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Detroit Development Authority still isn't satisfied with the conference center study. After several correspondences with David Stone of Economics Research Associates, the firm hired by RDG Planning and Design to perform the conference center study, authority members stated Tuesday afternoon they still feel they are not getting all the information needed to make an informed decision on whether or not Detroit Lakes could support a conference center. "He doesn't feel that's part of the study and is not going to do that," Community Development Director Larry Remmen said of Stone when asked for
DETROIT LAKES - It seems more of a story that producers in Hollywood should be hearing rather than a Detroit Lakes attorney. Two baby girls switched at birth, only to find out 50-some years later they had been raised by opposite families. "When I first heard, I certainly thought it was interesting," said Jeff Stowman, the Detroit Lakes attorney that handled the federal case in the Federal District Court for North Dakota. "I didn't care if we received a bunch of money for these families. It was more about the hospital held accountable for their mistake," he said.
CALLAWAY - At 10 months of age, Emeric Swiers' parents noticed he had started having seizures. Doctors say he likely had always had seizures, it's just no one had noticed. He would have 20-30 seizures a day until he went on medication nearly a year ago. Now, at 23 months of age, he will go a week with no seizures and then have 10 in one day. Doctors have no explanation. That's the struggle for parents Jacob and Nicole Swiers of Callaway -- the not knowing. Emeric was diagnosed with epilepsy, but that's not all. He has an unknown metabolic disorder. "They don't know which one he has.
Four games, $11, 11 throws and one stuffed dog -- that was a consolation prize for missing the bull's-eye. Oh, the fair. After some wandering and scouting out the games at the Becker County Fair, four booths were chosen to test skill, chance and how things go on a stomach half filled with cheese curds. Game No. 1: Basketball The object of this game is pretty self-explanatory -- shoot the ball through the hoop. My test subject -- newspaper photographer Brian Basham -- takes two shots and misses two shots.
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.
One more north side business is closing in Detroit Lakes. Wisted's Hardware Hank is closing its doors next month after nearly 40 years of business. Co-owner Bruce Wisted talked about the history of the building, business and the neighborhood, what's changed since getting into the family business and why it's time to close up shop. Building history The north portion of the brick building, called the Landmark Building, was built in 1873. It changed hands many times, but Wisted said his earliest memory of the building is Grims Guard Grocery Store.
Ask any repeat visitor at Fair Hills Resort what the phone number is or what lake the resort is located on and you're bound to hear a song. Since 1965, Fair Hills Resort has played host to the Hootenanny, where each Tuesday night staff members entertain guests with songs -- some highlighting the resort. The resort has received pictures of former guests doing the actions to "Pelican Lake," and others have had to sing the "2-1-8" song in order to remember the resort's phone number. It's those fun stories that keep the resort hosting the event.
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.
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.
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.