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Canadian travelers have always enjoyed the benefits of the United States, but now with the Canadian dollar and the U.S. dollar about the same exchange rate, this is the perfect time to welcome Canadian visitors with even wider open arms. "What we're trying to create is a 200-mile welcome mat," Explore Minnesota Tourism representative David Bergman said of getting Canadians to come to the area. And particularly to bypass the bigger areas like Fargo and Grand Forks and come to the smaller, resort towns like Thief River Falls and Detroit Lakes.
After a roughly 10-year hiatus, the Boy Scouts are back in Lake Park-Audubon. Although she's not certain how many years Lake Park-Audubon has been without a Boys Scouts program, Cubmaster Tammy Donovan said a year ago when she became cubmaster, it was her goal to help charter a new Boy Scout troop for the area. With Cub Scout Pack 645 in place for years, once boys finished the Cub Scouts, they would either have to go to Detroit Lakes or Hawley to continue on into the Boy Scout program.
The Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes is getting a nice gift, thanks to reality television. Program Director Stacy Heinlein received word Tuesday that the club is a recipient of money from Oprah's Big Give. According to Oprah's Big Give Web site, the TV show "defies television convention with the bold idea of people competing to give rather than get.
Alcohol statistics for underage drinking are staggering, and only getting worse. The death toll of Americans killed in the Iraq war hit 4,000 this week and was publicized in full force.
The Aqua Belle is ready to set sail to a new home. Although the name Aqua Belle probably doesn't ring a bell for most, it's likely that anyone who has driven South Shore Drive has noticed the red and white boat parked in a yard. Last week, at a Detroit Lakes Planning Commission meeting, Kevin Melicher asked for the removal of the Aqua Belle in order to build a more suitable guesthouse on his South Shore Drive property. "It does appear to have some history for some people, around the Detroit Lakes area.
More discussion was held last week on the Detroit Lakes billboard issue, with the Community Development Committee eventually deciding to go back to the original recommendations of the sign committee. After this special community development committee meeting, the issue could be discussed at the regular CDC meeting Thursday and then will be on the city council agenda for the April 8 vote. The recommendations are billboards are to be 300 square feet and be located 300 feet from a residential district, 500 feet from churches, schools, parks or the library.
A plan that will relocate Voyageur Lanes bowling alley in Detroit lakes and in its place house a new condominium is one step closer to approval. Tuesday night, the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission unanimously approved the request of David Spies Family Limited Partnership to build a condo on the West Lake Drive property. Developer David Spies said he has been working with the city for over a year to get approval for his plans. After coming before the planning commission at the start of this year, the commissioners sent Spies back with suggestions to improve the plan.
DETROIT LAKES -- Detroit Lakes City Administrator Bob Louiseau is getting his star on the walk of fame, being inducted into the Perham Hall of Fame next month. The Perham Area Chamber of Commerce hands out two awards each year -- the Leadership Award and the Hall of Fame award. "The Hall of Fame typically goes to someone who has been involved in the community, supporting and getting things done over a long period of time," explained Chuck Johnson, a member of the Chamber's selection committee that decides on the recipient.
Death can be tough for adults, let alone for children. Confusion can be a part of the sadness, but David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is trying to help work through that confu-sion. In it's second week, the funeral home is offering STAR, or "What is a funeral anyway? A Special Time to Always Remember." Last week, program director Michelle Johnson helped explain what a funeral, hearse, eulogy and more is to six kids. This week, she talked with four kids. Kids start with a coloring book, telling the story of Grandpa Amos dying.
DETROIT LAKES -- Kiwanis is auctioning off the chance to take home a piece of history. Each year the Kiwanis holds a fund-raiser that includes dinner and silent and live auctions. After last year's auction, Ken Shroyer said he was looking around, thinking, "what would be unique" for next year's auction. He came up with an idea for wood he was already using for his own purposes. He had some of the mahogany wood from when the bleachers at the Detroit Lakes High School were replaced. The wood had bolt holes in it, so the project had to be made with smaller pieces.