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The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities nearly doubled the amount of money it spent lobbying the Legislature last year -- from about $600,000 to about $1 million. It was a bold gamble, and paid off handsomely in preserving Local Government Aid to cities -- or would have, if not for Gov.
If this works, members of the Lake Park-Audubon School Board will want to give President Obama a big fat kiss on the cheek for making federal stimulus money available. The plan is for LP-A to tap into the new federal money to help build a new high school and new/renovated elementary school. If its two grant applications are approved by the state Department of Education, the district will save nearly $12 million in interest payments over the life of school-construction bonds. District voters still have to approve the bonds needed for the $20.3 million project, but district officials are
It's the most exciting news since you first learned to use the big toilet by yourself -- SJE-Rhombus has a new treatment system that could be the next great thing for the health of Minnesota lakes. The compact system takes toilet water and turns it into water nearly clean enough to drink. "This is state-of-the art -- this is one of the cleanest small systems in the United States," said Jim Lockrem, technical director of SJ Rhombus' environmental group. It is the first flat sheet ceramic MBR treatment plant in the United States. "Worldwide, it's the highest level of treatment availab
It looks like everybody and their mother is interested in flood relief. The large conference room at the community and technical school in Detroit Lakes was full Wednesday afternoon, as officials from townships, cities, school districts and other entities -- including Becker, Hubbard and Mahnomen counties -- packed in to file for Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement for flood-related expenses. Those counties qualified for FEMA help for expenses because -- based on preliminary damage estimates -- the counties met the FEMA threshold of $3.22 per person, according to Ed Edahl, p
Warm temperatures and a stiff wind took the ice off Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie and most other area lakes on Thursday and Friday, a few days later than average. "It seems like a lot of ice left the lakes on April 23-24," said Assistant State Climatologist Peter Boulay. "It was warm and very windy, with a strong overnight wind.
Mark Greenig is a hard man to replace. The recently retired Detroit Lakes Community Education director was also the administrative chief of the Lincoln Education Center and its many programs -- Adult Basic Education/GED, Early Childhood Family Education, preschool Learning Readiness, high school driver's education, the Latchkey child-care program and even building rental. An ad-hoc school board committee has been trying to decide how to fill Greenig's shoes, and on Tuesday it whittled the list of options down to a final two -- either contract with the Community Center to manage community e
Five-year-old Brady Lake of Detroit Lakes has enough energy to power a small city, so it might surprise people to learn that a week after he was born, he had to have major surgery to fix a defective heart. Brady is the local spokesperson for this year's Start! Heart Walk May 14 at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. He appeared at a kick-off luncheon Tuesday at the Lodge on Lake Detroit with his mom, Luanna, dad, Mike, and older brother Jacob. "Everything was pretty normal the morning of Brady's birth," Luanna told about 30 team leaders and others at the luncheon.
For health care providers around the area, the emergency in Fargo-Moorhead started Thursday, when Ecumen decided to evacuate a large nursing home and residential living center. "I was worried we were going to have people on the floor with mattresses," said Janet Green, executive director of Emmanuel Community and regional director of Ecumen. But the Detroit Lakes community responded well to a call for beds, some of which were brought in by donors, including the local college, while others were picked up from residents by city street department trucks or by Emmanuel staff. Now Emmanuel ha
With parts of Fargo and Moorhead evacuating because of the flooding Red River, Becker County jumped into full emergency mode Friday. The National Guard Armory has cots and food on hand and is now open for displaced persons from Fargo-Moorhead, said Sheriff Tim Gordon. "We're now under the county's full emergency management plan," Gordon said. People willing provide housing for displaced persons, perhaps for an extended period of time, or provide a home for pets, should call the Becker County Emergency Operations phone number at 218-844-7053. "We're asking you not to call the sheriff's
Local officials have waded in and rolled up their sleeves to help with the flood fight in Fargo-Moorhead, and Becker County is now preparing to accept evacuees if necessary. Becker County Transit buses made four trips to Fargo-Moorhead today to pick up nursing home residents being evacuated as a safety precaution. Two Ecumen assisted living communities in Fargo and Moorhead evacuated 60 residents and sent them to Emmanuel Community, another Ecumen community in Detroit Lakes. At Emmanuel, the kitchen staff was gearing up to serve extra residents, and staff was looking to scrounge up addit