DL News Staff
July 31, 1924-July 4, 2006 White Earth native Francis M. "Finn" "Chief" Chaika, 81, of Knoxville, Ill., died Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at his residence in Knoxville. Francis, the son of Frank and Lillian (Heisler) Chaika, was born July 31, 1924 in White Earth. He was reared and educated in Minnesota. Francis became a logger at the age of 16, working first in Minnesota and then in Williamsfield, Ill. He then worked at the former Kendricks Lumber Company in Abingdon, Ill., until it closed in the 1960s. Francis next worked at Bahl Lumber Co. in Oxford Junction, Iowa, until he retired in 1986.
Sept. 15, 1955-July 4, 2006 Former Detroit Lakes resident Richard C. Thompson, 50, of St. Cloud, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006, of pancreatic cancer. Richard was born on Sept. 15, 1955 in Santa Monica, Calif. He attended schools in southern California, and graduated from Whittier College in 1978. He spent his childhood summers at his grandparents' cottage on Lake Melissa in Detroit Lakes, fueling his love of sailing and prompting an interest in later owning the family cottage. In 1989, he married Marie Escamilla and they lived in Seattle and Edmonds, Wash., before moving to the St.
May 23, 1911-July 3, 2006 Walter E. Myers, 95, of Lake Park, died Monday, July 3, 2006, in Sunnyside Care Center, Lake Park. Walter was born to Emanuel and Alicia (Thaler) Myers on May 23, 1911, at their home in Langdon, N.D. He was baptized at the Methodist Church in Langdon. He attended school in Manilla Township #3 and Langdon High School. He grew up on the family farm near Langdon, where he farmed with his father until 1942, when he purchased his own farm about a half a mile east of where he was raised. On Jan. 6, 1937, he married Irene Gustafson. Together, they had three children.
Get ready for some fun: The 71st annual Northwest Water Carnival starts Sunday and runs for eight days -- July 9-16 -- in Detroit Lakes. The Detroit Lakes Jaycees have been putting on a water carnival since 1935, though it was cancelled once in 1937. Now it is firmly established as a summer classic, celebrating the wet 'n wild greatness of the lakes area. The festival is supported by local businesses and raises money for various community causes. The 30-some Jaycees have been working all year to prepare for the eight-day festival.
Love it or hate it, the outrageous Fourth of July festivities are here to stay in Detroit Lakes. Despite cooler weather than usual, yesterday's action on the beach, along the Ottertail River and elsewhere around town was crazy as ever. Tubing down the Ottertail River is as much of a Fourth of July tradition as fireworks in Detroit Lakes. Cathy Pihlaja, who works at Charlie's Tubing, said that Independence Day is usually the busiest day of the year. The other busy days of the year are during We Fest. A lot of people take coolers full of beer with them down the river.
"Cheers" may not be the word to use, considering all the alcohol-related issues they had to deal with, but thumbs up to local law enforcement officers for a job well done over the four-day Independence Day weekend. From the "beach patrol" policemen on bicycles to city and county officers on foot and in squad cars to state troopers on the major highways, law enforcement personnel did a good job of allowing visitors to enjoy the holiday -- safely. Officers arrested people when they had to -- for DWI or assault, for example -- but mostly they did a good job of being in the right place at the
It's the world's game. Every four years we are privileged to watch the beauty of Brazil, the elegance of France, and the passion of Italy set out in grand style. At its best, Futbol is played with 11 minds acting as one, granting victory only to those who trust and who are willing to sacrifice individually selfish play in favor of team. Every four years we question whether it will ever catch on here quite like it has elsewhere. And yes, there is a terrific women's game to provide an enticing taste of excellence.
I want to thank the entire community for their continued support of our local Boys and Girls Club. Recently, Bremer Bank and Nereson Chevrolet Cadillac teamed up once again for their annual golf tournament to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. This event drew nearly 130 golfers and helped raise some much needed funding for our summer program at the Boys and Girls Club. Rick Hutchinson and Karter Smith should also be commended for golfing for 24 hours straight to raise funds for the Club. We have experienced significant growth at the Club.
Question: When driving the tractor on the road is it OK to drive on the shoulder? Also, I know newer tractors come with hazard flashers but are they required by law? Answer: The basic answer here is "yes" it is OK drive your farm tractor on the shoulder.