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Michael Achterling

Multimedia News Lead

Multimedia Lead Reporter for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus.

Michael graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor's Degree in professional journalism from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. During his time at the UMN, Michael covered state legislature for the Minnesota Daily and interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

He is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served, from 2011 to 2015, as a Mass Communication Specialist in Boston, Mass., aboard the U.S.S. Constitution, and in Sasebo, Japan, assigned to the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

Michael is originally from Apple Valley, Minnesota and is a proud graduate of the School of Environmental Studies, and Eastview High School.

When not in the newsroom, Michael enjoys spending time his dog: Pepper. He is also an avid video gamer, baseball purist, entertainment sponge, who also dabbles in table-top games.

Email story ideas to Michael at machterling@dlnewspapers.com and follow on Twitter @machterling.

Recent stories by Michael Achterling
The United States Space Force adopted "Sempra Supra" as the official anthem of the military branch in a video released on Sept. 20. Check out the new anthem below and also hear from Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, on how the song came to be.
"One of the old things we used to say is the lake is not a bathtub, it doesn't just lay at one level," said Pete Boulay, a climatologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "What I always point out, when people complain that (water levels) have never been this low, just go back farther and you'll find lower water than you have right now."
Travis "Bull" Johnson is running for Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District this November under the Legal Marijuana Now party and hopes his honesty, realism and political outsider status will be enough for voters to send him to Congress.
As more health facilities acquire 3-D mammogram technology, providers are seeing an increased detection in noninvasive breast cancer and a sharp reduction in the need for patient recalls. Every woman, especially those with dense breast tissue — which includes 40% of all women — can benefit from having a 3-D mammogram, according to the lead mammographer at Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes.
Rep. Michelle Fischbach, currently in the middle of a district-wide tour during the congressional August recess, made a variety of stops in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 17 as she met with local business and civic leaders to discuss their concerns. She even had time to sit down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with the Detroit Lakes Tribune.
The Detroit Record used to advertise hair food. Yes, you read that right. Ayer's Hair Vigor, food for the hair that cured dandruff, falling hair and restored all of the hair's rich color of early life was advertised in a 1905 issue of the paper, but as one Sanford Health family nurse practitioner said, men experiencing baldness today should probably stick to Rogaine or Minoxidil.
New garage camera video provided to the Tribune shows the moment two trains derail near Frazee, Minn., on Feb. 17. No injuries were reported in the incident and no hazardous materials were compromised, according to a statement from the railway company.
Two trains were involved in a derailment west of Frazee on Feb. 17; blocking rail traffic in both directions between Frazee and Detroit Lakes. No injuries were reported at the scene and nearby residents were evacuated by law enforcement as a precaution while investigators assess the content of the derailed cars.
The man, whose name has not yet been released, had not responded to any messages or phone calls from family members for several days.
These traveling nurses book their temporary contracts, usually about 13 weeks, through various agencies and can make as much in a week as a regular staff nurse earns in a month, according to one of the travelers. However, a human resources director at Essentia Health said much of the demand is being driven by the pandemic and, once the case numbers recede, many of those contractual positions will no longer be necessary.
A bison that had broken loose from a nearby property in Waubun, Minnesota, was killed with the approval of the animal's owner because it had been off the property for too long to return safely.
WE Fest officially kicked-off Wednesday night, Aug. 4, 2021 with a pre-festival bash featuring performances on the Barn Stage and dancing in the Ranch House. On Thursday, Aug. 5, emerging artist Ingrid Andress performed on the Main Stage as one of the opening acts for first night headliner Florida Georgia Line.
While stream beds and topsoil in the area may be running dry, it hasn't affected the water levels of area lakes, according to officials.
The 2007 murder of Chad Swedberg in rural Ogema will be featured on the next episode of "Reasonable Doubt," an ID Network show that re-examines controversial murder cases, on Monday, July 19 at 9 p.m. Kenneth Andersen has been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after being convicted of Swedberg's murder in 2008.
Frazee, Detroit Lakes, Wolf Lake and Vergas firefighters battled a large blaze for nearly 6 hours at a large hog containment building outside of Frazee on Friday night, July 9. All farm personnel were evacuated from the building, but up to 7,500 hogs were killed due to fire and smoke inhalation, according to a law enforcement incident report.
Indigenous and community leaders are facing mass arrests, and eviction, by Clearwater County law enforcement during their weeklong protest of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline after receiving an eviction notice for trespassing on its pipeline easement on Monday, June 14, 2021. According to a statement from the Resilient Indigenous Sisters Engaging (RISE) Coalition, the group had been occupying the easement since June 7 after the Treaty People Gathering, a gathering of around 2,000 marchers protesting the continued construction of the pipeline through Minnesota waterways.
Around 2,000 water protectors, Indigenous leaders and activists gathered on County Road 9 in Clearwater County, about 20 miles southwest of Bemidji, to protest construction of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline on June 7, 2021. After marching for nearly two miles from their staging area to the Mississippi River, indigenous leaders spoke to the crowd and demanded political leaders hear their voices over environmental, and other, concerns about continued construction of Enbridge's pipeline.
The Minnesota Department of Corrections issued an advisory on June 2 seeking the public's assistance in locating an escaped inmate, Robert Thomas Baca. The escapee was serving the remainder of his Minnesota sentence under supervised release in California, administered by the California Department of Corrections in San Bernardino.
Anglers began casting lines for the start of the 2021 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener at 12:01 a.m., on May 15, 2021. Check out our best photos from the day's fishing.
After more than two years of planning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, anglers set out on Otter Tail Lake to fish the 2021 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener on May 15, 2021. Though some of the public events operated at a reduced capacity, dozens of volunteers were still excited to donate their time and be a part of an annual tradition, one event organizer said.
Becker County Sheriff's Office K-9 Durman received custom fitted body armor from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Ashley Fletcher, of Hawley weighs 4 to 5 pounds and will protect the dog from bullet, or stab, wounds.
Sen. Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, introduced legislation to promote healthier eating habits for Minnesota children. The Healthy Kids Meal bill would require restaurants operating in Minnesota offer a healthy default beverage option, a healthy side fruit or vegetable and not contain more than 600 calories.
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry required TBCT Management LLC, owners of Spitfire Bar and Grill in Detroit Lakes, to pay back 52 employees for forced tip-pooling, according to a statement from the MN DLI. Each employee received an average of $282 in back wages.
Fergus Falls opened a COVID-19 vaccination site on Friday, Jan. 22 as part of a statewide pilot vaccination program involving nine sites across the state, which aims to administer vaccines to individuals older than 65 years old, or individuals involved in education and childcare. Vaccinations at the pilot sites are by appointment only and individuals should check the state's website to see if they qualify for an appointment slot.
Arnie and Tammy Krejce lived in their house in Frazee for 30 years and raised four children under its roof. On Saturday, Jan. 2, a fire erupted behind a dryer, spreading through the walls and ending in the total loss of the residence.
The owner of Hooligans Lakeside, on Becker County Highway 6, south of Lake Park, Minn., said, he's cut more than 90% of his staff since pandemic began and doesn't understand why large retailers are allowed to operate in Minnesota, but the small bars and restaurants are not.
The boy was found dead in the yard by Otter Tail Sheriff's Office deputies, near Battle Lake, after a dog attack has been identified as 14-year-old Dion Bush.
The Becker County Sportsmen's Club on Highway 10 east of Detroit Lakes completed an $18,000 barrier wall refurbishment to their shooting ranges. The project more than doubled the range backstop height to nearly 14 feet, which makes the ranges safer and more appealing to novice shooters.
The victim is a 75-year-old man from Lake Park.
Paul Sandstrom was last seen heading for his tree stand on his family's hunting grounds near Gardner Lake, north of Ponsford, Minn., on Sunday Nov. 8. His body was discovered two days later by search and rescue workers, but for Paul's legacy, his family only needs to look into the woods that he loved so much.

The Detroit Lakes man, who was pulled from the Pelican River Saturday, Nov. 14, near the Quality Inn and Suites on Highway 10, died of an apparent drowning and showed no signs of foul play, according to police.
The hunter failed to show up at his group's agreed-upon meeting time and location on Sunday, Nov. 8, and was reported missing in the Gardner Lake-area, near Bad Medicine Lake, north of Ponsford, Minn., in northern Becker County.
Detroit Mountain, off State Highway 34 in Becker County, will implement new reservation procedures, lift ticket requirements and indoor chalet protocols in preparation for a safe winter ski season during the COVID-19 era. Skiers and snowboarders will need to book their lift tickets in advance before heading to the mountain this year, according to the new guidelines.
Crash on Highway 10 in Otter Tail County also involved Evansville man.