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The Frazee-Vergas School Board on Tuesday certified a preliminary levy of 2.4 million for the 2009-2010 school year. The levy increase is 1.99 percent, for the maximum amount allowed under state law. "We do this every year at this time," board chair Dana Laine said. "To finalize, we do that in December when we have more numbers." By levying for the maximum amount, the district has the "flexibility" to change the levy once the numbers are in at the end of the year.
Thinking 20 volunteers would be a success, organizers were more than pleased when 50 volunteers showed up Friday, Sept. 19, to help remove flowering rush along the Detroit Lakes city beach area. "We had a broad, cross-section of the community down there," Bruce Imholte said. He added that there were business people, senior citizens, families with kids, Chamber representatives and others. People came out dressed in everything from flip-flops and shorts to chest waders.
Going green and recycling has really caught on in recent years. MinnKota Recycling in Detroit Lakes is helping along that effort with its penny program. MinnKota is now paying a penny per pound for newspapers, magazines, steel or tin cans, No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles and sorted paper. It is also offering coupons for an additional 5 cents per pound for aluminum beverage cans. "There's this new go-green philosophy by individuals," MinnKota Sales Manager Mary Aldrich said.
Growing up, Susan Schlossman always had a passion for horses. She didn't get her first one, though, until age 30, and now her collection of horses has "mushroomed" and she's sharing her passion for those horses with others. "I always loved horses as a child.
The Kris Street crossing may be one of the most complex, and frustrating at times, railroad crossings in the area, but it is also one of the safest. So what determines the location of a signal system in the first place? Simply, traffic volume. For instance, signal systems are located at Jackson Avenue and McKinley Avenue crossings along Highway 10, but not at County Road 54.
DETROIT LAKES - Detroit Lakes area citizens have joined forces to pick flowers. The invasive flowering rush, that is, that's taking over the city beach area and infected many of the lakes in the Pelican River chain. "This is our bread and butter," Mary Beth Gilsdorf said of the Detroit Lakes City Beach that is being overtaken by flowering rush. Crush the Rush, an effort to take back the city beach, is planned for Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. to help remove flowering rush. Those interested in helping should meet at the Pavilion beach area.
DETROIT LAKES - Without the city's support, Director Jan Logan said, the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center would not be looking at relocating and building a shelter.
This weekend is a chance to see the classic fall colors and the classic cars that will be touring them. The 412 Lakes Chapter is hosting the Minnesota Region of Antique Automobile Club of America 60th Fall Foliage Tour on Friday and Saturday. Each year the tour is passed around the 10 clubs in the Minnesota area, and this year the Detroit Lakes area chapter is hosting it, with Orlo Gilbert heading it up.
Wednesday evening the Detroit Lakes City Council approved a motion for a five-year capital improvement plan. "This gives citizens a heads up" on upcoming projects," Mayor Larry Buboltz said. There will be public hearings on each of the proposed street improvements prior to each project.
During an emergency meeting Thursday morning, the Frazee-Vergas School Board denied a request to put the referendum question on the November ballot. "The District ... had determined that the petition was insufficient ... because each petition page did not include a statement summarizing the purpose of the petition," a written letter from School Board Clerk Kathryn Kallis said. The letter was addressed to Oscar Birkeland, who had turned in the petition to the school district on Aug.