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Frazee-Vergas residents won't vote Nov. 4 on whether to do away with a $1,000-per-student operating levy approved last year. The special levy is good for five years. On the advice of its legal counsel, the school board earlier this month rejected a petition calling for the referendum question because it failed to meet all petition requirements required by Minnesota law. The petition was supposed to have a summary paragraph on each page, to ensure that people knew what they were signing.
Now people in wheelchairs will be able to enjoy swings at two Detroit Lakes playgrounds -- thanks in part to a donation from the Jaycees. The Detroit Lakes Jaycees donated $7,000 to the city in proceeds from its 2007 water carnival, said Andrew Gag, who was water carnival admiral that year. "I talked to the city about their needs, and they talked about wanting to be able to accommodate wheelchairs," Gag said. "So many times I've seen kids in wheelchairs watching other kids swing," said Tom Gulon, parks and arena supervisor for Detroit Lakes.
A combination of factors has conspired to cause higher electricity rates next year in Detroit Lakes. "It looks like locally we will have to raise our rates overall about 12 percent," said Detroit Lakes Utilities Superintendent Curt Punt. That percentage will vary based on the type of customer -- industrial or residential -- and amount of power used, he added. Higher power costs from suppliers will take effect in a few months. "It will hit us Jan. 1," Punt said.
A maintenance worker at the Becker County Courthouse got a rude awakening Friday morning when his car was hit by lightning as he was driving to work. Bob Schlauderaff was not hurt, but the lightning killed a cell phone on his belt, left some strange burn and puncture marks on his 1989 Honda Civic, and punctured a tire. He was driving to work from Frazee on Highway 10 about 7:10 a.m., during a thunderstorm, when he saw a lightning bolt strike near the roadway. "The thought just crossed my mind, "I wonder if lightning ever strikes cars?'" he said.
The Minnesota Department of Education has given a positive review of Lake Park-Audubon's $19.67 million plan for school improvements, allowing the district to put the proposal before voters. School Board members voted unanimously earlier this month to put the building bond referendum on the general election ballot. Informational meetings will be held in Cormorant, Audubon and Lake Park, with the dates yet to be established. Also at the regular meeting Monday: n The school district received a clean annual audit from its auditing firm of EideBailly in Fargo. The district has unreserved
Two Detroit Lakes residents died Wednesday when a concrete truck and a 2005 Toyota Camry collided head-on on Highway 59, about nine miles south of Detroit Lakes, according to the Minnesota State Patrol Robert L. Brolin, 88, was the driver of the 2005 Toyota Camry and the passenger was Gail E, Paulson, 60, his daughter. Both died at the scene. The Camry collided with a 2004 concrete truck driven by Milton R. Beitz of Frazee, who suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. The patrol did not release additional information about how the crash occurred.
A Detroit Lakes tow truck operator is recovering in a Twin Cities hospital after being injured Tuesday afternoon while helping emergency workers set up for a disaster drill at Soo Pass Ranch. Mike Smith, 44, owner and operator of Lakes Country Towing suffered crushing injuries to his lower extremities in the accident. He was taken to St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes, taken by Life Flight to a Fargo hospital, then airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition Thursday. The accident occurred about 4:30 p.m.
If the Minnesota Department of Education grants its approval, as expected, residents in the Lake Park-Audubon School District will vote Nov.
A Detroit Lakes tow truck operator is in critical condition after being injured Tuesday afternoon while helping emergency workers set up for a disaster drill at Soo Pass Ranch. Mike Smith, 44, owner and operator of Lakes Country Towing suffered crushing injuries to his lower extremities in the accident. He was taken to St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes, taken by Life Flight to a Fargo hospital, then airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition Thursday morning. The accident occurred about 4:30 p.m.
Preschoolers now have playground equipment designed just for them at Lincoln Education Center. The rainbow-colored equipment cost $15,000 and was installed after a parent complained that existing playground equipment at Lincoln was designed for older kids and posed a threat to preschoolers. The Detroit Lakes School District checked it out and determined that the older equipment is not suitable for younger children.