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Detroit Lakes did well out of the state bonding bill this year. The city is in position to receive $17 million in state grants, which would offset perhaps half the cost of its new wastewater treatment plant. The state will also provide $3.3 million to complete the Heartland Trail route from Detroit Lakes to Frazee. "It went well for the City of Detroit Lakes," said City Administrator Kelcey Klemm.
The family of Cpl. Theodore Lindsey of Detroit Lakes has been located, and one of his stepchildren will receive the Bronze Star Medal that he was awarded in World War II. Lindsey earned the medal through 2 ½ years of fierce fighting as a field artilleryman in Africa and Europe, and specifically for bravery during the Anzio battle. After living on the West Coast for years, Lindsey (who was born in 1917) died in 2003, and his Bronze Star ended up for sale at a gun show in South Dakota.
It's been cold and rainy lately, but that doesn't mean May was so far from normal. "I would say that Memorial Day Weekend turned out about the way we expected," said Jared Piepenburg, morning meteorologist at WDAY. "There were a couple of nice days, and it was a mess (cold and rainy) on Sunday and Monday." But there is warmer weather coming up this week. Detroit Lakes will finally get back up to the mid and upper 70s Thursday and Friday, Piepenburg said, and today (Wednesday) will be milder, too—just not as warm as it will be later this week.
A local dairy farmer came away with a newfound respect for hardworking Congressional staff after a two-day trip to Washington earlier this month. Casey Schlauderaff grew up in the Detroit Lakes area and farms near Vergas and on land between Audubon and Detroit Lakes. He keeps 650 dairy cows. He was one of a handful of farmers invited to Washington to represent the Dairy Farmers of America marketing cooperative.
A Bronze Star awarded to a Detroit Lakes man in World War II somehow ended up for sale at a gun show in South Dakota, and now the purchaser hopes to return it to the man or his family—if anybody can be located. Corporal Theodore A. Lindsey was awarded the Bronze Star in July of 1945, after spending a very tough 2 1/2 years fighting the Germans, Italians, and (even briefly, the Vichy French) in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Germany and Austria from Nov. 8, 1942 to May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe ended.
A tournament hosted by the Frazee Sportsmans Club on May 20 resulted in 10,000 pounds of carp taken from lakes in Becker and Otter Tail counties. Fifty bow fishers in 14 teams braved the chilly, rainy weather and brought in a record number of common carp, which are designated an invasive species by the Minnesota DNR. In the annual event, each team picks six fish to be weighed, and the team with the most weight wins to top cash prize.
Before the Humane Society of the Lakes pet shelter was built 10 years ago, dogs and cats had to be kept in foster homes, if any were available, and the organization held adoption events at Becker Pet & Garden so potential owners and homeless dogs and cats could meet. Since the shelter opened, more than 2,600 dogs and cats have been adopted-out, said 15-year volunteer Beth Pridday, who was working at a Humane Society shelter open house Saturday. "That's what a shelter can do," she said.
The most popular baby names in Minnesota for 2016 makes it clear how the popularity of names change over time—Henry and Evelyn topped the most recent list, according to the Social Security Administration. The top five boys and girls names for 2016 in Minnesota were: Boys: 1) Henry, 2) Oliver, 3) William, 4) Owen, 5) Liam. Girls: 1) Evelyn, 2) Olivia, 3) Emma, 4) Charlotte, 5) Harper Popular culture has a role in making some names popular.
How sweet it is. A two-part art project by eighth-graders at Circle of Life Academy in White Earth has resulted in a second runner-up award (third place) in a Congressional art contest. Each spring, the nonprofit, bipartisan Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to encourage artistic talent in the nation, and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Saying it was "reckless and foolish" to cut $505 million in projected spending, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the health and human services budget bill last week. Now the Republican-controlled Legislature and the DFL governor will have to compromise on a new bill to avoid at least a partial government shutdown. And when that happens, the state's youngest and most vulnerable residents should be kept in mind, said Jim Koppel, assistant commissioner for Children and Family Services for the Minnesota Department of Human Services.