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Kathe Schaffler, 71, is the uncrowned queen of Detroit Lakes memories. The Pavilion, the Red Hen, Fairyland Cottages, the diving tower off the Legion Club, Norby's, the mile-long beach, and thousands of other things that made Detroit Lakes special over the years are posted on her popular Facebook page, called "Detroit Lakes 50-60s Memories." That time period has since expanded to the 1930s, 1940s, 1970s and beyond, but she originally focused on the 1950s and 1960s because that covered her time in Detroit Lakes.
The two roundabouts on Highway 59 South near Detroit Lakes are doing a good job of preventing serious accidents while keeping traffic moving, even during WE Fest. "They really have been very safe, said Tom Swenson, a traffic engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Detroit Lakes. "Now we have roundabouts on both sides of WE Fest, which can get 40,000 visitors, and (the roundabouts) are still handling it quite well—they handle a lot of cars and are still safe."
Military veterans are invited to enjoy a good breakfast, attend an assembly and tell their stories to small groups of students at Detroit Lakes High school on Nov. 8. "We have 38 confirmed vets so far," said social studies teacher Gail Kotschevar. "We'd love to have everybody here—we want to make sure we don't miss anybody." At the last event two years ago, more than 50 veterans participated, she said. They talked individually or in pairs to groups of 20 to 25 students about their lives and their experience serving their country.
In the next few years, Detroit Lakes is going to be making major improvements on West Lake Drive, which runs alongside the mile-long beach. One of the ideas floating around is to eliminate all or part of the Legion Campground and replace it with a residential neighborhood.
Minnesota is home to two species of bunting. One is a tropical bird that migrates north to our state in the springtime to breed and nest. The other is an Arctic bird that migrates south to Minnesota to spend the winter. And while sharing similar names, each of these species of bird is vastly different from one another — in appearance, distribution, and, as it turns out, taxonomically as well. Each bird belongs to an entirely different family.
Enjoying this early taste of winter? Looks like it might be especially cold and snowy this year. Time to talk Mahube-Otwa Community Action about energy assistance help. Whether you rent or own your home, you can receive from $200 to $1,400 to help pay your heating bills, and up to $600 more later in emergency situations, if you qualify. You can also get your faulty furnace repaired or replaced.
Who would have thought that it would be such a big deal to get rid of old prescription drugs? Throw them away or flush them down the toilet, that's how it used to be done. But those old ways have come back to haunt us. Studies show that medicines flushed down the drain can contaminate lakes and streams, which can hurt fish and other aquatic wildlife, and end up in our drinking water, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Crime victims in Becker County now have an advocate on their side—Amanda Jimenez, who has served as victim service coordinator at the Becker County Attorney's Office since April. Essentially, she lets victims know how the court process works, and does what she can to help. "Usually, they just want to know what's going on," she said. "Sometimes they are more invested and will come and sit and watch the court hearing." She has helped with hundreds of cases, at all levels—from misdemeanors to felonies.
By investing about $475,000 into sorting equipment for its new recycling building, Becker County stands to save about $100,000 a year by cutting shipping costs and improving market prices for its recyclables. Commissioners verbally committed to the plan at the Becker County Board meeting Tuesday. "I certainly can support moving forward, with these numbers," said Commissioner Barry Nelson.
This should make things a little awkward at White Earth Tribal Council meetings: Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts has filed charges with the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, seeking to have White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason censured by the Tribal Executive Committee. The motion by Tibbetts received a second, but no censure vote was taken by the Tribal Executive Committee at its recent quarterly meeting.