Dent, MN


Lakes Area’s Most Wanted: Aug. 8, 2022

DETROIT LAKES (KDLM/LAKES TV3) – The Becker County Sheriff’s Department and Detroit Lakes Police share their most wanted. Check back each week to see if the most wanted person has been located!

Missing Otter Tail County Teenager Found

FERGUS FALLS (KDLM) – A missing teenager from Fergus Falls has been located. Samantha Holte had been missing since July 31, last seen in the Jewett Lake area. Holte was described as a 17 year-old, 5’9″ and approximately 155 pounds. She was believed to be in the...

Detroit Lakes City Council prepares for full-time fire chief; Highland Drive project gains final approval

DETROIT LAKES — Members of the Detroit Lakes City Council discussed the potential for a new full-time fire chief position during their most recent meeting on Monday, Aug. 8. The city's current fire chief, Ryan Swanson, said he will be stepping down as chief at the end of the year and, in a previous interview, suggested that it was time for the full-time position to be created, which would lead to improved public safety in Detroit Lakes.

James “Corky” Mark – Fergus Falls, MN

James “Corky” Mark, 75, of Fergus Falls, died Wed-nesday, August 3, 2022 at Fairview Health in Minneapolis. He was born March 24, 1947 in Parkers Prairie to Henry and Angela (Conn) Mark. Corky was baptized in Parkers Prairie and confirmed at Tordenskjold Free Lutheran Church. At a young age, he moved with his family to Dalton. He attended country school at District 20 and graduated from Underwood High School in 1964. Corky joined the Army Reserve in Fergus Falls and was enlisted for 4 years. He went to work for Mark Sand and Gravel, Burgess Construction and Johnson Brothers Construction. During his time with Johnson Brothers, he was sent to Nigeria to work on a bridge project for 6 weeks. Corky then went to work for Ames Construction out of Burnsville, MN. Corky enjoyed his work building roads and bridges. He worked for 20 years as a superintendent for Ames Construction and hired many local people. Retired in 2008. May 5, 1973 he was united in marriage to Bonnie Finkelson at Zion Church in Dalton. The couple made their home in Dalton. Corky enjoyed hunting and fishing, elk hunting in Colorado and his final elk hunting trip to New Mexico where he was successful in harvesting an elk. He loved his morning coffee with friends, enjoyed his Sunday dinners with family and spending time with his grandchildren. Corky also enjoyed all of his “toys”, raised beef cattle and farmed for several years. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Fergus Falls; his children, Amy (John) Busko of Fergus Falls and Jason “Buck” (Lindsay) Mark of Fergus Falls; four grandchildren, Harlow “Harley”, Brynlee “Brindle”, Dayton “Bud” and Baylee “Bumper”; two brothers, Curtis (Donna) Mark of Dalton and John (Kim) Mark of Dalton; numerous relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Milton and Ethel Finkelson. Visitation was Monday, August 8, 2022 from 12-2 p.m. at Zion-Sarpsborg Free Lutheran Church in Dalton. Memorial Service was Monday, August 8, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Zion-Sarpsborg Free Lutheran Church in Dalton. Glende-Nilson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Fergus Falls was in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be made online at

Happenings around the lakes area, Aug. 10-21

The Detroit Lakes Tribune accepts community calendar items for publication online and, space permitting, in our Wednesday and Sunday print editions. Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either or Each submission must include the date, time and location of event, and where to go for more information (phone, email and/or website). Also include whether the event is free or paid admission, and how much it costs when applicable.

Looney Days this Weekend in Vergas

VERGAS (KDLM) – Looney Days returns to Vergas this weekend. The community festival, which runs through Sunday features a 5K run/walk, street fair, wiener dog races, loon calling contest and a parade. “What’s really cool for us as organizers of Looney Days is that all this is free, we...

Ellen Cromwell-Cecrle

Ellen Cromwell-Cecrle, 79, died on March 13, 2022 in Sun City West, Arizona, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Ellen was born in Memphis, Tennessee, 1942, to Lucius and Dorothy Cromwell. The family moved frequently when Ellen was a child but settled outside Greensburg, Pennsylvania, by the time Ellen was in junior high. In 1960, Ellen graduated from nearby Hempfield High School.