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Workers at the Snappy Air Distribution plant in Detroit Lakes were back on the job Friday, after agreeing to a new three-year contract. The 79 workers belong to Sheet Metal Workers' Local No. 10, and went to work Monday morning to find that management had locked them out and planned to hire temporary replacement workers. Snappy's is owned by Standex Air Distribution Products.
Voters in the Lake Park-Audubon School District are going to have a one-time opportunity to reel in at least $10 million in federal stimulus money to help build a new school. That means the district could build a new 7-12 school and make major improvements to the PK-6 school, virtually interest-free. Voters would have to vote yes on the $20.9 million schools project in a referendum on May 25. The school board is expected to approve putting the measure on the ballot at a special meeting Wednesday at 4:45 p.m.
A three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals will take up the Virginia Briard case when it meets in Detroit Lakes on April 22. Several other cases are also on the docket that day. The Briard case is scheduled for 12:40 p.m., according to the appeals court calendar. The appeals court agreed to take the case after a district judge asked for a ruling on the issue of whether subpoenas were properly served in the Virginia Briard case. Virginia Briard is accused of going on the run to avoid testifying at the first trial of her husband, Robert.
The company isn't returning phone calls, but workers were locked out of the Snappy Air Distribution plant in Detroit Lakes on Monday morning, and the company is advertising for temporary workers to replace the locked out union workers. Snappy's is owned by Standex Air Distribution Products.
If you see people wearing purple around Detroit Lakes on Friday, credit eighth-grader Colton Friesen. Colton has taken medicine to control his epilepsy since it was diagnosed about two years ago, and this year he and his mother, Dionne, decided to take action to bring attention to "Purple Day" on March 26. That's the day the Anita Kaufmann Foundation promotes epilepsy awareness worldwide. His classmates might be surprised to learn that Colton has epilepsy.
A controlled burn in Callaway Monday evening gave firefighters from Callaway, Audubon and Detroit Lakes the chance to run some training exercises. A former restaurant in Callaway, Bakers' Café, was destined to be demolished anyway, so Larry Noah, who bought the property, decided to invite firefighters to use it before it was torn down. "They did a fantastic job," said Noah, whose building, Noah Insurance Service, was about 25 feet away from the burning restaurant.
Karen Nitzkorski is going to find out if an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. She is the local face of an ambitious $1.4 million state project called SHIP (for statewide health improvement project) designed to help Minnesotans lead healthier lives. The focus of the first big effort is childhood obesity, and Nitzkorski -- SHIP's community organizer for Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties -- has hit the ground running. She had to -- there isn't much time: The program ends at the end of June, 2011, and may not be extended if the state's finances continue to be de
The idea of bringing back Detroit Mountain as an outdoor recreation area started almost as soon as the ski area closed about eight years ago. "A couple of us had talked about whether we could operate the ski area, since it was closing," said Jeff Staley, chairman of the Bring Detroit Mountain Back organization. The 200-acre property is listed for sale at $1.5 million, but owner Bob Bekkerus says he's interested in Becker County's offer to swap his land for some tax-forfeited land.
Businesses looking for a unique home may want to check out the possibilities of the new Gateway development area in Detroit Lakes. The area is roughly located between Central Market and the back side of the downtown businesses on Washington Avenue. It was created by the Highway 10 project when a loop of the former highway reverted to the city. The Detroit Lakes development Authority decided Tuesday to open it up to individual businesses, rather than finding a company to redevelop the whole area. "By taking this step, we're basically assuming development responsibility ourselves," said
With the Red River expected to crest in Fargo-Moorhead at near-record levels on Saturday, Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena is organizing daily buses for volunteers to lay sandbag dikes. A bus will leave at 5 p.m. each day from the Detroit Lakes Police Department at 106 Holmes Street East. It will return at 11 p.m. The first busload went Tuesday, and there will be daily buses leaving at 5 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday. This weekend, buses will roll twice a day -- from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again from 3 p.m.