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There'll be dancing, something to drink, good music and plenty of fun. Sandbar II is hosting the annual Firemen's Dance Friday evening. Before the dance, which is open to everyone and anyone, there is a steak dinner, for the firefighters and guests. Then it's time for the music. "They are having October Road, which is a pretty big band around here," Sandbar II co-owner George Jones said. All proceeds from the gate go to the firemen. People can buy tickets at the door for the band, which are $5. "It's 100 percent all to them," he said of the fire department.
After hearing the benefits the Detroit Lakes Public Schools is reaping after signing on with Honeywell for the Instant Alert messaging system, the city is looking into it as well. Incident Communications Consultant Danielle Ritter spoke to the Public Safety Committee and other city staff members Monday afternoon about the newest program, Instant Alert Plus, which was designed for cities. "This would replace the old system of sirens around town," she said. Sirens would alert during severe weather, but townspeople didn't know where the weather was or what the weather was.
Zachary Beyer believes in miracles. Better yet, he believes he's going to experience one himself. Earlier this summer, Beyer, 16, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. "He believes in miracles, and he says he can get one," his aunt Donna Beyer said. That positive attitude "will give him the most life." In May, Zach started having headaches. They thought it was migraines at first, then doctors thought maybe West Nile, and on down the list of possibilities. Then doctors performed an MRI and spotted something on his brain.
Hoping to draw from other Minnesota cities, the Detroit Lakes Community Development Committee is going over ordinances to see if the city wants to adopt one pertaining to time limits on building permits. Although no surrounding cities have ordinances for unfinished houses, city staff found some examples in Mound, Lake City, Hector, Barnesville and Albertville.
Not knowing what to expect, the day went better than expected. Last Saturday four bands and individual musicians gathered in the Detroit Lakes band shell to perform a benefit concert for the Becker County Food Pantry. "It went as well as I had hoped," organizer and performer Mike Hokanson said. Performers included the bands SLOG and Crashing Down, and individuals Hokanson and Tim Eggebraaten. "It went really well.
Want to learn about floral designs and exhibits or become a judge for the Horticulture Society? Lakes Homes is hosting the exhibiting and judging workshop, sponsored by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, on Saturday, Sept.
After 20 years of service as mayor of Detroit Lakes, Larry Buboltz has decided not to run for re-election this November. "I decided a few months ago that I will not be running for mayor," he announced Thursday afternoon. Buboltz said it has been a great 20 years -- and 12 years previous to that as a city council alderman -- but it's time to move along now. So far, three men have filed for the open mayor position -- Alderman Matt Brenk, Jim Vareberg and Bob Renney. Filings are open until Tuesday at 5 p.m. "People have been extremely kind," he said.
Dick Beardsley Half Marathon runners passing mile seven will find something new this year. For a mile stretch, family and friends will host a Journey for Jess where there will be banners and decorations, bringing awareness to Jess Beecher and her fight with epilepsy. "It's more for recognizing it," event organizer Brent Wolf said. "It's raising awareness for the cause." Jess Marie Beecher lost her three-year battle with epilepsy on June 18, 2007, after she suffered a seizure and her brain was deprived of adequate oxygen for an extensive period of time. She was only 3 years old.
A worthy organization. A known family. A past working relationship. It all seemed to point in the right direction. That's why Dynamic Homes is helping out Habitat for Humanity with its latest house. "It's great to have somebody else stepping up for Habitat," Habitat President Steve Hanson said of Dynamic. It started about a month ago, when Dynamic Homes President Paul Okeson ran into Hanson at the Becker County Fair at the end of July.
Concentration, intricate details, colored beads and of course, laughter. Those are just a few of the things the organizers of the fall retreat for caregivers were experiencing when prepping for the upcoming event. Struggling at times to create an angel made of beads and wire, the ladies were on the floor looking for beads, commenting on the pains of bifocals and trying to get two wings to look similar. And all the while, laughter could be heard. "I made a wing! I did it!" Those were the shouts of joy heard around the room while attempting the angel making process.