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It's not easy running a small business in Detroit Lakes these days—it can be hard to find and keep good workers. Sometimes it can even affect the hours of operation. Norby's, for example, used to be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays during the summer, but this year decided against being open on Sundays because the extra help could not be found, said owner Michael Norby.
Detroit Lakes firefighters called in help from the Frazee, Audubon and Lake Park fire departments after Detroit Lakes received eight calls for assistance in a three-hour span during a thunderstorm Tuesday evening, while also fighting a house fire, reportedly caused by a lightning strike.
The Detroit Lakes High School gymnasium was packed Saturday with people who came to say goodbye to 14-year-old Chloe Love Conn of Detroit Lakes, who died May 31 after falling about 50 feet while exploring around a trail on the shore of Lake Tahoe.
The design of the new Becker County Jail on Highway 59 North is falling into place. Designed to replace both the medium- and maximum-security jail attached to the courthouse, and the minimum security workhouse on Randolph Road, it will have 186 beds sanctioned by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. It will also have holding cells and a group holding area capable of handling a total of 19 people, over and above the regular 186 beds. Klein McCarthy Architects is handling the project.
About 25 people gathered Saturday afternoon in Veterans Memorial Park in Detroit Lakes to participate in a National Protest Day for Truth held across the country by members of the Indivisible organization. President Donald Trump bore the brunt of their ire. His administration is under investigation by the FBI, a special counsel, and committees in both houses of Congress over allegations of campaign collusion with the Russians.
Becker County Commissioners were dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock on Tuesday, after bids came in lower than expected from six firms vying to handle a $10 million jail bond issuance for the county. The low bid of 2.3917 percent came from Nicolaus Stifel, a national firm headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with a broker-underwriter in Minnesota. That was more than a half percentage point lower than the 3 percent interest rate projected by Ehlers, the county's bond advisor.
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.