The United Way of Becker County will join students and staff at Lake Park-Audubon High School to host a “Community Day of Caring” on Wednesday, May 1 in the communities of Lake Park, Audubon, Cormorant and surrounding areas. Senior citizens and disabled residents living within the LP-A School District are eligible to receive volunteer assistance with such tasks as yard work, flower planting, window washing or similar home care needs. Volunteers will not be permitted to use power tools, use ladders over six feet tall, or enter private residences.
Though the income tax filing season is over for this year, volunteers with the Mahube-Otwa RSVP/AARP Tax Aide program will be available to provide free property tax assistance to area residents starting Monday, April 22. Tax Aide volunteers will be at the Becker County Courthouse in Detroit Lakes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from April 22 through May 15. No appointment is necessary. Please call Mahube-Otwa Community Council at 218-847-1385 for more information.
Maggie Wothe, Miss Northern Lakes Outstanding Teen received the first ever Tracie Joy McBride Teen in Action Scholarship award along with Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen at the Miss Minnesota Outstanding Teen pageant Saturday, April 6th. Maggie attended the Tracie Joy McBride Fundraiser Event this past Friday held in St Paul, were she along with other scholarship recipients were recognized.
This is a little different topic this week, but one that active and avid anglers will need to face at some time during their fishing career. The subject is sports related injuries. All sports, even the leisure type activities, will have injuries or physical stresses to the body that can hamper the enjoyment or performance of their activity. Bowlers can have wrist and knee issues, golfers can have knee, wrist, shoulder, and back problems. Tennis players can be hampered by “tennis elbow,” knee and ankle strains. Runners can have foot, ankle, and knee issues.
Becker County has its work cut out for it — but at least it decided on that workload itself. It will pursue a new public works facility almost immediately, and will take advantage of low interest rates to bond for highway projects.
April 4, a group of representatives from Frazee and Detroit Lakes took to the Senate to testify on behalf of the bill for completing the DL-Frazee segment of the Heartland Trail. Those who testified include former DL mayor Larry Buboltz, Frazee City Administrator Jon Smith and Frazee Mayor Hank Ludtke. Also attending were Brad Green, Detroit Lakes Public Works director, Janet Green, Ecumen, and Dan Berg, owner of Lakecrest Resort.
Families are invited to attend a free bike rodeo that will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 9:30–11:30 a.m. in the Kent Freeman Arena, Detroit Lakes. Ten new bikes have been provided by local sponsors along with many new bike helmets. As participants complete the bike rodeo course, they will be eligible to enter a drawing to win a new bike. No pre-registration is required but participants need to bring their bike and helmet.
MnDOT and city of Detroit Lakes invite the public to attend an open house on Tuesday, April 23, about reconstructing Highway 10, Highway 59, the adjacent frontage road system and Thomas Street in Detroit Lakes. The open house is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. at the Minnesota State Community and Technical College, 900 Highway 34, Detroit Lakes. A brief presentation is at 6 p.m.
Before spring fieldwork starts in earnest, growers of organic and other sensitive crops should consider signing up for the Driftwatch registry offered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. By registering with Driftwatch, farmers identify the locations of their sensitive crops and pastures. Commercial fertilizer and pesticide applicators can then check the database and take special care to avoid that land when applying chemicals in the vicinity of these crops. For more info, go to www.driftwatch.org .
Flocks of giant white birds are catching the eyes of outdoor enthusiasts across Minnesota, as once-rare American White Pelicans migrate north to their nesting grounds across the state. American White Pelicans were driven to near extinction in the early 20th century from human pressures, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). There were no reports of nesting pelicans in Minnesota for 90 years, from 1878 until 1968. Conservation efforts and federal regulations have helped pelican populations make a slow and steady comeback.