 40.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.86. In the city the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.2 males. The median income for a household in the city was $29,264, and the median income for a family was $42,267. Males had a median income of $28,939 versus $21,439 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,509. About 9.9% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.

Higher Education
The Detroit Lakes campus of the Minnesota State Community and Technical College system is one of four campus locations (others are in Moorhead, Fergus Falls, and Wadena). Each campus has a unique personality, history, and mix of program offerings. The Detroit Lakes campus, located on Highway 34 East, enrolls approximately 650 students in 25 different degree programs. The college offers both classroom and online distance education programs and grants AAS, AS, diploma, certificate, and AFA degrees.[5]

Rossman Elementary School (K-5) Roosevelt Elementary School (K-5) Detroit Lakes Middle School (6-8) Detroit Lakes High School (9-12) Lakes Area Learning Center Alternative High School (ALC) (9-12) • Holy Rosary Catholic School (K-8) (Private) • Faith Christian School (K-8) (Private) • Adventist Christian School (K-8) (Private) • • • • •

Detroit Lakes is the county seat of Becker County, with the county courthouse and law enforcement center being located there. District headquarters for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Highway Patrol are also located in the city. A 9-member City Council serves the city, with Mayor Matt Brenk serving as the 10th

Carnegie Library
Built in 1913 with a $10,000 grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, the Detroit Lakes Public Library is a branch of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library Network (LARL). Originally 4,142 square feet (384.8 m2) on


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two floors, the library was designed by the architectural firm of Claude and Starck of Madison, Wisconsin. The building today is on the National Register of Historic Places. Most notably, the building features a Louis Sullivan exterior frieze, lead and stained glass windows and doors, and a completely open and unobstructed interior. The building, designed in the prairie school architectural style popularized by such architects as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, is also noted for its orange clay-tiled hip roof that defies regional construction convention. In 1985, due to space issues, the original Carnegie building was expanded. [6]

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was added to the Register in 1988. The Edgewater Beach Cottages, also known as Stovewood Cottages, by architects George Jewell and Frederick Wright and significant of the period 1925-1949, were added in 1989. Fairyland Cottages Historic District on W. Lake Shore Drive, significant of the period 1925-1949, were added to the National Register in 1989. Finally, the Holmes Block (also known as the Opera House Block), including downtown commercial buildings occupying addresses 710-718 Washington Avenue, are significant of various historical periods ranging from 1875 to 1974. The downtown block was added to the National Register in 2001.[7]

National Register of Historic Places

The city’s economy is largely driven by summer tourism and seasonal population increases. A variety of health care services, retail stores, and service businesses are available to area residents and tourists. Detroit Lakes is home to approximately 15 chain and independent hotels. Numerous resorts in the area provide many additional units. The city’s downtown offers a 135,000-square-foot (12,500 m2) shopping center, including Washington Square Mall, a large indoor shopping mall constructed in response to increasing popularity and success of indoor shopping malls in the 1980s. The downtown is compact and features a wide variety of goods and services. Like most communities, expansion is along the primary arterial highways. Most newer chain retail businesses, including discount and home centers, restaurants, and strip malls, are located along Highways 10 and 59. The city is also home to a number of various businesses servicing tourism ranging from sporting goods retailers to amusement parks and river tubing companies. With two industrial parks in the city’s outskirts, it is also home to many manufacturing and industrial businesses, including Snappy, BTD Manufacturing, Friesens, Inc., Swheat Scoop Cat Litter, Hartman Hide and Fur, Lakeshirts, and Land O’ Lakes Feed. [4]

Historic Detroit Lakes Amtrak Depot in winter Numerous works of architecture and engineering in Detroit Lakes have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Detroit Lakes Carnegie Library of the Prairie School architectural style, by architects Claude and Starck and significant of the period from 1900-1924, was added to the Register in 1976. The Graystone Hotel, significant of the periods 1900-1924 and 1925-1949, was added in 1999. The Amtrak Depot, formerly the Northern Pacific Passenger Depot and later the Burlington Northern Depot, significant of the periods 1900-1924 and 1925-1949, was added in 1988. The Homer E. Sargent House on Lake Avenue, currently a privately-owned domestic dwelling of the Queen Anne architectural style and significant of the periods 1875-1899 and 1900-1924,

The city’s various recreation opportunities make it one of Minnesota’s most significant tourism communities, drawing tourists and seasonal residents from the nearby Fargo-


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Moorhead metropolitan area, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and others from throughout the Upper Midwestern United States and Canada. The city’s chamber of commerce participates actively in the "Explore Minnesota" statewide tourism campaign.

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Community & Cultural Center
A recently-built Community & Cultural Center serves Detroit Lakes, incorporating a new fitness center with the completely renovated brick building that once was the Holmes School. The fitness and aquatic area features an 8-lane Olympic regulation pool, an indoor track, a fieldhouse featuring 2 basketball courts, a weight room, cardio fitness center, racquetball courts, and a golf driving/putting range. The old 1931 school building houses the renovated 837-seat Historic Holmes Theatre featuring orchestra and balcony level seating, conference rooms, and the Lakes Area Learning Center and Alternative High School. When completed in 2001, a building of 105,000 square feet (9,800 m2) was the result of $9.5 million dollars in expenses.[8]

Outdoor Recreation
In and around Detroit Lakes are several lakes used for fishing, boating, wake sports, sailing, jet-skiing, swimming, and freshwater scuba diving. Most prominent and heavily used is Lake Detroit, which features the milelong city beach. The beach annually hosts the city’s Independence Day celebration and fireworks display. In and around Detroit Lakes are 14 golf courses. The area also features an amusement park, a paintball arena, two river tubing companies, and a horseback riding ranch. The city also hosts the annual Becker County Fair. The Shrine Circus performs in Detroit Lakes each year at Kent Freeman Arena. In the winter off-season, the area remains a popular recreation destination for ice fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing.

Historic Holmes Theatre

Music Festivals
10,000 Lakes Festival
Each July, the city hosts the 10,000 Lakes Festival, a large music festival with past acts including Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio, The Black Crowes, the Allman Brothers, Ratdog, and others. The three-day concert attracts around 25,000 people and is held annually at the Soo Pass Ranch on Highway 59 south of Detroit Lakes.

Main entrance to the Historic Holmes Theatre in winter The Historic Holmes Theatre, a physical and organizational branch of the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center complex, is a recently renovated Art Deco theatre that hosts year-round music, drama and dance performances. With seating for nearly 1,000, the theatre features a wide variety of professional national and international touring shows (including Arlo Guthrie, the Chinese Golden Acrobats, the New York Theatre Ballet, and the Guthrie Theatre), local performing groups (Playhouse 412, Fargo/Moorhead Jazz Arts Group, Wadena Madhatters) and events (wedding receptions, business meetings, and Detroit Lakes’ Annual Festival of the Birds).[9]

WE Fest
Each August since 1983 the city has hosted WE Fest, a prominent country music festival. Campgrounds packed with tents surround a large stage, and the three-day concert attracts around 50,000 music-lovers each summer. In 2007, the attendance reached a record high of 83,000 people over the weekend at the themed "Heavin in ’07" concert. The music festival is held annually at the Soo Pass Ranch on Highway 59 south of Detroit Lakes. The 2008 lineup included Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Billy Ray Cyrus, LeAnn Rimes and other stars of country music.


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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Music Festivals
Detroit Lakes is the home of the annual WEFEST and 10,000 Lakes music festivals. Both are held annually at the Soo Pass Ranch south of Detroit Lakes on U.S. Route 59. The concerts are significant to Country Music and Indie Rock culture in the Upper Midwest, respectively.

• • • • • • KDLM-AM 1340 (Adult Contemporary) KBOT "Wild Country" 104.1 (Country) KRCQ "Real Country" 102.3 (Country) 92.5 KXKK 92.5 Hot Country 94.7 KSKK Adult Contemporary The Arrow 94.7 97.5 KDKK 97.5 Music of Your Life, Northern Minnesota’s Most Power FM Station 870 KPRM Classic Country News/Talk, Northern Minnesota Most Powerful AM Station 1070 KVKK Country, 10,000 Watts 1570 KAKK Oldies 1570, 10,000 Watts

Detroit Lakes is a heavily Protestant Christian city. In greatest number are Lutheran churches of varied synod affiliations. Exceptions to this are two Roman Catholic parishes and an Episcopal church of the Anglican rite of Christianity. The city’s oldest standing church building is the Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ, anchoring the corner of Lake Avenue and Holmes Street since 1893. The building has since seen multiple renovations and restorations. Denominational Statistics - Places of Worship • Lutheran - 10 • Roman Catholic, Baptist, Nondenominational Christian - 2 • Episcopal Church, United Methodist, Assemblies of God (Pentecostal), United Church of Christ, Mennonite (Anabaptist), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventist, Evangelical, Vineyard Church (Neo-charismatic) - 1


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• TV3: Lakes Area Television (News/Local Programming) TV3 is a "commercial supported cable access television station" that broadcasts out of Detroit Lakes for the regional Arvig Communication Cable System.

Forum Communications Company of Fargo, North Dakota, owns and operates the Detroit Lakes Newspapers and also provides the regional daily newspaper, The Forum of FargoMoorhead, with coverage spanning the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area and much of northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota. • The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead (daily) • Detroit Lakes Tribune (weekly) • Becker County Record (weekly) • Lake Area Press (weekly)

• Detroit Lakes Lakers - Minnesota State High School League boys/girls athletics • Detroit Lakes Angels - Minnesota Amateur League Baseball, Hi-10 Conference • Detroit Lakes Post 15 - American Legion Baseball • Lakes Area Screaming Eagles - Semi-Pro American Football, Minnesota Minor League Football • Pine to Palm Golf Tournament • 412 BMX Racing

Amtrak Passenger Rail
The Detroit Lakes Passenger Amtrak Station is a historic brick/stone masonry structure built in 1907 in the Mission Revival architectural style. Architect John Skooglun was commissioned for the project by Northern Pacific Railway. The building was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1988. It is located near the intersection of Highway 10 and Washington Avenue in downtown Detroit Lakes. The building underwent major restoration in 2008, which including the reconstruction of the historic cobblestone plaza

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and a new paved parking lot. The station is served by the Empire Builder passenger train en route from Seattle to Chicago.[10]

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founder of Dick Beardsley Running Company Jason Blake, current National Hockey League player, Toronto Maple Leaves left/ right wing James "Jim" Evans, former legislator, Minnesota State House of Representatives, 1977-1984, Independent Republican, District 10A Phil Hansen, retired American football player for the National Football League, Buffalo Bills defensive end 1991-2001, 3-time Super Bowl winner Kari Knutilla, Miss Minnesota 2001, former Miss America finalist Collin Peterson, current United States Congressman, chairman of House Agriculture Committee, DemocraticFarmer-Labor Party, 7th Congressional District of Minnesota Ed Schultz, liberal syndicated talk radio host, anchor The Ed Show on MSNBC


With a 4,500-foot (1,400 m) runway, the Detroit Lakes Airport accommodates small planes and helicopters. Located 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Detroit Lakes on Highway 10, the airport features a sod strip and float plane docking area on Long Lake in addition to the 4,500-foot (1,400 m) paved runway. W.O. Enterprises, Inc. manages the airport. The nearest public commercial airport is Hector International Airport, 45 miles west of Detroit Lakes in Fargo, North Dakota. The airport services commercial passenger flights to and from Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Orlando, and Las Vegas. [11] •


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Taxi, Bus, and Coach
DL Taxi Services offer mileage-based taxicab service to residents and tourists year round. Becker County Transit is a city shuttle bus service that also serves to connect Detroit Lakes with the surrounding communities and rural areas. Clay County Rural Transit provides daily shuttle service from Detroit Lakes to the Fargo-Moorhead metro, utilized heavily by business and college commuters. Jefferson Lines motorcoaches stop in Detroit Lakes as well, in its busing service connecting 11 U.S. states and parts of Canada. [12]


In Popular Culture
Detroit Lakes is referred to in the author John Steinbeck’s book, Travels with Charley, as he and his dog Charley drove through the upper midwestern United States. A fictional version of its courthouse and rural countryside are also featured in director Ali Selim’s 2006 independent film Sweet Land, a love story revolving around a German immigrant’s settlement in rural Becker County, Minnesota in the aftermath of World War I.

Notable Residents
• Dick Beardsley, champion marathon runner, speaker, and author, 3rd-fastest American born male marathon runner, Grandma’s Marathon record holder, Boston Marathon silver medalist (1982),

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota transportation/. Retrieved on 2007-11-13.

External links
• City of Detroit Lakes, MN – Official website • Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce website • Detroit Lakes website • WE-FEST website • 10,000 Lakes Festival website • Minnesota State Community & Technical College website • Detroit Lakes Public Library website Coordinates: 46°49′02″N 95°50′43″W / 46.81722°N 95.84528°W / 46.81722; -95.84528

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