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WINNERS BEST OF THE LAKES AREA

Readers’ Choice AWARDS

BEST OF THE LAKES 2019 | PAGE 1


LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED

1100 North Shore Drive, Detroit Lakes MN 218-844-FIRE (3473)

Food With Attitude SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS:

BRUNCH FROM 10AM - NOON & BLOODY MARY BAR

BAR SPECIALS: Happy Hour 3-6 pm

MONDAY - 1/2 PRICE BOTTLES OF WINE ALL DAY

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The votes are in. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN.

CARING FOR

EACH OTHER LIKE NOWHERE ELSE

THE BEST HAVE BEEN CHOSEN. MELISSA Congratulations to the winners and runners-up in the 2019 SWENSON Publisher Detroit Lakes Tribune Best of mswenson@ the Lakes Area Readers’ Choice dlnewspapers.com Awards! 218-844-1451 We had nearly 1,000 entries and you have been selected the best of the best! Detroit Lakes Newspapers would like to thank our readers who took the time to give credit to their favorites. Without your help, recognizing the Best of the Lakes Area winners would not be possible. Within the pages of this magazine, you will learn about the individuals and businesses that make Detroit Lakes a great place to live, work and play. You judged. You voted. Here are your 2019 Best of the Lakes Area Winners!

It’s the people of this place who inspire us— friends, colleagues, neighbors.

NICK OMBERG

LIZ MOLACEK

Multimedia Consultant nomberg@ dlnewspapers.com 218-844-1467

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JIM BROGREN

ROBIN STALLEY

Multimedia Consultant jbrogren@ dlnewspapers.com 218-844-1465

That’s why we do things differently here. We believe that together, with community and commitment, we can build something better. Live healthier lives. Take care of each other. Thank you for voting Essentia Health Best Physical Rehabilitation Clinic. It’s our honor to serve you.

Multimedia Consultant rstalley@ dlnewspapers.com 218-844-1457

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VOTED #1 FIRM

Charlie Seuntjens, Sam Rufer and Nicole Tabbut

CONGRATULATIONS TO

Together they practice:

Congratulations to Attorney Sam Rufer voted in the top 2 attorneys in the lakes area. PAGE 4 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019

• Estate Planning • Real Estate Law • Personal Injury • Family Law

• Civil Litigation • Probate & Trusts • Business Formation

903 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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S R E N N I W EATS & DRINKS BAKERY 1st.............................................Central Market 2nd.........................................................................Roasted BAR 1st........................................................Lakeside 2nd............................................................................Sunlite BARTENDER 1st ............... Michael Setterholm (Fireside) 2nd.....................................Taylor Jasken (Lakeside) BLOODY MARY 1st............................................................Zorbaz 2nd........................................................................... Brygge COCKTAIL 1st...........................................................Brygge 2nd............................................................................ Zorbaz BEER SELECTION 1st............................................................Zorbaz 2nd....................................................................... Lakeside HAPPY HOUR 1st........................................................Lakeside 2nd..................................................................Holiday Inn RESTAURANT 1st...........................................................Spitfire 2nd........................................................................... Brygge RESTAURANT SERVER 1st............................................... Lori Blonigan 2nd............................................................... Barb Bennet

SERVICES

READERS’ CHOICE

Winners!

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BREAKFAST 1st....................................................Mainstreet 2nd...........................................................................Perkins BURGER 1st........................................................... Sunlite 2nd........................................................................... Brygge CHINESE FOOD 1st...........................................Chinese Dragon 2nd................................................................China Buffet DESSERT 1st................................................. Dairy Queen 2nd........................................................................Spanky’s FRIES 1st....................................................Mcdonalds 2nd............................................................................Sunlite MEXICAN FOOD 1st............................................................El Loro 2nd..........................................................................Miguels PIZZA 1st............................................................Zorbaz 2nd.......................................................Hotel Shoreham OUTDOOR DINING 1st..................................................Long Bridge 2nd....................................................................... Lakeside RIBS/BBQ 1st...........................................................Spitfire 2nd........................................................................Spanky’s

WINE LIST 1st......................................................... Fireside 2nd........................................................................Spanky’s WINGS 1st..................................................Long Bridge 2nd........................................................................... Brygge COFFEE 1st..........................................................Caribou 2nd.....................................................................La Barista DELI 1st.............................................Central Market 2nd.....................................................................La Barista FAST FOOD 1st..........................................................Miguels 2nd...................................................................McDonalds DRIVE THRU 1st..........................................................Miguels 2nd...................................................................McDonalds ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT SHOP 1st................................................. Dairy Queen 2nd...............................................................Cherry Berry LIQUOR STORE 1st........................................................ 7 Sisters 2nd............................................................Lakes Liquors SANDWICH SHOP 1st.................................................Jimmy Johns 2nd..........................................................................Subway

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ACCOUNTANT 1st.......................................................Kim Fuhs 2nd.................................................John Hintermeister ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY 1st......................................................... Ecumen 2nd.........................................................................Essentia LAW OFFICE 1st................................. Pemberton Law Firm 2nd.........................Thorwaldsen and Malmstrom 2nd.............................................Stowman Law Office

ATTORNEY 1st............................................... Jeff Stowman 2nd....................................................................Sam Rufer AUTO CARE 1st....................................................... Chaney’s 2nd................................................................................ Dans BARBER 1st.................................................... Barber Jon 2nd............................................................Jim Kaufmann

CAR WASH 1st..................................................... 4 Seasons 2nd...........................................................................Holiday CATERING 1st...................................................... LaBarista 2nd...................................................................... Lakeview CHILD CARE FACILITY 1st....................................................Laker Prep 2nd...............................................Boys And Girls Club

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SERVICES

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CARPET CLEANING 1st......................................... All Star Cleaning 2nd.................................................... Dl Sharper Image CONTRACTOR 1st........................................................Do-Right 2nd......................................................................Heitcamp ELECTRICIAN 1st.............................................Mark’s Electric 2nd............................................................B & M Electric FINANCIAL INSTITUTION/ BANK 1st..............................................Midwest Bank 2nd...................................................................... Bell Bank FINANCIAL INSTITUTION/ CREDIT UNION 1st..... Midwest Minnesota Federal Credit Union 2nd...................................................................................N/A FINANCIAL PLANNING AGENCY 1st............................................Mann Financial 2nd............................................................ Edward Jones FINANCIAL PLANNER 1st.................................................. Kevin Mann 2nd.............................................................. Matthew Ask FUNERAL HOME 1st....................................... David Donehower 2nd.....................................................................West Kjos GARBAGE SERVICE 1st.......................................Steve’s Sanitation 2nd.................................................................. Dl Disposal HAIR SALON 1st................................................. Shear Grace 2nd.................................................................Convictions HAIR STYLIST 1st..............Tamara Davidson (Convictions) 2nd................. Lindsey Cooksey (Artistry Salon) HOTEL/MOTEL 1st................................................... Holiday Inn 2nd....................................................................The Lodge

HOUSE CLEANING 1st..................................................................TLC 2nd................................................................Merry Maids INSURANCE AGENCY 1st....................................... Country Financial 2nd.........................................................Markuson-Baer INSURANCE AGENT 1st................................................ Justin Skarie 2nd..................................................................Dave Hiney KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE 1st.................................................... The Center 2nd..................................................................Holiday Inn LANDSCAPING/IRRIGATION/LAWNCARE 1st...........................................Barefoot Lawns 2nd....................................Lakes Area Landscaping MEMORY CARE FACILITY 1st......................................................... Ecumen 2nd.........................................................................Essentia NON PROFIT SERVICE ORGANIZATION 1st....................................Boys And Girls Club 2nd................................................ Lakes Crisis Center PET GROOMING 1st........................................................ Muttleys 2nd................................................................Fluffy Puppy PET SUPPLIES 1st................................. Becker Pet & Garden 2nd...................................................................... Best Pets PLUMBING/HEATING 1st...........................................Green’s Modern 2nd..............................................................................Hanks REAL ESTATE COMPANY 1st...............................................................TREC 2nd............................................................Era Northland REAL ESTATE AGENT 1st........................................... Kayla Ulschmid 2nd............................................................... Jamie Skarie

HEALTH & FITNESS CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE 1st.....................Bender Family Chiropractic 2nd..................................Weum Chiropractic Clinic DR. OF CHIROPRACTIC MEDICINE 1st............................................Dr. Paul Bender 2nd....................................................Dr. Sara Skadsem DENTAL OFFICE 1st....................................... West River Dental 2nd...................................................Dental Associates DR. OF DENTISTRY 1st............................................ Dr. John Jordan 2nd.........................................................Dr. Ryan Manke EYE CLINIC 1st...................................... Morrison Eye Care 2nd..........................................................................Sanford

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TANNING SALON 1st......................................... Forever Summer 2nd.................................................................Convictions TIRE STORE 1st.............................................................. Dan’s 2nd.......................................................................Chaney’s VETERINARY CLINIC 1st......................................Dl Animal Hospital 2nd........................................................................ Auroch’s DR. OF VETERINARY MEDICINE 1st.......................................................Dr. Lange 2nd..................................................................Dr. Haggart VOLUNTEER 1st................................................ Beth Pridday 2nd..................................................................Jim Sinclair LOCAL WEBSITE 1st...................................................... DL-Online 2nd....................................................Visitdl (Chamber) WEDDING VENUE 1st........................................................ Pavillion 2nd..............................................The Barn @ Dunvilla RETIREMENT COMMUNITY 1st......................................................... Ecumen 2nd.........................................................................Essentia BEST SMALL COMPANY TO WORK FOR 1st..............................................Midwest Bank 2nd............................................................................Sunlite BEST LARGE COMPANY TO WORK FOR 1st.................................................... Lakeshirts 2nd...................................................................................BTD BEST MANUFACTURING COMPANY 1st................................................................. BTD 2nd....................................................................Lakeshirts

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DR. OF OPTOMETRY 1st........................................Dr. Mike Morrison 2nd...................................................Dr. Armond Radke FITNESS CLUB 1st.................................................... The Center 2nd.......................................................Anytime Fitness FITNESS TRAINER 1st..............Dion Sgro (Dion’s Danger Zone) 2nd....................Alicia Lokken (Anytime Fitness) GOLF COURSE 1st.................................................DL Lakeview 2nd................................................................... Wildflower HEARING SERVICES 1st..........................................................Beltone 2nd..........................................................................Sanford

MASSAGE THERAPIST 1st...........Sandy Spindler (Lakes Massage) 2nd......Tiffany Anderson (Massage Elements) HEALTH CLINIC 1st..........................................................Sanford 2nd.........................................................................Essentia PHYSICIAN 1st..................................... Dr. Scott Lawrence 2nd............................................................Dr. Jon Larson PHARMACY 1st.................................................................CVS 2nd........................................................................ Walmart PHYSICAL REHABILITATION FACILITY 1st........................................................ Essentia 2nd..........................................................................Sanford


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENT 1st.............................................Water Carnival 2nd.....................................................................Polar Fest

SHOPPING

ANTIQUES 1st........................................................ Sulaines 2nd......................................................Beautiful Junque APPLIANCE 1st.......................................... D & D Appliance 2nd........................................................................Menards BUILDING SUPPLIES 1st........................................................Menards 2nd.....................................................................Stenerson CARPET/FLOORING 1st........................................................Menards 2nd......................................................Ramsey Flooring CLOTHING 1st......................................................The Nines 2nd.....................................................................Jc Penney CUSTOMER SERVICE 1st..............................................Midwest Bank 2nd..................................................................... The Nines CUSTOMER SERVICE 1st......Miranda Sherman (Lakes Shipping) 2nd.....Barb Zahasky (Main Stream Boutique) DOWNTOWN SHOPPING 1st......................................................The Nines 2nd....................................................Lakes Sport Shop

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LIVE MUSIC/PERFORMANCE VENUE 1st...........................................Holmes Theatre 2nd..........................................................................We Fest

FAVORITE RESORT 1st........................................................Fair Hills 2nd......................................................................Lakecrest

PAGES 54-62 FLORIST 1st.............................................Central Market 2nd......................................................................... Dl Floral FURNITURE 1st........................................................Michaels 2nd............................................................................. Noahs GAS STATION/CONVENIENCE STORE 1st.......................................................... Holiday 2nd..............................................................................M & H GIFT SHOP 1st................................................... Red Willow 2nd......................................................Beautiful Junque GREENHOUSE 1st.........................................................Bergens 2nd...........................................................Country Fields GROCERY 1st.............................................Central Market 2nd........................................................................ Walmart HARDWARE 1st................................. Beugs Ace Hardware 2nd........................................................................Menards JEWELRY 1st.............................................................Prices 2nd......................................................................Pure Gold

MEAT MARKET 1st............................. Hoffman’s Meat Market 2nd.......................................................... Central Market NEW CAR DEALERSHIP 1st...................................Webber Family Ford 2nd..................................................Nereson Chevrolet USED CAR DEALERSHIP 1st...................................Webber Family Ford 2nd..................................................Nereson Chevrolet SPORTING GOODS 1st....................................... Lakes Sport Shop 2nd.................................................................. L & M Fleet BOAT/RV DEALER 1st................................................. J & K Marine 2nd............................................... Outdoor Recreation THRIFT STORE/DISCOUNT STORE 1st.................................. Boys And Girls Thrift 2nd.......................................................... Helping Hands

Thanks for voting... LAKES AREA READERS

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EATS & DRINKS BEST BAKERY / BEST DELI

CENTRAL MARKET 310 Frazee Street Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-3663 Website: thefreshplace.com

Central Market is a locally owned family supermarket offering groceries along with bakery and deli products, a coffee shop, flower shop and Jamba Juice. Established in 2002, Central Market is owned by John Lofberg and employs a staff of 195. The store’s We Care program has paid out more than $1.2 million to local nonprofit organizations.

BEST BAR / BEST HAPPY HOUR

LAKESIDE TAVERN 200 West Lake Drive Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-1891 Email: lori@lakesidetavern.com Website: lakesidetavern.com

With its casual, fun atmosphere and beachy location right across the street from Detroit Lakes’ mile-long beach, Lakeside Tavern is a favorite hangout for anyone craving a burger and beer. Lakeside Tavern has 24 beers on tap, with its own brewery on site and a large selection of its own craft beers. Happy Hour two-for-ones on tap beers are offered Sunday through Thursday from 3-6 p.m. in the summers. With an American fare menu of burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, Chicago-style hot dogs, salads, nachos and more, customers never go hungry at Lakeside. The business, owned by Chet Collins and managed by Lori Blonigan, employs 15 people full-time, and another 45 part-timers in the summers.

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EATS & DRINKS BEST BARTENDER

MICHAEL SETTERHOLM The Fireside of Detroit Lakes 1462 East Shore Drive Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-8192 Website: firesidedl.com Email: info@firesidedl.com

Everyone knows Michael “Setty” Setterholm’s handcrafted specialties are a can’t miss. As the owner of The Fireside, Setty oversees this iconic bar and restaurant in Detroit Lakes, established in 1948. With house-made, hand-cut foods, an immense dose of style dominates a menu filled with classic, eclectic and inventive fare. The Fireside’s chic and posh dining room is built around an open-air antique charcoal grill with a sensational view of Lake Detroit. A relaxing lake view deck features handcrafted cocktails, housemade appetizers and a hand-built fire pit. Highlights of the menu range from favorite standards like crusted walleye and pan-seared salmon to new additions like fried cauliflower and flatbread pizza.

BEST BLOODY MARY / BEST BEER SELECTION / BEST PIZZA

ZORBAZ

402 West Lake Drive Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-5305 Website: zorbaz.com Email: tate@zorbaz.com

Founded by Tom Hanson in 1969, Zorbaz of Detroit Lakez is a pizza & Mexican restaurant on the beach of Detroit Lake. Zorbaz features fresh made daily food, 48 tap beers, delicious housemade Bloody Mary’s and numerous summer cocktails. The staff and guests at Zorbaz are truly what make the restaurant unique. Both create a fun, positive, laid-back summer vibe that makes Zorbaz an atmosphere people never want to leave. You can’t go wrong with a classic pepperoni pizza and Minnezota Blue-Bobbin’ Margarita.

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EATS & DRINKS BEST BREAKFAST

MAIN STREET RESTAURANT 900 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-3344

Main Street Restaurant has the best biscuits and gravy around — at least that’s the word from customers of this downtown Detroit Lakes staple. People also comment on Main Street’s sizeable portions (of hashbrowns, in particular) and their juicy hamburgers. A classic American fare diner with a small-town feel, Main Street Restaurant has been in business for about 20 years. Owners Shirley Wothe and Stephen Glander employ a staff of 12. Serving breakfast and lunch daily, this family-style restaurant has a reputation for fast, friendly service and affordable prices

BEST BURGER

SUNLITE BAR & GRILL 21001 County Highway 21 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4622 Email: sunlite@arvig.net

When they bought Sunlite Bar & Grill in 1999, Wayne and Kathy Crawford already had many fond memories of walking and biking there as kids to buy candy and snacks. Now, celebrating their 20th anniversary of owning the restaurant, they take pleasure in helping other people create great memories with their families and friends. Sunlite, a longtime staple of the Big and Little Floyd Lakes area, features a full service restaurant and bar as well as a small grocery store that is open year-round. Sunlite offers docks for boat access on both Floyd lakes and customers can enjoy a lakeside meal on the restaurant’s deck during the summer. Positioned on the Richwood North snowmobile trail, Sunlite offers a full menu of hot toddies in the winter. “We take great pride in being a family-friendly restaurant and bar with affordable pricing for families and large groups,” the Crawfords say. “We have something for everyone — indoor, outdoor and bar seating, big screen TVs, bubble hockey, pool tables and other games, candy, ice cream treats, lake access, and snowmobile access.” Known for its fun, energetic staff, Sunlite is popular for its fresh hand-pattied beef burgers, alongside its unique offerings of elk, bison and veggie burgers. Other frequently requested menu items include the grilled chicken breast sandwich, french fries, wings, Bloody Marys, and apple pie shots. “We don’t claim to be fancy, but we strive to serve a great product at an affordable price, and our customers recognize that,” they add. PAGE 10 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019

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EATS & DRINKS BEST CHINESE FOOD

CHINESE DRAGON Washington Square Mall 808 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2177

In business for 28 years, Chinese Dragon offers a unique dining experience inside the mall in Detroit Lakes, with an extensive menu available for dine-in or take-out, and a buffet every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chinese Dragon features authentic Cantonese-style cooking with a traditional Chinese atmosphere. Everything on the menu is “homemade” to order. “Our customers love not only the food, but the whole dining experience,” say owners Hoa and Mai Ngo. “It has been said people travel all over the U.S.A. and can’t find Chinese as good as ours.”

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EATS & DRINKS BEST COFFEE

CARIBOU COFFEE 139 Veterans Memorial Parkway Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-6220 Website: cariboucoffee.com

Caribou Coffee is a company that specializes in espresso beverages, offering its own unique coffees, teas, sandwiches and baked goods. A Minnesota-based corporation, Caribou Coffee roasts its own coffee right here in Minnesota. Known best for flavorful, highquality coffees, mochas, lattes and a variety of other hot and cold drinks, Caribou has been in business since 1992. The Detroit Lakes location employs 20 people.

BEST DESSERT / BEST ICE CREAM

DAIRY QUEEN GRILL & CHILL 900 McKinley Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-8154 Website: dairyqueen.com

The Detroit Lakes Dairy Queen is a local franchise of the international Dairy Queen chain. It sells ice cream cones, sundaes, Dilly Bars, Blizzards, ice cream cakes and other frozen treats along with hot foods like hamburgers, french fries and a chicken strip basket. Owners Lee and Ellen Kensigner, who have run the establishment for the past 26 years, say it’s the memories people make while enjoying a treat from Dairy Queen that make the business special. Customers come back through their door time and time again, often requesting two particularly popular items, Blizzards and chicken strips. “We appreciate the support the community has given us over the last 26 years of owning Dairy Queen,” the Kensigners say.

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EATS & DRINKS BEST FAST FOOD / BEST DRIVE-THROUGH

MIGUEL’S TACOS 129 Veterans Memorial Parkway Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-1276 Website: miguelstacos.com

In business for 35 years, Miguel’s Tacos is a Detroit Lakes tradition, serving up some of the best Mexican food around. Owners Mike and Lori Danner say they often hear from tourists that Miguel’s is their “first and last stop” in and out of Detroit Lakes, and locals show them “overwhelming” support. The business is now in its sixth year at its new location on Veterans Memorial Parkway, and employs 15-25 people depending on the season. “We appreciate your patronage and love keeping our tradition of serving you and our community,” the Danners say.

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EATS & DRINKS BEST FRIES

MCDONALD’S 415 E Frazee Street East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-3558

Since 1954, McDonald’s has been dedicated to serving quality food and quick service at an affordable price for its customers. A large menu of favorites includes McCafé drinks, all day breakfast, sandwiches from a Signature Crafted Recipes menu, delicious burgers and french fries, and more. Restaurants nationwide offer numerous amenities to ensure every customer has an enjoyable experience. Next time you’re looking for a tasty treat, head to the Detroit Lakes McDonald’s. For information on coupons and deals, download the McDonald’s App today.

BEST LIQUOR STORE

SEVEN SISTERS SPIRITS

25275 South Melissa Drive Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-BEER (2337) or 218-846-WINE (9463) Website: sevensistersspirits.com

Known for having the biggest selection in the Lakes Area, Seven Sisters Spirits sells a wide variety of liquor, beer, wine, mixer and gift items. The full service liquor store also offers fun and educational classes and occasional samplings and giveaways. Housed in a big log building on the corner of Highway 59 and Vergas Road, Seven Sisters Spirits is hard to miss for those traveling south of town. It’s owned by Brad, Jay and Corey Malstrom along with Melissa Rensch and Corey Maple, and employs a staff of 10 in the summers. “Our most common feedback is ‘WOW,’” say the owners. “Customers are always commenting on our huge selection

BEST MEXICAN FOOD

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EATS & DRINKS BEST OUTDOOR DINING / BEST WINGS

LONG BRIDGE BAR, GRILL & MARINA 2000 Long Bridge Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-1949 Email: matt@longbridgedl.com Website: longbridgedl.com

Nothing says summer in Detroit Lakes like an order of Gold Rush wings and a Punch Bucket on the Long Bridge patio. Long Bridge Bar, Grill and Marina opened in 1949. Nestled in a protected bay, Long Bridge offers a unique, cozy lake atmosphere for locals and visitors to gather for great food, cocktails, music and scenery. A rooftop deck was added in 2018 to provide a bird’s eye view of the marina and stage. It also has a 60-slip marina with gas for sale. Guest parking is available for both boats and vehicles. The atmosphere mimics a Caribbean island feel with pastel colors, casual dining and entertainment on the weekends on the expansive outdoor patio deck. The venue attracts guests both by land and water, with the ability to pull a boat right up to the deck and hop off for lunch, dinner or late night drinks.

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EATS & DRINKS BEST RESTAURANT SERVER

LORI BLONIGAN Lakeside Tavern 200 West Lake Drive Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-1891 Email: lori@lakesidetavern.com Website: lakesidetavern.com

It was the year 2000. I had been employed at the Elk’s Club for 15 years, but they were closing their doors so I needed to find a new job. A friend of mine had just been hired at Lakeside 1981, and I decided to give them a try, as well. It was not what I expected, with linen tablecloths and a higher-class menu, which included steak, lobster and flaming dessert. I thought to myself, “this is not for me.” But, I stayed — and I was able to see the transformation of Lakeside 1981 as Chet Collins bought it and slowly started to change things for the better. Chet and I gained a great working friendship, which allowed me to be part of the process of turning Lakeside 1981 into Lakeside Tavern. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. I learned so much from Chet, and he was able to give me the flexible schedule that allowed me to raise my family. As I look back over the years, I have met so many people who have become my friends. With that, I also gained my Lakeside family. I am so thankful for my co-workers. Being able to see these amazing people daily makes my job not feel like work. I want to thank Chet for giving me the opportunity to be part of this wonderful establishment.

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BEST RESTAURANT / BEST BBQ

SPITFIRE BAR & GRILL 1100 North Shore Drive Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-3473 Email: dlspitfire@arvig.net Website: spitfirebarandgrill.com

With a passion for making wood-fired BBQ food, Tim Olson created the first Spitfire in 2007, and it quickly became one of Fargo/ Moorhead’s favorite restaurants. Now, it seems the new Detroit Lakes Spitfire, which opened just seven months ago, is headed down that same path of popularity. Customers have raved about the Spitfire’s great service and excellent food, with one person remarking, “No matter what it is… ribs...chicken or steak, it is totally delicious,” and another commenting, “Loved the fire-smoked atmosphere!” Spitfire uses made-from-scratch recipes with the freshest ingredients and premium cuts of meat. The menu features signature dishes that center on the distinctiveness of wood fired and smoking preparations. Known for their award-winning ribs and rotisserie chicken, the Spitfire Competition Team travels to compete in contests throughout the nation, and has won numerous awards — most recently, Best Ribs of the Red River Valley, 2018. Spitfire is also known for offering some incredible pastas. “We are excited to be part of the Detroit Lakes community,” say owners Tim Olson, Bryan Wendt, Tyler Brandt and Craig Wendt. “We have completely renovated the building with a very open and modern feel, not to mention a patio that has a very relaxing lakes atmosphere. We hope everyone comes out to experience Spitfire’s award winning ‘Food with Attitude!’” Spitfire features catering and banquet rooms, an extensive patio with shade structures, two wood-fired and two gas-fired features, three outdoor TVs and 11 TVs inside the bar area. It’s located in the former Speak Easy building, next to the future 2020 boat ramp on Detroit Lake.


EATS & DRINKS BEST SANDWICH SHOP

JIMMY JOHN’S

147 Veterans Memorial Parkway Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-7800 Website: jimmyjohns.com

Known for fast and fresh sub sandwiches, Jimmy John’s has been a popular spot in Detroit Lakes since it opened here seven years ago. With best-selling subs like the #12 Beach Club and the #9 Italian Night Club, Jimmy John’s brings customers back again and again with the shop’s unique sandwich offerings and friendly service. “We do everything as fast as we can, and keep things hospital clean,” say owners Jake and Alexis Peters. The Detroit Lakes Jimmy John’s employs 21 people.

BEST WINE LIST

THE FIRESIDE OF DETROIT LAKES 1462 East Shore Drive Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-8192 Email: info@firesidedl.com

Established in 1948, The Fireside is a northern Minnesota Lakes Area icon. With house-made, hand-cut foods, an immense dose of style dominates a menu filled with classic, eclectic and inventive fare. The Fireside’s chic and posh dining room is built around an open-air antique charcoal grill with a sensational view of Lake Detroit. A relaxing lake view deck features handcrafted cocktails, housemade appetizers and a handbuilt fire pit. Highlights of the menu range from favorite standards like crusted walleye and pan-seared salmon to new additions like fried cauliflower and flatbread pizza.

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SERVICES BEST BARBER

JON STONE

Barber Jon’s 214 Front Street West Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-4210 Email: barberjoncstone@ismybarber.com Website: jonstone.ismybarber.com

“Barber Jon” strives to satisfy customers while creating a welcoming atmosphere so everyone is comfortable and enjoys their time in the barbershop. Barber Jon’s offers haircuts, beard trims and shaves, including hot shaves, which have become increasingly hard to find. “From a child’s first haircut to a veteran barbershop client, we look forward to visiting with all,” he says. “Stop by, let’s talk about Minnesota sports, local high school and local news. Have a cup of coffee while you are here. I look forward to seeing you!” In a time of in-and-out cuts, Barber Jon’s strives to strike a more personal tone with clients. Clients become like family and are treated as such.

BEST ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY / BEST MEMORY CARE FACILITY / BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

ECUMEN

1415 Madison Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4486 Email: sandylia@ecumen.org Website: ecumendetroitlakes.org

Ecumen has served the Detroit Lakes community for over a half a century. Its rich history of success is reinforced by its timeless values of service, people, innovation, spirituality, wellness, collaboration and stewardship. Ecumen offers high quality services designed to meet people’s changing needs. It offers services to promote independent living, as well as specialized memory care services and respite for those who need it. Ecumen seeks to reshape and enrich lives through its therapeutic programs and transitional care services.

•Pet food, supplies and treats •Old-fashioned candy store •Your locally owned plant, garden and yard place •Voted #1 for pet supplies

Thank you for voting for us!

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SERVICES BEST AUTO CARE

CHANEY’S 2 AUTO REPAIR 120 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4252 Website: Chaneys2.com

Jon Mickelson has the gift of understanding what it takes to make a vehicle sound and run at peak performance. Since he was a teenager, he has understood the intricate engineering of the automotive industry. Michelson has been in the auto repair business for more than 38 years. He operates Chaney’s 2 with the goal of providing “excellence in auto care and repair.” Chaney’s 2 is a full-service automobile repair shop and tire store,specializing in diagnostics, maintenance and repairs on vehicles of every make or model, from brake work to complete engine overhauls. “Our cars are a valuable investment,” loyal customers have said. “And we select only an auto repair business that we can trust and depend on to service our vehicle with the utmost dependability and affordability.”

BEST ACCOUNTANT

KIM FUHS

Fuhs & Sonstegard, LTD 881 Highway 10 East PO Box 310 Detroit Lakes, MN 56502-0310 Phone: 218-847-5505 Email: info@fuhs-sonste.com Website: fuhs-sonste.com

The Fuhs & Sonstegard accounting firm is one of the leading firms in the area. By combining expertise, experience and the energy of the firm’s staff, each client receives close personal and professional attention. Fuhs & Sonstegard’s high standards, service and specialized staff spell the difference between it and other firms. The firm is dedicated to the three underlying principles of professionalism, responsiveness and quality. Fuhs & Sonstegard’s primary goal as a trusted advisor is to be available to provide insightful advice to enable clients to make informed financial decisions. The firm says its “raving fan” clients are the result of the staff’s commitment to excellence.

All Star Cleaning is Honored to be chosen as the

#1 Carpet Cleaning Service 2 years in a row!

Brian Andring Tom Andring DETROIT LAKES, MN

• Commercial & Residential Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning • Air Ducts • Dryer Vents • Area Rugs • Water Restoration Work

218-847-8982

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SERVICES BEST ATTORNEY

JEFF STOWMAN Stowman Law Firm, P.A. 1100 West Lake Drive Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-5644 Email: jeff@stowmanlaw.com Website: stowmanlaw.com

Stowman Law Firm is a personal injury law firm, representing people who are hurt in accidents and the families of those who have been killed in accidents. The firm represents injured workers in workers’ compensation cases, and can help after most any injury accident — car and truck accidents, ATV, boat, motorcycle, and semi-truck crashes. There are only a few law firms in Minnesota that handle only personal injury cases, making Stowman Law Firm unique. “There are some lawyers that dabble in personal injury cases; not us,” say owners Jeff and David Stowman. “We have gotten very good at one thing. Other lawyers refer personal injury clients to our law firm because this area of law is specialized. Stowman Law Firm has learned through decades of experience what works and what does not work for our clients.” “Clients realize quickly that contacting our office after an accident

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helps,” they add. “Most people go their whole lives without needing to talk to a personal injury attorney. When they contact us, they might be missing work, money is tight, they do not know who will pay hospital and ambulance bills, and they are in pain from injuries. Who is supposed to pay the funeral bill? Sometimes the insurance company wants to talk directly to you, and that makes you nervous. The consultation with our office is free — phone, email, or in-person. We have the experience to take the burden off the client and put it on our desks.” Stowman Law Firm is located in the stone house on the hill on West Lake Drive. It has been in business since 1972.


SERVICES BEST LARGE COMPANY TO WORK FOR

LAKESHIRTS/BLUE 84 750 Randolph Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-3535 Email: viva.lauinger@lakeshirts.com Website: blue84.com

BEST CAR WASH

FOUR SEASONS CAR WASH

100 Richwood Road #34 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-841-3355 Email: david4seasons@gmail.com

Customers say Four Seasons Car Wash is “very fast and does a great job.” “Love this car wash,” says one customer, while another comments, “Love the smiling faces!” Four Seasons is the area’s leading car wash, with a top-of-theline tunnel wash and four self-serve bays. Brushes are cleaned with every wash, there’s usually little to no wait time, and the car wash even has a light show.

“When we say ‘Life’s Better in a T-Shirt,’ we truly mean it,” say Mark Fritz and Mike Hutchinson, owners of Lakeshirts and Blue 84. “From our relaxed atmosphere (when we’re not wearing jeans, we’re wearing shorts) and our breakroom slide ‘Big Blue’ to dogs roaming our campus and our amazing slushie machine, we’re not your average manufacturing company.” In its 35 years of business, Lakeshirts/Blue 84 has grown to over 600 team members, six or more dogs (depending on the day), and more than 10,000 satisfied customers. What started in a basement next to the lake has grown to a 325,000-square-foot production and warehouse facility. A single plywood printer has been replaced by 54 automatic screen-print presses, 38 multihead embroidery machines, six 60-foot laser applique bridges, three sublimation presses and six direct-to-screen units. After all that growth, over all those years, the company’s focus, “is still on our fantastic resort and college customers,” the owners say. “We are a wholesale supplier, but believe in collaborating with our customers to develop great products, creating relationships that last a lifetime. We strive to exceed not only our customers’ expectations but bring value to all our stakeholders — customers, employees, vendors, owners and the community we call home.” Anyone who’s in the Lakes Area is welcome to stop by the business and take a tour. “And if you happen to bring along a Milk Bone or two,” add the owners, “we know you’ll make some very quick and deep friendships.”

Thank You for your support and voting us the

1

# Tire Dealer Dan’s Service Center

218-844-6100

110 MAIN ST W, DETROIT LAKES MN 56501 NOW OPEN AND LOCATED IN THE OLD TIRES PLUS LOCATION

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SERVICES

ON. THIS IS SORT OF A N. THIS IS SORT OF A WIN-WIN

F A WIN-WIN-W

BEST BANK / BEST SMALL COMPANY TO WORK FOR

MIDWEST BANK 613 Highway 10 East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4711 Website: midwestbank.net

WIN-WIN-W

N-WIN SI

Midwest Bank, the only locally owned bank in Detroit Lakes, is a community focused bank committed to building lasting relationships with both its customers and employees by consistently exceeding expectations. Midwest Bank has grown to the largest bank in Detroit Lakes by offering personal attention and old-fashioned hospitality along with all the modern conveniences of online and mobile banking. “More free, less fee” isn’t just a catchy tag line for Midwest Bank, it’s the bank’s entire financial philosophy: “We would rather have more customers and charge them less.” Known for its interest-earning Rewards Checking, no-fee home equity lines of credit and automatic ATM refund program, Midwest Bank has offices in Detroit Lakes (the main office plus a branch inside Walmart), Callaway, Waubun, Barnesville, Parkers Prairie and Dalton. Midwest Bank employs 89 people; 50 of those are in Detroit Lakes. Midwest Bank’s employees embrace and practice the values of community, integrity, quality, genuine care, teamwork and balance every day, serving our customers and each other. Employees say “responsiveness” is the first thing that sets Midwest Bank apart from the rest: “How do we do it? The answer is part experience, part gut-feeling, and part having every single decision-maker in the room — not some far-flung corporate high rise.” “Being named No. 1 bank, No. 1 customer service, and No. 1 small employer in the Lakes Area by the people who live and work here is a great honor and we are so grateful for both our customers and employees!”

N-WIN SITUATION. TH Best Bank

Best Customer Service

Best Small Employer

These three awards mean a lot, but what matters most is that our customers, our community and our employees have a bank they love. To us, that’s the biggest win of all. Thank you.

Banking your way.

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SERVICES BEST MANUFACTURING COMPANY

BTD MANUFACTURING 1111 13th Avenue Southeast Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 866-562-3986 Website: btdmfg.com

BTD Manufacturing provides first-class metalwork for worldclass brands. A wholly owned subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation, BTD provides a complete spectrum of custom metalwork services, including metal fabrication, forming, welding, tool and die work, machining, painting, prototyping, laser cutting, robotic welding, stamping, inventory management and much more. BTD has four production plants in three different states, strategically positioned geographically to support the vast needs of its customers. From its inception, BTD has been focused on expanding

its capabilities and being an industry leader in custom metal fabrication. Through organic growth and acquisitions, BTD has become the fourth largest metal fabricator in the country. Beyond business growth, BTD has always been committed to the communities it calls home. Through involvement with various community volunteer and giving activities, BTD strives to improve the lives of its employees and those in its communities.

BEST CARPET CLEANING

ALL STAR CARPET CLEANING 16265 Highland Drive Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-8982 Website: all-starcleaning.com

In business for the past 47 years, All Star Cleaning is owned by Jill and Brian Andring and employs a staff of 3 full-time workers plus various part-timers. A family-owned and operated service business, All Star Cleaning specializes in carpet and upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, and air duct and dryer vent cleaning. The Andrings say they are “service-oriented and truly concerned about the results we achieve.” They use only “top-ofthe-line equipment” and are fully educated in the field of cleaning. All Star Cleaning is well-reviewed and is recommended by many people in the area. The business serves both residential and commercial clients.

BEST CATERING

LA BARISTA

Washington Square Mall 808 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Email: bholubets@gmail.com Website: labaristadl.com

In business for 10 years, La Barista is a family-owned coffee shop, restaurant and event catering company in downtown Detroit Lakes. With its fun, casual atmosphere and popular menu items like the Strawberry Chicken Salad and the signature “Barista Panini,” La Barista serves up unique and fresh foods and drinks to happy customers all year long. Owned by Courtney and Brooke Wenzel, La Barista employs six people during the winter, plus 15 seasonal and catering staff. “We have awesome staff and wonderful guests,” say the Wenzels. “We love our community and continuously do our best to ‘give back’ to Detroit Lakes.” BEST OF THE LAKES 2019 | PAGE 23


SERVICES BEST CONTRACTOR

DO-RIGHT CONSTRUCTION 1632 Dan Street Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-234-1095 Email: doright@arvig.net Website: do-rightconstruction.com

Do-Right Construction has a reputation for quality work, professional and trustworthy service, competitive prices and timeliness. Do-Right is a full service general contractor for residential remodeling, additions and new construction, as well as light commercial remodeling. “We are committed to building with quality and friendly customer service,” say owners Jim and Catie Herman. “We professionally manage projects from start to finish while keeping our customers’ goals in mind. We have years of experience specializing in remodeling/additions, new construction, drywall work, painting and staining, siding, roofing, windows and doors, decks and porches, home maintenance, cabinets, countertops,

custom closets and more. You can depend on us to get your project done right.” Do-Right is local to Detroit Lakes and the surrounding Lakes Area, and has been in business for more than eight years. The company employs 11 people. The Hermans say they “take pride in supporting and being involved in our community in many ways.”

114 Grant St. W. Detroit Lakes, Minn

BEST DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

DR. DENNIS LANGE Aurochs Vet Service 428 4th Street Audubon, MN 56511 Phone: 218-439-6600 Email: aurochs@loretel.net

Dr. Dennis Lange graduated from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School in 1989. He has been a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for the past 30 years. Lange opened Aurochs Vet Service in Audubon in 2006, and has been serving satisfied clients ever since. PAGE 24 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019

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If it’s electrical, we can do it!


SERVICES BEST CHILD CARE FACILITY

LAKER PREP PRESCHOOL AND EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER Preschool: 807 13th Avenue Southeast Early Childhood Center: 551 11th Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-3220 Website: lakerpreppreschool.com

With both a childcare center and preschool to accommodate working families, Laker Prep provides all day, year-round care to kids ages eight weeks to kindergarten. Laker Prep started as a preschool in 2011, and added an early childcare center in 2015. It features a large playground and indoor gym, commercial kitchen, and a trained, nurturing staff of 25. Owners Eric and Mary Rotter say Laker Prep aims to “nurture and individualize early childhood care and learning, to accommodate both child and family needs; supporting the whole child, ultimately preparing them for kindergarten.” Parents of kids who attend Laker Prep can’t say enough good

things about the center. As one parent attests, “Thank you for your nurturing, educating, and patience. It is much appreciated!” And “Thank you for all you teach: creativity with crafts and helping (our child) release energy with fun activities. Most of all, thank you for all the cuddles and soothing boo-boos when we are not there.” Staff members are all trained in CPR and other emergency procedures and are kept up-to-date on child development courses. A curriculum is followed every day, learning through play, introducing kids to new concepts and helping to prepare them for school. Remember, BIG success starts small!

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SERVICES BEST ELECTRICIAN

MARK’S ELECTRIC

114 Grant Street West Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2149 Email: markselectric@markselectricdl.com

Mark’s Electric, Inc. has been offering electrical contracting in the Lakes Area since 1978. With 25 employees on staff, Mark’s has full-time service specialists available 24/7. Offering residential, industrial, new construction and remodeling electrical services, Mark’s has a reputation for prompt response times as well as skilled and able workers who have the resources to solve any type of electrical need or problem. Mark’s is owned by Scott Fougner, Michael Graham and Clayton Schenck.

BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION / BEST CREDIT UNION

MID MINNESOTA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Detroit Lakes Branch Corporate Office PO BOX 2907 1405 U.S. Highway 10 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-5540 or 877-643-6466 Email: info@mmfcu.org Website: mmfcu.org

Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, community-based financial cooperative. It’s a full service financial institution that provides an array of financial services, such as free checking, auto and recreational loans, home loans and mortgages. Mid Minnesota also offers business lending solutions, insurance, investment and retirement services, and convenience services including online and mobile banking, free bill pay, remote deposit capture, and alerts and controls for debit and credit cards. Mid Minnesota was started in 1956 by seven paper mill employees and has now grown to include nine Central Minnesota counties and 140 employees. What sets Mid-Minnesota apart from other financial institutions is that it is member-owned, and any profits are returned to members in the form of higher dividend rates, lower interest rates on loans, additional technology, and growth in services. “Our mission every day is to earn our members’ loyalty by providing them resources to improve their financial well-being,” says a statement from the credit union. “We are more than a financial institution. MMFCU is a hub for financial resources, offering an education network with free learning opportunities on everything from Safe Driver classes, to workshops on identity theft and how to buy a car. We pride ourselves on helping our PAGE 26 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019

community realize its potential by offering resources people need to be smart, successful consumers.” Mid Minnesota is a member of the CO-OP Shared Branch Network, which allows members to access their accounts at any of the over 5,600 participating credit union branches nationwide. In recent member surveys, customers said they received the “best interest rates and customer service” at Mid Minnesota, felt “like a person, not a number,” and appreciated the “easy and quick application process (and) low loan rate.”


SERVICES

Independent stylists

BACK ROW (L TO R): Kara Jegtvig, Nicole Gervais, Amber Bryant-Olson, Natalie Pirtle, Desaree Schleeter FRONT ROW (L TO R): Kayla Holton, Shawna Willson, Tiffany Anderson

Cuts, colors, smoothing treatments & extensions

Shawna Willson OWNER

Desaree Schleeter

Kara Jegtvig

Kayla Holton

Natalie Pirtle

Amber Bryant-Olson

218.234.5044 218.329.1804

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218.849.4348 218.849.9471

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Massage Element

Esthetician

Massage Therapist

Nicole Gervais 218.850.4578

• Facials • Chemical Peels • Microdermabrasion • Lash Lift • Body Waxing • Tint

Tiffany Anderson 218-849-4578

• Relaxation • Deep Tissue/Therapeutic • Hot Stone • Raindrop Technique

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SERVICES BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING AGENCY/ AGENT

MANN FINANCIAL GROUP/ KEVIN MANN 613 Highway 10 East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-9109 Email: brian@mannfinancialmn.com Website: mannfinancialmn.com

Mann Financial works with individuals, families and businesses to help them plan their financial futures. The agency takes a team approach to each client’s case, coming up with an appropriate mix of investments and insurance to manage wealth, mitigate taxes, reduce debt, and ultimately help clients reach their objectives. The agency also advises on social security claiming strategies and health insurance planning, both before and after Medicare age. In business in Detroit Lakes for the past 19 years, Mann Financial recently became the Lakes Area’s first independently owned Registered Investment Advisory firm. As such, it is held to a fiduciary standard for its clients, meaning the firm’s agents absolutely must put their clients’ interests before their own. In addition, agency owners Kevin Mann and Brian Mann are

both Certified Financial Planners, a designation with rigorous ethics, experience, and educational standards that culminates in a two day examination. Third, rather than sitting across a desk from an individual who slides charts and documents over for review, Mann Financial’s agents meet with all clients as a team and utilize technology to provide a comprehensive and interactive financial planning experience. “It’s the most fun you can have talking about Roth IRAs, taxable income, and social security!,” say the Manns, adding, “The most common feedback we receive from clients is that they love having a team of professionals working on their particular situation. We’ve been advised by clients on numerous occasions to do everything we can to hang on to Karn and Caitlin in our office, as they provide an awesome customer service experience.”

BEST FUNERAL HOME

DAVID-DONEHOWER FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICE 609 Highway 10 East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4147 Email: info@daviddonehower.com Website: daviddonehower.com

David-Donehower Funeral and Cremation Service, a licensed funeral home that has been operating in the Lakes Area since 1896, offers ‘round-the-clock services, 365 days a year, for anyone in need. From traditional casket services to cremation options, DavidDonehower offers an array of choices for families dealing with the death of a loved one. It is the only firm around that offers grief counseling and children’s programs to anyone and everyone, free of charge, in order to help people understand and cope with the various emotions that surround a death. With a licensed staff available 24/7 to answer questions, DavidDonehower is often complimented by families for its excellence in helping them get through a difficult transition time in their lives. The PAGE 28 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019

firm has a state-of-the art facility and equipment, and offers funeralrelated merchandise to meet client needs. “Today’s funeral service is not the same as it was 10 years ago or even 5 years ago,” says Shawn Nygaard, of David-Donehower. “As a dedicated staff, we have modeled our options to today’s client, but not losing sight of values of the past. We will continue to bring the best and most affordable options available for each and every family we serve.” “Thank you to our Lakes Area community for your continued support,” he added. “Our commitment to you and your family will always be our No. 1 priority.”


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SERVICES BEST GARBAGE SERVICE

STEVE’S SANITATION, INC. 140 6th Avenue Northeast Perham, MN 56573 Phone: 218-346-4834 Email: support@stevessanitation.com Website: stevessanitation.com

Steve’s Sanitation is a local company started in 1986 that strives to give the best quality service at the lowest cost. “We dispose or recycle our waste in the most environmentally-friendly way possible,” say owners Kelly and Casey Melgard. “Community commitment and growth is a very important thing to us. We try to help local schools and organizations as much as possible. Customer satisfaction is our number one goal.” Steve’s Sanitation provides commercial and residential waste pickup, roll-off and recycling. It also offers a pink can program to raise money for local hospice groups. The company’s drivers are known for going above and beyond to provide excellent customer service.

BEST HAIR SALON

SHEAR GRACE SALON 1034 U.S. Highway 59, #2 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

The six stylists and aesthetician at Shear Grace Salon are all self employed and work for themselves, but they share the same goal: to make everyone feel welcome. They keep a positive atmosphere around the salon, having fun with each other and their clients. Owned by Shawna Willson, Shear Grace offers hair cuts, color, waxing, eyebrow tinting, smoothing treatments, hair extensions and massage. The business has been open for almost seven years. “Our purpose at Shear Grace Salon is to not only help you look great on the outside, but to make you feel better by providing a positive and uplifting atmosphere for everyone who walks through our doors,” say the staff at Shear Grace. “Thank you so much for voting us No. 1 salon in the Lakes Area. We are so grateful and thankful to each and every one of our amazing clients. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we all love to do.”

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SERVICES

Thank you for voting us your #1 Contractor in the Lakes area!

1632 Dan Street, Detroit Lakes, MN

218-234-1095 • www.do-rightconstruction.com

We Have Years of Experience Specializing in:

Remodeling/Additions • New Construction • Drywall Work Painting & Staining • Siding • Roofing • Home Maintenance Windows & Doors • Decks & Porches • Cabinets • Countertops • Custom Closets and More… General Contractor • Licensed & Insured • MN #BC639142 • ND #41804

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SERVICES BEST HAIR STYLIST

TAMARA DAVIDSON Conviction Salon & Spa 924 McKinley Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-3101 Email: tamararaedavidson@gmail.com Website: cssdl.com

Conviction’s customers love the culture of the team, the salon’s luxurious environment, and they say the atmosphere is “mesmerizing.” For 11 years, stylist Tamara Davidson has striven to perfect her craft. She’s gotten to know the community, she says, and she’s “learned so much from some of the greatest stylists Detroit Lakes has to offer.” After working in multiple salons throughout her career and successfully building up a clientele, Davidson wanted to create a salon environment catered to stylists who believe in the importance of empowering others, and she wanted to share her passion for making people look and feel their best. “We aspire to inspire,” she says of the team at Conviction.

“And through building selfconfidence in individuals, we hope to build a more confident community. Whatever you say, whatever you do — do it with Conviction!” Davidson says she finds the most fulfillment in her work when she sees she’s boosted someone’s selfesteem, when they can’t stop looking in the mirror and smiling. She looks forward to spending time with her clients, and making them feel special. She offers lash extensions, spray tanning, corrective color, hair extensions, beard trims and more. “I like to be my authentic self behind the chair and it’s important that my clients can relate to me,” she says. “I hope I can make my guests laugh and feel comfortable, and most importantly, that they trust me… Look good, feel good, do good!”

Thank you for voting Dr. Dennis Lange #1 Dr. of Veterinary Medicine

Introducing

Left to right: Sara Mattson DVM, Hannah Lanoue, Marisa Schlauderaff, Dennis Lange DVM, Louise Jacobson

2nd place Best of the Lakes Veterinary Clinic

Dr Sara Mattson specializing in large and small animals

AUROCHS VET SERVICE

428 4th Street | Audubon, MN 56511 | Office 218.439.6600 | Fax 218.439.6601 For after Hours Emergency Only 218-849-6936

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SERVICES BEST HOTEL

HOLIDAY INN - LAKEFRONT 1155 Highway 10 East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2121 Website: dlinn.com

Detroit Lakes’ largest and only full service hotel offering food and beverage service on site, Holiday Inn - Lakefront is situated on the north shore of Big Detroit Lake with more than 700 feet of sandy beach. The restaurant and bar, as well as more than half of the hotel’s 103 guest rooms, boast scenic views of the lake. The restaurant offers an outdoor patio, while the bar has live entertainment every weekend as well as charitable gaming and karaoke. Off-site catering is available for up to 800 people. Holiday Inn - Lakefront has more than 5,000-square-feet of rentable space for weddings, meetings, conventions or other group events. Rentals of paddle boards, kayaks, pontoons and peddle bikes are also available. Guests often comment on the friendly staff and great lake views from the hotel and restaurant.

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SERVICES BEST HOUSE CLEANING

TLC CLEANING

18722 Cummings Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 701-412-3298 Email: info@tlccleaningfargo.com Website: tlccleaningfargo.com

After nine successful years of business in Fargo, TLC Cleaning began offering services in Detroit Lakes about nine months ago. The business offers weekly, biweekly and monthly cleaning options to houses within a 30-mile radius of both Detroit Lakes and Fargo. TLC Cleaning is insured and bonded, and has one of the lowest employee turnover rates in the industry, nationwide. The company’s most popular packages are deep cleanings and biweekly basic cleanings. Clients will often start with a deep clean and then have TLC maintain it from there. “We have a 97% client satisfaction rating (based on client

Thank you for putting us in the

TOP 2 FOR ELECTRICIAN’S 2 YEARS IN A ROW!

Brenda & Mike Eidenschink — owners —

30614 SUNSET ROAD DETROIT LAKES

218-847-1946

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surveys after each cleaning),” says owner Trisha Lake. “The great thing about signing up with us is that you get assigned the same cleaner each time to form that relationship with them. However, if your cleaner is out sick we do not cancel on you. We send one of our other very well-trained staff members. This helps you plan your life and not worry about someone not showing up when you have a special event planned.” TLC Cleaning employs a staff of about 40 people.

Thank you for voting me your #1 Barber in the Lakes area for the second year in a row!!

Hours: Tues.-Fri. 7am-6pm Sat. 6am-1pm

214 Front Street W Detroit Lakes

218-844-4210 http://www.jonstone.ismybarber.com/ Open at 6am Memorial day-Labor day


SERVICES

BEST INSURANCE AGENCY / AGENT

COUNTRY FINANCIAL / JUSTIN SKARIE 303 Holmes Street West Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-7000 Email: justin.skarie@countryfinancial.com

Country Financial was founded more than 90 years ago by a group of farmers who wanted to insure the property of their friends and neighbors. Today, it’s a highly-rated, financially strong company that offers a wide variety of auto, home, commercial, farm and life insurance, as well as financial planning products to help people plan for their futures. “At Country, we strive to make sure our clients know they are our top priority,” says Justin Skarie, owner of Country Financial in Detroit Lakes. “We go the extra mile to make sure that our clients understand their coverage, they are protected appropriately, and that we are always giving them the best value for their dollar.” “We want our clients to know we truly care about what matters most to them throughout the many stages of their lives and will be with them every step of the way.” Skarie Adds. Skarie and the Detroit Lakes office are known for being friendly, fast and easy to work with, and for treating clients like family. As one client wrote, “Justin has always looked out for us as our agent, and always helped us choose the best protection and value for our home and family.”

K N A H T ! U YO

For voting Chaney’s 2 “Your favorite Auto Care in the Lakes area” WE APPRECIATE YOU!

“We Care” about how we serve you – Chaney’s 2

218-847-4252

120 Washington Ave • Detroit Lakes

Honest, Affordable, Reliable EXCELLENCE IN AUTO CARE & REPAIR • Tires/Wheels/Accessories • Engine & Transmission • Tune Ups • Brakes • Suspension • Wheel Alignment • Air Conditioning Service

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SERVICES BEST LAW OFFICE

PEMBERTON LAW FIRM 903 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4858 Website: pemlaw.com

Pemberton Law Firm has 20 licensed and practicing attorneys at four offices in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Alexandria and Wadena. Each of Pemberton’s attorneys is committed to providing the highest quality legal services to clients, and is licensed by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Some are licensed to practice law in surrounding states. Pemberton’s attorneys have appeared in and represented clients in nearly every state and jurisdiction across the U.S. No matter a client’s jurisdiction, the firm can provide effective representation. Pemberton offers a myriad of services, however the firm’s attorneys each focus on a select few in order to offer supreme

knowledge and experience to their clients. The firm’s attorneys participate in practice group committees and work together to serve a diverse group of clients. They always keep their clients’ best interests at heart and strive to succeed in a professional and legal manner.

BEST PET GROOMING

MUTTLEY’S

508 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-PAWS (7297) Email: muttleysdl@gmail.com

Erin Foley and Melissa Hanson, the owners of Muttley’s, say, “Treating each pet as if they were our own, focusing on quality of work over quantity, and continuous personal service to both humans and their furry companions,” is what makes Muttley’s special. “We take time to get to know our clients and their preferences,” they add, “focusing not only on the grooming of the four-legged family members, but also the mental and physical health of the animals, and help contribute to the positive relationship between pet and human.” Muttley’s has been in operation for 12 years, offering full-service dog grooming to customers’ four-legged friends. “We would like to sincerely thank each and every one of our clients for their continuous patronage and for letting us be a part

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of their lives, and the lives of their pets, on such a personal level,” Foley and Hanson say. “A huge ‘thank you’ for voting us your favorite grooming shop in the Lakes Area, two years in a row. It truly warms our hearts!”


SERVICES BEST NONPROFIT SERVICE ORGANIZATION

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB 150 Richwood Road PO Box 83 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-5700 Website: bgcdl.org

Volunteers give generously to Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes with time and talent at both the Club site and at special events throughout the year. They create a positive impact on a daily basis. Those who volunteer are doing more than just giving their time — they are providing opportunities, forming memories, and sparking joy for a child in need of something the Boys & Girls Club offers. Sometimes that is a safe and healthy environment after school, sometimes it is a confidence boost after trying something new, and sometimes it is building relationships and a sense of community among friends and caring adults. “It’s always so amazing volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club because the kids are so fun to be around and they are constantly keeping you entertained,” says one volunteer. “They say such cute

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and funny things and it always makes my day. I wish I could do it more often!” The Club provides after-school and summer programming to school-aged children. Programs focus on helping Club members succeed academically, develop good character and citizenship and practice healthy lifestyles. “Thank you to every volunteer who has supported the Club. Your impact goes far beyond giving time,” says Patrick Petermann, Executive Director. “Thanks to so many who have given their time, energy and resources to help build great futures for our youth.” Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes will open the doors to its newly constructed 30,000 square foot home this August.

We would like to say thank you to this wonderful community that we serve, for voting the Boys & Girls Club Best Non-Profit Organization!

25188 Roquette Lane Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-846-1005 Email: barefootlawnsdl@gmail.com Website: barefootlawnsdl.com

Barefoot Lawns has been operating as a family owned and operated business since it was established in 1999. Owned by Dustin Richter, the fertilizer and weed control company offers thorough, comprehensive services to make customers’ lawns look their healthiest all season long. With three licensed applicators on staff, Barefoot Lawns offers the application of granular fertilizer as well as weed control, insect and disease control, lawn aeration and other services. Eliminating crabgrass and Creeping Charlie are business specialties. “Barefoot Lawns cares deeply about our area lakes,” says Richter. “This is why we only use aquatic labeled herbicide and lake-friendly fertilizers. Our knowledgeable and responsible technicians are committed to maintaining the beauty of our lakes area.” Customers often say things like, “I can’t believe you were able to kill our Creeping Charlie! I’ve tried everything,” and “This is the best and fullest my lawn has ever looked!” “My family and I love the Lakes Area, and we will continue to provide the best and most responsible service possible,” Richter adds. “Thank you to all of the area residents. I truly appreciate this honor.”

GREAT FUTURES START HERE. Visit us at bgcdl.org or on Facebook! 150 Richwood Road, P.O. Box 83 Detroit Lakes MN 56502-0083

(218) 847-5700, Ext. 1 (218) 847-1897 (fax)

Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

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SERVICES BEST PET SUPPLIES

BECKER PET AND GARDEN 1008 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-8265 Email: beckerpet@arvig.net

For almost 20 years, Becker Pet and Garden has sold pet foods, treats and other pet supplies alongside of lawn and garden products, nature gifts and old-fashioned candy all under one roof. Described by owners Scott and Angie Sonstegard as “three unique businesses in one,” Becker Pet and Garden is a candy store with taffy, fudge and chocolates, a neighborhood garden center, and a pet store with a wide selection of dog and cat supplies. “We are locally owned and take pride in our trained, friendly

staff eager to help,” the Sonstegards say. “We’ll treat you and your pet to the best that the lakes have to offer. We love to meet our furry friends. Let your pet pick out their favorite treat, toy or collar.” Pets are welcome in the store — a feature many customers love. People also comment on the pet store’s selection and friendly employees

BEST PLUMBING/HEATING

GREEN’S PLUMBING AND MODERN HEATING 18550 U.S. Highway 59 North Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-7542

Green’s Plumbing and Modern Heating is a veteran-owned and -operated business that has been serving the Detroit Lakes area since 1928. Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, Green’s offers residential and commercial plumbing, heating and air conditioning products and services. Promising prompt, professional service every time, Green’s handles everything from city sewer and water hookups to plumbing fixture sales. The company will unclog drains, conduct service work on home heating and cooling systems, repair gas lines, install water heaters, replace pipes and much more. Owner Nick Green and his staff of 26 promise quality and reliability with every job, guaranteeing customer satisfaction

We would like to thank the voters for their support again this year.

We look forward to serving you for years to come! 18550 Highway 59 North Detroit Lakes, MN Green’s 218-847-7542 Modern 218-847-7459 nick@gpmh.biz www.modernheatingandplumbing.com

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SERVICES BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

KAYLA ULSCHMID

Keller Williams Realty, RHH Team 225 West Cavour, Suite A Fergus Falls, MN 56537 Phone: 218-234-9205 Email: kayla.ryanhansonhomes@gmail.com Website: ryanhansonhomes.com

Kayla Ulschmid, the “Red Shoed Realtor,” a Detroit Lakes Native, will always be found wearing red shoes while selling real estate. Her attention to detail in real estate transactions, savvy negotiating skills and inner drive have combined to make her one of the Detroit Lakes area’s top producing realtors. Ulschmid’s expertise in the real estate market benefits her clients as she guides them, in her red shoes, step-by-step through the real estate transaction process, saving them money, stress and time. She is known for her energetic personality and her knowledge

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in the real estate market. Clients say she always responds promptly to their questions and concerns, and goes above and beyond to make sure they’re happy. “There is no place like your own home!” says Ulschmid. “Thank you to my family, clients, and my team for supporting me in my career.”

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BEST TIRE STORE

DAN’S SERVICE CENTER 110 Main Street West Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-6100 Email: dansservicecenterdl@gmail.com

Website: dansservicecenters.com “Great selection of tires” and “friendly and courteous staff” are what most people say about Dan’s Service Center. No appointments are needed at this full-service automotive shop. Dan’s Service Center will perform any vehicle services, from an oil change to fixing a flat tire, from replacing a set of tires to a complete engine exchange. In business for the last three years, Dan’s is owned by Noah Spiekermeier and Jeff Reveling and employs a staff of nine. The shop is a Bridgestone Firestone Affiliated Tire Retailer, and promises the best tire prices around. Same-day service is available. “Special thanks to all of our customers that have supported us for the last three years, and for voting us the Best Tire Store in the Lakes Area and runner-up for Best Auto Care,” Spiekermeier and Reveling say. PAGE 40 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019

BEST TANNING SALON

FOREVER SUMMER 808 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-3333

Forever Summer specializes in all things tanning, offering UV tanning, sunless spray tanning and salon professional lotions and products for all people and skin types. With a knowledgeable staff of six, owners Stacia and Chris Gjerde promise their customers, “the best tan around.” “Our PURA Sunless Spray booth is the latest and greatest technology in spray tanning and offers the client complete privacy and a flawless natural glow,” they say. “Tanning is what we do, and our staff knows their stuff!”


SERVICES BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY

THE REAL ESTATE COMPANY OF DETROIT LAKES 1110 Highway 59 South Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-8008 Email: info@trecdl.com Website: trecdl.com

The Real Estate Company of Detroit Lakes is one of the Lakes Country’s leading real estate organizations, offering the highest quality of brokerage services available. The company’s highly qualified team of agents includes some of the top selling realtors in the area. TREC specializes in lake homes and lake lots, city homes, condos, commercial property, hunting land and more. The team is dedicated to their clients’ best interests at all times, and develops long-term relationships by providing exceptional service. The TREC team not only serves the Lakes Area, but also surrounding communities within Minnesota and North Dakota, including the Fargo/Moorhead area. Most TREC agents are local, homegrown agents from the Lakes Area or close by. They are knowledgeable and experienced in the field of real estate, but bring even more to the table with histories in construction,

marketing and advertising, and business management. “We have a well-rounded crew ready and willing to serve the Lakes Area and surrounding communities,” says owner Dave Neisen. “Our agents are ready and willing to help you find your next new home — on the lake, in the city, a hobby farm or a lot to build your dream home on.. Commercial buying, selling and leasing expertise is also available. We look forward to working with you!” TREC clients have praised the company’s agents for their attention to detail, responsiveness, and willingness to accommodate schedules. “TREC of DL was fantastic,” says one client. “Extremely knowledgeable and worked hard for us!”

BEST VETERINARY CLINIC

DETROIT LAKES ANIMAL HOSPITAL

1115 West River Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-5674 Email: dlahweb@arvig.net Website: detroitlakesanimalhospital.com

In business for 75 years, Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital is a small animal hospital that provides veterinary care for cats and dogs. “We pride ourselves on offering high quality medicine while remaining approachable and compassionate,” say owners Dr. James McCormack, Dr. Savannah Giese and Dr. Samantha Zehr. “Our facility is clean and well-suited to our business. We look forward to seeing and treating the dogs and cats that walk through our door, whether it is for an annual exam, illness, or emergency.” The most common procedures at Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital include annual wellness exams and vaccines, routine

spay/neuter/dental surgeries, urgent care/illness exams, and a few less routine surgeries. The owners work with an orthopedic surgeon who can do some common orthopedic procedures, as well as a dermatologist and ophthalmologist. Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital has a staff of 17. “We have a very caring and compassionate staff,” the owners say. “Most of our staff has been with us for over 5 years. From our receptionists, to the technicians and assistants, to the doctors, we work on staying current on the recent changes within the medical field. We are always trying to find new ways to better serve our patients and clients.” BEST OF THE LAKES 2019 | PAGE 41


SERVICES BEST VOLUNTEER

BETH PRIDDAY 1870 Brainard Circle Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 701-306-5438 Email: bethann@arvig.net

Beth Pridday is a full-time volunteer who currently serves on the Detroit Lakes City Park Board, Hopes, Dreams & Smiles Board, Detroit Lakes Chamber Programming Committee, Propel DL Board, and League of Women Voters Board. She is an active community volunteer, doing manicures at Ecumen twice a month for the past three years, volunteering at the St. Mary’s Hospital Gift Shop weekly, the Lakes Crisis Center, the Becker County Museum, the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber and Basset Buddies Rescue. In the past, she has enjoyed serving on many other boards and committees for organizations she believes in, including Essentia’s Golf Leaf, Humane Society of the Lakes, and Polar Fest. “I strongly believe you should mix your profession and talents with your passions, and that we all need to contribute to make our

community a great place to live, work and play,” Pridday says. “I’m surprised and honored that I was voted the Best Of in the Volunteer category, because there are so many deserving people who give of their time and talents in this community, and that is what makes this a great place to call home. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for recognizing me.” Pridday has lived in Detroit Lakes for the past 18 years.

BEST WEDDING VENUE

DETROIT LAKES PAVILION 1361 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-5658 Website: cityofdetroitlakes.com

The 104-year-old, historic Detroit Lakes Pavilion sits lakeside on Detroit Lake at the end of the city’s famous mile-long beach, providing a beautiful backdrop for weddings and other events. It is also adjacent to the City Park and Bandshell. Occupants of the Pavilion often comment on how much they enjoy the ambience of the facility. In its heyday, it was the social center of the area and was very popular for dances, orchestral performances, big-band shows and other fun times. Famous individuals who have played and sung at the Pavilion include The Glen Miller Band, Buddy Rich, Lawrence Welk, Bobby Vee and plenty of others. Today, the building hosts a variety of community events, as well as private events, for up to 1,000 people.

Thank you for all your votes! Helping to make the world brighter one smile at a time!

Kristine M. Rlewer, DDS • Ryan R. Manke, DDS 701 Hwy. 10 East • Detroit Lakes, MN • 218-847-9214 PAGE 42 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019


HEALTH & FITNESS BEST CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE

BENDER FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC 119 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2631 Email: pbenderdc@arvig.net

Bender Family Chiropractic is a locally owned business with a goal to improve and maintain the spinal health of every patient, while educating patients and the community about chiropractic care. The business prides itself on serving patrons of all ages. From the initial consultation,

BEST CHIROPRACTOR

DR. PAUL W. BENDER 119 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2631 Email: pbenderdc@arvig.net

Dr. Paul W. Bender has practiced for 15 years, and has been in business for 13 years. Bender Family Chiropractic is a locally owned business with a goal to improve and maintain the spinal health of every patient, while educating patients and the community about chiropractic care. The business prides itself on serving patrons of all ages. “We pride ourselves on excellent service and making sure our patients are satisfied with their chiropractic care,” says Bender. From the initial consultation, diagnosis of back pain, neck pain, athletic injury, personal injury or any other discomfort, the clinic educates patients on what’s causing them pain, how to alleviate the cause and remove the symptom of pain itself. Bender and his staff are dedicated to finding and treating each patient’s individual condition to gain relief. If a patient’s condition will not benefit from chiropractic care, a referral is made to the proper medical specialty. Patients say they enjoy the fun, friendly office environment at Bender Family Chiropractic, and the ability to get their appointments scheduled promptly. They’re also thankful that Dr. Bender takes the time to fully explain their condition and treatment options. The office also has a massage therapist on hand, Heather Thomas, who offers a variety of services including relaxation, deep tissue, combo, pregnancy, hot stone massage and reflexology. “Thank you to all of our patients and people of this great Lakes Area community,” says Dr. Bender. “Special thanks to (staff) Meghan Pazdernik, Jill Bender and Heather Thomas for making this office what it has become.”

diagnosis of back pain, neck pain, athletic injury, personal injury or any other discomfort, the clinic educates patients on what’s causing them pain, how to alleviate the cause and remove the symptom of pain itself. Dr. Paul W. Bender has practiced for 15 years, and has been in business for 13 years. He and his staff are dedicated to finding and treating each patient’s individual condition to gain relief. If a patient’s condition will not benefit from chiropractic care, a referral is made to the proper medical specialty. “We pride ourselves on excellent service and making sure our patients are satisfied with their chiropractic care,” says Bender. Patients say they enjoy the fun, friendly office environment at Bender Family Chiropractic, and the ability to get their appointments scheduled promptly. They’re also thankful that Dr. Bender takes the time to fully explain their condition and treatment options. The office also has a massage therapist on hand, Heather Thomas, who offers a variety of services including relaxation, deep tissue, combo, pregnancy, hot stone massage and reflexology. “Thank you to all of our patients and people of this great Lakes Area community,” says Dr. Bender. “Special thanks to (staff) Meghan Pazdernik, Jill Bender and Heather Thomas for making this office what it has become.”

Bender Family Chiropractic Voted Best Chiropractic Clinic and Individual Chiropractor. Thank you to all our Patients and people of this great Lakes Area Community.

Special thanks to Meghan Pazdernik (Office Manager) Jill Bender RN (Insurance Coordinator) Heather Thomas (Massage Therapist) for making this office what it has become.

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HEALTH & FITNESS BEST DENTIST

DR. JOHN JORDAN 1106 West River Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-846-1900 Email: smiles@westriverdental.com

Dr. John Jordan built his office, West River Dental, from the ground up in 2005. He has worked hard to make patient care his priority and always strives to stay up on the latest procedures and technology to best serve his patients. Dr. Jordan is known for being very caring and compassionate, and he always tries to make his patients feel comfortable while in his care. West River Dental currently consists of 15 team members, including a new partner, Dr. Mark Runyan. The entire staff shares Dr. Jordan’s philosophy on making patient care a top priority. Some of the recurring comments from patients about Dr. Jordan are that he is always available to them any time of the day, and they also appreciate his ability to make his patients feel at ease. Dr. Jordan says he is humbled and honored to have won the Best of the Lakes Best Dentist recognition for two years in a row, and is thankful to his patients for their kind support.

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BEST DENTAL OFFICE

WEST RIVER DENTAL

1106 West River Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-846-1900 Email: smiles@westriverdental.com

West River Dental has been open since 2005 and is owned by Dr. John Jordan. In January of this year, Dr. Mark Runyan became a partner with the practice after associating for three years, and has been an excellent addition to the team. West River Dental offers general, preventative, cosmetic, and advanced restorative dentistry, along with using the latest dental technologies. West River Dental employs a friendly staff of 15 who strive every day to make patients feel welcome and comfortable. West River Dental has eight private operatories that offer patients privacy and ease. Patients often comment on the cleanliness, the upbeat staff, and general superior service offered. West River Dental also prides itself on its warm, friendly and calm environment.

Something for everyone! We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of those who voted! We look forward to seeing you at the DLCCC!

DLCCC 826 Summit Avenue, Detroit Lakes, MN 218-844-4221 www.dlccc.org


HEALTH & FITNESS BEST OPTOMETRIST

BEST EYE CLINIC

DR. MIKE MORRISON

MORRISON EYE CARE 1244 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2020 Website: morrisoneyecare.com

1244 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2020 Website: morrisoneyecare.com

Morrison Eye Care’s goal is to provide the highest quality of care with a personal touch. Members of Morrison’s professional staff are certified under the American Optometric Association and/or the American Board of Opticianry and attend continued education classes. They provide state-of-the-art eye health care, for people of all ages, delivered with a friendly and personal touch.. Morrison Eye Care offers comprehensive care for children and adults with eye health exams, pre- and postoperative care, diagnosis of eye disease, the area’s largest brand-name frames in stock, for every budget, eye emergencies, contacts for the hardto-fit, LASIK assessments, optic nerve analysis, and digital retinal camera. The office has a friendly and helpful staff, same-day emergency care, appointments set around patients’ schedules, most insurances are accepted, and new patients are welcome.

Morrison Eye Care’s goal is to provide the highest quality of care with a personal touch. Members of Morrison’s professional staff are certified under the American Optometric Association and/or the American Board of Opticianry and attend continued education classes. They provide state-of-the-art eye health care, for people of all ages, delivered with a friendly and personal touch.. Morrison Eye Care offers comprehensive care for children and adults with eye health exams, pre- and postoperative care, diagnosis of eye disease, the area’s largest brand-name frames in stock, for every budget, eye emergencies, contacts for the hardto-fit, LASIK assessments, optic nerve analysis, and digital retinal camera. The office has a friendly and helpful staff, same-day emergency care, appointments set around patients’ schedules, most insurances are accepted, and new patients are welcome.

A huge thank you to all our patients and those who voted us best Dental Office and Dentist in town! We are honored with this recognition!

Family and Cosmetic

1106 West River Road, Detroit Lakes

John R. Jordan D.D.S. Mark Runyan D.D.S.

218-846-1900 • 877-508-1900

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HEALTH & FITNESS BEST FITNESS TRAINER

DION SGRO

Dion’s Dangerzone Gym 115 Grant Street Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-841-6094 Email: dsgro_1976@hotmail.com

Dion Sgro has been a personal trainer at his gym, Dion’s Dangerzone, for the past five years. He offers a challenging and affordable boxing fitness class, walking through the steps with each individual client as they work out in a group setting and pushing everyone to do their absolute best. “I want every person to walk out of the gym feeling proud of themselves,” Sgro says. Sgro’s clients say they love the accountability and inspiration that he and the others in their group provide. They also say they love their results, both physically and mentally. Sgro’s workouts are year-round and designed to build strength. “People get inspired by the people they work out with, and it really builds their mental toughness,” Sgro says. “Seeing everyone on a repetitive basis, it feels like a family… We call each other the Dangerzone Crazies! It’s perfect for so many — it’s hard, but there are so many modifications, nobody feels like they can’t keep up.”

BEST FITNESS CENTER / BEST KIDS’ BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE

THE CENTER

Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center 826 Summit Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-4221 Website: dlccc.org

The Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center is a state-ofthe-art fitness, aquatics and recreation center with a mission “to provide quality experiences to learn, grow and play.” Featuring a family-friendly pool, a large indoor play area called The Backyard, workout spaces and machines, personal training, massage therapy, instructor-led fitness classes and swimming lessons, rooms for birthday parties, and more, the Center has something for everyone. Now in its 18th year, the Center employs more than 100 people. It is connected to the Historic Holmes Theatre. Stu Omberg, the Center’s CEO, says its members, “appreciate the variety of classes we offer” and “love being able to play in the pool as a family.” People also enjoy using the indoor walking track in the winters, making social connections, and “bringing grandkids and guests into the pool and Backyard.”

BEST GOLF COURSE

LAKEVIEW GOLF COURSE 24962 County Road 22 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-8942

A unique 18-hole course that was opened in 1980, the Lakeview Golf Course plays to par of 31-33-64, with nine par three holes, eight par four holes, and a closing par five. The picturesque course features large greens, with traps bordering all 18 holes. The golfer is offered some spectacular views, especially from the tee area (situated at the highest point on the two courses) at the 7th hole. While the yardage may appear to be short, the course is deceptively difficult. Course record is 57, set in 1999. A newly expanded and remodeled clubhouse, driving range, practice area and green are all part of the Lakeview Golf Course Complex. Lakeview is a great facility for corporate outings, church potlucks and any small golf outing. PAGE 46 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019

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HEALTH & FITNESS BEST HEALTH CLINIC

SANFORD HEALTH DETROIT LAKES CLINIC AND SAME DAY SURGERY CENTER 1245 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-846-2000 Website: sanfordhealth.org

Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Clinic offers comprehensive primary care, urgent care and surgical services along with a full service pharmacy and eye center. It provides family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, general surgery, podiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, optometry, physical therapy, walk-in care and same day surgery. Patients also have access to specialists who travel to Detroit Lakes to bring services close to home, including allergy/immunology, cardiology, dermatology, ENT, medical oncology, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and surgery, physical medicine and rehab, urology, vascular surgery, and Profile by Sanford. Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Clinic is unique because of its

BEST HEARING SERVICE

BELTONE HEARING AID SERVICE

people. The clinic has dedicated physicians, providers and staff committed to providing patients with an experience where quality and safety are top priorities. Personalized care with a hometown touch! The Detroit Lakes clinic has been in business for 34 years, and employs 140 people. The Sanford Health system is one of the largest health systems in the United States. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., the organization includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries.

Hearing Loss?

916 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 800-669-3171 Website: BeltoneMN.com

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NEW LOCATION 916 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes Across from the Nines’

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With a tradition in excellence that goes back to 1940, Beltone has always been the most trusted name in hearing. Beltone has been serving the Lakes Area for many years, always providing the latest in technology and genuine, personalized care to anyone looking for help with their hearing. There’s no need to drive for hours to find the help and service you’re looking for; Beltone is here to work with customers to provide the best customer service experience, along with the most advanced hearing instruments, so they can get back to enjoying the lives they deserve. With a lifetime commitment for the best hearing heath care, Beltone’s customers are treated like family, not just a number. The company has the styles and budgets to match anyone’s needs, and with financing available, there really is no reason to suffer with a hearing loss any more. Beltone has a network of over 1,500 locations in the United States, and locations in over 40 countries worldwide.

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HEALTH & FITNESS BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST

SANDY SPINDLER Lakes Massage 1131 Jackson Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-849-2870 Website: lakesmassage.abmp.com

BEST PHARMACY

CVS PHARMACY 329 Frazee Street Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-1484 Website: cvs.com

From healthcare to beachwear, CVS Pharmacy has it all! CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health, is America’s leading retail pharmacy with more than 9,800 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry. CVS Pharmacy helps people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. CVS Pharmacy features a wide selection of the latest beauty products, healthy foods, health and wellness merchandise and general merchandise. The pharmacy offers unique clinical pharmacy services, medication adherence programs, automatic refills, immunizations, text alerts to inform patients when their prescriptions are ready, and digital tools to help patients manage their prescriptions. PAGE 48 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019

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Sandy Spindler, owner of Lakes Massage, has been helping people for 18 years. Beyond her skills of relaxation and “finding those tough spots,” what sets her apart from others are her impeccable listening skills. “I was made to help people through massage,” she says. “To see them leave with a smile of relief and relaxation makes my job worthwhile.” Clients say Spindler is genuinely caring and her touch is truly healing. Spindler offers a variety of services, her most popular being a combination of relaxation and deep tissue, but also cupping massage, stone massage, “raindrop” (essential oils), craniosacral, and pregnancy massage.

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HEALTH & FITNESS BEST PHYSICAL REHABILITATION FACILITY

ESSENTIA HEALTH ST. MARY’S THERAPY CENTER 1112 Lincoln Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-0883

From kids to adults, everyone who enters the Essentia Health St. Mary’s Therapy Center gets personalized care and a wide range of physical, occupational and speech-language therapy services. Specialized programs include chronic/acute pain, hand, pediatrics, pelvic floor, vestibular, oncology, swallowing, general ortho, sports, fall prevention, lymphedema and Parkinson’s rehab programs. The facility features state-of-the-art equipment and as one of Essentia’s Catholic facilities, strives to provide holistic healing for all human life. Essentia’s therapists listen and provide education to help patients understand their conditions to improve follow-through and ultimately, outcomes.Therapists get to know their patients by name and take pride in helping them reach their goals. Patients say the staff at the therapy center goes above and beyond what is expected to ensure their own personal goals are met, and that therapists show true empathy while structuring treatment to improve functional outcomes.

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HEALTH & FITNESS BEST PHYSICIAN

DR. SCOTT LAWRENCE, MD

Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Clinic and Same Day Surgery Center 1245 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-846-2000 Website: sanfordhealth.org

Dr. Scott Lawrence is beloved by his patients for his sense of humor as well as his white coat pockets full of lollipops for every kid that enters his exam room. Since joining Sanford Health in 2005, Dr. Lawrence has maintained a busy clinic practice and has also performed procedures in Sanford’s same day surgery center. His patients say he is passionate about his work, and cares about the community of Detroit Lakes. In his downtime, Dr. Lawrence enjoys attending the activities of his three kids, as well as fishing, traveling, cooking, smoking meat, listening to music and being a handyman around the house. Unfortunately, his colleagues say, he’s a big Green Bay Packers fan. Sanford health is one of the largest healthcare systems in the nation, serving the Upper Midwest. Sanford services in Detroit Lakes include cardiology, allergy and immunology, family medicine, oncology, optometry, hand surgery, dermatology and many others.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FAVORITE RESORT

FAIR HILLS RESORT 24270 County Highway 20 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-7638 or 1-800-323-2849 Website: fairhillsresort.com

Featured in National Geographic Magazine as one of the Top 10 Inclusive Resorts in America, and in Travel + Leisure as one of America’s best all-inclusive resorts, Fair Hills Resort is a true gem of the Lakes Area. In business since 1906 and owned by the same family for the past 93 years, Fair Hills is an “affordable old-fashioned summer camp on Minnesota’s Pelican Lake,” as Travel + Leisure describes it, that “earns raves from families who return year after year, generation after generation. The resort is decidedly no-frills and unpretentious — and that’s exactly what devotees love about it.” With about 100 lakeshore cabins, the resort offers guests three square meals a day and activities three times a day, for all ages. Pony rides, fishing, kayaking, swimming, tennis, golf, sailing, scavenger hunts, boating and much more are available on site every day in the summers.

For the public, Fair Hills offers a pontoon cruise and dinner show on Tuesday nights — the longest-running musical in the upper Midwest, the Fair Hills Hootenanny. The resort is also a popular and beautiful place for weddings and reunions. Fair Hills’ owners, Beth and Dan Schupp, say guests frequently comment on the “unique experience” the resort offers them to “reconnect as a family like nowhere else.” Many of the vacationers return to the resort during the same week every summer, forming lasting relationships with other guests who do the same.

BEST LIVE MUSIC / PERFORMANCE VENUE

HISTORIC HOLMES THEATRE 806 Summit Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-7469 Website: dlccc.org

Boasting a wide variety of international, national, regional and local music, theatre and dance performances, the Historic Holmes Theatre promises some great options for fans of live entertainment. Located in a historic school building that has been converted, this performing arts and events center is now home to an art deco theatre, large ballroom, art gallery, creative space and what may be the world’s largest penny floor. Ticketholders describe the Holmes as a “great place to gather with friends for a fun night out.” Each year, the theatre hosts more than 50 shows and other events, from renowned musicians like Arlo Guthrie to kids’ productions like Annie Jr. The Holmes is owned by the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, Inc., and has a staff of six. It has been in operation for the past 17 years. PAGE 52 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BEST LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENT

THE NORTHWEST WATER CARNIVAL Detroit Lakes Jaycees detroitlakesjaycees@gmail.com www.dljaycees.com

This 10-day summer spectacular brings thousands of people to Detroit Lakes every year to celebrate one of the city’s best and most beloved assets — water. With a schedule chock-full of beachfront games and parties, a big parade, kids’ activities, a water ski show, water fights, trolley rides, an ice cream social, a watermelon feed, familyfriendly events and entertainment by the lake, community dances and much more, the Northwest Water Carnival always makes good on its goal of offering fun for everyone. Now in its 84th year, the Water Carnival is organized and facilitated by the Detroit Lakes Jaycees, a nonprofit organization that holds events to raise money for community causes, especially in regard to children. “The Jaycees and the Northwest Water Carnival are extremely proud to serve this great community,” the group says. “We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Water Carnival July 12-21.”

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SHOPPING BEST ANTIQUES

SULAINE’S ANTIQUE MALL 603 Highway 10 East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-6830 Email: mail@sulainesantiques.com Website: sulainesantiques.com

SuLaine’s offers an eclectic marketplace with more than 60 vendors in a 13,000-square-foot area. Whether your style is rustic, vintage, retro or modern, there is something for everyone’s tastes and price range. “While we started out as mainly an antique and collectibles market, we have evolved with the times to also include many other popular decor items and ‘antique compatibles,’” say owners Linda and Arnie Kiehl and Brend Scheidecker. “Many of our vendors are very creative and make new items out of the old, such as repurposed furniture and ‘junk sculpture.’” SuLaine’s has been in business for 15 years. Customers often comment that the store is arranged nicely, with wide aisles and good accessibility. Many have said they like how beautifully the vendors decorate their spaces. Most people who visit SuLaine’s for the first time say they’ll

definitely be back. They also comment on the variety and volume of merchandise available. Some of the most popular items at SuLaine’s during the summertime are outdoor and garden decor, and a current trend is the farmhouse look, which customers can always find at SuLaine’s. “If you have never stopped in, we invite you to give us a try,” say the owners. “Come in and browse, and have some free coffee and cookies!”

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MENARDS

1465 Menard Drive Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-846-9890 Website: menards.com

Menards is a family-owned and run Midwestern company that carries the materials, tools and supplies for all your home improvement needs, from just needing a light bulb, can of paint or household items to building a deck, fence, or new home. Menards has several departments, including building materials, millwork, hardware, electrical, cabinets and appliances, doors and windows, flooring, paint, plumbing, full-service lumberyard, garden center, home decor, household items, pet and wildlife supplies and even a line of groceries for a one-stop shopping experience. Menards team members are dedicated to service and quality — “One Team, One Dream” — working together regardless of their position or department to help create a hometown hardware store atmosphere where guests (customers) are treated like family. There is something for everyone at Menards, whether that’s a beginning do-it-yourselfer or more experienced contractor. With all the unique items in the store, it’s not uncommon to see a contractor buying lumber with a gallon of milk at the checkout. PAGE 54 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019

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SHOPPING BEST APPLIANCES

D&D APPLIANCE 1050 Highway 59 South Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-9775 Website: ddappliance.net

For over 35 years the family at D&D Appliance has been serving the appliance needs of the lakes area. Owner Chris Gravdahl says, “We’re really the definition of a ‘Mom and Pop Shop.’ My dad started in the appliance service industry back in the ‘70s and my mom joined the family biz later on. I really grew up in this business.” Her husband, Jon, is now also part of the crew as an appliance technician and master electrician, a unique combination which allows D&D Appliance to complete some appliance installations which other installers cannot. A big key to the success of the business is the staff’s dedication to helping customers find the right solution, every time. “Our goal is to always help the customer find the right new appliance, the right service option, or the right part,” says

Gravdahl. “We don’t commission our sales staff because the dollar should never be their focus; making sure the customer gets their problem solved in the best possible way is the focus.” The seven-person D&D “work family” offers a wide selection of KitchenAid, Frigidaire, Maytag, SpeedQueen, Whirlpool, Electrolux, LG, Amana and BigGreenEgg line. D&D Appliance has many of the top appliances in a variety of price points. The company’s website was also recently redesigned to allow for a full shopping experience online. Pricing updates automatically throughout the day to keep up with the fastchanging and highly-competitive market. Backed with installation options and a service department, D&D Appliance is the one-stop-shop you can’t find in a big box store.

BEST BOAT/RV DEALER

J&K MARINE 24147 Wine Lake Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-0324 Website: jkmarine.com

Offering boat sales, dock and lift sales and installation, marine parts, service, repairs and storage, J&K Marine has been in business for the past 26 years. In 1992, two young men started J&K Marine to help pay for college, profiting about $12,000 in their first year. Today, J&K is a multi-million dollar company with seven locations, and is still owned by one of those founding young men, Kevin Tinjum. J&K is known for its excellent customer service. The business

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peak season. It carries Alumacraft and G3 Fishing boats, Sanger Tow boats and South Bay and Cypress Cay pontoons, as well as selling, servicing and delivering Beach King docks and lifts. There’s a full display in J&K’s showroom on Highway 10. The company’s aim is “to keep everyone out on the water, enjoying the Lakes Area to the fullest.”

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SHOPPING BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

MIDWEST BANK 613 Highway 10 East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4711 Website: midwestbank.net

Midwest Bank, the only locally owned bank in Detroit Lakes, is a community focused bank committed to building lasting relationships with both its customers and employees by consistently exceeding expectations. Midwest Bank has grown to the largest bank in Detroit Lakes by offering personal attention and old-fashioned hospitality along with all the modern conveniences of online and mobile banking. “More free, less fee” isn’t just a catchy tag line for Midwest Bank, it’s the bank’s entire financial philosophy: “We would rather have more customers and charge them less.” Known for its interest-earning Rewards Checking, no-fee home equity lines of credit and automatic ATM refund program, Midwest Bank has offices in Detroit Lakes (the main office plus a branch inside Walmart), Callaway, Waubun, Barnesville, Parkers Prairie and Dalton. Midwest Bank employs 89 people; 50 of those are in Detroit

Lakes. Midwest Bank’s employees embrace and practice the values of community, integrity, quality, genuine care, teamwork and balance every day, serving our customers and each other. Employees say “responsiveness” is the first thing that sets Midwest Bank apart from the rest: “How do we do it? The answer is part experience, part gut-feeling, and part having every single decision-maker in the room — not some far-flung corporate high rise.” “Being named No. 1 bank, No. 1 customer service, and No. 1 small employer in the Lakes Area by the people who live and work here is a great honor and we are so grateful for both our customers and employees!”

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SHOPPING and most LARGEST complete Lakes Area’s

BEST CLOTHING / BEST DOWNTOWN SHOPPING

THE NINES

917 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-8019 Email: shopthenines247@gmail.com Website: shopethenines.com

Lauren Zima, who opened The Nines six years ago along with her husband, Steve, says she created the store “so women of all sizes would have a fun and affordable place to shop in Detroit Lakes.” The Nines brings in new arrivals every day, and pictures and other updates are regularly posted on the store’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Zima finds clothes, shoes, accessories and decor at markets all over the country. “If you need help finding outfits or finding the perfect gift, my friendly staff is here to help make your shopping experience easy and fun,” she says. “Our customers love how we help them shop and find outfits in the store, and love that our store has a huge selection of everything from shoes, jewelry, dresses and tops so they don’t have to drive to Fargo or Minneapolis to get everything they need.” The Zimas will be opening a new store this fall, a home decor and gift shop called Lit Decor & Gift. Lit will be located across the street from The Nines, in the old Helping Hand building.

BEST GROCERY STORE / BEST FLORIST

CENTRAL MARKET 310 Frazee Street East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-3663 Website: thefreshplace.com

Central Market is a locally owned family supermarket offering groceries along with bakery and deli products, a coffee shop, flower shop and Jamba Juice. Established in 2002, Central Market is owned by John Lofberg and employs a staff of 195. The store’s We Care program has paid out more than $1.2 million to local nonprofit organizations.

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SHOPPING BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE (INDIVIDUAL) BEST GIFT SHOP

MIRANDA SHERMAN

Lakes Shipping 103 Holmes Street East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-8484 Email: info@lakesshipping.com Website: lakesshipping.com

Lakes Shipping owner Miranda Sherman recently returned to work after a difficult battle with an aggressive blot clotting disorder, which ultimately resulted in the loss of her leg. Yet she continues to greet her customers with a friendly smile and positive attitude. Customers describe Sherman’s demeanor as “a ray of sunshine.” As she continues to recover and regain her strength, Sherman plans to return to full-time hours at Lakes Shipping. In the meantime, her daughter, Marissa, is helping to run the store. Their chemistry as mother-daughter coworkers is one of fun, laughter, and efficiency; they operate like a well-oiled machine. Lakes Shipping is a full service pack and ship company in Detroit Lakes. It is the area’s only Authorized FedEx Shipping Center and also offers USPS and Spee-Dee Delivery services and shipping options. It has the area’s most affordable mailbox rental as well as faxing, copying, secured shredding, document scanning, office supplies, stamps, greeting cards and more. The business offers customers a one-stop-shop, conveniently located downtown. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lakes Shipping is taking steps to become a green, environmentally-friendly company, recycling and using donated packing supplies to keep them out of our landfills.

RED WILLOW

1160 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-6297 Email: barb@redwillowdl.com Website: redwillowdl.com

Red Willow is a family-run store that has been in business for 35 years. One of Red Willow’s two stores is located in a 13-room house filled from top to bottom with product to give customers a truly unique experience. A large variety of items fit everyone’s needs, from home decor and kitchenware to women’s clothing and accessories, plus baby gifts and books. Red Willow’s second location is inside the Washington Square Mall. This store offers many of the same great items as the other location while adding an array of men’s, women’s and kids’ sweatshirts and tees. And don’t forget the matching pajamas for the entire family! “We pride ourselves in giving our customers that small town customer service and shopping experience that you cannot get online,” say owners Lane and Barbara Engberg. “We develop a relationship with our customers and enjoy catching up with them when they come in.” Customers appreciate the unique items they find at Red Willow. Some of the most popular items are Swiss Diamond and Le Creuset cookware, Wusthof knives, Lazy One pajamas, Kickee Pants baby clothes, kids’ books, Lakegirl, Lakeshirts, cards, personalized lake items and decor, Minnesota products, home decor, women’s accessories and more.

BEST FURNITURE STORE

MICHAEL’S FURNITURE & FLOORING 415 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-0327 Email: michaels.manager@outlook.com

Big city selection, small town service. Michael’s is a full service furniture and flooring store, offering selection, service and low pricing. The store sells name brands and truckload specials. “We want your business, we care about your business and compete hard for your business,” says store owner Adam Noah. “We deliver what you need cheaper, faster and better. Value, value, value — that’s what Michael’s is all about.” Noah says Michael’s can offer value because the business buys by the truckload and is a member of the largest buying group in PAGE 58 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019

the U.S. “Our buying group helps us buy the right furniture from the right vendors that deliver what they say they will, so we can deliver to you what we say we will, over and over,” he says. “We’re fair people to do business with. Our customers trust our word and leave our store with a smile and true enjoyment of making a furniture purchase.” Michael’s has been in business in Detroit Lakes since 1983, and employs 14 people.


SHOPPING BEST GAS STATION/ CONVENIENCE STORE

HOLIDAY

303 Frazee Street East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-1939 Website: holidaystationstores.com

In business in Detroit Lakes since 1965, the local Holiday is part of a chain of more than 500 full service convenience stores and gas stations operating in 10 states. About two years ago, the local Holiday relocated to a brand new store and car wash right across the street from its former location. The new store features a bigger cooler section, larger coffee and drink area, more food selections, a seating area and additional gas pumps, among other improvements. It currently employs 14 people.

BEST GREENHOUSE

BERGEN’S GREENHOUSES, INC.

801 Willow Street West Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2138 Email: goodservice@bergensgreenhouses.com Website: bergensgreenhouses.com

Bergen’s Greenhouses is proud to be a fourth-generation, family-run business. Bergen’s specializes in growing the newest varieties of annuals, perennials and holiday blooming plants. The business has been in operation for 98 years, and is currently owned by Chris and Mara Bergen, and Susie and Kevin Johnson. It employs about 75 people. Great gardens begin at Bergen’s!

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SHOPPING BEST THRIFT/DISCOUNT STORE

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB THRIFT STORE & MORE 605 Highway 10 East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-6556 Website: thriftstoredl.com

A full-service thrift store offering thrift family apparel, furniture, toys, sporting goods, books, household goods, linens and more alongside new merchandise in all those categories and beyond, the Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store is a fundraising operation for the local Boys & Girls Club. Governed by an all-volunteer board, the tax exempt store operates with around 25 employees and donates 100 percent of its profits directly to the Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club. With its ever-changing selection of new and used merchandise, affordable prices and clean, neat appearance, the store is often complimented by customers for its friendly cashiers and

exceptional service. “Our goal is to treat every customer as family and a welcome guest when shopping our store,” a store representative says. The Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store is the upper Midwest’s largest dealer of Amish-produced outdoor furniture, and also sells new Restonic beds and Perdue bedroom furniture along with new sofas, loveseats, recliners, sectionals and more purchased from Pro Furniture Warehouse in St. Paul. It has been in operation for more than 13 years; 10 in its current location. The store’s new, expanded summer hours are MondaySaturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

BEST HARDWARE STORE

BEST MEAT MARKET

BEUG’S ACE HARDWARE 801 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-7173

Established in 1935, Beug’s Ace Hardware is a full hardware store, offering electrical, plumbing, paint, and lawn and garden products as well as housewares. Beug’s is a third-generation family-owned store known for its friendly and knowledgeable staff. Owners Bruce and Mark Bueg say customers are always “amazed with the amount of merchandise we have — a little bit of everything.” Beug’s has a reputation for friendly, fast service. Some of its most popular services are window and screen repairs, and key duplication.

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HOFFMAN’S MEAT MARKET 114 North Street West Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-7207

Hoffman’s Meat Market has been in business for 40 years, selling a large selection of meat products and also offering deer processing. Owner Randy Gravelle has been at the helm of Hoffman’s for the past decade. Anywhere from eight to 12 employees work with him, depending on the time of year. “Customers are always telling us we have the best steaks, hamburger, sticks and jerky,” Gravelle says. “We sell a lot of burger, sticks and jerky all year ‘round.” Hoffman’s also sells pork, poultry, sausages and other choice meat products. The business supplies hamburger to Sunlite Bar & Grill, which recently won a burger contest in town. “We take pride in the consistency and quality of our products,” Gravelle says.


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SHOPPING BEST JEWELER

BEST SPORTING GOODS

PRICE’S FINE JEWELRY

LAKES SPORT SHOP

805 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-5309 Email: prices@arvig.net Website: prices-finejewelry.com

930 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2645 Website: lakessportshop.com

A focus on quality, a relaxed atmosphere and the staff’s genuine desire to find the perfect piece of jewelry for each unique customer is what keeps families coming back to Price’s Fine Jewelry from generation to generation. Established in 1943, Price’s has helped many generations of families find the right pieces of jewelry for their special occasions, like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, births and more. Current owners Roger and Anita Price say, “It is with confidence and humility we continue our legacy of the jewelry business — one that was begun by our forefathers through faith, hard work, courage and sacrifice.” The goal of Price’s Fine Jewelry is to build relationships with everyone who comes through the door. An American Gem Society Store, it adheres to values like honesty, integrity, truthful pricing, consumer protection and education. All engagement ring diamonds sold in the store are hand selected. Price’s went through a remodeling project 14 years ago, which gave the store a home-like feel, with a fireplace seating area, fresh brewed Caribou coffee every day, perennial garden and expanded engagement/wedding room for the added comfort of customers.

In business for the past 50 years, Lakes Sport Shop is a full line sporting goods store, offering a wide variety of athletic apparel and gear for sports of every season. Owners Bruce and Doug Paskey say customers often comment on the shop’s, “very helpful and knowledgeable” staff, as well as its wide selection of items. Lakes Sport Shop employs a staff of 10.

BEST NEW/USED CAR DEALERSHIP

WEBBER FAMILY MOTORS 1389 Wenner Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2601 Website: webberfamilymotors.com

Locally owned and operated, Webber Family Motors is a new and preowned car dealership serving the Lakes Area and beyond. All makes and models of preowned vehicles are offered, along with new Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram models. Parts and service are also offered on site, with a quicklane for tires, brakes and fast in-and-out oil changes. In addition, the Webber Collision Center repairs body damage on all vehicles, and Webber Dock and Lift sells, services and installs Floe docks and lifts. Boat storage and winterization is also available. Webber Family Motors has been in operation for 12 years — seven in its current location. The dealership is a family-owned business, and owners Brock and Juanita Webber consider their staff to be part of the family. “We believe in customer satisfaction being our number one goal and welcome everyone — regardless of the vehicle they drive — to come in and get their vehicles serviced from our factory-trained technicians,” the Webbers say. “We want to thank our customers for their business over and over again, but most PAGE 62 | BEST OF THE LAKES 2019

of all our amazing employees. Without the great staff we are so fortunate to have, we wouldn’t have the business we do today!” Customers love the dealership’s quicklane specials, as well as its popular product lines like Ram trucks and Jeeps.

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