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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.
The Lake Park-Audubon School District is about $440,000 in the black through July 30, and the district's auditing firm is expected to present the annual audit at the district's regular meeting next month. District residents will likely be asked next year to vote for continuation of the existing $500-per-pupil excess operating levy, which raises about $100 per $100,000 homestead each year. That levy is critical for meeting the district budget. "We have to renew the levy by November of 2010, and it makes sense to do it next fall in November," said Board Member Dale Binde, who reported on b
With an eye towards improving academics and encouraging teachers to be creative and enthusiastic -- in spite of years of lean budgets -- a group of education-minded citizens has launched a new foundation to help pay for selected academic programs in Detroit Lakes' public schools. And the Detroit Lakes Public Education Foundation is off to a very good start -- it has already raised pledges of $120,000, nearly half its initial goal of $250,000. Longtime DL school district business manager Dick Lundeen, who retired in 2006 after 29 years with the district, started the ball rolling in 2005, wi
Several Lake Park-Audubon School Board members would like to approach the district's building needs in stages, and argued in favor Monday of a smaller, $3 million building bond referendum that would simply renovate the elementary school in Audubon. School Board Members Jeff Swetland and Dale Binde believe that a limited, elementary school-only referendum would be approved by voters Nov.
DETROIT LAKES - It wasn't a banner year for the 10,000 Lakes Festival. A 17-year-old girl died of as-yet unknown causes while camping at the festival, and organizers say an upstart concert in Wisconsin cut attendance at 10KLF to half of the 15,000 fans who showed up last year. "From an organizational standpoint, it was the best it's ever been," said Chyrll Sparks of FACE, Inc., a partner in 10KLF. "The event has matured.