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Kiddie Land may be gone, but artist Danika Leitheiser is helping keep the memories alive. "I remember the last I went there, I was probably 7," she said of the child entertainment park that was located in Detroit Lakes along Washington Avenue. At the urging of her father, Leitheiser decided to put her art skills to work and capture the park with her colored pencils. She donated a print of her original to the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce and will also donate one to the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.
Lace up your running shoes, there's another race in the area. New this year, the Run 'Round the Rose is set for July 19 around Rose Lake, located between Frazee and Vergas.
If some Frazee-Vergas School District residents have their way, the excess operating levy referendum will be on the November ballot again. Fourteen people gathered Sunday evening to start the petition process to get signatures for either revoking the referendum or reducing it to $500 per student, rather than the $1,000 that passed last fall. "People are upset with increased taxes and possibly the loss of their home or farm," Oscar Birkeland said.
When the Becker County Senior Network hosted Senior Fest in 2004, about 400 seniors turned out for a day of celebrating ... well, seniors. This year, organizers are hoping for 400-500 seniors to come enjoy a day of pontoon rides, music and more. "This is even bigger and better (than in 2004)," organizer Joy Crouch said. "We haven't celebrated the seniors for four years, so we want to give back," organizer Judy Peterson agreed. This year Senior Fest is set for Tuesday, June 24, in the Detroit Lakes Pavilion.
That New Year's resolution to quit smoking fell by the wayside, but you've decided now is the time to try again -- hopefully with more success. St. Mary's Innovis Health and the American Lung Association are ready to help. Starting June 10, Linnea Pajari will be holding eight sessions of Freedom From Smoking, which was developed by the American Lung Association.
Call it luck of the draw, or just plain good timing, but the city of Detroit Lakes is getting some help with funding for the work it's doing on its holding ponds. Through a state grant disbursed through Becker Soil & Water District, the city will receive 75 percent of its funds after completing multiple holding ponds around Detroit Lakes.
Yes, the ice is finally off the lake, but competitors in the June 7-8 Quake the Lakes may want to consider wearing wetsuits to stay warm. "If the crash doesn't get you, the hypothermia will," race director Ross Rolshoven joked. In its second year, Rolshoven is bringing back the entertaining boat races after about 3,000 people turned out last year for the two-day event. "Pretty much the whole beach was filled and then there were pontoons and boats that tied off next to each other off the course," he said of last year's turn out. This year the same eight classes of boat races will be fea
Answering the call to serve their country, five brothers served in World War II together. This Memorial Day is a day to honor the Martin brothers and other servicemen and women who have served or are serving in the military. Jeanne Teiken, Detroit Lakes, said her father, Bernard, and four uncles from Callaway all dealt with their time in the war differently, but it affected all of them. All five gone now, she said her father used to tell stories of his time in the war, but her uncle Lloyd (Gene) never talked about it. He was at Pearl Harbor when the bombing occurred.
The Minnesota Legislature is out of session and politicians are happy to get out and talk about what was achieved and what should have been achieved. All are happy there was no special session this year, though. "We wrapped up on time, but there were tough discussions at the end last week," Sen. Joe Gimse of Willmar (R-District 13) said last week as he traveled through Detroit Lakes with Sen. Betsy Wergin of Princeton (R-District 16). Sen.
With a little help from her grandparents, teacher and community, sixth grader Anya Butzer is making a difference. When Anya's mom, Jane, noticed Anya's teacher, Linda Mickelson, was also collecting pop can tops, she mentioned it to Anya, and the Detroit Lakes girl took it from there. Anya looked up information on the Internet -- how the Ronald McDonald House program worked and what she could do. She also called the charity directly and was mailed 20 houses to set out around Detroit Lakes for pop-top collections.