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2021

WINNERS BEST OF THE LAKES AREA

READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

AUTO SALES & SERVICES | BEAUTY SERVICES | COMMUNITY / ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EATS & DRINKS | EMPLOYMENT | FINANCIAL SERVICES | HEALTH & FITNESS HOME IMPROVEMENT | PET PRODUCTS & SERVICES | SERVICES | SHOPPING


THANK YOU FOR VOTING US #1!

2021

Fresh Hand Pattied Burgers

RUNNER UP FOR:

BEST BLOODY MARY, BEST COCKTAIL BEST WINGS

• BEST BAR • BEST BURGER • BEST CASUAL DINING RESTAURANT • BEST CHICKEN • BEST FRENCH FRIES • BEST TAKE-OUT RESTAURANT • BEST SMALL BUSINESS TO WORK FOR • BEST SERVER KRIS JENSEN • BEST BARTENDER HJ GERDES

3 MILES NORTH ON RICHWOOD ROAD • DETROIT LAKES Dock access from Big, Middle, and Little Floyd Lake

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Just 3 minutes south of WE Fest on

25275 S. Melissa Drive • Detroit Lakes 218.846.WINE (9463) • 218.847.BEER (2337)

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THE BEST HAVE BEEN CHOSEN! Each year this competition grows in size and popularity.

6,105 businesses/individuals were nominated. 72,712 votes were cast.

MELISSA SWENSON

It really is an honor to be nominated and also a sign that our readers appreciate and support local business. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate and vote for the Best of the Best!

EACH OTHER

THANK YOU

Congratulations to the winners and the runners-up in the 2021 Detroit Lakes Tribune Best of the Lakes Area Readers’ Choice Awards! Our readers have chosen you as the best of the best!

3,677 people voted.

CARING FOR

Publisher mswenson@ dlnewspapers.com 218-844-1451

for voting Essentia Health Best Health Clinic and Best Physical Rehabilitation Facility Congratulations to Dr. Julie Pazdernik, voted Best Physician and Jennifer Frank, voted Best Physical Therapist

We are honored to have also been recognized in the following categories: ■

ROBIN STALLEY

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

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Best Physical Therapist: Jay Schmitz, DPT Best Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner: Tammi Fuchs, APRN, CNP

LIZ MOLACEK

Multimedia Consultant emolacek@ dlnewspapers.com 218-844-1456

St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes Clinic 1027 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes 218-844-2347 | EssentiaHealth.org


2021

Thank you for voting us #1 Assisted Living Community in the lakes area!

We want to give a special thanks to our staff who go above and beyond serving our residents and families with heart each and every day!

Independent Living | Assisted Living | Memory Care “Care and Compassion for the Lifestyle You Choose” 1325 Pelican Lane, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 218.847.777 | pelicanlandingmn.com

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2021

WINNERS

READERS’ CHOICE WINNERS!

9 | AUTO SALES & SERVICES BEST AUTO BODY REPAIR.................................... 10 1st................................................. Finest Auto Body 2nd...........................................................Nereson Auto Body

BEST CAR SALES PROFESSIONAL.......................9 1st................................ Drew Larson, R&G Subaru 2nd...........................Doug Dunham (Webber Family Motors)

BEST USED CAR DEALERSHIP............................ 10 1st.......................................................... R&G Subaru 2nd....................................................Webber Family Motors

BEST AUTO DETAILING......................................... 10 1st......................................Clean Car Auto Service 2nd.............................................................Diamond Detailing

BEST CAR WASH................................................... 10 1st.....................................Four Seasons Car Wash 2nd......................................................... Holiday Gas Station

BEST QUICK OIL CHANGE.................................... 10 1st.......................................Webber Family Motors 2nd.....................................................Norseman Motors Inc.

BEST AUTO REPAIR SERVICE................................9 1st.............................................................Chaney’s 2 2nd....................................................... Dan’s Service Center

BEST NEW CAR DEALERSHIP............................. 10 1st.......................................Webber Family Motors 2nd........................................................................... R&G Subaru

BEST TIRE STORE.................................................. 10 1st.............................................................Chaney’s 2 2nd........................................................Dan’s Service Center

12 | BEAUTY & BARBER SERVICES BEST MEN’S HAIR SALON.................................... 12 1st...................................................Schiller’s House 2nd.......................................................................... Barber Jon’s

BEST NAIL SALON................................................. 13 1st.................................................................. Nail Bar 2nd...................................................................Marvelous Nails

BEST WOMEN’S HAIR SALON.............................. 12 1st.............................................. Missy’s Style Zone 2nd..................................................................................Liv N Dye

BEST MEN’S HAIR STYLIST................................. 12 1st............................. Katie Schiller (Schiller’s House) 2nd........................................................Jon Stone (Barber Jon’s)

BEST TANNING SALON......................................... 13 1st..................................................Forever Summer 2nd.....................................................................................b. Salon

BEST WOMEN’S HAIR STYLIST........................... 13 1st..............................Missy Sgro (Missy’s Style Zone) 2nd............................................Lindsey Cooksey (Liv N Dye)

14 | COMMUNITY / ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BEST GOLF COURSE............................................. 14 1st...........................................Detroit Country Club 2nd.......................................Forest Hills Golf & RV Resort BEST LIVE MUSIC/PERFORMANCE VENUE....... 14 1st..................Detroit Mountain Recreation Area 2nd................................................ Historic Holmes Theatre BEST LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENT...................... 14 1st.................................Northwest Water Carnival 2nd...................................................Music on the Mountain

16 | EATS & DRINKS

BEST LOCAL LIVE MUSIC (BAND OR SOLO ARTIST)............................................... 16 1st.................................................Tim Eggebraaten 2nd.....................................................................................Tripwire

BEST LOCAL WEBSITE.......................................... 16 1st...................DL-Online.com (Detroit Lakes Tribune) 2nd....................................... Midwest Bank Detroit Lakes

BEST NONPROFIT SERVICE................................. 15 1st...................... Lakes Crisis & Resource Center 2nd..................................... Marshmallow Animal Shelter BEST VOLUNTEER................................................. 14 1st...................................................Jessica Burhans 2nd..........................................................................Beth Pridday

BEST BAKERY........................................................ 16 1st..................................................... Central Market 2nd...............................................................Creamy Creations

BEST CASUAL DINING RESTAURANT..................17 1st............................................... Sunlite Bar & Grill 2nd...................................................... Brygge Taps & Tastes

BEST FAST FOOD................................................... 21 1st...........................Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant 2nd.............................Papacito’s Burritos Detroit Lakes

BEST BAR................................................................17 1st............................................... Sunlite Bar & Grill 2nd ........................................Lakeside Tavern & Brewery

BEST CHICKEN (DINNER OR SANDWICH)......... 18 1st............................................... Sunlite Bar & Grill 2nd.....................................................................Cormorant Pub

BEST FINE DINING............................................... 20 1st...................................... Spanky’s Stone Hearth 2nd........................................................................... The Fireside

BEST BARTENDER................................................. 18 1st................................. HJ Gerdes (Sunlite Bar & Grill) 2nd.................................Michael Setterholm (The Fireside)

BEST CHINESE FOOD............................................ 18 1st................................................... Chinese Dragon 2nd........................................... Jin Hu Chinese Restaurant

BEST FRENCH FRIES........................................... 20 1st............................................... Sunlite Bar & Grill 2nd.............................................................................McDonald’s

BEST BEER SELECTION........................................ 18 1st.........................................Brygge Taps & Tastes 2nd........................................................................................Zorbaz

BEST COCKTAIL..................................................... 21 1st...................................... Spanky’s Stone Hearth 2nd...............................................................Sunlite Bar & Grill

BEST HAPPY HOUR...............................................22 1st..................................Holiday Beach Bar & Grill

BEST BLOODY MARY............................................ 16 1st.........................................Brygge Taps & Tastes 2nd...............................................................Sunlite Bar & Grill

BEST COFFEE......................................................... 21 1st...................................Caribou Coffee Company 2nd................................................................................La Barista

BEST BREAKFAST................................................. 18 1st......................................Main Street Restaurant 2nd...................................................The 59er Diner & Motel

BEST DESSERT (RESTAURANT)................................ 21 1st...................................... Spanky’s Stone Hearth 2nd ............................................... Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

BEST BURGER........................................................ 16 1st............................................... Sunlite Bar & Grill 2nd...................................................... Brygge Taps & Tastes

BEST DRIVE-THROUGH....................................... 20 1st...........................Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant 2nd......................................................................Caribou Coffee

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- Holiday Inn Lakefront

2nd........................................................................................Hub 41 BEST HEALTHY SHAKE/TEA BUSINESS........... 20 1st..............................................McKinley Nutrition 2nd...................................................................Kickin’ Nutrition BEST ICE CREAM / FROZEN YOGURT.................24 1st....................................Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 2nd........................................................................................Hub 41 BEST LIQUOR STORE............................................22 1st..........................................Seven Sisters Spirits 2nd..........................................................................Lakes Liquor


EATS & DRINKS CONTINUED BEST MEXICAN FOOD...........................................24 1st..............................El Loro Mexican Restaurant 2nd......................................Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant

BEST RESTAURANT SERVER...............................22 1st.............................. Kris Jensen (Sunlite Bar & Grill) 2nd........................................ Lori Blonigan (Lakeside Tavern)

BEST OUTDOOR DINING AREA............................25 1st.......................Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina 2nd.............................................................. Spitfire Bar & Grill

BEST RIBS/BBQ.....................................................22 1st...................................... Spanky’s Stone Hearth 2nd.............................................................. Spitfire Bar & Grill

BEST PIZZA........................................................... 20 1st...................................................Hotel Shoreham 2nd........................................................................................Zorbaz

BEST SANDWICH SHOP.......................................25 1st..............................................................La Barista 2nd..........................................................................Jimmy John’s

26 | EMPLOYMENT

BEST TAKE-OUT RESTAURANT...........................22 1st............................................... Sunlite Bar & Grill 2nd...Sapphire Sushi, Hibachi & American Cuisine BEST WINE LIST....................................................22 1st...................................... Spanky’s Stone Hearth 2nd .......................................................................... The Fireside BEST WINGS..........................................................24 1st.......................Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina 2nd...............................................................Sunlite Bar & Grill

BEST ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT..................26 1st............... Abby Pettit (Detroit Lakes School District) 2nd.................................Janel Christen (BTD Manufacturing)

BEST MANUFACTURING COMPANY...................28 1st.............................................................Lakeshirts 2nd...........................................................BTD Manufacturing

BEST SMALL BUSINESS.......................................26 1st............................................... Sunlite Bar & Grill 2nd..................................................................Pelican Landing

BEST BOSS.............................................................26 1st........ Steve Daggett (Midwest Bank - Detroit Lakes) 2nd........................................Laura Boreen (Pelican Landing)

BEST LARGE BUSINESS (NON-MANUFACTURER).....26 1st...............................................Foltz Trucking Inc. 2nd....................................... Midwest Bank Detroit Lakes

BEST TEACHER......................................................26 1st.........................................Katelyn ‘Katie’ Biggar 2nd................ Jacob Johnson (Detroit Lakes Middle School)

BEST ACCOUNTANT..............................................29 1st.......... Gregg Benson (Benson Leitheiser & Soberg) 2nd..................................................Fuhs & Sonstegard Ltd.

BEST CREDIT UNION.............................................29 1st..............Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union 2nd.......................................United Savings Credit Union

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING BUSINESS.......... 30 1st........................................Mann Financial Group 2nd........................................................................Edward Jones

BEST BANK.............................................................28 1st..........................Midwest Bank - Detroit Lakes 2nd..................................................................................Bell Bank

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNER................................ 30 1st.....Matt Carrier (Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC) 2nd................................. Kevin Mann (Mann Financial Group)

BEST MORTGAGE LENDER.................................. 30 1st..........................Midwest Bank - Detroit Lakes 2nd..................................................................................Bell Bank

BEST CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE............................ 34 1st................................. Weum Chiropractic Clinic 2nd.........................................Bender Family Chiropractic

BEST FITNESS CLUB............................................ 36 1st.....................................Dion’s Dangerzone Gym 2nd.....Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center

BEST DENTAL OFFICE.......................................... 35 1st................................................West River Dental 2nd.........................Dental Associates of Detroit Lakes

BEST FITNESS CLUB TRAINER........................... 36 1st.........................Dion Sgro (Dion’s Dangerzone Gym) 2nd........................................ Alicia Lokken (Anytime Fitness)

BEST PHYSICAL REHABILITATION FACILITY... 38 1st....................................................Essentia Health St. Mary’s Therapy Center 2nd.............................................Sanford Physical Therapy

BEST DENTIST...................................................... 34 1st........................Dr. John Jordan (West River Dental) 2nd..........................Dr. Carolyn Zunich (Dental Associates)

BEST HEALTH CLINIC (TIE)................................. 39 1st....................................................Essentia Health St. Mary’s - Detroit Lakes 1st............... Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Clinic

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34 | HEALTH & FITNESS

BEST DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC MEDICINE.... 35 1st....................................Jennifer E. Pedersen, DC

(Northland Chiropractic Center) 2nd.........................Dr. Sara Skadsem (Weum Chiropractic)

BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST.............................. 38 1st................. Paige Savary (Multi-therapies by Paige) 2nd................Stacy Morris (ReLakes Professional Massage)

BEST DOCTOR OF OPTOMETRY......................... 36 1st........Dr. Michael A. Morrison (Morrison Eye Care) 2nd....................................................................Dr. Joy Quitberg

BEST MEMORY CARE FACILITY......................... 39 1st........................................Ecumen Detroit Lakes 2nd..................................................................Pelican Landing

(Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Eye Center & Optical)

BEST EYE CLINIC.................................................. 36 1st...............................................Morrison Eye Care 2nd......................................Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Eye Center & Optical

BEST PHARMACY................................................. 36 1st..........................................................................CVS 2nd................................................ Thrifty White Pharmacy

40 | HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICES

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPIST.............................. 39 1st.............Jennifer Frank (Essentia Health St. Mary’s) 2nd.............................................Jay Schmits (Essentia Health) BEST PHYSICIAN.................................................. 39 1st...............................................Dr. Julie Pazdernik (Essentia Health St. Mary’s Clinic)

2nd.............................................................Dr. Scott Lawrence

(Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Clinic)

Best Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner......................................... 38 1st..........................................Jenny Lessman, PA-C

(Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Clinic)

2nd.............................................. Tammi Fuchs, APRN, CNP

(Essentia Health St. Mary’s Clinic)

BEST BUILDING SUPPLIES BUSINESS............. 40 1st............................LumBros. Building Solutions 2nd...................................................................................Menards

BEST CARPET/FLOORING BUSINESS................ 41 1st..........................................Ramsey Flooring Inc. 2nd..........................................................................Design 2 Sell

BEST ELECTRICIAN............................................... 41 1st......................................Ace Electric & Lighting 2nd...............................................................Malstrom Electric

BEST CARPET CLEANING SERVICE................... 40 1st................................ All Star Cleaning Services 2nd...........................................DL’s Sharper Image Carpet Cleaning & Restoration

BEST CUSTOM CABINET BUSINESS................. 40 1st.....................................JCS Cabinetry & Design 2nd........................................................................Cabinets Plus

BEST GARAGE DOOR INSTALLATION/REPAIR....42 1st...........................Detroit Lakes Overhead Door 2nd.................................................... Twin City Garage Door 2021 Best of Detroit Lakes | 7


HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICES CONTINUED BEST GARBAGE SERVICE.................................... 44 1st...............................................Steve’s Sanitation 2nd...............................Detroit Lakes Disposal Services

BEST HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE......................42 1st.........................................................TLC Cleaning 2nd..................................................................Heather Haugan

BEST LAWN SERVICE.......................................... 44 1st....................................................Barefoot Lawns 2nd........................................................R-U Ready Lawncare

BEST HOME CONTRACTOR..................................42 1st.......Do-Right Construction of the Lakes, LLC 2nd..............................................................Tomlinson Schultz

BEST LANDSCAPING SERVICE........................... 44 1st....................................... Lakes Area Dirt Works 2nd..................................Lakes Innovative Landscaping

BEST PLUMBING/HEATING.................................42 1st............................................Laney’s Mechanical 2nd..............................Green’s Plumbing & Heating Inc.

44 | PET PRODUCTS & SERVICES BEST PET SUPPLIES............................................ 46 1st..........................................Becker Pet & Garden 2nd...............................................................L&M Fleet Supply

BEST VETERINARY CLINIC................................. 46 1st.........................Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital 2nd.......................................Aurochs Veterinary Services

BEST VETERINARIAN........................................... 44 1st................................ Savannah C. Brosius, DVM

BEST BOARDING / PET SITTING........................ 45 1st........................................... Lucky Dog Boarding & Training Center LLC 2nd.............................Georgia Nagel (Georgia the Pet Sitter)

(Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital)

2nd............Dr. Sara Mattson (Aurochs Veterinary Services)

46 | SERVICES

BEST ATTORNEY................................................... 48 1st........................................... Robert Thorwaldsen (Thorwaldsen and Malmstrom)

2nd............................................... Sam Rufer (Pemberton Law) BEST CATERING..................................................... 51 1st...................................... Spanky’s Stone Hearth 2nd................................................................................La Barista BEST CHILD CARE FACILITY............................... 49 1st.............................................................Laker Prep 2nd......................................................First Steps Child Care BEST FUNERAL HOME......................................... 48 1st................................ David-Donehower Funeral & Cremation Service 2nd.West-Kjos Funeral Home Cremation Services BEST HOTEL/MOTEL.............................................52 1st.......................................Best Western Premier: The Lodge on Lake Detroit 2nd..........................Holiday Inn Detroit Lakes - Lakefront

BEST GROOMER................................................... 45 1st.........................Muttley’s Dog & Cat Grooming 2nd..........................................Dirty Dogs Gone Grooming

BEST INSURANCE AGENCY................................ 46 1st.........................................State Farm Insurance 2nd...............................................................Country Financial

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY.............................. 50 1st...... The Real Estate Company of Detroit Lakes 2nd.......................... RE/MAX Lakes Region Real Estate

BEST INSURANCE AGENT.................................... 51 1st..............................Nick Christenson (State Farm) 2nd................Brady Markuson (Markuson-Baer Insurance)

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT................................. 49 1st....................................................Kayla Ulschmid

BEST KIDS’ BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE.............. 48 1st...........................................The Backyard (DLCCC) 2nd..................................................................... Voyager Lanes BEST LAW OFFICE................................................ 50 1st..........................Thorwaldsen and Malmstrom 2nd........................................................ Stowman Law Office BEST PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY (PORTRAITS)................................. 46 1st...................Brittney & Caleb Photo and Video 2nd.................Wagoner Portrait Studio (Laura Wagoner)

(KW Professionals-Ryan Hanson Homes)

2nd.................. Deanna Sinclair (ERA Northland Realty Co.) BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY.......................52 1st...................................................Pelican Landing 2nd.....................................................Ecumen Detroit Lakes BEST WEDDING VENUE........................................ 51 1st................................................Meadows on Lind 2nd................................... The Barn at Five Lakes Resort

54 | SHOPPING BEST ANTIQUE STORE......................................... 54 1st.......................................SuLaine’s Antique Mall 2nd............................................................... Vintage ‘N’ Vogue

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE................................. 55 1st........................... Alicia Bowers (Beautiful Junque) 2nd............................................... Kim Renner (Midwest Bank)

BEST HOME DECOR STORE................................ 56 1st.................................................... Lit Decor & Gift 2nd.................................................................Beautiful Junque

BEST APPLIANCE DEALER.................................. 54 1st.....................................................D&D Appliance 2nd...................................................................................Menards

BEST DOWNTOWN SHOPPING........................... 56 1st...............................................................The Nines 2nd.................................................................Beautiful Junque

BEST JEWELRY STORE........................................ 58 1st............................................Price’s Fine Jewelry 2nd.................................................................Beautiful Junque

BEST ATV DEALERSHIP....................................... 54 1st..........................................Okeson Offtrail Sales 2nd...................................................................................U Motors

BEST FLORIST / GREENHOUSE.......................... 56 1st..............................Country Fields Greenhouse 2nd....................................................Bergen’s Greenhouses

BEST MEAT MARKET........................................... 58 1st........................................Lakes Processing Inc. 2nd...................................................Hoffman’s Meat Market

BEST BOAT/RV DEALER...................................... 54 1st............................................................J&K Marine 2nd...............Outlet Recreation Detroit Lakes Marine

BEST GIFT SHOP.................................................. 56 1st............................................................Red Willow 2nd.....................................................................Lit Decor & Gift

BEST OVERALL CUSTOMER SERVICE............... 60 1st...............................................................The Nines 2nd.......................................................................Midwest Bank

BEST CLOTHING STORE...................................... 54 1st...............................................................The Nines 2nd ..............................................................Leela & Lavender

BEST GROCERY STORE.........................................57 1st..................................................... Central Market 2nd..........................................................MANNA Food Co-op

BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE........................ 60 1st................................................Lakes Sport Shop 2nd.....................................................................................Scheels

BEST CONVENIENCE STORE............................... 55 1st........................................ Holiday Stationstores 2nd............................................................................................M&H

BEST HARDWARE STORE.....................................57 1st................................................ L&M Fleet Supply 2nd.............................................Beug’s Ace Hardware Inc.

BEST THRIFT/DISCOUNT STORE....................... 60 1st...................... Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store 2nd...............................Better Every Day Consignments

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AUTO SALES & SERVICES BEST AUTO REPAIR SERVICE

CHANEY’S 2 120 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4252 | Website: chaneys2.com Email: chaneys2@yahoo.com If peak performance is what you expect from your local auto care repair shop, Jon Mickelson and Chaney’s 2 are here to serve you. At Chaney’s 2, the customer experience goal is to offer affordable, reliable and honest auto care service. That is the frequent experience of the many loyal and new customers served over Chaney’s 2’s decades of years in business. Mickelson has been in the auto repair business for 40-plus years, and between himself and his professional service technicians there are 100 years of combined experience going into caring for customers’ valuable investments. Chaney’s 2 is a family-owned business dating back to 1969, when Chaney Mickelson, father of Jon, opened his auto repair doors with the goal of providing “excellence in auto care and repair,” and that continues on to this day at Chaney’s 2. Chaney’s 2 provides full-service automobile repair along with 30 name-brand tire and wheel selections. The business specializes in diagnostics, maintenance and repairs on vehicles of every make or model, from brake work to complete engine overhauls. Customers can also find a large selection of auto care accessories like custom floor mats and trailer hitches. “When customers tell you, ‘You go above and beyond,’ and are

BEST CAR SALES PROFESSIONAL

DREW LARSON R&G Subaru 1140 U.S. Highway 59 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2498 Website: rgsubaru.com No information provided. 2ND PLACE

DOUG DUNHAM Webber Family Motors

beyond grateful, you know you are providing ‘excellence in auto care and repair,’” says Mickelson. “We at Chaney’s 2 are beyond grateful for all of our customers, their trust in our service, and voting us the Lakes Area’s Best Auto Repair Service three years in a row, as well as Best Tire Store in 2020.” 2ND PLACE

DAN’S SERVICE CENTER

Thank you for voting Thank you for voting us the #1 Financial us the #1 Financial Planning Firm! Planning Firm!

Celebrating 20+ years in the Lakes Area!

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AUTO SALES & SERVICES

BEST AUTO BODY REPAIR

BEST NEW CAR DEALERSHIP

FINEST AUTO BODY 1060 8th Street Southeast Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-7817 Website: finestautodl.com Email: finestautodl@hotmail.com Finest Auto Body is the longestrunning independently owned and operated auto body shop in Detroit Lakes. In business for the past 45 years and owned by Gary Randall, Finest Auto Body employs a staff of two and offers collision work as well as dent repair, windshield work and an array of other projects. Randall says, “Our work speaks for itself,” and

customers rave about that work. As one customer said, “This is the cleanest shop I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen my car so clean. You can’t even tell where the damage was.” 2ND PLACE

NERESON AUTO BODY

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-the-line 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.

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 14 years — nine 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 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 2ND popular product lines like Ram trucks PLACE R&G SUBARU and Jeeps.

BEST USED CAR DEALERSHIP 2ND PLACE

HOLIDAY GAS STATION

BEST AUTO DETAILING

CLEAN CAR AUTO SERVICE 400 Lake Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4102 Email: cleancarauto@hotmail.com Clean Car Auto Service is celebrating 30 years of business in 2022. Owned and operated by Mark Disse, the business began with Disse cleaning cars at his grandfather’s home at the age of 18. He purchased his first two-car garage at age 20 and quickly grew the business. Today, Clean Car Auto Service provides complete cleaning and detailing of cars, trucks and boats. Disse is still the sole full-time employee, with some summer assistance only. Disse says he takes pride in his work and is very meticulous with every vehicle and boat he details. Customers often tell him he does “amazing work,” with their vehicle looking “brand new” and “so clean.” “I am truly grateful for the recognition as well as the 2ND ongoing business from the community for the past 29 PLACE DIAMOND DETAILING years,” Disse says.

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WEBBER FAMILY MOTORS

R&G SUBARU 1140 U.S. Highway 59 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2498 Website: rgsubaru.com

2ND PLACE

No information provided.

WEBBER FAMILY MOTORS

BEST TIRE STORE

CHANEY’S 2 See page 9 for more information about Chaney’s 2.

2ND PLACE

DAN’S SERVICE CENTER

BEST QUICK OIL CHANGE

WEBBER FAMILY MOTORS See above for more information about Webber Family Motors. 2ND PLACE

NORSEMAN MOTORS INC.


LAKES PROCESSING – Family Owned and Operated since 1997 –

2021

Thank you for Voting us #1 Meat Market in the Lakes Area!

– Newly remodeled and expanded! – 18776 US HWY 10, Detroit Lakes • 218-847-5403 Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm 2021 Best of Detroit Lakes | 11


BEAUTY & BARBER SERVICES BEST WOMEN’S HAIR SALON

BEST MEN’S HAIR SALON

MISSY’S STYLE ZONE Inside Dion’s Dangerzone Gym | 115 Grant Street West Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 218-841-0553 Missy’s Style Zone was opened about three years ago by longtime cosmetologist Missy Sgro. A full hair service and facial waxing salon, Missy’s Style Zone is located inside Dion’s Dangerzone Gym, which is run by Sgro’s husband, Dion Sgro. “I’m a one station salon -- just me (and my client), which I absolutely love,” Sgro says. “I’ve always wanted my own salon, and to have it nestled inside of our gym that I help my husband run is like a dream. It’s small, cute and cozy -- exactly what I love. The most positive and happy atmosphere for me and my amazing clients.” 2ND PLACE

LIV N DYE

BEST MEN’S HAIR STYLIST

KATIE SCHILLER Schiller’s House | 1208 Rossman Ave. | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-850-1550 | Website: schillershouse.com Specializing in full-service men’s haircuts, beard trims and waxings, as well as boy’s cuts, Katie Schiller has been in the industry for nearly 20 years. She opened Schiller’s House in Detroit Lakes in January and this is the second consecutive year she’s been chosen Best Men’s Hair Stylist of the Lakes Area. Customers appreciate the time Schiller takes to get to know them and figure out what sort of style they’re looking for and what will work best for them. First-time customers walk away impressed by the value of the service and the attention they receive, and almost always come back. Their significant others are always happy with the results, too. “I’m so excited to receive this honor for the second year in a row,” Schiller says. “To me, it’s all about the clients. I do my best to give them the look that works best for them and make their hair and beard look as great as they can. I take so much pride in watching a happy customer walk out the door looking their best.” An inviting atmosphere is key, according to Schiller. “We’ve worked hard to create an atmosphere men will love and feel comfortable in,” she says. “We do so much more than just haircuts, and more and more men in the Lakes Area are starting to see how truly enjoyable a little bit of extra self care can be. They leave here looking and feeling great, and that, in turn, makes me feel great.”

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SCHILLER’S HOUSE 1208 Rossman Ave. | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-850-1550 | Website: schillershouse.com Late last year, Katie Schiller set out to create a high-end men’s salon in Detroit Lakes with a warm, masculine design. After finding the perfect spot on Rossman Avenue, Schiller’s House was soon born. Schiller’s House opened in January, catering to men who want to look their best, and has been growing ever since. Full-service men’s haircuts include a shampoo in a massage chair, scalp massage, hot towel treatment and waxing. Beard trims and boy’s haircuts are also a specialty. The salon features high-end, comfortable barber chairs and a warm, industrial feel. Since opening, the number of clients has continued to grow. Schiller’s House now features Schiller plus two new men’s stylists. “The growth of Schiller’s House has surpassed even my lofty goals,” Schiller says. “I’m so appreciative of the number of loyal clients we have. Every day, someone new comes in and is impressed by the quality of the salon and the service and we take great pride in that.” Online scheduling takes just a few seconds and means there will be no waiting when men arrive for their haircut. It’s convenient and easy to book, and it’s a relaxing and great experience. “We try to make it as simple as possible for our clients,” Schiller says. “We want you to be able to walk in our door, sit right down, and get a great look and just enjoy the experience.”

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Barber Jon’s

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BARBER JON’S

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BEST WOMEN’S HAIR STYLIST

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Nail Bar employs a staff of six to seven people. “We are honored to be selected the best nail salon in the Lakes Area,” say the Mais. “Thank you so much for all the support.”

NAIL BAR 908 McKinley Ave Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-7994

Missy’s Style Zone (Inside Dion’s Dangerzone Gym) 115 Grant Street West Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-841-0553 A cosmetologist for 26 years, Missy Sgro opened Missy’s Style Zone almost three years ago. “The relationship and amazing friendships I’ve built with my clients after all these years is the absolute best part,” Sgro says. “Work doesn’t even feel like work. Like my clients will say, I have a slight talking problem -- I do a lot of it! Ha!” A full hair service and facial waxing salon, Missy’s Style Zone is located inside Dion’s Dangerzone Gym, which is run by her husband, Dion Sgro. “I’m a one station salon -- just me (and my client), which I absolutely love,” she says. “It’s small, cute and cozy -- exactly what I love. The most positive and happy atmosphere for me and my amazing clients.” 2ND PLACE

BEST NAIL SALON

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In business since 2017, Nail Bar provides “quality nail services in a clean and friendly atmosphere,” according to owners Vinh and Lyla Mai.

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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, 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 2ND PLACE our staff knows their stuff!” B. SALON

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COMMUNITY / ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BEST LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENT

NORTHWEST WATER CARNIVAL Detroit Lakes Jaycees P.O. Box 456 | Detroit Lakes, MN 56502 Phone: 218-234-9131 | Website: dljaycees.com A longstanding and beloved summer tradition in Detroit Lakes, the Northwest Water Carnival celebrated its 85th season in 2021. Typically a 10-day event, the Water Carnival is a celebration of the Lakes Area’s finest feature -- water. The many games, competitions and other events that are always a part of the Water Carnival all feature water in some way, with most taking place on the water, in the water, or right next to it, on the City Beach. Those who partake in a Water Carnival event can expect to get wet, at least a little. Even the pinnacle Parade of the Northwest has water as a central feature, with squirt guns

and water balloons frequently aimed at both participants and paradegoers. The Water Carnival is organized by the Detroit Lakes Jaycees, a nonprofit group of young individuals working to benefit the community. “We try to put on as many events as possible to engage the community, which, therefore, allows us to use any money for a variety of services which are used to help families in need, fund scholarships, provide free events for the community to enjoy, etc.,” says Kate Spaeth, former President of the Jaycees. “This event is a true testament to how devoted our members are. They will give all they have to make sure that everyone has a wonderful time, even though the 10 days will bring us all to an understandable state of exhaustion. I am very proud of all of our members volunteering their time and taking pride in what they do.” The Jaycees have heard great things from the public about the Water Carnival, with some people planning their summer vacations around it because it’s become such a tradition for them.

BEST VOLUNTEER

JESSICA BURHANS

MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN

BEST GOLF COURSE

DETROIT COUNTRY CLUB 24591 County Highway 22 | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-5790 | Website: detroitcountryclub.com

Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Jessica Burhans is an avid community volunteer, proud lifetime Laker, and works as a business development officer at Midwest Bank. Born and raised in Detroit Lakes, Burhans graduated from Detroit Lakes High School and went on to earn a degree in business administration and economics from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Burhans credits her mom, Von Stoen, for being a great role model, instilling in her the value of giving back and helping others. Burhans serves as a volunteer for the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Noon Rotary, and is Chair of several Rotary club events. She’s a past Rotary board member, past United Way President, past Relay for Life co-chair, and current volunteer for First Lutheran Church, Salvation Army Red Kettle, the local food pantry and DLHS Academy. Burhans is known for her highly energetic, positive personality and loves to meet new people and connect them with ways to become involved in the community. She has also been instrumental in involving her co-workers in opportunities to better the community. She says her boss, Steve Daggett, embraces community and allows his Midwest Bank employees to have an active role in meeting community needs. “At Midwest Bank we have an expectation that our employees give back to the communities we operate in,” says Daggett. “No one in our organization does that better than Jessica. We are very proud of how she represents our bank.” “It is because of the support of my employer that volunteering is possible,” says Burhans. “We live in a community that supports one another, with people stepping up every day to continue to make Detroit Lakes the amazing place that it is.” Whether it’s sending a card, bringing a meal to someone going through a difficult time or delivering baked goodies to bring a smile, Burhans believes little things can make such a difference. “I am humbled to be voted as Best Volunteer, as I can think of so many other deserving people in our community. I’m blessed for the opportunity to learn and volunteer alongside some of the finest 2ND individuals,” Burhans says. PLACE

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Owned by the city of Detroit Lakes, Detroit Country Club has been the city’s premier golf course since opening in 1916. The 36-hole facility has a driving range and restaurant on site, and employs a staff of 50 people. Golfers call Detroit Country Club a “fun” place to play and the “best golf course” around. 2ND PLACE

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BEST LIVE MUSIC/PERFORMANCE VENUE

DETROIT MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA 29409 170th Street Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-SNOW Website: detroitmountain.com Detroit Mountain is a 501(c)3 nonprofit four-season recreation area established in 2014. In the winter, Detroit Mountain offers nordic and alpine skiing along with snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing and Fatbiking. In the summer, there’s hiking, bike rentals, scenic lift rides, a natural play area for kids, bike skills loops and full access to Mountain Bike Park, which has 13 miles of purpose built singletrack and 8 downhill gravity/jump trails. A community gathering place for outdoor fun, Detroit Mountain also hosts occasional outdoor events, such as its Music On The Mountain annual concert. 2ND HISTORIC PLACE The recreation area employs a seasonal staff of HOLMES THEATRE 150 people.


BEST NONPROFIT SERVICE

LAKES CRISIS & RESOURCE CENTER 1339 Pelican Lane | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-8572 | Email: lcrcdl@lakescrisis.com Website: lakescrisis.com “We are proud to have earned the trust and respect of those we serve,” says the staff at Lakes Crisis & Resource Center. Under the leadership of Executive Director Anna Selling, the staff of 27 assists individuals and families who are affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and general crime situations. Its crime victims’ services are free and confidential. The resource center provides counseling and support to help victims identify and assert their rights, navigate the criminal justice system, and locate and obtain any other services they may need to ease the impact of their victimization. The center offers a 24-hour crisis hotline, makes personal advocacy and counseling referrals, and offers support groups for children dealing with abuse, divorce, foster care, anger management and other high-risk situations. It also provides assistance with harassment restraining orders and orders for protection. The team at Lakes Crisis is tight-knit and works together to ensure they’re meeting clients wherever they’re at in that

moment, emotionally and physically. Client feedback is consistently positive, with evaluations revealing that clients feel heard, validated and have a better understanding of what to expect and how to move forward after visiting the center. Many report an increased sense of safety, as well. “I’m grateful for the guidance on what to do to protect myself and my children,” stated a recent client in an

evaluation. “The support system here and the people have saved my life and my children’s.” Lakes Crisis has been in operation since 1978.

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COMMUNITY / ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BEST LOCAL WEBSITE

EATS & DRINKS BEST BAKERY

DL-ONLINE.COM Detroit Lakes Tribune | 511 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-3151 | Website: dl-online.com The newspaper industry is alive and well on dl-online.com! With 1.2 million annual readers on the Detroit Lakes Tribune website, the newspaper’s digital readership has grown by 9% in the last year. We are proud to be the No. 1 source of news and information for the Lakes Area. Thank you! Award-winning journalism, being a part of the Forum Communications online network, as well as cutting-edge ad delivery programs, all contribute to the success of DL-online.com. The website was launched in the late 1990s, and its popularity as the main source of news and entertainment in the Detroit Lakes area has grown steadily. We look forward to being the number one source of online news and information in the Detroit Lakes area for years to come. 2ND PLACE

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BEST LOCAL LIVE MUSIC (BAND OR SOLO ARTIST)

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 natural and organic section, a coffee shop, flower shop and Jamba Juice. Established in 2002, Central Market is owned by John Lofberg and employs a staff of about 200. The store’s We Care program has paid out more than $1.2 million to local nonprofit organizations. 2ND PLACE

TIM EGGEBRAATEN

BEST BURGER

15444 Sunset Hill Drive Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-325-0224 Website: offdutychief.com Email: tim@offdutychief.com Also known as the “Off Duty Chief,” performer Tim Eggebraaten was a police officer for the Detroit Lakes Police Department for nearly 25 years and spent his final 5 ½ years as Chief of Police before retiring in 2016. He began professionally performing as a one-person band in 2003, though he’s been singing his whole life and playing guitar for more than 30 years. At first, Eggebraaten played occasional night and weekend gigs as a hobby. But later, he was booked up for shows all over the region and became one of Detroit Lakes’ most wellknown and beloved performers. Today, Eggebraaten is focusing on professional motivational and inspirational speaking, combining his music with stories and life lessons to help others find their “Rhythm of Life.” He says his love of entertaining will keep him on community stages as the “Off Duty Chief” for as long as he can do it. Audiences say Eggebraaten’s shows are “unique, personal, authentic, fun, energetic, funny,” and more. The variety of music he plays appeals to many different age groups and musical tastes. He often ad-libs and injects lyrics about people or situations happening in real-time. The result is a fun atmosphere and an enjoyable show. “Thank you to everyone who voted for me,” says Eggebraaten. “To be nominated with the caliber of talent in the category was an honor. The other entertainers are my role models, and all play an integral part in the live music scene in Detroit Lakes! We are fortunate to have so many incredible venues 2ND and talent in our community.” PLACE

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CREAMY CREATIONS

SUNLITE BAR & GRILL See page 17 for more information about Sunlite Bar & Grill.

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BRYGGE TAPS & TASTES

BEST BLOODY MARY

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BEST CASUAL DINING RESTAURANT

BEST BAR

SUNLITE BAR & GRILL

SUNLITE BAR & GRILL

21001 County Highway 21 | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4622 | Website: sunlite-floydlakes.github.io/ A long-time staple of the Floyd Lakes area, Sunlite is a full-service restaurant and bar that is open year-round. It contains a small grocery where patrons can pick up everyday essentials. Uniquely situated, Sunlite provides docks for boat access on both Floyd lakes. Customers can enjoy a lakeside meal on the Little Floyd-facing deck during the warmer months. During the colder months, Sunlite is positioned on the Richwood North snowmobile trail and features a full menu of hot toddies. “We take pride in offering high-quality food at affordable pricing for families and large groups, and that starts with quality ingredients, owners Wayne and Kathy Crawford say. “We make it a priority to source many of our primary products locally, supporting our great community, and building relationships with other small business owners.” “The fresh-ground beef that we hand-patty daily, perhaps what we’re best known for, comes from Hoffman’s Meat Market,” they continue. “Another customer favorite, our hand-pattied bison burger, comes from Disse’s Rock Ridge Bison Ranch and other local sources. Tomatoes are grown at Skarie’s Lakeview Greenhouse and onions at Gulseth Farms. Our pizza selection also is made locally by Great North Pizza. We thank our local vendors for their consistently high-quality products and reciprocated support over the years.” They add that, “Perhaps the most rewarding part of succeeding as a small business in this community is the ability to give back. We are

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particularly proud of our 19-year charitable gaming partnership with MN Flyers Gymnastics, and since its creation, the FlyTime Special Needs Program. The program strives to give all children access to health and wellness through fitness, and is a mission that resonates with us.” Known for its fun, energetic team of workers and casual dining experience, 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 are the grilled chicken sandwich, french fries, hot wings, Bloody Mary’s and apple pie shots. “For the past year and a half, during the pandemic, it has been overwhelming the amount of support shown to our business and staff during this difficult time. We are truly blessed to be part of this great community. It’s our great team, community and customers that have made owning Sunlite so great over the past 22 years” say the Crawfords. 2ND PLACE

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2021

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EATS & DRINKS

BEST BARTENDER

BEST BEER SELECTION

HJ GERDES Sunlite Bar & Grill | 21001 County Highway 21 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 218-847-4622 HJ Gerdes has worked at Sunlite Bar & Grill for six years and has been the manager there for the last two years. He plays many roles at Sunlite -- mixing drinks, waiting tables and cooking in the kitchen. Gerdes says he enjoys visiting and joking with customers, as well as working and having fun with his co-workers. His employer, Wayne Crawford, says, “HJ is a hard worker with a great attitude. He creates a fun and energetic atmosphere when he is at work. Our customers appreciate that and so do the other team members. He always makes it fun to come to work!” When he’s not at Sunlite, Gerdes enjoys hunting, camping with family and gardening with his fiancée Margo Rousu. Sunlite Bar & Grill is a casual dining restaurant best known for fresh, hand-pattied beef, bison, and elk burgers. It’s located three miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road, between Big and Little Floyd lakes, and in the summer, it can be accessed by boat with dock parking on both lakes. 2ND PLACE

BRYGGE TAPS & TASTES 111 Veterans Memorial Parkway | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-5932 | Email: gretchen@bryggetapsandtastes.com Website: bryggetapsandtastes.com

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The Fireside

BEST CHICKEN (DINNER OR SANDWICH)

SUNLITE BAR & GRILL See page 17 for more information about Sunlite Bar & Grill. 2ND PLACE

Nestled in the heart of downtown Detroit Lakes, Brygge Taps & Tastes features pub grub, daily specials, a lengthy craft beer list and specialty cocktails. “We are your neighborhood family-friendly restaurant,” say owners Nate and Gretchen Hunter. “We offer fun and relaxing times and a yearround outdoor patio with a real fireplace.” Brygge opened for business seven years ago, and employs a staff of 30 to 40 people, depending on the season. The Hunters say they’re, “always exploring ways to improve the Brygge dining experience and create a sense of community for our guests. We focus on genuine, quality service, offering the best quality food and drinks, and most importantly giving back to our community!” They add that they’ve, “loved every minute of being a part of the Detroit Lakes community and look forward to many more years of fun food trends, seeing what the craft beer industry has to offer, and celebrating with each and 2ND every one of you that has made this PLACE ZORBAZ dream come true!”

BEST CHINESE FOOD

CORMORANT PUB

BEST BREAKFAST

MAIN STREET RESTAURANT

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

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 over 20 years. Owners Shirley Wothe and Stephen Glander employ a staff of 12.

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THE 59ER DINER & MOTEL

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.” In business for 31 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. 2ND PLACE

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EATS & DRINKS

BEST HEALTHY SHAKE/ TEA BUSINESS

BEST DRIVE-THROUGH

MIGUEL’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

MCKINLEY NUTRITION

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

906 McKinley Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 712-209-3288 Opened four years ago, McKinley Nutrition is a meal replacement smoothie and energy tea bar, offering “healthy fast food,” as owner Maggie Mosey puts it. “Our mission is to make this community healthy and happier one meal at a time,” she adds. Mosey and her staff of 12 create an energetic atmosphere at McKinley Nutrition, one that will brighten anyone’s day. Customers often thank the staff for helping them meet their goals and frequently make comments like, “Wow, this is delicious!” McKinley Nutrition has many daily repeat customers. “We would like to thank this 2ND KICKIN’ community for all it has done for us PLACE throughout the years,” says Mosey. NUTRITION

In business for 39 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. Kyle Danner, the Danners’ son, is an active part of the family business and is carrying on the tradition. The business is now in its ninth year at its new location on Veterans Memorial Parkway. It

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CARIBOU COFFEE

BEST FINE DINING

BEST FRENCH FRIES

SPANKY’S STONE HEARTH

SUNLITE BAR & GRILL

34785 County Road 4 | Frazee, MN 56544 Phone: 218-334-3555 Email: spankysstonehearth@yahoo.com

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employs 15-25 people, depending on the season. The Danners’ see working at Miguel’s as an opportunity to see friends, past employees, family members and the great people in the community, on a regular basis. They say, “Thank you for continued support!”

Spanky’s Stone Hearth offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere overlooking Rose Lake near Vergas. In addition to their perfectly curated menu featuring house-cut, charcoal-grilled steaks, seafood and an extensive wine list, the full service bar and restaurant offers weekly chef-inspired features focusing on local, farm-to-table ingredients. Over the years, Spanky’s Stone Hearth has become known for the “Trust Me” -- a popular menu item that allows the team of chefs to showcase their culinary talents by using diverse ingredients to develop new creations and different takes on flavor and presentation. The “Trust Me” provides an exciting experience for adventurous eaters who are willing to try anything or those whose love of food makes it impossible to select a menu item. The award-winning wine list and hand-crafted

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BEST PIZZA

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cocktails at Spanky’s are created to pair perfectly with your meal, along with decadent house-made desserts that also help set Spanky’s Stone Hearth apart. Housed in a Northwoods-style lodge built with hand-hewn logs, Spanky’s offers seasonal outdoor seating on a lakefront patio. The indoor dining areas are warm and inviting, with a charming atmosphere centered around two roaring fireplaces that keep guests cozy during the colder months. 2ND PLACE

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EATS & DRINKS

BEST COFFEE

BEST COCKTAIL

CARIBOU COFFEE COMPANY

SPANKY’S STONE HEARTH See page 20 for more information about Sunlite Bar & Grill.

139 Veterans Memorial Parkway Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-6220 Website: cariboucoffee.com Caribou Coffee is an American Coffee Company and coffeehouse chain that offers Rainforest Certified coffee products from beans that are locally roasted in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Caribou operates over 600 locations worldwide; the Detroit Lakes location opened in 2013. Caribou offers a breakfast menu all day with delicious sandwiches, breakfast burritos and baked items. Caribou’s coffee beans are 100% Rainforest Certified, which helps the environment and social economics of the countries the beans are from. The company’s three coffee buyers travel the world to select the top 5% of the world’s best coffee from farms that Caribou helps get certified with the Rainforest Alliance. All of those beans are then processed naturally without chemicals, shipped to port and sent directly to the company’s roaster in Brooklyn Center, where six different Roast Masters take over the magic of the roasting process.

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SUNLITE BAR & GRILL

BEST DESSERT (RESTAURANT)

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Sharon Hopkins, the general manager of the Detroit Lakes Caribou, says customers “love the happy atmosphere, the relaxing feel as they walk in for the daily brew, and the team makes sure every guest is looked after. We treat you like family and want to make you feel welcomed on each visit! Our drive through is convenient and moves quickly -- meaning you will get the best latte even if you are in a rush!” 2ND PLACE

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BEST FAST FOOD

MIGUEL’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT See page 20 for more information about Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant. 2ND PLACE

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EATS & DRINKS

BEST HAPPY HOUR

BEST RESTAURANT SERVER

KRIS JENSEN Sunlite Bar & Grill | 21001 County Highway 21 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 218-847-4622

HOLIDAY BEACH BAR & GRILL Holiday Inn Lakefront | 1155 U.S. Highway 10 | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2121 | Website: ihg.com Customers comment on the Holiday Beach Bar & Grill’s two-for-one drinks and other happy house specials, as well as its “awesome” staff and picturesque, right-on-the-lake location. Seated on 800-square-feet of private, sandy beach, the Holiday Beach Bar & Grill is part of the Holiday Inn facility in Detroit Lakes, the community’s largest and only hotel featuring a full-service restaurant, bar and patio. The facility features meeting and banquet facilities for up to 400 people, and offers offsite catering. Pontoons, fishing boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, boards and bicycles are available for rent. In the winter, usually in January, the Icebox H2O bar opens behind the hotel, right on the ice of frozen Detroit Lake. 2ND Owned by Right Choice Lodging, the Holiday Inn has been in PLACE HUB 41 business since 1976. It employs a staff of 90 people.

BEST LIQUOR STORE

Kris Jensen has been working at Sunlite for just under three years. She has over 20 years of experience working as a bartender and server in Medina, N.D. “About five years ago I left my corporate job in sales at a large restaurant food distributor and moved to Detroit Lakes to be closer to my daughter,” she says, adding about her job at Sunlite: “I enjoy the people I work with and have made lots of friends with customers. Some people think I am funny, and I believe customers enjoy interacting with me because of that. I like to call customers by name and learn a bit about their stories.” Jensen goes on to say that, “This should really be a team award because we have a great team and we all work well together. We are known at Sunlite for the best burgers and affordable prices. It’s a great family place; it’s my granddaughter’s favorite restaurant!” Jensen’s employer, Wayne Crawford, says she has a great knack for getting to know her customers within the first few minutes of meeting them. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to jump in and assist other teammates if needed. “She truly creates a great team atmosphere and is the first person to lift everyone up after a busy shift,” Crawford says. When Jensen is not at work, she enjoys barrel racing with her daughter and granddaughter, trail riding in Medora with her crew, and going on adventures with the Jr. Explorers Club (with her grandkids). Sunlite Bar & Grill is a casual dining restaurant best known for fresh, hand-pattied beef, bison, and elk burgers. It’s located three miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road, between Big and Little Floyd lakes, and in the summer, it can be accessed by boat with dock 2ND parking on both lakes. LORI BLONIGAN PLACE Lakeside Tavern

BEST RIBS/BBQ

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BEST TAKE-OUT RESTAURANT

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-Taylor 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 2ND huge selection. There is a reason we’ve been voted PLACE LAKES LIQUOR the best four years running -- come check it out!”

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SUNLITE BAR & GRILL See page 17 for more information about Sunlite Bar & Grill. 2ND PLACE

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BEST WINE LIST

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EATS & DRINKS

BEST ICE CREAM / FROZEN YOGURT

BEST MEXICAN FOOD

EL LORO MEXICAN RESTAURANT 720 West Lake Drive | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 218-844-5333 Email: ellorodlmx@gmail.com | Website: elloromn.com It’s always a fiesta at El Loro Mexican Restaurant! The stunning location, directly across from the public beach in Detroit Lakes, adds to the charm of this family-friendly restaurant. Freshly prepared, delicious food -- from spicy to mild -- along with full beverage service and a festive atmosphere make El Loro the perfect place to meet family or friends. Whether it is a special occasion or just a night away from cooking, El Loro does not disappoint. El Loro is proud to have been voted No. 1 Mexican Restaurant in the Detroit Lakes Best of the Lakes competition for the 2ND last two years. MIGUEL’S MEXICAN PLACE

RESTAURANT

DAIRY QUEEN GRILL & CHILL

BEST WINGS

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 29 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. 2ND “We appreciate the support the community has given us over the last 29 years PLACE HUB 41 of owning Dairy Queen,” the Kensigners say.

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EATS & DRINKS

BEST SANDWICH SHOP

BEST OUTDOOR DINING AREA

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. 2ND PLACE

SPITFIRE BAR & GRILL

LA BARISTA 808 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Website: labaristadl.com Email: bholubets@gmail.com In business for 11 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 several people during the winter, plus several additional seasonal employees 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.” The business has also recently added a couple of food trucks to its list of offerings, Fork on the Road and Epic Taco, which can be used for catering or found out at community events.

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EMPLOYMENT BEST BOSS

BEST TEACHER

STEVE DAGGETT

KATELYN ‘KATIE’ BIGGAR

Midwest Bank 613 Highway 10 East | Detroit Lakes, MN 56502 Phone: 218-847-4771 | Website: midwestbank.net

Science, Social Studies Teacher Detroit Lakes Middle School 500 11th Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-9228

Steve Daggett has been President and CEO of Midwest Bank for the past 25 years. Although the banking business has changed over the years, Daggett has not. Each day, he brings a positive energy to the workplace as he smiles and greets employees. He promotes teamwork by making each employee feel important and their contributions appreciated. An employee states, “Leading by example is what makes Mr. Daggett such a great leader. Personally, this encourages me to do the same thing and makes coming to work each and every day an enjoyable experience.” Daggett genuinely cares about the employees of Midwest Bank. He treats employees like family, not just a number, and in turn, employees do the same with customers. He makes a point to personally visit all Midwest Bank branches, getting to know staff. He, along with management, is mindful of not only looking out for the best interest of Midwest Bank but also how it will affect customers along with employees and their families. Daggett embraces a culture of hard work while also supporting a flexible work environment. He encourages employees to attend their kids/grandkids school and sporting events and provides time off when situations make it more important to be with family than at work. He brings fun into the workplace with his goofy sense of humor, dance moves, awesome cartwheels, ability to put an entire piece of cake in his mouth, and by not being afraid to make fun of himself. At staff meetings, Daggett is like a kid in a candy store, sharing endless banking financial ratios and numbers. He gets even more excited to share letters, cards, social media comments and emails from happy customers about exceptional service they’ve received from Midwest Bank employees. He encourages employees to give back to the community through numerous volunteering efforts. His views on the importance of volunteering can be seen in his own involvement as a Detroit Mountain Recreation Area Board member, Music on the Mountain Chair, past DLCCC board member, member of the Noon Rotary Club, Salvation Army Red Kettle volunteer, Becker County Food Pantry volunteer and numerous others. “I feel so fortunate to work with the co-workers I do. They are a tremendous group of professionals who exceed my expectations. I want to thank them and the community for this honor” comments Daggett. 2ND PLACE

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JACOB JOHNSON

Detroit Lakes Middle School

BEST ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

ABBY PETTIT Detroit Lakes High School Activities, Administrative Assistant 1301 Roosevelt Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4491 Email: apettit@detlakes.k12.mn.us No information provided. 2ND PLACE

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BEST SMALL BUSINESS

SUNLITE BAR & GRILL See page 17 for more information about Sunlite Bar & Grill.

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PELICAN LANDING

BEST LARGE BUSINESS (NON-MANUFACTURER)

FOLTZ TRUCKING INC. 19097 Frontage Road | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 218-847-4451 Email: kfoltz@foltztrucking.com | Website: foltztrucking.com Foltz Trucking Inc. is a second generation, family-owned business that started 63 years ago and operates throughout the United States and Canada. It’s one of the largest hopper bottom carriers in the country. The company specializes in dry bulk agricultural hopper bottom freight, hauling ingredients for the manufacturing of pet food and livestock feed, as well as the raw ingredients used to make beer, potato chips and mustard. Customers include ADM, Anchor Ingredients, Anheuser Busch, Barret Petfood Innovations, Cargill, Purina Feeds and Tuffy’s Pet Foods. Foltz Trucking’s fleet is made up of new equipment and the company boasts the latest safety technology and quality employees, resulting in superior safety ratings. The company employs 75 people and works with 110 independent contractors, many of whom have been with Foltz Trucking for a number of years. Company leaders say, “Our values and family atmosphere create a culture that generates

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employee longevity and a low turnover.” Owners Frank and Ken Foltz say that at Foltz Trucking, everything starts and ends with safety and customer satisfaction. The company prides itself on the core values of respect, integrity, innovation, community and excellence. 2ND PLACE

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

EMPLOYMENT

BEST MANUFACTURING COMPANY

BEST BANK

LAKESHIRTS 750 Randolph Road | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Website: blue84.com | Email: mike.sidders@lakeshirts.com For 37 years, Lakeshirts has been a foundation in the Detroit Lakes community, and has grown into a nationally recognized leader in the manufacturing of customized apparel and accessories. What started in the basement on the shores of our hometown lake has grown into a 325,000-square-foot local facility that serves just about every corner of the country. While other companies moved their production offshore to leverage cheap (and often unregulated) labor, co-owners Mike Hutchinson and Mark Fritz saw our local team as a distinct competitive advantage by being able to build sophisticated, customized production to meet the unique needs of their retail and collegiate customers. The results speak for themselves. The next time you go on vacation, look for the Lakeshirts’ Blue 84 brand – it’s all over the place, and just about all of it was manufactured here in good old Detroit Lakes, Minn., by the best team in the business. To have the best team, one needs to have the best place to work, and Lakeshirts is truly that. From its relaxed atmosphere (shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops are common attire), to dogs in the office, to an on-site cafeteria that is second-to-none, to a leadership team that truly cares, Lakeshirts is a very big company with a very small-company attitude. All of that stems from values that are actually lived every day, and aren’t just words on a plaque on a wall somewhere. At Lakeshirts, we’ve always said that “Life’s Better in a T-Shirt,” and we know that to be true. We’re fortunate to continue to build and grow here in our hometown; an incredible place to live and work. We appreciate this award, and also extend our appreciation to our customers, vendors, our incredible team, and this amazing community that we call home. 2ND PLACE

MIDWEST BANK - DETROIT LAKES 613 Highway 10 East | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 218-847-4771 Midwest Bank (Inside Walmart) 1583 Highway 10 West | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-9700 | Website: midwestbank.net Midwest Bank, the only locally owned bank in Detroit Lakes, was founded in June of 1917 in Waubun, Minn., as The Farmers State Bank of Waubun. Decades later, after a name change and the addition of new branches, Midwest Bank has offices in seven communities. Branches can be found in Detroit Lakes (the main office plus a branch located inside Walmart), Callaway, Waubun, Barnesville, Parkers Prairie and Dalton. Midwest Bank employs 96 people; 55 of those are in Detroit Lakes. Midwest Bank’s employees embrace and practice the values of community, integrity, quality, genuine care, teamwork and balance. Midwest Bank has grown to be the largest bank in Detroit Lakes by offering personal attention and old-fashioned hospitality along with all the modern conveniences of mobile deposit, online and mobile banking. Midwest Bank is known for its higher interest-earning Rewards Checking, no-fee home equity lines of credit and automatic ATM refund program. See for yourself what “BankingYour Way” is all about. Midwest Bank’s focus is on exceptional service by providing products that meet individual customer needs, along with responsiveness. “Thank you for voting us Best Bank, Best Mortgage Lender, Best Boss (Steve Daggett) and Best Volunteer (Jessica Burhans). We are grateful for the support from the community,” said bank leaders in a written statement. “We’d like to thank our employees for their hard work this past year. Our success is a result of a customer-focused culture and a dedicated team.” 2ND PLACE

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BEST CREDIT UNION

MID MINNESOTA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 1405 U.S. Highway 10 West Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-5540 Website: mmfcu.org/ detroit-lakes-office Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) is a member owned, community-based financial cooperative. What sets Mid Minnesota apart from other financial institutions is that its 50,000 member owners have a vested interest in its success. Any profits are returned to members in the form of higher dividend rates, lower interest rates on loans, additional technology and growth in services. As a full service financial institution, MMFCU provides rewards checking, auto and recreational loans, home loans and mortgages. Mid Minnesota also offers business lending, insurance, investment and retirement services, as well as convenience services including online and mobile banking, bill pay, remote deposit, and alerts and controls for debit and credit cards. “Our mission every day is to earn our members’ loyalty by providing them resources to improve their financial well-being,” say leaders at 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 community realize its potential by offering resources people need to be smart, successful consumers.” Mid Minnesota has 11 locations throughout central Minnesota and is a member of the Co-op Shared Branch Network, which allows members to access their accounts 2ND at more than 5,900 participating credit UNITED SAVINGS PLACE union branches nationwide. CREDIT UNION

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BEST ACCOUNTANT

GREGG BENSON Benson, Leitheiser & Soberg P.O. Box 667 | Detroit Lakes, MN 56502 Phone: 218-847-3114 | Fax: 218-847-1287 Gregg Benson, CPA, graduated from the University of Minnesota and spent seven years working in the financial services industry before starting his career in public accounting at Benson, Leitheiser & Soberg in 2003. He became a partner in the firm in 2008, joining Sheri Leitheiser, CPA, and Nancy Soberg, CPA, as an owner. Benson, Leitheiser & Soberg is a homegrown firm that has been serving the Lakes Area since 1974. The firm offers an assortment of professional services, including tax preparation and tax planning for individuals, businesses, trusts, estates, and nonprofit entities, as well as payroll services, bookkeeping, Quickbooks consulting, financial statement preparation, and audits of nonprofit organizations. Clients appreciate Benson and the firm’s knowledge and friendliness, prompt responses, professionalism and 2ND commitment to providing PLACE FUHS & SONSTEGARD LTD. the very best service.

218-847-5646 A local full service law firm with 50 years of history in the Detroit Lakes area. We Listen. We Care. We Get Results.

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING BUSINESS

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNER

MATT CARRIER Matthew J. Carrier, CFP, ChFC, CRPC Carrier and Varty – Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC 1135 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2676 Email: matthew.j.carrier@ampf.com Website: ameripriseadvisors.com/ team/carrier-varty/

MANN FINANCIAL GROUP 613 Highway 10 East | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 218-844-9109 Email: brian@mannfinancialmn.com | Website: mannfinancialmn.com Mann Financial Group works with individuals, families and businesses to help them plan their financial futures. The firm 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 team also advises on social security claiming strategies and health insurance planning, both before and after Medicare age. In 2019, Mann Financial Group became the Lakes Area’s first locally owned Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm. As such, it is held to a fiduciary standard for its clients meaning the team must put their clients’ interests before their own, a standard that unfortunately has yet to be widely adopted in the financial planning industry. In addition to operating as an RIA, partners 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 with extensive continuing education requirements. Another differentiator for clients is that rather than sitting across a desk from an individual who slides charts and documents over for review, Kevin and Brian meet with all clients as a team and utilize technology to provide a comprehensive and interactive financial planning experience. The firm hit a milestone in 2021, now managing more 2ND than a quarter billion in assets for clients in the Lakes Area and PLACE EDWARD JONES across the country.

BEST MORTGAGE LENDER

MIDWEST BANK - DETROIT LAKES *See page 28 for more information about Midwest Bank.

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BELL BANK

Matt Carrier is a private wealth advisor and franchise owner with Carrier & Varty, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC in Detroit Lakes. Carrier & Varty help prepare you for the financial impacts of the expected and the unexpected events in your life. They deliver personalized financial advice to help you achieve your goals and feel more confident, connected and in control of your financial life. Their areas of focus include family finances, investment management, retirement planning strategies and insurance for both individuals and small businesses in the Lakes Area. Born and raised in Detroit Lakes and a 1992 graduate, Carrier went on to attend the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis and in 1996 graduated with a bachelor of science in business degree, with an emphasis in finance. Carrier has 24 years of experience as a financial advisor and began his career with Ameriprise in the Twin Cities in 1997. In 2002, he moved his practice to Detroit Lakes. “Moving back home was a great decision for my wife (Kelly) and I,” says Carrier. “Detroit Lakes is an outstanding community and a great place to raise our four children and to own a business. We are very fortunate.” Carrier is a Certified Financial Planner, which is considered the standard for financial planning excellence. CFP professionals have a fiduciary obligation to act in the best interests of their clients when providing financial advice. He is also a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor. Carrier & Varty recently received the inaugural Ameriprise Client Experience Award, representing the best of Ameriprise. These advisors are deeply committed to personalized, goal-based advice, the highest levels of client satisfaction and always putting their clients first. “I’m very proud of our team and the financial advice and service provided to our clients,” Carrier says. “We are very grateful for the trust and confidence our clients place in us, and we are looking forward to providing sound financial advice to the Lakes Area for many years to come.” 2ND PLACE

KEVIN MANN

Mann Financial Group

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HEALTH & FITNESS BEST CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE

BEST DENTIST

DR. JOHN JORDAN

WEUM CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC

West River Dental 1106 West River Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-846-1900 Website: westriverdental.com Dr. John Jordan has been practicing dentistry for 29 years, 16 of those at West River Dental, which he built in 2005. Jordan truly loves the practice of dentistry and always makes his patients his top priority. One thing he likes about dentistry is the fact that it is always changing, and he enjoys staying up on the latest technology and procedures. Jordan cares very deeply for his patients and will go to great lengths to make sure they are happy with their treatment. He is meticulous with his craft and strives for perfection. The West River Dental team consists of one associate dentist, four dental hygienists, five dental assistants and four administrative staff. Each and every one is an integral part of the practice’s success. Jordan says he feels fortunate to be working with such an amazing group of people. Jordan is humbled and honored that his patients have voted him Best Dentist for the past four years. He says he will continue to work hard to serve the 2ND Lakes community for years to come. DR. CAROLYN ZUNICH PLACE Dental Associates

1225 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-9235 Website: weumchiro.com Owned by Dr. Ryan Weum and in operation for the past 41 years, Weum Chiropractic Clinic aims to alleviate pain and suffering through quality chiropractic care. Dr. Weum, along with Dr. Sara Skadsem, who joined the clinic 15 years ago, and the clinic’s five employees, educate patients on how to regain, achieve and maintain optimum health through chiropractic medicine, so that they can in turn go out and educate others. The clinic’s overriding promise is, “To give the best possible chiropractic care to all in an ethical, moral and professional environment.” Weum Chiropractic Clinic offers therapies, vitamins, orthotics and x-rays, if needed. Having two doctors in-house makes scheduling easier 2ND BENDER FAMILY PLACE when one is on vacation or out of the office.

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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 | Website: www.westriverdental.com Open since 2005, West River Dental is proud to represent Detroit Lakes as the Best Dental Office in the Lakes Area. Dr. John Jordan, owner of West River Dental, largely contributes this honor to his warm, friendly and professional team. West River Dental works hard to put patients’ fears at ease regardless of their previous dental experiences. They do this with their combined compassion and experience in dentistry and by providing the best technology available today, including the latest in dental X-ray CBCT scanning and CEREC prime scan impressioning for single day crown and bridge delivery. Patients often comment on West River Dental’s “great atmosphere,” “great customer service,” “gentle cleanings” and “professional and personable” staff, as well as the “expertise” and “high quality” of care provided. Recently, West River Dental added a new associate dentist, Dr. Brian Labat, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and also a Detroit Lakes native. The West River Dental team is proud to have him join them to continue to grow their practice. West River Dental welcomes new patients and looks forward to leading 2ND DENTAL ASSOCIATES PLACE the future of dentistry in Detroit Lakes OF DETROIT LAKES and the surrounding area.

BEST DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC MEDICINE

JENNIFER E. PEDERSEN, DC Northland Chiropractic Center 1131 Jackson Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-5050 | Website: northlandchiropracticdl.com “I love my work,” says Dr. Jennifer Pedersen, who has been a practicing doctor of chiropractic for 20 years. “I enjoy helping and teaching patients about their bodies … (and) I am thankful that my patients trust me to help in situations of pain and musculoskeletal distress.” In business for 19 years, Northland Chiropractic is a full service chiropractic clinic that treats newborns, children and adults. Pedersen also specializes in acupuncture. The clinic employs Pedersen as well as one staff member, Jillene Piemonte. Pedersen says many of her patients tell her they should have made an appointment sooner to have their problem corrected. She takes the time to explain to every patient the importance of listening to their bodies, and of taking action before things become painful. When there’s tightness, low grade ache or simple discomfort, that’s the time to stretch, rest, and heat or ice the affected area. “Pain is a very poor yardstick to measure health by,” Pedersen says. “When our body has pain, that should be a loud warning signal that something is wrong… I want to help my patients learn how to take care of their body’s health. Of course, we sometimes all get in predicaments that we cannot fix, and that is when a trip to my office is needed.” “Thank you for this award,” she adds. “It is a very nice honor for a career that 2ND I love. A career that allows me to help DR. SARA SKADSEM PLACE people -- I couldn’t ask for more.” Weum Chiropractic

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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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HEALTH & FITNESS

BEST FITNESS CLUB

BEST EYE CLINIC

DION’S DANGERZONE GYM 115 Grant Street West | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 218-841-6094 Dion’s Dangerzone, owned by personal trainer Dion Sgro for the past seven years, offers an ever-growing collection of weights and other workout equipment along with challenging and affordable fitness classes and boot camps. Gym-goers say they love the accountability and inspiration that Sgro and the rest of the “Dangerzone family” provides, as well as the results they get, both physically and mentally. Workouts are year-round and designed to build strength. The gym does not offer monthly 2ND DETROIT LAKES COMMUNITY PLACE memberships, but sells boot camp cards that & CULTURAL CENTER clients use as they go.

BEST FITNESS CLUB TRAINER

DION SGRO Dion’s Dangerzone Gym 115 Grant Street West Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-841-6094

MORRISON EYE CARE 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 hard-to-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.

Dion Sgro has been a personal and group trainer for the past seven years as the owner and operator of Dion’s Dangerzone Gym. He leads boxing classes, upper- and lower-body weightroom boot camps, circuit-style boot camps, and more, always striving to keep his classes different by adding new equipment and new styles. “I always say, ‘Never plateau’ -- if you do, I’m not doing my job,” Sgro says. “I love what I do and my energy goes high when people walk through the door. It’s so awesome to see so many different levels of people come in and encourage and motivate each other and do the best they can!” “I’m very blessed to have so many wonderful people that have turned a gym into a Dangerzone family,” he adds. 2ND PLACE

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BEST DOCTOR OF OPTOMETRY

DR. MICHAEL A. MORRISON Morrison Eye Care 1244 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2020 | Website: morrisoneyecare.com Dr. Michael Morrison is a primary care optometrist who has served the Detroit Lakes and Mahnomen areas for the past 17 years. Raised in Mahnomen, it was always his ambition to return and practice in the Lakes Area. A second-generation optometrist, Morrison says he strives to continue and improve upon the legacy his father created. Morrison Eye Care provides comprehensive eye care including premium and budget eyewear, contact lens fitting and the treatment of ocular disease. “We realize that the eye is not an isolated part of the human body, but rather is affected and can reveal systemic conditions,” Morrison says. “I am honored 2ND DR. JOY QUITBERG that the community has chosen me as best PLACE Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Eye Center & Optical optometrist. Thank you!”

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SANFORD HEALTH DETROIT LAKES EYE CENTER & OPTICAL

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BEST PHARMACY

CVS 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. 2ND PLACE

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HEALTH & FITNESS

BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST

BEST PHYSICAL REHABILITATION FACILITY

PAIGE SAVARY Multi-therapies by Paige Inside Shear Grace Salon | 1034 U.S. Highway 59 #2 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 320-305-2257 Website: facebook.com/PaigesEscapeLLC Multi-therapies by Paige, formerly known as Paige’s Escape, has been operating in the Detroit Lakes area for two years and has been in business a total of nine years. Paige Savary, RN, LMT, is the proud owner/operator and says she is “so honored” to be this year’s Best Massage Therapist winner. Savary offers massage therapy, medi-cupping and medical spa services (under the direction of Infinite Skin). These treatments include medical-grade facials such as hydrafacials, oxygeneo facials, laser hair reduction, SkinPen (microneedling), chemical peels, vitamin injections and more. Clients often love to combine a hydrafacial treatment with a massage session. Savary enjoys working with a variety of clients who are either looking to achieve a total rejuvenating experience from head to toe, or are in need of true soft 2ND tissue work for healing. STACY MORRIS PLACE ReLakes Professional Massage

BEST PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT OR NURSE PRACTITIONER

JENNY LESSMAN, PA-C Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Clinic 1245 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-846-2000 | Website: sanfordhealth.org Jenny Lessman, a physician assistant at Sanford Detroit Lakes specializing in women’s health, is very passionate about the work she does. Her patients commonly give her praise by referring to her as “the best” and stating that she “takes the time to really listen to the patients.” She strongly believes listening – really listening – to a patient, and bedside manner are the secrets to medicine and caring for people. In fact, she bases her practice on this William Osler quote: “Compassion is not antiquated. It remains a crucial factor in healing and will never go out of style. It is always available for any health care professional who is wise enough to claim it.” Outside of work, Jenny enjoys running, spending time at the lake with friends and family, taking naps, reading, puzzling and 2ND walking her dogs. TAMMI FUCHS, APRN, CNP PLACE (Essentia Health St. Mary’s Clinic)

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ESSENTIA HEALTH DETROIT LAKES THERAPY CENTER 1112 Lincoln Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-0883 | Website: essentiahealth.org A state-of-the-art facility with highly trained therapists awaits patients needing a wide variety of therapy services at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Therapy Center. Offering physical, occupational and speech-language therapy services, specialized programs at Essentia include post-COVID rehabilitation, chronic/acute pain, hand, pediatrics, pelvic floor, vestibular, oncology, swallowing, general orthopedics, sports, fall prevention, lymphedema and Parkinson’s rehab programs. Therapists live out Essentia’s mission of making a healthy difference in people’s lives and strive to provide holistic healing for all human life. They provide education and care to help patients understand their condition and ultimately have positive outcomes. 2ND SANFORD Patients say therapists go above and beyond PLACE what is expected to meet and exceed goals. PHYSICAL THERAPY

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HEALTH & FITNESS

BEST HEALTH CLINIC

BEST MEMORY CARE FACILITY

(TIE FOR 1ST PLACE)

ECUMEN DETROIT LAKES 1415 Madison Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4486 Website: ecumendetroitlakes.org Ecumen is one of the nation’s top nonprofit providers of housing and services for older adults. Named one of six senior living providers to watch in 2020 by Senior Housing News, Ecumen’s mission is to continue serving more people in meaningful, innovative ways. Founded in 1862, the company has been in business for 160 years, and has a 58 year history in Detroit Lakes. Ecumen Detroit Lakes’ rich history of success is reinforced by its timeless values of service, people, innovation, spirituality, wellness, collaboration and stewardship. 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. “At Ecumen, we envision a world in which aging is viewed in radically different ways,” says a statement from the company. “Residents thrive in the shared warmth of a community that’s ‘changing aging’ with innovative approaches to care. We provide a wide range of healing therapies and amenities to help you or a loved one enjoy life with more confidence and security.” Families often compliment the “excellent care” that their loved ones receive at Ecumen. Ecumen employs a team of 250 caring and hardworking individuals. “At Ecumen Detroit Lakes, we help you feel confident about the future, whether you’re looking for a great place to live, help with daily activities or medically complex care,” reads the statement. “Here, in a welcoming community filled with outstanding service and personalized attention, you’ll find opportunities to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit in addition to 2ND integrated, coordinated health care services.” PLACE

PELICAN LANDING

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPIST

JENNIFER FRANK Essentia Health 1112 Lincoln Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-0883 | Website: essentiahealth.org

those we so proudly serve. Jennifer Frank has been a physical therapist at Essentia for over 10 years. While orthopedics is her main focus, she is also involved in aquatics and a wound specialist. Frank works closely with amputee patients and helped develop Essentia’s cancer rehab program.

We also are proud to have the best physician and runner-up at Essentia Health. We are honored by these recognitions and will continue to make a healthy difference in the lives of

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ESSENTIA HEALTH ST. MARY’S - DETROIT LAKES 1027 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-2347 | Website: essentiahealth.org “At Essentia Health, our mission guides us every day,” reads a statement from Essentia. “We are called to make a healthy difference in people’s lives. This calling resonates deeply for our caregivers and our colleagues working behind the scenes, who bring high-quality, patient-centered and compassionate care to the patients we are privileged to serve. Our patients are more than a number in a chart, a procedure or a name on a schedule. We strive to develop meaningful relationships with our patients.” Essentia Health offers highly specialized and accessible care in the Detroit Lakes community, where and when people need it. A wide scope of practitioners and specialists are available in the Essentia clinic, making it convenient for patients to receive the care they need, close to home. Prenatal care to geriatrics, and just about everything else in between, makes Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes Clinic an ideal choice for care. Care options are numerous, including in-person visits, a variety of e-visit options and 24/7 scheduling by phone and online. Often, same-day appointments are available. With Essentia’s hospital under the same roof as the clinic, coordinated care is easy and convenient for patients. Essentia Health also offers a variety of rehabilitation and therapy services as well as senior living options. “Our commitment to our communities extends beyond the walls of our facilities,” states Essentia. “We partner with other agencies and organizations to make a healthy difference via new and innovative methods. It’s another way we live our mission.”

JAY SCHMITS Essentia Health

BEST PHYSICIAN

DR. JULIE PAZDERNIK Essentia Health St. Mary’s Clinic 1027 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-2347 | Website: essentiahealth.org Dr. Julie Pazdernik puts her patients first, and foremost and develops those meaningful relationships that are so vital in health care. Tammi Fuchs, nurse practitioner, is runner-up in the best physician category. We are honored to have both Dr. Pazdernik and Tammi caring for our patients at Essentia Health. 2ND PLACE

DR. SCOTT LAWRENCE

(Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Clinic)

SANFORD HEALTH DETROIT LAKES CLINIC 1245 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-846-2000 | Website: sanfordhealth.org Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Clinic is proud to have our physician’s assistant honored and also thrilled to be recognized as the Best Health Clinic in our community. These awards reflect the resiliency and passion of the Sanford team and the high quality of care they provide. Through these unprecedented times, Sanford’s patients and community remain the organization’s top priority.

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HOME IMPROVEMENT BEST BUILDING SUPPLIES BUSINESS

BEST CARPET CLEANING SERVICE

LUMBROS. BUILDING SOLUTIONS

ALL STAR CLEANING SERVICES

25130 County Highway 22 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-6672 | Website: www.lumbros.com

20100 Cozy Cove Rd | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-8982 | Website: all-starcleaning.com

LumBros. Building Solutions is Detroit Lakes’ only 100% locally owned full service lumberyard. Opened over two years ago by owner Zach Felt, LumBros. employs a staff of five people and offers windows, decks, siding, exterior and interior doors, trim, lumber and framing packages, roofing, insulation, accent walls and more. Customers comment on the company’s “knowledgeable and extremely helpful” staff, who “go the extra mile to answer all your questions and help with a solution,” as one said. Another customer said, “Zach and his team are honest, hard workers. They deliver excellent customer service and products. Zach is very knowledgeable in his industry, and trustworthy.” The Felt family has been in the lumber industry for more than 120 years, with Zach Felt’s ancestors providing lumbering services to the community near Itasca State Park as the Felt Brothers Sawmill. Today, 2ND Zach Felt continues this tradition by helping supply lumber PLACE MENARDS and building materials to the Lakes Area.

In business for the past 49 years, All Star Cleaning is owned by Jill and Brian Andring. Their son, Tom, is now an active member of the All Star Cleaning business, too, and looks forward to keeping the business alive for years to come. 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-of-the-line equipment” and are fully educated in the field of cleaning. All Star Cleaning is well-reviewed and recommended by many people in the area. The business serves both residential and commercial clients. 2ND PLACE

DL’S SHARPER IMAGE CARPET CLEANING & RESTORATION

BEST CUSTOM CABINET BUSINESS

JCS CABINETRY & DESIGN 350 Eagle Street | Audubon, MN 56511 Phone: 218-439-6699 | Website: JCSCabinetry.com Email: dsavig@loretel.net Since 1969, JCS Cabinetry & Design has been the Lakes Area’s premier custom cabinet designer, manufacturer and installer, offering quality-driven and distinctive selections of cabinets and accessories that will not only meet any design expectations, but also raise the value of a new home or renovation project. From custom kitchen and bath cabinetry to bookcases, desks, doors and specialty cabinets, JCS Cabinetry & Design offers a wide array of products and services, including granite, quartz, laminate and solid surface countertops. Family owned by Darcy and Jen Savig, JCS Cabinetry & Design employs a staff of five, who provide quality work and craftsmanship in a professional and 2ND respectful manner. The business offers PLACE CABINETS PLUS free consultations.

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“DANGERZONE” Gym

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FOR VOTING US #1 BEST HOTEL/MOTEL

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BEST CARPET / FLOORING BUSINESS

BEST ELECTRICIAN

RAMSEY FLOORING INC. 1100 8th Street Southeast Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-9999 Email: info@ramseycarpetinc.com Website: ramseyflooring.com

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Ramsey Flooring is a trusted source for all of the Lakes Area’s flooring needs: carpet, tile, vinyl, laminate, LVP and hardwood. The store provides both commercial and residential flooring sales and installation. Opened 11 years ago, Ramsey Flooring’s roots extend far further back than that, to the late 1950s, when owner Steve Ramsey’s father, Don, first began installing flooring. Don worked alongside his brother for many years at the Ramsey Brothers store on Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes. Today, Steve and his brother, Brian, continue to uphold the family tradition of providing the highest-quality flooring and installation across Minnesota, North Dakota, Alaska and Arizona. Comments on the Ramsey Flooring Facebook page, and written in letters to the store, show that customers appreciate the store’s “wonderful customer service,” “excellent staff and high quality work,” and “quick installation,” among 2ND other positives. PLACE DESIGN 2 SELL Ramsey Flooring employs a staff of nine people.

23996 Clark Road | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 2185-847-9900 “We would like to extend a huge ‘Thank you’ to all who voted us No. 1 in the Lakes Area,” say the folks at Ace Electric. “We strive to provide the best service to our customers and take great pride in our work. Our employees are definitely some of the best, and the reason we are No. 1.” “Being a locally-owned company, our community is very important to us and we make it a priority to give back,” they add. “Showing support and contributing to others is what makes this community great. Many thanks for showing us that same support. It’s greatly appreciated!”

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HOME IMPROVEMENT

BEST GARAGE DOOR INSTALLATION/REPAIR

BEST PLUMBING/HEATING

LANEY’S MECHANICAL 1034 Highway 59 South | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-1309 | Website: laneysatthelake.com

DETROIT LAKES OVERHEAD DOOR 28774 State Highway 34 | Detroit Lakes, MN Phone: 218-847-2129 | Email: dloverheaddoor@arvig.net Started in 1990 and operated under the local ownership of Todd Goodwin Jr. since 2019, Detroit Lakes Overhead Door offers fast, reliable and honest service around the Detroit Lakes area. The company provides garage door installation, repair and maintenance year-round, and is “large enough to compete, but local enough to care.” Detroit Lakes Overhead Door is known for its trustworthy service, as well as its support of other local businesses. “The service guys were so knowledgeable and helpful, very professional,” says one reviewer, while 2ND TWIN CITY another commented, “Boy, those guys were fast and got PLACE the job done quickly.” GARAGE DOOR

BEST HOME CONTRACTOR

DO-RIGHT CONSTRUCTION OF THE LAKES, LLC

Laney’s Mechanical has been in business in the Detroit Lakes area for over 29 years, providing customers with solutions for their plumbing, heating and cooling needs. The professional and technically-experienced team at Laney’s prides itself on its friendly, clean and honest approach, with the goal of providing world-class service to customers, each and every time. Owned by Scott Nelson, Laney’s employs a staff of 17 people. “We understand that we have to earn a customer’s trust and provide them with the peace of mind that people deserve when dealing with the plumbing, heating and cooling needs of a home or business,” says Rebecca Soukup, marketing assistant at Laney’s. “We understand and can tackle unique problems with HVAC and plumbing systems… Our emergency service is a great resource in tough Minnesota winters.” Laney’s has had an unusual and eventful couple of years: On Halloween night in 2019, the business next door to it had a fire, and the smoke and soot damage at Laney’s necessitated a major tear-down and reconstruction of the office and showroom areas. Right around the time that wrapped up, COVID hit, creating issues with staffing, safety protocol, and availability of parts and equipment. People staying home caused a shift in homeowners’ priorities, and Laney’s has seen a boom in business since the beginning of 2020. “We are a growing and experienced mechanical company 2ND GREEN’S PLUMBING who is proud to serve our lakes and PLACE & HEATING INC. surrounding area,” says Soukup.

BEST HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE

TLC CLEANING

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

18722 Cummings Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 701-412-3298 Email: info@tlccleaningfargo.com Website: tlccleaningfargo.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, and 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, flooring 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 11 years. The company employs 10 people. The Hermans say they “take pride in 2ND supporting and being involved in our PLACE TOMLINSON SCHULTZ community in many ways.”

After 10 successful years of business in Fargo, TLC Cleaning began offering services in Detroit Lakes about 4 years 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 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.” 2ND TLC Cleaning employs a staff of PLACE HEATHER HAUGAN about 40 people.

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HOME IMPROVEMENT

BEST GARBAGE SERVICE

STEVE’S SANITATION

BEST VETERINARIAN

140 6th Avenue Northeast | Perham, MN 56573 Phone: 218-346-4834 Website: stevessanitation.com Email: support@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 Megard. “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. 2ND DETROIT LAKES The company’s drivers are known for going above and beyond to provide PLACE excellent customer service. DISPOSAL SERVICES

Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital 1115 West River Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56554 Phone: 218-847-5674 Website: detroitlakesanimal hospital.com Email: detroitlakesah@gmail.com

BEST LANDSCAPING SERVICE

LAKES AREA DIRT WORKS 18755 County Highway 25 | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-850-0164 Website: lakeareadirtworksllc.business.site Email: matta@lakesareadirtworks.com Lakes Area Dirt Works LLC is a locally owned small business, started in 2017 by owner/operator Matt Arola, who has more than 10 years of experience in the earth-moving industry. Lakes Area Dirt Works handles residential and commercial needs pertaining to building site prep, demolition, excavation/ basements, grading/land leveling, driveway builds/fixes, skid steer work, material hauling and black dirt (top soil). The company, “believes in our community and supporting small businesses in the lakes area,” Arola says. Arola is an active member of the Detroit Lakes Jaycees and Detroit Lakes FFA Alumni.

“I’ve had Matt come out to my property for two different jobs in the past couple years, and I am very happy with his work,” says one customer. “Not only is he punctual but his attention to detail is top notch. He has completed each job in a very timely manner and beyond my expectations. I highly recommend Lakes Area Dirt Works.” 2ND PLACE

LAKES INNOVATIVE LANDSCAPING

BEST LAWN SERVICE

BAREFOOT LAWNS 25188 Roquette Lane | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-846-1005 | 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. Barefoot Lawns offers homeowners and commercial businesses granular fertilizer and weed control programs, insect and disease control, and lawn aerations. They specialize in eliminating crabgrass and Creeping Charlie. “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.”

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SAVANNAH C. BROSIUS, DVM

2ND PLACE

R-U READY LAWNCARE

Savannah C. Brosius, DVM, has been in partial ownership of Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital for over the past two years along with Drs. James McCormack and Samantha Zehr. A 2015 graduate of the Royal Veterinary College in London, England, Brosius then traveled back to the States and practiced in Duluth, Minn., at an urgent care practice before joining the team at Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital in 2017. “Our team at the hospital is definitely like a family, and it is great to have that support all of the time,” she says. “I love seeing the different dogs and cats coming through the door, day in and day out. It is also nice to start seeing clients back in the clinic as we start to transition to a semi-open state with the pandemic. I know I shouldn’t have any favorite clients and patients that come in to see me, however there are those who I never forget and always make my day brighter by coming into the clinic.” Clients thank Brosius for taking the time to explain their pets’ conditions and needs to them, for working their pets into her schedule and for calling after hours. Some bring cookies, donuts, hot chocolate, handwritten notes or even flowers or plants to express their appreciation. In her spare time, Brosius likes to bike and bake, and enjoys walking with her dogs and her daughter, Arya, and husband, Trevor. 2ND PLACE

DR. SARA MATTSON

Aurochs Veterinary Services


PET PRODUCTS & SERVICES BEST BOARDING / PET SITTING

LUCKY DOG BOARDING & TRAINING CENTER LLC 1478 Mallard Street Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-4100 Email: luckydogdl@yahoo.com Website: luckydogdl.com In business for the past 16 years, Lucky Dog Boarding & Training Center offers a variety of services; as the name implies, boarding and training are the center’s mainstay. Boarding kennels at Lucky Dog are spacious and offer raised beds for dogs’ comfort; boarding cats are housed in cat condos. Training options include group classes held year-round, one-on-one training sessions with staff trainers to work on specific training issues, and a variety of short- and long-term board-andtrain or daycare-and-train packages. The Lucky Dog complex is set on 14

BEST GROOMER

MUTTLEY’S DOG & CAT GROOMING Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-7297 Website: facebook.com/MuttleysDL completely fenced-in acres, with a large training yard for outdoor training and classes and two dog parks for use by the public as well as daycare and boarding dogs. There are also seven acres of mowed and fenced-in walking trails. Daycare is operated seven days a week and is available to both boarding dogs and the public. In addition, Lucky Dog offers a limited selection of retail products used to feed and train dogs. Customers of Lucky Dog say they’re glad the facility is here, and they appreciate all the services Lucky Dog offers. Lucky Dog is owned by Linda Wiedewitsch and employs a staff of 10. 2ND PLACE

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Georgia the Pet Sitter

Thank you for Voting us #1 Eye Clinic & Dr. Mike #1 Dr. of Optometry 3 Years in a Row!

2021

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 14 years, offering full-service grooming to dogs of all breeds and sizes. “We would like to sincerely thank each and every one of our clients for their continuous patronage and for letting us be a part 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, 2ND DIRTY DOGS four years in a row. It truly warms PLACE our hearts!” GONE GROOMING

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PET PRODUCTS & SERVICES BEST PET SUPPLIES

SERVICES BEST INSURANCE AGENCY

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

STATE FARM INSURANCE

For over 20 years, Becker Pet and Garden has sold pet foods, treats and other pet supplies along with 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 2ND also comment on the pet store’s PLACE L&M FLEET SUPPLY selection and friendly employees.

Nick Christenson Insurance Agency 710 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 218-847-1353 Website: detroitlakesinsurance.com | Email: nick@detroitlakesinsurance.com

BEST VETERINARY CLINIC

DETROIT LAKES ANIMAL HOSPITAL 1115 West River Road | Detroit Lakes, MN 56554 Phone: 218-847-5674 | Website: detroitlakesanimalhospital.com Email: detroitlakesah@gmail.com In business for 77 years, Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital is owned by three veterinarians, Drs. Savannah Brosius, James McCormack and Samantha Zehr, and employs two additional doctors as well as a staff of 11 technicians, assistants and others. With a commitment to provide high-quality medical care for pets, the team at Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital has stayed up-to-date on current medications, diagnostics, and treatments. “As the community grows around us, we have also been growing our practice,” the owners say. “When we see your pets, we treat them like they were our own!” Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital offers a very team-oriented practice, where patients don’t just see one doctor, but the whole team of doctors there. The hospital is known for its quality of care, long-term staff members who truly care about their patients, and the dedication and commitment of everyone who works there. Customers comment on Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital’s “very thorough care,” “very compassionate care,” and the staff’s willingness to follow through and work late into the day. “We would like to thank the community for their continued support as the industry shifts due to the pandemic and resulting changes,” the owners say. “We continue to put the patients and safety of our staff and community first!” 2ND PLACE

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State Farm is the nation’s largest insurance company that provides auto, home, life, health and Medicare supplement insurance. The Detroit Lakes office opened over two years ago. Owner Nick Christenson says State Farm has been No. 1 in auto insurance since the 1940s, and No. 1 in homeowners insurance since the ‘60s. The Detroit Lakes office specifically was ranked No. 23 in the nation for new agencies. Customers who choose State Farm say they have a better understanding of how their insurance works, why it’s important, and feel better protected. “We have surprisingly great rates,” Christenson says. “Our needs-based conversation is driven by you, the customer, and allows us to pinpoint exactly where you need to be for your specific insurance, and insurance limits.” The Detroit Lakes team of nine employees, “are so committed to helping their community at a much higher level than others; thankful to work with them every day!” he adds. 2ND COUNTRY “We are committed to your happiness. Our PLACE promise is that you will feel appreciated here.” FINANCIAL

BEST PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY (PORTRAITS)

BRITTNEY & CALEB PHOTO AND VIDEO Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 218-850-2748 Email: brittney@brittneyandcaleb.com | Website: brittneyandcaleb.com Brittney and Caleb Grundyson have been running Brittney & Caleb Photo and Video together since 2015, when Caleb joined the business; Brittney started the business three years prior to that. This husband-and-wife photo and video team, based in Detroit Lakes, specializes in weddings and portraits along with business promotional content. They offer photo and video services under one vendor, and deliver a high-end product with both their photos and films. Clients say Brittney and Caleb’s work helps them relive their wedding days and remember other special moments in their lives. 2ND PLACE

WAGONER PORTRAIT STUDIO

Laura Wagoner


THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME

LIVE OUT MY

PASSION. When I was 17, I enrolled in college to become a nurse. At 18, I found out I was expecting a baby girl. While attending school, I cleaned a few homes to earn extra income for my daughter and myself. As school got harder it grew more difficult to keep up with my clients’ homes. Around the same time, my friend lost her job. My mother knew I was stressed and told me, ”Trisha, why don’t you hire her?” It worked out great. I didn’t have to let my clients go, and my friend was able to get the hours she needed for her family. Soon, I realized nursing wasn’t my passion. I wanted to create my own business and help others. That is how TLC Cleaning began. After 11 years I am proud to offer 60 employees health insurance, dental insurance, 401k, company vehicles, paid holidays, paid vacations, and bonuses. TLC has become a large, supportive family. I do not see each client as a dollar sign, but rather a piece of the TLC puzzle. Our goal is to free up our clients’ time so they can focus on what really matters. Someone that sees the value of our services is the perfect puzzle piece for our company. 2021

We are so thankful to our community for helping us get to where we are today. It is our honor to give back whenever we can. Thank you for letting me live out my passion.

Servicing Detroit Lakes, Fargo and Grand Forks

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SERVICES

BEST ATTORNEY

BEST KIDS’ BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE

THE BACKYARD

ROBERT THORWALDSEN Thorwaldsen and Malmstrom 1105 Highway 10 East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-5646 Website: thorwaldsenmalmstrom.com Email: info@lakeslawyers.com Thorwaldsen and Malmstrom PLLP is a local law firm that has been providing legal services in the Northwest Minnesota area for over 50 years. Robert Thorwaldsen, or Bob, was born and raised in Detroit Lakes. He returned to the community after graduating from the University of Minnesota and the University of North Dakota Law School. His wife is a special education teacher in the Detroit Lakes School District and the couple have two young children. Thorwaldsen joined the law firm in 2011. He primarily practices in the areas of criminal defense, family law, personal injury and business law. He serves as mediator for family- and civil-related matters, is an approved attorney for Education Minnesota, and has taught as an adjunct professor for the Minnesota State college campus in Detroit Lakes. Working at the firm has given Thorwaldsen the unique opportunity of joining a practice with his father, Paul, and others whom he has had relationships with since his childhood. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with my dad every day, to work with the kind and caring members of our office, and to be able to help those in the community in which I was 2ND raised,” Thorwaldsen says. “On behalf of all of us here at SAM RUFER PLACE the firm, thank you for your continued support.” Pemberton Law

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 stateof-the-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, walking track, workout spaces and machines, personal training, massage therapy, instructor-led fitness classes both in person and online as well as swimming lessons, programs for youth basketball, flag football, softball and baseball plus rooms for birthday parties and so much more, the Center has something for everyone. Now in its 20th year, the Center employs more than 100 people. It is connected to the Historic Holmes Theatre. Kim Bettcher, marketing and membership director, says, “Members and day pass users have so many options once they walk through our doors! We are thankful for a chance to make an impact on our 2ND community through the variety of things people can VOYAGER PLACE experience here year-round!”

LANES

BEST FUNERAL HOME

DAVID-DONEHOWER FUNERAL & 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 service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for anyone in need. Whether burial or cremation, David-Donehower offers an array of choices for families dealing with the death of a loved one. They also offer grief care support and children’s programs to 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, David-Donehower is often complimented by families for its excellence in helping them get through a difficult transition time in their lives. The firm has a state-of-the art facility and offers merchandise to meet the needs of every family.

“Today’s funeral service is not the same as it was 10 years ago or even 5 years ago,” says Lynn Drewes of David-Donehower. “As a dedicated staff, our goal is to present the best and most affordable options to each and every family we serve.” “Thank you to our Lakes Area community for your continued support,” she adds. “We are honored and grateful to serve you. Our commitment to you and your family will always be our No. 1 priority.” 2ND PLACE

WEST-KJOS FUNERAL HOME CREMATION SERVICES

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SERVICES

BEST CHILD CARE FACILITY

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

KAYLA ULSCHMID

LAKER PREP 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 child care center and preschool to accommodate working families, Laker Prep provides all day, year-round care to children ages eight weeks to kindergarten. Laker Prep’s motto, “Big Success Starts Small,” will always be a motivation to help every child reach their full potential. Opening for only preschool-age children in 2011, an early childhood center was added in 2015. Laker Prep features a large playground and indoor gym, commercial kitchen, and a trained, nurturing staff of about 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 students who attend Laker Prep can’t say enough good things about the center. As one parent attests, “My son has attended Laker Prep since he was 10 weeks old (now five years). They have an atmosphere that makes you feel good about dropping your child off. As a first time mom I was very nervous; the staff was nothing short of spectacular.” Another longtime family shares, “We are so fortunate to be blessed with an exceptional facility like Laker Prep in Detroit Lakes. The directors, teachers and staff at each facility exceed our expectations every day. When we drop our children off for the day we know that they are safe, nurtured, and loved. They are continually challenged with new adventures and learning, which equips them with the skills needed for transition to kindergarten and lifelong learning! We are so proud to be a Laker Prep family!” 2ND PLACE

FIRST STEPS CHILD CARE

Keller Williams Realty, RHH Team 225 West Cavour, Suite A Fergus Falls, MN 56537 Phone: 218-234-9205 Email: kayla.ryanhanson homes@gmail.com Website: kayla. ryanhansonhomes.com For over 15 years, Kayla Ulschmid has been known for her energetic personality and her knowledge in the real estate market. In 2020 alone, she helped 100 families with their real estate needs, and she was selected as “Realtor Of The Year” by the Lakes Country Association of Realtors. She is honored to be named Best Real Estate Agent by the Detroit Lakes Tribune for the third year. Clients say Ulschmid always responds promptly to their questions and concerns, and goes above and beyond to make sure they’re happy. “I am blessed to have an amazing family, work family, and the best clients -- I appreciate each of you,” says Ulschmid. “My success is because of each of you. Thank you!” 2ND PLACE

DEANNA SINCLAIR ERA Northland Realty Co.

2021

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for Voting Dr. Jordan

1 Dentist

#

and West River Dental

#1 Dental Office in the Lakes Area!

Family and Cosmetic

John R. Jordan DDS Brian J Labat DDS 1106 West River Road | Detroit Lakes (218) 846-1900 | westriverdental.com 2021 Best of Detroit Lakes | 49


BEST LAW OFFICE

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY

THORWALDSEN AND MALMSTROM

THE REAL ESTATE COMPANY OF DETROIT LAKES

1105 Highway 10 East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-5646 Email: info@lakeslawyers.com Website: thorwaldsenmalmstrom.com Thorwaldsen and Malmstrom Law Firm is a professional partnership that has been providing legal services in the Northwest Minnesota area for over 50 years. Attorneys at the local law firm are Paul Thorwaldsen, Carl Malmstrom, Robert Thorwaldsen and Isaiah Volk. The firm is committed to providing effective, efficient and ethical counsel to clients, and its attorneys are recognized as trustworthy sources of legal advice in the Detroit Lakes and surrounding areas. The firm practices in personal injury, real estate, criminal defense, family law, estate/probate law, and general civil litigation. Thorwaldsen and Malmstrom Law Firm holds the Martindale Hubbell Preeminent AV rating, the highest peer review rating provided by Martindale Hubbell’s peer-review evaluation. In addition, the firm has and has had attorneys distinguished as Super Lawyers and listed as Minnesota Leading Attorneys, as well as other honors over the years. The firm has been recognized for its services to clients through Northwest Minnesota Legal Services. The firm is a recent recipient of the Northwest Legal Services Partnership in Justice award for the entire 7th Judicial District and is last year’s winner of the Best of the Lakes Award. “We are fortunate to have such talented, kind, and trustworthy staff and attorneys at our office. On 2ND behalf of us all, thank you for your consideration and STOWMAN PLACE continued support,” says Robert Thorwaldsen.

LAW OFFICE

When

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 Area’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 is locally owned and veteran brokered, and specializes in lake homes and lake lots, residential property, resorts, vacation rentals, commercial property, hunting/ag land and more. The 12-person team is dedicated to their clients’ best interests at all times and develops long-term relationships by providing exceptional service. Clients have praised TREC agents for their attention to detail, responsiveness, and scheduling flexibility. “If there were more stars I would give them to this real estate company!” says one client. “Great responsiveness and accommodating to our schedule,” says another. TREC has been in business for nine years and serves the Lakes Area as well as surrounding communities within Minnesota and North Dakota, including the Fargo/Moorhead area. Almost all TREC agents are local, homegrown agents from the Lakes Area or close by. They are knowledgeable and experienced in the field of real estate while bringing a unique edge with histories in construction, marketing and advertising, and business management. “We use the best technologies available in today’s industry when listing and marketing our clients’ properties – including but not limited to aerial photography and virtual 2ND tours,” says owner Chris Nord. RE/MAX LAKES PLACE

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BEST INSURANCE AGENT

NICK CHRISTENSON State Farm 710 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-1353 Website: detroitlakesinsurance.com Email: nick@detroitlakesinsurance.com

www.ThriftStoredl.com A huge thank you to those who voted us top Thrift/Retail store for the third consecutive year! We’d also like to extend our appreciation to those who donate their goods to our store. We are a non-profit organization that donates 100% off the proceeeds to your local Boys & Girls Club! We thank you for your patronage and support!

Nick Christenson has been with State Farm Insurance for just over six years, and took over the Detroit Lakes office in April of 2019. He credits the community and his team for all that has been accomplished thus far. “We are just getting started -- how fun is that?!” says Christenson. “Everyone has been so fun and welcoming from the day we moved here.” “It has been a sprint to meet all of our customers, and I am forever thankful for the opportunity to get to know them and their families,” he adds. “My wife and I want to simply say, ‘Thank you,’ to everyone for being so awesome. You 2ND are appreciated!” BRADY MARKUSON PLACE Markuson-Baer Insurance

BEST WEDDING VENUE

MEADOWS ON LIND 11463 U.S. Highway 59 | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 701-361-8319 Website: meadowsonlind.com | Email: weddings@meadowsonlind.com The Meadows on Lind was founded by Jack and Erlene Davis 15 years ago. Recently purchased by Nate Rethwisch and Tom and Erin Winters, Erlene continues to work with couples on their big day. Located on the outskirts of Detroit Lakes, Meadows on Lind is conveniently close to town but has the scenic atmosphere of a country place, offering happy couples a beautiful backdrop of Minnesota nature. The location offers a beach, trees, and a beautifully cared for lawn and flower gardens. Customers frequently comment on the venue’s “beautiful setting,” as well as its “extremely helpful,” “accommodating” and “easy to work with” staff. “We put our couples’ needs No.1,” say the owners. “Our main goal at meadows is to make every couples' dream day come to fruition, and to do it with minimal stress to the couple. We work as a team with the couple each step of the way to ensure 2ND THE BARN AT FIVE we don't have any surprises and things PLACE run flawlessly.” LAKES RESORT

Sheila Lead in Apparel

Madison Assistant Manager

Shalae Apparel

Chloe Cashier

Brian Donation Door Manager

Renee

April

Thrift Housew ares Toys/Linens /

Michelle Assistant Manager

Thank You From All Of Us At the Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store! 605 Hwy 10 East • Detroit Lakes

844-6556

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SERVICES

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

PELICAN LANDING 1325 Pelican Lane | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-7777 | Website: pelicanlandingmn.com A lot of good things have been said about Pelican Landing since it opened in 2019. As one resident’s son expressed, “Since moving Mom to Pelican Landing, she has repetitively asked us, ‘I don’t have to leave here, do I? Everyone here is so nice!’ Knowing our Mother, that is priceless!” Another said, “The positive change we have experienced in our mother since moving her to Pelican Landing cannot adequately be put into words. That tremendous improvement can only be attributed to the professional staff that Pelican Landing employs.” Owned by DW Jones and Progressive Care, Pelican Landing is a 55 and older community that employs a staff of 50 people. The facility can support residents who have little to no assisted living services and, as care needs change, those residents are able to transition in the same apartment to assisted living supportive services, when deemed appropriate. There is also a dedicated Memory Care Community on site, offering secure, around-the-clock care. The Pelican Landing care team works with each resident’s physician, pharmacy, and professional therapy staff to ensure their care needs are being met. The staff at Pelican Landing operate on a “Foundation Built on HEART”: H for humility, E for energy and execution, A for awareness, R for 2ND PLACE ECUMEN DETROIT LAKES relationship, and T for trust and teamwork.

BEST HOTEL/MOTEL

BEST WESTERN PREMIER:

THE LODGE ON LAKE DETROIT 1200 East Shore Drive | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 218-847-8439 Website: www.thelodgeonlakedetroit.com | Email: thelodgeonlakedetroit.com Nestled on the scenic shore of Detroit Lakes, conveniently located on Highway 10, Best Western Premier The Lodge on Lake Detroit is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy brilliant sunsets and memorable nights on the lake. In business for the past 16 years, The Lodge offers the latest in hotel style and amenities found in the Detroit Lakes area. All 54 hotel rooms and suites are lakefront and smoke free, most offering a private balcony. Discover dramatic décor, glass-enclosed, walk-in showers, upscale bedding, 42” flat panel LCD HDTVs and more. Relax in the two-story lakefront, fireside lobby with a bar and daily grand piano sunset serenades. Rejuvenate in a Renewal Spa Suite, which features aromatherapy whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Reconnect with a gathering in a Retreat Room, complete with furnished kitchens and adjoining rooms for family reunions or business retreats. Start your day with free in-room coffee service, then head down to the free breakfast bar

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and relax with a free local newspaper. Stay in shape any time of year in the 24-hour hotel fitness center with top-of-the-line equipment. Keep up on your business (if you have to) in the business center, and free wireless high speed internet access. Or enjoy some luxury pampering at The Spa Within, where highly trained and certified professionals offer a variety of spa treatments for men and women: massages, facials, body treatments, nail therapies and more. Owners Chris Holland-Mehlhaff and Scott Mehlhaff believe in running an eco-friendly hotel, and have invested in substantial efforts to protect Detroit Lake from runoff and restore the shoreline. “The success of The Lodge depends on the combination of a quality Minnesota lake resort experience, that includes in no small part, the beauty of the lake and its surrounding environment,” they say. The Lodge offers organic and sustainable-growth wines in its bar, as well as environmentally-responsible Beekind bath and body products. The staff of 17 often hear positive customer comments about the hotel’s beach front views, ambience, “warm hospitality” and “WOW! service.” The Lodge has been called, “the best kept secret in Detroit Lakes.” 2ND PLACE

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# 1 Electrician 2 years in a row!

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SHOPPING BEST ANTIQUE STORE

BEST APPLIANCE DEALER

SULAINE’S ANTIQUE MALL 603 Highway 10 East Frontage Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-6830 Website: SuLainesAntiques.com Facebook: Facebook.com/SulainesAntiques SuLaine’s has been a part of the Detroit Lakes area for over 17 years, starting as a small store with a few vendors and growing into a much larger space with more than 60 vendors today. Whether your style is elegant, rustic, vintage, mid-century, repurposed or eclectic, you are likely to find something that strikes your fancy each time you visit. “Our goal is to make our store a fun place to work and a great place to shop,” say owners Linda Kiehl, Arnold Kiehl and Brenda Scheidecker. “Since we have so many vendors participating, there is a huge variety of merchandise to choose from.” Many repeat customers say they can always find something they love at SuLaine’s. The owners also get comments on how well the store is arranged, its wide aisles, and its cleanliness. 2ND PLACE

VINTAGE ‘N’ VOGUE

BEST BOAT/RV DEALER

D&D APPLIANCE 1050 U.S. Highway 59 | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-9775 | Website: ddappliance.net For nearly 40 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.” Chris’s 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 built-in appliance installations that other installers could not. Occasionally you’ll even find the Gravdahls’ daughters counting inventory and helping to keep things clean. 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,” Gravdahl says. “We don’t commission our sales or service staff because we want to make sure that their focus is always 100% on the customer’s needs. Sometimes that means advising the customer about their old appliance and skipping the sale completely!” D&D Appliance has many of the top appliances in a variety of price points. The store offers a wide selection of KitchenAid, Frigidaire, Maytag, SpeedQueen, Whirlpool, Electrolux, LG, and Amana. The company’s website also offers a full shopping experience. Backed with installation options and a service department, D&D Appliance 2ND is the one-stop shop you can’t find in PLACE MENARDS a Big Box.

BEST ATV DEALERSHIP

OKESON OFFTRAIL SALES 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 28 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 is open seven days a week and employs up to 65 people during 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. 2ND OUTLET RECREATION PLACE The company’s aim is “to keep everyone out on the DETROIT LAKES MARINE water, enjoying the Lakes Area to the fullest.”

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24360 County Road 113 | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-9304 No information provided.

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U MOTORS

BEST CLOTHING STORE

THE NINES See page 56 for more information about The Nines. 2ND PLACE

LEELA & LAVENDER


BEST CONVENIENCE STORE

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

ALICIA BOWERS Beautiful Junque 918 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-5044 Website: beautifuljunque.com

HOLIDAY STATIONSTORES 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 three 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 over 2ND 20 people. PLACE

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Alicia Bowers, the owner of Beautiful Junque, grew up in Detroit Lakes. She opened her downtown shop in 2018, an experience she says she loves. “I love being able to create a space that gives our customers that small town, ‘at home’ kind of vibe when they walk through our doors,” she says. “I love visiting with all our customers from near and far and helping them with all their shopping needs.” Customers often tell Bowers that they like the feeling they get when they visit Beautiful Junque -- that it’s not too big and not too small, nice and cozy and homey, and sells a nice mixture of handmade and new. “And that’s exactly what we want,” says Bowers. “I love helping my customers 2ND be inspired by their surroundings!” KIM RENNER PLACE Midwest Bank

Best New Car Dealership

Best used Car Dealership

Best quick oil change

Best Car Sales Professional

1st Place

1st Place

2nd Place

Doug Dunham

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SHOPPING

BEST DOWNTOWN SHOPPING

BEST FLORIST / GREENHOUSE

COUNTRY FIELDS GREENHOUSE 19165 County Highway 21 | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-7520

THE NINES 917 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-8019 | Website: shopthenines.com Lauren and Steve Zima created The Nines in 2013 after Lauren felt called to help women put together affordable outfits for every occasion. The Nines is a one-stop women’s clothing and accessories store with friendly, helpful staff. Check out their daily new arrivals on Facebook and Instagram. In 2019, Inc 5000 named The Nines as one of the fastest growing businesses in America, and it continues to grow. After shopping for outfits, make sure to head across the street to the Zima’s new store, Lit Decor & Gift, for unique gifts and home decor. 2ND PLACE

BEAUTIFUL JUNQUE

Country Fields Greenhouse is a family-owned business that takes pride in producing the best quality plants in the area, with the best selection and great service. Under its current ownership since 2016, Country Fields has three generations of growing experience among its workers. Customers can be confident that Country Fields will provide them with the highest-quality and best samples of each season’s most beautiful flowers and plants. Customers who visit Country Fields often leave saying it’s, “the most 2ND BERGEN’S PLACE beautiful greenhouse” GREENHOUSES they’ve ever been to.

BEST HOME DECOR STORE

LIT DECOR & GIFT 908 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-8103 | Website: litdecorandgift.com/ No information provided.

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BEST GIFT SHOP

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 38 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 2ND LIT DECOR products, home decor, women’s PLACE accessories and more. & GIFT

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L&M FLEET SUPPLY 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 natural and organic section, a coffee shop, flower shop and Jamba Juice. Established in 2002, Central Market is owned by John Lofberg and employs a staff of about 200. The store’s We Care program has paid out more than $1.2 million to local nonprofit organizations. 2ND PLACE

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1100 U.S. Highway 59 | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Phone: 218-847-1171 Email: support@landmsupply.com | Website: lmsupply.com Customers say, “If you can’t find it at L&M, you don’t need it!” L&M Fleet Supply carries everything from the lawn to the lake and everywhere else, all under one roof. Founded 62 years ago, in 1959, L&M first opened in Grand Rapids, Minn., in a wooden 30-by-60-foot building that barely had room for all the signage on the front. The founders’ vision and mission was to be one of the first merchants to buy direct from factories and sell directly to the consumer, with a small markup philosophy that continues today. Out of that vision, the company philosophy was established: “Quality at a Discount.” Today, under the ownership of Del Matteson, Shawn Matteson and Erik Andersen, the goal and philosophy of the company remain unchanged — to provide quality products at discount prices, with excellent customer service. Adhering to this philosophy will continue to drive the growth of L&M into the future. L&M now includes one corporate office/distribution center and 10 retail store locations across Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, employing more than 800 people companywide. The owners, along with everyone at L&M, thank all their customers for their ongoing support and loyalty through the years. 2ND PLACE

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PRICE’S FINE JEWELRY 805 Washington Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-5309 Email: prices@arvig.net Website: prices-fine jewelry.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. “Our family welcomes you to stroll through our perennial garden before coming in to experience our hand-selected inventory of beautifully fashioned and cut diamonds, gemstones and watches,” the Prices say. “We look forward to helping you create memories through 2ND the jewelry you purchase at Price’s Fine Jewelry!” BEAUTIFUL PLACE

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LAKES PROCESSING INC. 18776 Highway 59 North | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-5403 | Website: facebook.com/lakesprocessing Lakes Processing is a small, family-owned business known for its knowledgeable workers who always provide service with a smile. In business for 25 years, Lakes Processing is owned by Brad and Sarah Bachmann and employs a staff of several people year-round -- in the busy season, there can be as many as 15 people helping out. Most of the employees are relatives or close family friends of the Bachmanns. “We pride ourselves in putting out the very best quality meats in the Lakes Area,” the owners say. “We prepare each item as if it was for our best friend. We process beef, pork, lamb, chicken and wild game, along with a full retail store that is sure to have exactly what you are looking for!” “We do not skip steps or fudge on quality,” they add. “Our quality reputation means the world to 2ND HOFFMAN’S us, and we would like to think that reflects into our PLACE products and service.” MEAT MARKET

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LAKES SPORT SHOP 930 Washington Avenue | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-847-2645 | Website: lakessportshop.com In business for over 50 years, Lakes Sport Shop is a full-line sporting goods store in downtown Detroit Lakes, 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. 2ND PLACE

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB THRIFT STORE 1305 U.S. Highway 10 West | Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone: 218-844-6556 | Website: bgcthriftstore.com A non-profit store that benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes, the Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store sells a mix of new products, truckload sales, and, of course, thrift items. The store has been in operation for 11 years, and celebrated a move into a bigger, more functional space in 2020, the former Kmart building. “We have the unique opportunity of offering high quality used goods to our customers while helping children in the area,” says a statement from the store. “It is a win-win!” Customers of the store often comment on how large it is, and how big of a selection it offers. The store employs about 35 people. “We really appreciate how supportive the community is, both from a donation standpoint and how loyal our shoppers are,” the statement continues. “The benefit to all of the kids who attend the Boys & Girls Club is unmeasurable and so valuable to the 2ND BETTER EVERY DAY PLACE community. Thank you!”

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