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It's all good, according to the Frazee-Vergas School District audit report for 2007-08. "They're in sound financial shape" as of June 30, according to Brian Jacobson, CPA with Carlson Highland & Co., who prepared the report. "That's not looking forward. It (the 2007-08 audit that ended June 30) is just a picture of last year's activities and where they ended." But last year looks to be a success financially. "I think the report demonstrates the district's strong fiscal conservative nature. We have the taxpayers that have stepped forward and want to support the school district.
Economic hard times bring layoffs, which results in jobless men and women who never thought they'd need that high school degree. To help with those hard times, the Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is offering free GED testing. "We're doing it to motivate students, but also because of so many layoffs in the area," coordinator Kathy Simison said. Dec.
When her son Paul Emerson died last year, Marinette Emerson wanted to do something in his memory. And now high school students in Detroit Lakes are benefiting from it. "It took quite a while with the system, but we finally got them," Emerson said of the two defibrillators. One will be permanently housed in the Detroit Lakes High School gymnasium, and one will travel with the sports trainer. It was fitting for Emerson to donate the defibrillators to the school where her son graduated. As a part of the Class of 1972, she said her son was voted most wanted on a deserted island.
DETROIT LAKES - In a matter of just a few short hours, about 25 people chipped in and a playhouse was built for some lucky kid. As part of a leadership program, members from Ottertail Corporation companies, including Detroit Lakes' BTD, came together Wednesday afternoon to develop their community service skills. "Community service is one of the things we want them to work on," said Vice President of Human Resources for Ottertail Corporation Lori Talafous.
DETROIT LAKES - On Tuesday afternoon, Bob Watson got a call. It was from his grandson, Robert, and he was in trouble. He told his grandfather he was in jail in Toronto, Canada. He had been drinking and gotten into an accident with his rental car. Robert was calling his grandfather to ask for money, and asked him to please not tell his parents because of the embarrassment of the situation. Watson complied.
No one can deny the historic occasion coming in January when Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. One person who will be there to witness it firsthand is Detroit Lakes High Schooler Tanner Yocom. As an alumni of People to People -- he visited Japan last year through the program -- he was given the opportunity to be a part of the inauguration ceremony and tour Washington, D.C., Jan. 17-22. "I signed up long before the election," Yocom said. "I'm really excited to see it.
After nearly 150 years of combined volunteering, it's no surprise Charlotte Hoeglund, Darlene Eberhardt and Louanne Gerdes have served on almost every committee, in almost every capacity with the American Legion Auxiliary. "I started as sergeant of arms and worked my way up the ladder," Eberhardt, 83, said.
The Detroit Lakes Development Authority made recommendations to the city council to accept the RDG Planning and Design studies done around the city and the feasibility study for a conference center, but that doesn't mean it recommends going forward on all the projects. "By and large, it's a good plan," Community Development Director Larry Remmen said. "It's not showing this all has to take place overnight. It's a good framework" for a plan. He added that cost estimates will be more specific once the project is actually heading forward.
In what started out as an economic move, the MACCRAY School District switched to a four-day school week. That move is now seen as a benefit to education foremost and an economic benefit secondly. Frazee-Vergas is considering following the lead of the MACCRAY district, which is located in west central Minnesota. It is a consolidation of three communities: Maynard, Clara City and Raymond. "The interesting thing is that every school I talk to goes into it for the reason of economics," said MACCRAY High School Principal Gary Sims.
DETROIT LAKES - For the first time since legislation was passed over 10 years ago, allowing law enforcement officials to notify the general public about a Level 3 predatory offender moving to town, Detroit Lakes is seeing its first. Monday evening, the Detroit Lakes Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Corrections hosted a public awareness meeting about Level 3 offender Robert Baca, 44. He was released from prison today and checked into the Detroit Lakes Police Station about 12:30 p.m. He arrived by bus, after declaring his intention to move back to the Detroit Lakes area.