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When asked back in October about an upcoming mission trip to Uganda, Royal Herbold stated it would be "an interesting experience." Now, one month after the Dec. 29-Jan. 12 trip, several of the Zion Lutheran Church travelers sat around a table and couldn't stop talking about that interesting experience. "We got off the plane and were hit by the heat," Herbold said of the 70-80 degree weather. "Then you got off the plane and saw armed guards." They soon found out that armed guards would be everywhere.
This past weekend, Aaron Marshall received a surprise -- he may have a daughter he never knew about. The Virginia man found out via the Internet site zabasearch.com that someone was looking for her daughter's biological father and had contacted him. Only problem was the request was posted Nov. 16, 2006, from someone in Detroit Lakes, but two years later, now posting a response, Marshall has yet to hear back from the original poster. "I saw that a friend of mine was trying to contact me. We were stationed at George Air Force Base in California, and said that we have a daughter together.
"Fantabulous." That's the word Ellie Hauser uses to describe what it was like to attend the presidential inauguration. "I don't think they even have a word to describe it," she said. After requesting and receiving an invitation from Rep. Collin Peterson, Ellie Hauser, Detroit Lakes, and her husband Bob, flew out to Washington, D.C., to watch Barack Obama be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. Their standing-room-only tickets got them about a block and a half away from the platform.
Q: What do ugly sweaters, nursing homes, Internet advertising and the Chamber of Commerce have in common? A: The DL Young Professionals, of course. "There are lots of places to socialize and see some people," co-organizer Josh Hochgraber said. "I wanted an avenue to meet people in a different setting." When then-Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce president Dave Hochhalter sent out a notice that there was interest in starting a Young Professionals club in Detroit Lakes, Amy Jacobson and Hochgraber answered the call. They got together and brainstormed about how to start the club.
The Mark and Julie Berg family of Detroit Lakes had the perfect winter getaway vacation. They traveled to the south of France Dec. 25-Jan. 6, and enjoyed the beautiful weather, green grass and trees, an "absolutely fantastic" rented villa and the old city of Avignon. They enjoyed great baguettes and croissants -- among other foods -- excellent shopping and all the sights of a foreign country. Life was good. Then they attempted to return home. "It was a great trip," Mark Berg said.
Welcome to the recession. The city of Detroit Lakes reports that building permits dropped dramatically from 2007 to 2008 for both housing and commercial projects. In 2007, building permits for single residential buildings were valued at an all-time high of $9.6 million. In 2008, that number decreased to $5.5 million. The biggest difference can be seen in the new commercial building numbers. In 2007, new commercial value came in at $13.6 million.
There will not be a used car lot at the corner of Washington Avenue and Highway 10, the former Mac's hardware store location. Steve Walz of Audubon Auto Center asked the planning commission Thursday night for a conditional use permit to park used cars in the parking lot, in an attempt to see if the business would like to move to town permanently at some point. "We're just using it as a display lot," he explained, stating that there would be no office there or cars sold from that location.
Detroit Lakes Development Authority members are preparing to find developers for the redevelopment crescent area downtown. After looking through the multiple-paged request for proposals (RFP), the authority members said they needed some new language for possible phasing and to postpone the open date many months. The original deadline date on the RFP was March 5, but DLDA member Bruce Imholte suggested that date should be moved to July or August so that more developers have the opportunity to submit proposals. Goldmark-Schlossman has already approached the DLDA, expressing interest in dev
Like some young, outdoorsy men, Linden McNeilus had a dream of his own log cabin in the woods. So at age 25, he built his first one. "I got books out of the Detroit Lakes library. That's how I learned," he said. Now, years later, he's working on his third house, located near Big Floyd Lake on Tamarack Lake. When completed, it'll be a weekend getaway for he and his wife, who live south of Detroit Lakes near Vergas Trails. "I said I wouldn't build another after the last one," he said with a laugh.
North Washington Avenue may be seeing some redevelopment in the near future. Roger Winter, Casey Bristlin and John Winter came before the Detroit Lakes Development Authority Tuesday afternoon to request tax increment financing to refurbish and build new at the Washington School site. The project would include 30 apartment units, likely to be used for senior housing. The cost is estimated at $2.3 million. In the original proposal, which has since changed, Union Central LLC asked the city for $350,000 in tax increment financing (TIF), with $150,000 upfront.