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A host of ideas, 12 in all, were considered Thursday when the Lake Park-Audubon School Board discussed options for school improvements. The ideas were compiled from suggestions from the community and past experience. Some options include "very rough projections" from the district's architect, Zerr-Berg, said LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie.
Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson wants to make sure smaller fire departments across Minnesota have access to training funds. "I want to make sure the smaller departments don't get left out of the mix," he said. Earlier this month, Swanson was appointed to the 15-member Firefighter Training and Education Board by Gov.
Down 4-1, the The Detroit Lakes Angels amateur baseball team rallied with six runs in the eighth inning to build a 7-4 lead, but they couldn't hold on and the game slipped away to end in a heartbreaking 8-7 loss to the Sauk Rapids Cyclones Sunday evening in Hamburg. It was the second big comeback in as many games for the Angels, but the scrappy Sauk Rapids team made a comeback of their own to end Detroit Lakes' run in the Class C division of the State Tournament. The full story will be posted later today on this Web site.
After four sometimes-contentious public meetings to gather input on what to do about the district's aging school buildings, the Lake Park-Audubon School Board will make a decision at a special meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the media center in the Lake Park High School. "A lot of these things (that came up at the public meetings) were addressed previously, but there are some new things that came out of the meetings," said Superintendent Dale Hogie. "There is also a proposal from the concerned taxpayer group and another letter from an LP-A resident.
What should Lake Park-Audubon do about its aging school buildings? There were strong feelings on both sides of the issue Monday, as 50-75 people packed the small auditorium at Lake Park High School. Superintendent Dale Hogie talked about the most current preschooler census numbers for the district, answered questions, and explored options that included dissolving the school district, or contracting with a neighboring district for services. State Sen. Rod Skoe and State Rep.
The bridges of Becker County are safe and are inspected every year, said Highway Engineer Brad Wentz. There are 67 county and township bridges in Becker County, not counting state highways, but most are actually box culverts and culverts, Wentz said. "Anything over 10 feet is considered a bridge that we do inspections on," he said. Long Bridge in Detroit Lakes and the bridge over the railroad tracks in Lake Park are two of the county's busiest bridges. The county website has a map that shows all bridges and lists deficiencies.
Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon says he is pleased with law enforcement efforts at WE Fest this year. He estimated that more than 60,000 people attended the country music festival each day of the three-day event. "On our end, from a law enforcement point of view, I'd call it a success," he said. "We had more people and fewer arrests (than last year). We only had 13 lock-ups to go through today," he said Monday.
The Detroit Lakes Angels amateur baseball team is headed to the State Tournament. The team accomplished this feat by beating a tough Carlos team 5-2 Sunday in the Region 14C playoffs at Nimrod. The Angels defeated the Red Eye Country Boys 12-2 on Friday evening and went on to beat the Nimrod Gnats 12-0 on Saturday afternoon to earn the Sunday afternoon spot against Carlos. The Angels relied on solid performances from their pitching staff over the weekend. "We gave up 10 hits in three games," said assistant manager Dean Jorgenson. "Not bad for a team that 'doesn't have any pitching' -
Far from being on the verge of withering away, the Lake Park-Audubon School District appears to be well-positioned for growth into the next 30 years. At Monday's meeting in Audubon on what to do about the district's school buildings, about 40 people were on hand to talk about demographics, population change and growth in the district.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board hopes plenty of "no" voters will show up at three upcoming meetings in which the public will be asked to choose the best option for dealing with the district's aging buildings. Each of the meetings is designed to provide different information on the 10 options outlined by Zerr Berg Architects. The first meeting is July 23 at the elementary school north gym in Audubon. The second is July 30 in the same place, and the third is Aug. 6 at the high school theater in Lake Park. All start at 7 p.m.