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K&K Tubing in Detroit Lakes Checking ID

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K&K Tubing in Detroit Lakes is filling up for what they hope is a hot and busy season.

But heat brings thirst- and a problem with underage drinking means K&K had to make a change before Becker County would approve this year's tubing license. They'll now be checking identification and handing out wristbands when you rent a tube.

"They get the yellow band for if they are 21 or older and then if they're not of age they get a blue band which is the under age," says Owner Rodger Klemm.

Klemm says he started with that policy last spring and then stopped checking identification in the middle of the summer. In accordance with county law, authorities will also be doing their part by meeting tubers at drop-off points.

"Tell them to have a good time- because we encourage people to have a good time here. But we just also encourage them, you know, no minors drinking, no underage drinking," says Sgt. Todd Glander.

Though the owner of K&K Tubing wants to support the right to enjoy oneself on a public waterway, authorities are urging the public to stay moving. They say calls about fights or assaults are most likely to come from gathering points.

"It's not the easiest place to get to if we do have a major problem, so that's why we encourage them to keep moving, so it reduces the huge gatherings," he says.

While the owner of K&K says he thought authority presence was too strong last year, the Becker County Sheriff's Office says the number of emergency calls went down 75 percent. What they do agree on, is that tubers need to take responsibility for the safety of themselves and others.

"People have to do what they can to stop it. Follow the rules and regulations and ultimately abide by the law," says Glander.

The owner of K&K wants to encourage tubers to have a designated driver if you will be consuming alcohol on your ride. They also ask you help keep the river clean by bringing all cans and bottles back with you.
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