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Surrounded by some dreary, windy, chilly weather, the sun decided to shine on Detroit Lakes Wednesday -- the perfect time for Capital for a Day festivities. "It was really a fabulous day," organizer Amy Stearns said Friday after all the festivities had settled. "It was really a great opportunity to get a whole variety of people together to celebrate Detroit Lakes and showcase our community to the broader state." The day kicked off with coffee and a visit from Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau and other dignitaries and representatives.
Birders winged on over to Detroit Lakes Thursday for the kick-off of the 11th annual Festival of Birds. Through different workshops and fieldtrips Thursday-Sunday, beginners and experienced bird-watchers had the opportunity to meet one another and hopefully check off some of those must-see birds. Each year a theme bird is chosen, and this year it was the Connecticut Warbler.
Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary is the best. Best in the District, that is. The service club was recently awarded the prestigious "Best in District" award at a convention in Dickinson, N.D. The district includes all of North Dakota, upper Minnesota and Thunder Bay, Canada. "The club has grown so much in the last four years," Club President Tera Guetter said. "We've grown tremendously." As proof of the club's growth, in 2003, the Breakfast Rotary Club was awarded the same title in the "50 members and less" category.
Now that the Detroit Lakes Area chapter of Let's Go Fishing with Seniors has established itself, organizers are looking for funds to pay for the pontoon, fishing gear and other supplies needed for the first year of operation. The pontoon is here and was on display during the Capital for a Day celebration and will also make an appearance at the upcoming Street Faire at the Lakes, May 31-June 1.
Now may be the time to plan for future donations, or as a professional advisor, time to get more information on how to advise those ready to donate. With the help of a grant from the Dakota Medical Foundation, St. Mary's Health Foundation is sponsoring a professional advisor seminar on May 22. Giving Point Principal Shannon Schweigert, along with others, will speak on integrated charitable planning. Seventy-five percent of gifts for non-profits and foundations come from individuals, and 78 percent of decisions to give are because of encouragement from professional advisors -- i.e.
From a lump in the throat to laughter in the belly, the first Lakes Area Student Produced Film Festival at Detroit Lakes High School was a hit. Ten student films were viewed and about a dozen judges scored each from 1 to 10. The winning film was Janaye Johnson's documentary on high school counselor's Janell Girodat battle with cancer. Johnson was awarded $100 for her film. Arvig Communications Systems provided cash prizes for the top four finishers. Second place was a documentary on the area high schools' Day of Caring. It was produced by Angie Lindquist and Danica Maloney.
Motion signs are going to be allowed in Detroit Lakes, and although existing signs are grandfathered in, most of them would have been legal under the ordinance anyway. After over a year of meetings, the sign committee recommendations were voted on at the Detroit Lakes City Council meeting.
The Frazee-Vergas School District is reinstating its fall musical, with some assistance from community education. Community Education Director Sharyl Ogard asked the school board Monday night to bring back the play and help balance out the arts offered by the school district. She said community ed would help with the cost of the productions, and if the school charged an activity fee, it would help lower the cost as well. High School Counselor Ta Fett, who has also been involved with directing plays for many years, said the school board supports 10 sports at the high school and only one a
Four years ago it was determined the boat ramp along Highway 10 at the scenic overlook in Detroit Lakes would stay even after road construction is completed, and the city is reaffirming that decision. The Lake Detroiters Association sent a letter to the city asking the boat ramp be abandoned, but leaders are saying it's safe and a necessity. When the Highway 10 realignment project started, the city and the Minnesota Department of Transportation discussed the ramp, but said there was a need for stormwater ponds in that area as well.
After discussion and a close vote, David Spies was denied tax increment financing for his condominium project on West Shore Drive, where Voyageur Lanes is now located. He asked for pay-as-you-go financing to help support the 21-unit venture, but ultimately four of the seven Detroit Lakes Development Authority members agreed it wasn't a blighted area and the DLDA should not be financing market-value housing.