Wells Fargo Bank in Detroit Lakes was shut down for a brief time Tuesday afternoon after a protester locked herself to a table in the lobby. Disabled veteran Jessie Campbell left after about 20 minutes of negotiation with local law enforcement and bank officials. She was not arrested. She was one of a dozen or so protesters who picketed outside Wells Fargo after arriving from Camp Turtle Island - Water Protector Sanctuary, located at the intersection of County Road 4 and Highway 113 in the center of the White Earth Reservation.
A disabled veteran, now recovering from a liver transplant, and his little sheltie-type dog will have to find a new home, and a 70-year-old woman will lose her rental income, courtesy of the Detroit Lakes City Council. The veteran, Brian Fraser, choked up at the thought of giving up his dog while addressing the council. "I cannot afford to move," he told the council. "This place is the only home I have, I need my dog as well ... I'll lose him if I lose my home."
Former Detroit Lakes High School Principal Rod Thompson, who left Detroit Lakes under a cloud about 16 years ago, allegedly after an affair with a subordinate, has resigned under fire from his position as superintendent of the Shakopee School District.
WE Fest has come under fire after replacing its corps of local beer vendors with an independent contractor, which brought in its own beer hawkers. Hawkers work the crowds at WE Fest, selling cans of beer, cans of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and water. Local boxer and longtime WE Fest worker Chris Holt said in a letter to the editor that he is “very unimpressed with how the new WE Fest owners that are a corporate company (Townsquare Media) treat people.”
Ras Ible, 58, is built like a rickshaw driver, lean, well-muscled and burnt-brown – which shouldn’t be too surprising, considering he has spent the last year pulling his 500-pound house on wheels, rickshaw-style, across a number of states. The heat index was in dangerous territory Thursday, but he kept on trucking — making good time traveling east on the shoulder of Highway 10 as he crossed into Becker County and reached Detroit Lakes.