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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Is there really a man making his way around the Detroit Lakes area handing out money — by the hundreds and thousands — to strangers? Several area people say yes. One Holiday Inn patron confirmed the story, saying he met the fellow a little over a week ago. The two got to know each other over drinks and, before he knew it, the stranger was writing him a check. The patron, who wishes to remain anonymous, says the man was picking up people's tabs left and right, like it was nothing.
Rodney (Rod) and Robert (Rob) Felt, brothers who grew up on an area farm, have always done everything together, despite the fact that Robert is legally blind, only able to make out some shapes and colors. As kids, they romped through the woods, Rodney never thinking twice about his brother's disability, treating him just the same. "We'd come back with maybe a few more bumps and bruises than most," said Rodney, with a laugh, "but we'd come back."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Just two days into a girls' trip to wine country, eight women were forced to evacuate their AirBnB, the wide- and fast-spreading California fires that erupted Sunday evening threatening their lives. After a narrow escape and only home safe since late Monday, Oct. 9, the women are still shaken from their experience, but they have already begun helping, hoping to raise money for the "angels" who helped them escape the flames.
LAS VEGAS—In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, which killed 59 people and left 527 injured, Americans are reeling — and many are reaching out. For the last four years, Erica Nansen, a Detroit Lakes native now living in Las Vegas, has been working at the University Medical Center, the hospital that treated a majority of the shooting victims. "Our trauma center was so busy," Nansen said of Sunday night's mass shooting, the deadliest in modern U.S. history. "Patients were literally brought in continuously for hours."
WHITE EARTH, Minn.—According to the latest statistics, 90 percent of White Earth Nation in northern Minnesota is considered a federally-recognized "food desert." Access to good, nutritious food is incredibly scarce, but junk-food options are readily available in the few convenience stores the reservation has. It's an issue the tribe has been fighting for many years. Now, they may have a solution: the White Earth Mobile Market Food Truck.
A gas pump explosion at the Detroit Lakes Cenex had emergency crews scrambling early Monday evening. Just before 5 p.m. the Detroit Lakes Fire Department responded to the explosion and fire at the gas station, located on County Highway 34 on the east side of town and only one block from the elementary and middle school. Authorities say nobody was hurt, and everyone was evacuated from the premises. Bystanders reported hearing the commotion. “There were three (explosions). I counted,” Daniel Keck, a Cenex employee said.