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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.
"May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white." The traditional Christmas carol may say so, but it's not necessarily the case in every holiday situation. "Christmas isn't always a joyous time for everyone," United Methodist Church pastor Brenda North said.
Squirrels. They're cute, they're fluffy, they're something different. That's what Beatrice Naticchioni describes as her favorite thing about the area so far. With a laugh. The Italian exchange student said when she's been asked what her favorite thing is, she searches for an answer that isn't common. The result -- squirrels. Naticchioni, who is a mere days away from turning 17, Nathania Rahardja, 18, and Jakob Bernéus, 17, are the three foreign exchange students visiting Detroit Lakes this school year.
When her son Paul Emerson died last year, Marinette Emerson wanted to do something in his memory. And now high school students in Detroit Lakes are benefiting from it. "It took quite a while with the system, but we finally got them," Emerson said of the two defibrillators. One will be permanently housed in the Detroit Lakes High School gymnasium, and one will travel with the sports trainer. It was fitting for Emerson to donate the defibrillators to the school where her son graduated. As a part of the Class of 1972, she said her son was voted most wanted on a deserted island.
Economic hard times bring layoffs, which results in jobless men and women who never thought they'd need that high school degree. To help with those hard times, the Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is offering free GED testing. "We're doing it to motivate students, but also because of so many layoffs in the area," coordinator Kathy Simison said. Dec.