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New Liquor Store Opening November 19

Come check out the beer cave and our newly expanded selection of wine and craft beer!! 

Conveniently located at 200 Holmes St E Detroit Lakes MN

November 19- Opening Day
November 20- Wine & Beer Tasting
November 21- Wine & Beer Tasting
November 22- Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
November 26- Light Up Night Parade
November 30- Beer Tasting

**Grand Opening**
December 6, 7, & 8
Door Prizes/Drawings
Wine & Beer Tasting

December 24- Closing at 5:00pm
December 25- Closed for the Christmas Holiday



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Community Foundation Grant

The Detroit Lakes Area Community Foundation is here to assist in the funding of activities that promote quality cultural, educational, civic, wellness, environmental and economic development programs in the Detroit Lakes community, involving all age groups, urban and rural areas, men and women, and the disadvantaged.

The Detroit Lakes Community Foundation Offers

Continuity. Gifts can continue to provide community support over a period of years.

Simplicity. One gift may benefit numerous organizations or activities.

Perpetuity. A fund may be established in the name a family, friend, or organization with assurance that the proceeds will benefit the community well beyond the donor’s lifetime.

Security. A well established, ongoing foundation using professional investment counselors assures sound management of gifts.

Tax Benefits. Donations are deductible to the extent allowed by Internal Revenue Service codes.

How Does It Work?

The Foundation operates under the direction of an Advisory Committee comprised of five individuals to be representative of the community. The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, the City of Detroit Lakes, the Detroit Lakes Jaycees and United Way each nominate a member to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Foundation. A fifth member-at-large is chosen by the other four members.

Their responsibility is to:

Monitor the management of the Foundation funds to ensure maximum return for community needs; Distribute available funds to eligible organizations through a grant process; Inform the community of work of the Foundation in order to strengthen public understanding and support; Serve the community by working with grant seekers and donors; Seek funds for the on-going work of the Foundation.

Click on the the GRANT APPLICATION for more information or visit our page on the City of Detroit Lakes Website.


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City Council Supports the Detroit Mountain Recreational Area

The Detroit Lakes City Council approved the funding of $300,000 over six years for the Detroit Mountain Recreational Area Project. 

Not only will Detroit Mountain be open for downhill skiing in the winter, the plan calls for camping, hiking and biking in the warmer seasons and cross country skiing and tubing in the winter.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $6.2 million. With the city as landowner, there would be no property taxes or debt service, making the project doable.

Since another entity would run the facility, that entity would be responsible for the insurance and benefits for the employees, too, not the city. The operating entity would also be responsible for the liability insurance.

Though the city would be the landowner, another entity — most likely DMRA, though the city has the final say on who — would manage the property, similar to how the Detroit Country Club works. The city owns the land the golf course sits on, but the country club group runs the facility. The employees are employees of the country club, not the city. The country club has its own board of directors as well, just like the Detroit Mountain would.

The same goes for the Legion Campground. The city owns the land but the Legion operates the campground.

City Administrator Bob Louiseau said that if the council wants to support this project, the $50,000 a year for six years could be found in various funds over the years, but, “I wouldn’t pin it down to any single fund right now.”

The City of Detroit Lakes will be  the Legal Sponsor for the Park Legacy and DNR Regional Park Grant Applications.  

Without the DNR’s $2.1 million grant though, it would be a no-go. The DNR has expressed interest in having a regional park in the Detroit Lakes area. The grant deadline is Sept. 28, and the applicant will know by the end of the year if the DNR grant is awarded or not.  


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Aquatic Invasive Species Meeting

Public Information Meeting


TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012 at 5:30 P.M.

at 1025 Roosevelt Avenue City Administration Building- Council Chambers


1.      Update from Moriya Rufer, Becker County AIS Task Force Coordinator

2.      Update from DNR Nathan Olson, Regional AIS Specialist

3.      Update from Tera Guetter, Pelican River Watershed Department (PRWD)

4.      Update from Lake Detroiters Association Inc

5.      Open Discussion-   Needs/Concerns-   Ideas-  Future Actions



                                                                  Bruce Imholte, Chair

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Downtown Crossing

The City of Detroit Lakes undertook the Business Corridor Study when it was faced with a major realignment of US Highway 10 which runs through the City’s downtown. The highway realignment left a 5 acre tract of land near the Central Business District to be redeveloped either by chance or by choice.  Fortunately the City chose to plan for the Business Corridor Redevelopment and hired a private planning consultant, RDG Planning & Design ofOmaha, to work with Community Development staff to complete the study.

The final report provides a vision for the future development in the downtown.  In addition it has provided a guideline to direct public and private decisions regarding downtown redevelopment.

The planning process, which was successful in gaining buy in from elected officials and the community at large, included public input, stakeholder meetings and opportunity analysis.  The opportunity based planning process compares consumer demand with retail sales to identify gaps existed in the retail sector.  This changed the planning point of view from focusing on how many square feet of retail space can fit on the available acreage to how much new retail space can be supported by the market. The analysis of consumer demand compared to retail sales shoDwed a need for $65,000 square feet of retail space and 12,000 square feet of office space inDetroitLakesover the next five years.

This level of detail obtained from fact based analysis, has created a plan that citizens and elected officials feel can be implemented.  Because of the high level of confidence people have in the study, it has been used by the City Council to make decisions and allocate resources to guide downtown redevelopment.  (Note:  A copy of the Detroit Lakes Business Corridor’s Redevelopment Plan is available on the City’s web site at

Since adoption of the Business Corridor Study in December of 2008, the Community Development Department has worked closely with elected officials and private developers to ensure that the following important implementation activities have taken place:

  • Acquisition of property for future parking ($832,000) – 2008
  • Assembled private property in the Downtown Redevelopment Area 1.0 million – 2007-2009
  • Engineer prepared feasibility study for downtown redevelopment public improvements – 2009
  • Demolition of two building in the redevelopment area – 2010
  • Entered into a development agreement to develop Downtown Crossing, a 24,000 square foot mall in the redevelopment area – 2010
  • Set aside property for aDowntownCommunityParkand worked with veterans for a Veteran’s Memorial in the park 2009-2010
  • Obtained a $50,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to assist in development of the community park – 2011
  • Approved going out for bids to construct and improve downtown parking lots – 2011

The City of Detroit Lakes is very pleased with the plan and the Community Development Department has used it repeatedly to guide public action and spending for downtown redevelopment.  Elements of the plan were used by staff to develop a request for proposals which will add 24,000 square feet of retail space in the downtown redevelopment area next to the Veteran’sCommunityPark.  (see attached rendering of Downtown Crossing)

In short, the City of Detroit Lakes is supportive of the plan and also very pleased at the rapid progress that has been made toward its implementation.

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