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The Detroit Lakes Development Authority is moving forward to acquire the land north of Holmes Street in the redevelopment area -- the Burger Time and former laundromat area. Basically the city has two options regarding the property. One would be to wait for a developer to come along and buy up the property or develop around it, and the second would be to acquire the land in preparation for development.
Modern versus classic, or maybe a combination of both. That's the compromise the city of Detroit Lakes is trying to come to in the case of replacing the overlook wall near Holiday Inn. Scott Robinson, a landscape designer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, presented several scenarios of the wall replacement for the public works committee and other citizens and took feedback of what concepts to bring back next month. The work on the wall will likely take place next year.
Sitting across the table from Peter Vogt at a Detroit Lakes coffee shop, who would have thought I'd be talking to a fashion industry expert? Dressed in a polo and jeans, Vogt can't help but laugh when he tells about the previous book he wrote, "Career Opportunities in the Fashion Industry." Honestly, I couldn't help but laugh as well. His next three books are likely what Vogt would rather be known for, though. As a career counselor, Vogt has published three books on guiding students on college and career choices and coaching students on finding a job after graduation.
What do you do when you're not sure what career you want to pursue? Career counselor probably isn't the first thought. Not so for Peter Vogt. The Detroit Lakes native -- Class of 1985 -- started out at Minnesota State University Moorhead majoring in math. That is until he realized it was boring. "I never thought I had to enjoy what I was doing. It never occurred to me," he said last weekend during a trip back to Detroit Lakes to visit family. So he made the switch to mass communications because he enjoyed writing and was good at it.
Sept. 9, 1907: "A number of women met with Mrs. Bohlauder. The Bay View Reading Circle, having decided to change its course of study and in having been recommended that a women's club take its place, dissolved, in order that this club might be formed." That comes from the minutes of the first meeting establishing the Library Club in then Detroit. This week, the club celebrates 100 years. "They started as a study club, and study they did," Librarian Mary Haney said. Preserved are the booklets from each year the Library Club has existed.
Where are they now? No, this isn't about '80s hair bands or washed up child actors. It's about the animals rescued a few weeks ago by the Humane Society of the Lakes. The humane society rescued three dogs, eight kittens, a chicken, a pigeon, a bunny, a goat and a horse three weeks ago from an all but abandoned home just outside of Detroit Lakes. Less than a year earlier, they took six dogs from the same location.
The area Family Readiness Group is throwing a party Sunday. Lakes Area Armed Forces Appreciation Day is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16, from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Becker County Fairgrounds Fieldhouse. The event is for all veterans, family and friends -- basically "pretty much the whole community," said co-organizer Doug Newman.
Originally scheduled to open in June 2008, then bid to open Dec. 1, the Highway 59 bridge is likely to open even earlier. "Realistically, I predict we'll open by Nov. 1, a month ahead (of schedule)," Hoffman Construction Project Manager Chad Johnson said. That's if the weather cooperates, he added. Hoffman will receive a $300,000 incentive to open the bridge by Dec. 1. To move along the process, crews will be paving at Highway 10 and Highway 59 during night-time hours. Medians will be poured this week during the day and then night paving of the lanes will begin next week.
After years of warnings from the state fire marshal, Frazee-Vergas Schools plans to install fire sprinklers throughout the elementary and high school buildings.
The preliminary levy and budget for 2008 for the city of Detroit Lakes shows a 14.29 percent increase. Finance Officer Lou Guzek said 10 percent of that is directly related to Local Government Aid cuts and the remaining is due to inflation and street repairs.