DL News Staff
The speed limits on several highways in northwest Minnesota will increase from 55 to 60 miles per hour soon, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The new speed limits take effect when the new signs are posted. Highways that will receive new speed limits signs include: Northern Minnesota • Highway 34: Detroit Lakes to Park Rapids • Highway 64: Highway 200 to Highway 87 • Highway 172: Baudette to Wheeler's Point • Highway 310: Roseau to Canadian Border Western Minnesota
Sunday, February 11 Pancake Breakfast: The Callaway Lions Club is hosting a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Callaway Community Center. A freewill offering will be taken, with proceeds to be used for upkeep of the community center.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting grant applications for projects designed to improve access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, for underserved communities in low- and moderate-income areas. Grant applications are due by 4 p.m. on March 14, 2018.
Physician Assistant Kristine Stompro has joined the Urgent Care Department at the Essentia Health St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes Clinic in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. "I knew this was a perfect opportunity for me as soon as I interviewed here," says Stompro. "I really love this area and I look forward to getting to know people in this community." Stompro earned a master's degree in physician assistant studies from Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
The Minnesota Job Honor Awards is accepting nominations for its second annual event scheduled for May 9 in the Twin Cities, hosted by the Minnesota Chamber. The awards celebrate "A New Kind of Hero" — Minnesotans who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them. Nominations are due February 16 and can be submitted at www.jobhonor.org .
With income tax season recently opening, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced the opening of more than 220 sites offering free tax assistance for those filing income tax and property tax refund returns. Most sites are open now through April 17. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax-Aide programs are two free tax preparation options where volunteers help taxpayers prepare their federal and state income and property tax returns.
Thursday, February 8 Ice Palace Grand Lighting Ceremony: King Isbit's Ice Palace will be lit up for the first time at 7 p.m. on the Detroit Lakes City Beach near the Pavilion, launching the community's annual Polar Fest celebration. The public is welcome to come out and take part in the celebration, as well as watch the preparations on a live web camera that can be accessed online at polarfestdl.com/iceharvest. class='subhead'>Friday, February 9
Sunday, February 4 Pancake Breakfast: The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a pancake, French toast and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center. Monday, February 5 P.E.O. Chapter DQ: Chapter DQ of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) will meet in the home of Linda Hennings at 1 p.m. Co-hostesses are Joan Carr and Gerry Longemo. Rachael Gabe will present the program. Tuesday, February 6
Minnesota enjoyed sustained, dramatic growth in electricity generated by solar energy during 2017, with an increase in capacity of nearly three times over the previous year. More capacity was added in the first half of 2017 alone than the total capacity added in the previous decade. According to data compiled by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, 467 megawatts (MW) of capacity were added in 2017, compared to 209 MW during all of 2016. Overall, Minnesota now has 714 MW of installed solar capacity.
Fergus Falls, MN—Tri-State Manufacturers' Association (TSMA) will hold its February 6 meeting at the AmericInn at Fergus Falls. This noon luncheon meeting will feature Jasmine Sonmor, President and CEO of Aura Fabricators. Sonmor, an NDSU Civil Engineering graduate, grew up working at her father's manufacturing facility, White Oak Metals in Dalton. In 2015 she incorporated White Oak Metals into her fledgling company, Aura Fabricators, which specializes in ornamental railings and structural steel fabrication for bridges.