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Hoping to make the walk to school safer for kids, the city of Detroit Lakes has teamed up with the Detroit Lakes School District to apply for a $200,000 federal grant to build sidewalks in older neighborhoods. The city and school district have been pushing for more kids to walk and bike to school to promote exercise and healthful living. But, said Detroit Lakes Public Works Director Brad Green, "it's hard when you make kids walk down the middle of the street because there's nowhere else to walk." The grant application will be submitted in the next few days, said City Engineer Jon Pratt.
Two women suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 59 and County Road 17. According to the Minnesota State Patrol: Doris A. Kragnes, 70, of Detroit Lakes was southbound on Highway 59 in a 2000 Dodge Caravan. She stopped to make a left turn onto County Road 17, and was rear-ended by a 1998 Buick LeSabre driven by Patricia M. Archer, 73, of Pelican Rapids. Kragnes was treated and released and Archer suffered minor injuries, according to the State Patrol. The accident was reported at 2 p.m.
The Audubon fire chief is calling a 17-year-old boy a hero for getting his family out of a burning mobile home early Saturday morning. "He was brave enough to go back in and get his family out of the house -- it was fully engulfed in 20 minutes," said Audubon Fire Chief Darcy Savig. Seventeen-year-old Devin Campbell said he woke up about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, coughing on smoke. "He got up, got out of bed and noticed it was sort of smoky in the room.
Gretchen Hoffman, a freshman state senator from Vergas, caused an uproar in the Legislature late Wednesday night with this "tweet" message to her followers: "Sen. Goodwin just called people with mental illness idiots and imbeciles while debating HHS bill." But Hoffman was stretching the truth, to put it kindly. Sen. Barb Goodwin, a mild mannered DFLer from Columbia Heights, hadn't called anybody names. Instead, she had disparagingly read on the Senate floor what people with mental illness used to be called. "This is how far we've come," she said.
At a public meeting Thursday, Becker County officials heard feedback on the proposed County Parks and Recreation Ordinance. The ordinance, if adopted, will replace two older county ordinances, and will provide the nuts and bolts of enforcing rules for county parks and other county-managed land. It sets hours, fees and rules for parks, recreation areas or limited use areas; requires motorized vehicles to stay on designated roads, trails and parking areas -- and that drivers not be reckless or drink and drive. It sets common sense rules for conduct in parks, recreation areas or limited use
At a public meeting Thursday, Becker County officials heard feedback on the proposed County Recreation Plan. Lanny Waalen of Detroit Lakes and Round Lake Township, brought up the elephant in the middle of the living room. "It seems very obvious to me that the prime motivator for the rec plan is ATVs, and I can't see how it has really been addressed," he said. Both Becker County Commissioner Larry Knutson and County Economic Development Coordinator Guy Fischer said they expected the issue of ATV use to be one of the first things addressed if the plan is adopted. "It will be addressed in
Because of ongoing vandalism problems, the Detroit Lakes parks department has not yet been able to officially open the skate park at Peoples Park. "We've repaired it so many times, but every time, we go back on Monday after the weekend and something else is broken," said Brad Green, city streets and parks director. Skaters can get creative in finding new challenges -- a street barricade left near the park, for example, is bound to end up inside the skate park -- and the parks department is used to fixing minor things at the park.
These are interesting times for Becker County: It is wrapping up work on its sweeping new recreation plan and ordinance (a public hearing is set for 6:30 p.m.
Because of ongoing vandalism problems, the Detroit Lakes parks department has not yet been able to officially open the skate park at Peoples Park. "We've repaired it so many times, but every time, we go back on Monday after the weekend and something else is broken," said Brad Green, city streets and parks director. Skaters can get creative in finding new challenges -- a street barricade left near the park, for example, is bound to end up inside the skate park --and the parks department is used to fixing minor things at the park.
A Frazee man was injured Friday morning when a deer went in front of his car, he put on the brakes, and was rear-ended by a semi truck. The accident occurred about 5:43 a.m. Friday on East Main in Frazee. Aaron Isaac Nolan, no age available, of Frazee was eastbound in a 1993 Ford Tempo when he stopped for the deer. His car was rear-ended by a 2003 Peterbilt semi tractor-trailer rig driven by Fred Julius Schelde, no age available, also of Frazee. Nolan was taken by St. Mary's EMS to Essentia St.