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Of the nine applicants for the open alderman at large seat on the Detroit Lakes City Council, five will be going through the interview process next week. Madalyn Sukke, Doug Friendshuh and Dan Holzgrove, who all ran for city council positions in the November election, and Steve Przybilla and Terry Stallman have been selected. After resumes were submitted to the city, council members ranked the applicants and Mayor Larry Buboltz and City Administrator Bob Louiseau determined who the top candidates were. The candidates will now go through the interview process Dec.
Becker County's snowmobile trail system is a good one, and staff is looking to incorporate more people into it. Chip Lohmeier, Becker County parks and recreation, met with the Public Works Committee Monday afternoon to request the use of land near the scenic overlook to get snowmobilers from Country Inn & Suites and Petro Plus onto the trail and Detroit Lake. "Our intension is to use it from East Shore Drive to just past the Lodge on the Lake parking lot and follow onto the lake," he said.
Monday evening was an evening of celebration and recognition at the Frazee-Vergas School. First, Teachers of the Year Jason Reierson and Heidi Graham were recognized for their accomplishment. Then, board members LaRaye Anderson and Mike Heimenz were given gifts and plaques for their time served on the board. Both chose not to run for re-election this fall. Another note for the board to celebrate was the good news that the district insurance policy premiums have been reduced 14 percent, or $8,7000.
It's one thing to practice the art of tae kwon do in Detroit Lakes; it's another to visit its roots. Master Lucas Holzhue-ter, owner and head instructor of Detroit Lakes Tae Kwon Do & Kumdo, just returned from a week and a half long venture to South Korea to get "more up to date training and experience Korean culture." Invited by his instructor, Grand Master Spencer Brandt of Bemidji, Holzhueter traveled to South Korea Nov. 13-24. It was his third trip to the country, but the first of its magnitude. For one, there were 22 people on the trip.
Plans for a crisis center shelter in Detroit Lakes are coming to fruition. Thursday evening the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission discussed and voted in favor of rezoning a piece of property that was donated to the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center to allow a multi-family residence. The piece of land, which is located between Pelican Lane and Highland Drive, was rezoned from R-2, one and two family residence district, to R-3A, multi-family residence with a maximum of four-plexes.
DETROIT LAKES - Matt Brenk will resign from his alderman-at-large position to take over the mayor's job after the first of the year, leaving his spot on the Detroit Lakes City Council open. Anyone with an interest in serving on the council was asked to apply for the position, with the deadline closing on Wednesday.
When St. Mary's Health Ride Van started in 1997, the service was providing 30-60 rides a month. Now, it is providing about 600 a month. After Jan. 16, it will provide zero. The special transportation service that provided transportation for "anybody who needs the service" is closing after 11 years, David Langworthy said.
The dancers of Center Stage Dance Academy are helping kids in need, but they first need your help. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the dance studio, located next to Voyageur Lanes in the Jay Schurman Photography studio on West Lake Drive, 20 dancers will be wrapping gifts for a minimum $1 donation per gift. With the money they raise, they will be shopping for kids in need for local giving trees. "I was shopping at Wal-Mart and saw a tree," explained dance instructor Ronita Hackel.
AUDUBON - Local poker players have found their ace in the hole -- free buy-ins. After getting out of the Minnesota Poker League, Eric Grina started a league in Audubon -- the Tuesday Night Poker League. It meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Audubon Liquor Store. The beauty of the league, it's totally free. "Everyone assumes it costs," Grina said. "Minnesota law says you can't charge unless you're a casino." To take it one step better, Grina talked to the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen and the casino is donating the weekly buy-in, worth $45, for the Friday night tournaments.
Santa really does know whether you're sleeping or awake and if you've been bad or good. And he'll send a letter to prove he's watching children from his post up at the North Pole.