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Michael Achterling

Multimedia News Lead

Lead Multimedia 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"
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A 21-year-old Osage man was killed in a single vehicle rollover crash near mile marker 61 on Highway 34 in Carsonville Township, near Osage, Minn., on Sept. 22, 2021. The driver was the sole
A 79-year-old woman was found dead in the remnants of a house fire near Frazee on Sept. 20. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, most of the structure was burnt to the ground and only
With headliners Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton bringing concertgoers to their feet over the weekend, WE Fest General Manager Mark Bjerke says they were quite pleased with the
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
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
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
Hundreds of 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
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
Lake ice rolled onto the mile-long beach on the shores of Detroit Lake on Thursday. Many lakes in southern Minnesota have already reached the open water milestone, and the northern Minnesota lakes
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
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
After the fire, Arnie and Tammy Krejce received a phone call from someone in the community, who wishes to remain anonymous, who said the family could stay at his vacant home in the area for the next
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
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was administered to 10 health care workers at White Earth Health Center, near Ogema, Minn., Tuesday with additional vaccinations occurring throughout the week to more
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 Deon 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
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
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,
A 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,

Supporters of both President Trump and former Vice President Biden will be holding competing parades, passing through Detroit Lakes and the surrounding communities along Highway 10 and Highway 59,
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
MAHNOMEN, Minn. — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting the White Earth Tribal Police Department in an investigation into the death of a 32-year-old woman in Mahnomen County.