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Late last year, Minnesota residents had the opportunity, and the duty, to elect a capital for a day in each of the five biomes throughout the state. After being nominated by Tourism Director Cleone Stewart, Chamber President Dave Hochhalter and resident Mary Beth Gilsdorf, Detroit Lakes area residents were encouraged to go to the state's sesquicentennial Web site to vote for the city. They did, and the city took honors for the deciduous zone, getting more votes than bigger cities like St. Cloud and Bloomington. "I remember hearing about it and thought we'd never out do the bigger cities.
Several years ago, when Stephanie Lyman was pregnant with her second child, she made a decision to stay home rather than go back to work. Now she's turned that decision into a business and is being recognized for her work. Lyman, married and now with four children, has been named the Becker County Licensed Child Care Provider of 2008. Lyman said when she was pregnant with Emma, she thought to herself, "I can spend all my money on day care or stay home." She, obviously, chose to stay home. Being with children has been a career of the Detroit Lakes High School graduate's for many years.
Although funding for the Heartland Trail has passed, it could be a long, involved process before a route is finalized and the trail built. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed off on a bill to allow $15.3 million for state trails, and specifically $1.5 million for the Heartland Trail. The 49-mile multi-use trail runs from Park Rapids to Cass Lake mainly on an abandoned railroad grade. It also runs a few miles north to Walker.
A couple years ago, Joe Holm proposed the idea of Let's Go Fishing in Detroit Lakes. Paul Sukke was on board, but died before he could get the organization started.
Four years after its inception, the St. Mary's Innovis Health's Legacy Leaders organizers have some news that can't be matched. Well actually, the matching is the news. During this year's Legacy Leader Drive, which runs through May 2, money raised will be matched by not only one donor, but two. A $100 donation is now worth $300. Now that's good math. Phil and Dianna Hansen have agreed to match funds after being inspired to give back after one of their children had used St. Mary's pediatric therapy services.
"It's not as boring as it sounds." That's what Taylor Ohm had to say about her trip to the Twin Cities for the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs STARS conference. Her classmates that attended the conference with her agree. "They missed out," Tipton Taylor said.
Since almost the moment he was born, Duston Steeke had difficulty breathing. "He was on oxygen from the time he was born," his mom, Amy, said. Since that time, Duston, now 3, has had surgery on his heart and been sick multiple times, but looking at him, no one would ever know that.
Detroit Lakes teachers had a difficult decision this time around when voting for Teacher of the Year. But the ballots were tallied, and Shan Manke was award the honor Thursday evening. Starting six years ago, the Education Minnesota Detroit Lakes Teacher of the Year celebration was a small one, with about 10 people at the event. It has certainly grown in past few years. Nominated for the EMDL Teacher of the Year award were Manke, Bonnie Mohs and Pam Daly. Daly is a teacher at the Detroit Lakes Middle School, Mohs at the high school, and Manke at Roosevelt Elementary.
The billboard discussion has been laid to rest. Finally. After at least a year of meetings and discussion, the Detroit Lakes City Council voted unanimously to pass a second reading to amend the city ordinance relative to business signs, advertising sign and free standing signs, or billboards. While a majority of the changes in the amendment were agreed upon after a sign committee recommended changes, the one issue that has been repeatedly discussed maybe wasn't even an issue to begin with. "You're debating an issue that has not been an issue," Cyndi Anderson said.
The ghost of the George Simson Auditorium, if there is one, will have to share the stage with another ghost this week. The Detroit Lakes Public Schools Department of Performing Arts presents "The Uninvited" April 24-26 at 7:30 p.m.