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After a few attempts at winning a crown so she could move onto the Miss Minnesota competition, Lacey Erickson has finally reached that goal. Erickson, 20, was crowned Miss Northwest 2008 at the start of the Northwest Water Carnival events. She graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 2006 and is enrolled at the University of North Dakota in broadcast journalism. At the pageant, Erickson also won the eveningwear and personal interview portions of the pageant.
DETROIT LAKES - When G.C. Nunn purchased and built a summer cabin on Detroit Lake, he was simply doing it for his family to enjoy their summertime. His descendants are still enjoying that cabin -- along with another one built a few years later -- and this weekend are celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the property. It still remains in the family, owned by five of his granddaughters. "It's more years than Grandpa could have even imagined," Carolyn Hoyme said of the land being in the family 100 years.
After last week's Detroit Lakes City Council meeting, the city is looking into an ordinance rewrite on its building permits. A public hearing was held for abatement of an unfinished house at 1941 Long Bridge Road. Owner Rick Kalinoski started the house 10 years ago and has yet to finish more than the foundation and cap. That wooden cap is now rotting and causing concern for safety. Neighbors are also upset with the appearance of the property, which now has a green snow fence along the side of it and overgrown weeds around it.
PELICAN RAPIDS - Did you hear the one about the guy who wrote a book of jokes to help Chinese learn English? That would be Gerry Haukebo. Haukebo, a Pelican Lake resident, has written jokes for the book Did You Hear the One About...Classic American Jokes that was then translated into Chinese. The book is for Chinese people learning the English language. This isn't Haukebo's first time working with different languages. "I'm credited with starting the language villages in Bemidji," he said.
DETROIT LAKES - Financial support for the veteran's park has begun. Don Schattschneider appeared before the Detroit Lakes City Council last week to present a check for $1,100 as the first monies for the Veteran's Memorial Fund to build the veterans' park in the new Gateway District. The $1,100 is courtesy of the John Bridges American Legion Post. "It gives me the greatest pleasure to present (this check)," he told aldermen after presenting two other checks that evening for the American Legion Campground.
DETROIT LAKES - Sales at Lakes Liquors were noticeably different for May and June between 2007 and 2008. May showed an increase of more than $33,000, and June showed a decrease with about the same dollar amount. "It's because of a shift in the calendar," Liquor Store Manager Brad MacMaster said. In June 2007, there were more days for sales including an extra Saturday, while in June 2008, there was an extra Sunday in the month.
FRAZEE - When some Frazee-Vergas School District residents decided to petition to reduce or revoke the November-passed referendum, little did they know they'd be doing it a second time. They found the previously circulated petitions were invalid because they hadn't asked for signers' birthdates to verify ages. "We were given the wrong information from the secretary of state of Minnesota, and they gave the wrong information to the attorney," Oscar Birkeland said. With those being invalid, the group decided to only circulate one petition this time.
DETROIT LAKES - The traffic has switched over to the new highway, and now it's time for major disruptions to businesses where Highway 10 used to lie. The now old Highway 10, Roosevelt Avenue, Washington Avenue and more will be closed -- with access to businesses only -- for the next month or so. "It seemed to flow pretty good," Minnesota Department of Transportation Construction Project Manager Shiloh Wahl said of the traffic shift prior to Fourth of July.
DETROIT LAKES - Dave Peterson says his upcoming trek through Minnesota is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, but also to have an enjoyable vacation with his son, Josh. The two are participating in the Habitat 500 -- a 500-plus-mile bike ride to be completed in one week. They leave Monticello on Sunday, July 13. "I've never done it and always wanted to," Dave Peterson said. "It worked out we could both do it this summer, so we said let's do it." There are 119 riders taking part in the international ride, the majority of them from Minnesota.
DETROIT LAKES - The RDG Planning and Design feasibility study for a conference center in Detroit Lakes isn't making quite the positive impression that supporters might have hoped for. The Detroit Lakes Development Authority discussed the matter again on Tuesday afternoon, posing more questions and concerns about the possibility of bringing a conference center to town. The group will hold a conference call via the Internet with RDG in mid-July to get more information and answers. "There are concerns I have. I see our competition primarily as Shooting Star ...