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In the feature story on Jody Hibma of Detroit Lakes, who is seeking photos of older police cars to build precision models, his wife's name was incorrect. Her name is Julie.
A benefit will be held from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at the Shorewood Pub (1743 Long Bridge Road) for a Detroit Lakes woman battling cancer. Julie Stetson, 54, works at Essentia Health St. Mary's as a lab technician and lives near Fox Lake with her dogs Shep, Tegan and Blue. She was diagnosed with melanoma (skin cancer) back in March. During a follow-up scan she then learned that she had two brain tumors as well. The melanoma was removed, and shortly after, the brain tumors were also removed.
A Detroit Lakes veteran is hopeful that he may be allowed to stay in his rented home after all. Brian Fraser, 59, says he and his landlord (Laurel Carlson) have found several witnesses to help make their case that the house at 327 Elizabeth St. should be "grandfathered-in" since it was being used as a rental unit prior to a 1968 city zoning ordinance.
Jody Hibma of Detroit Lakes is looking for older photos of law enforcement squad cars and ambulances, so he can build historically accurate models for his collection. His prize photo is of a 1962 Detroit Lakes squad car, a black and white Dodge Dart, with the markings—a Detroit Lakes Police shield—clearly visible on the door. Old photos of police vehicles are surprisingly rare, especially photos that show enough of the car to get the markings right for modeling, Hibma said. Even the Becker County Historical Society has few such photos, he said.
Despite vocal opposition from neighbors, the Detroit Lakes City Council voted 5-3 last week to vacate a (platted, but not yet built) street called Boulder Circle to smooth the way for a third apartment building in the Stone Creek Drive neighborhood. The plan is to build a 55-unit apartment building that will tie into the other two apartments and provide overflow parking, said Erik Gunderson, who spoke on behalf of the developer, Stonebridge Development LLC.
A next-door neighbor on the 1300 block of Lake Avenue in Detroit Lakes has been honored for saving the life of an older woman who collapsed and quit breathing. "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for my angel here—that's the best gift," said Palma Blotske, 79, who appeared at the Detroit lakes City Council meeting Tuesday along with the woman who saved her life—Season Ferguson. It happened shortly after noon on May 28, about 15 minutes after Blotske arrived to visit her daughter, Jacqueline Hoaas, according to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd.
It was a decision heard around the region. The controversy that erupted from the Detroit Lakes city Council's decision to revoke a rental registration, which essentially will force a disabled veteran from his home, stems from the city putting a renewed focus on rental units getting into compliance with zoning and coding laws.
A disabled veteran, now recovering from a liver transplant, and his little sheltie-type dog will have to find a new home, and a 70-year-old woman will lose her rental income, courtesy of the Detroit Lakes City Council. The veteran, Brian Fraser, choked up at the thought of giving up his dog while addressing the council. "I cannot afford to move," he told the council. "This place is the only home I have, I need my dog as well ... I'll lose him if I lose my home."
The new Becker County jail will cost less than $20 million—county commissioners got it in writing on Tuesday, when they approved a maximum construction cost of just under $19,780,000 from McGough Construction Co., Inc. of Fargo. And the final cost to the county could be considerably less: It will be refunded between $400,000 and $600,000 in state sales taxes associated with the 186-bed jail. And if the project goes smoothly, the county will save another $500,000 by not having to use the construction contingency funding built into the project's budget.
It's a sign of the times that a Detroit Lakes police officer stood in front of a Holiday Inn banquet room Thursday night, full of several hundred people who came to talk about health insurance. As it turns out, he had an easy time of it. There were no fist fights, yelling, or even cross words. Though passionate at times, people who lined up to ask questions were almost all respectful, well informed and courteous towards the three panelists. They were there to answer questions about how the Republican-designed American Health Care Act could change healthcare in Detroit Lakes.