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From a lump in the throat to laughter in the belly, the first Lakes Area Student Produced Film Festival at Detroit Lakes High School was a hit. Ten student films were viewed and about a dozen judges scored each from 1 to 10. The winning film was Janaye Johnson's documentary on high school counselor's Janell Girodat battle with cancer. Johnson was awarded $100 for her film. Arvig Communications Systems provided cash prizes for the top four finishers. Second place was a documentary on the area high schools' Day of Caring. It was produced by Angie Lindquist and Danica Maloney.
Surrounded by some dreary, windy, chilly weather, the sun decided to shine on Detroit Lakes Wednesday -- the perfect time for Capital for a Day festivities. "It was really a fabulous day," organizer Amy Stearns said Friday after all the festivities had settled. "It was really a great opportunity to get a whole variety of people together to celebrate Detroit Lakes and showcase our community to the broader state." The day kicked off with coffee and a visit from Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau and other dignitaries and representatives.
Motion signs are going to be allowed in Detroit Lakes, and although existing signs are grandfathered in, most of them would have been legal under the ordinance anyway. After over a year of meetings, the sign committee recommendations were voted on at the Detroit Lakes City Council meeting.
Four years ago it was determined the boat ramp along Highway 10 at the scenic overlook in Detroit Lakes would stay even after road construction is completed, and the city is reaffirming that decision. The Lake Detroiters Association sent a letter to the city asking the boat ramp be abandoned, but leaders are saying it's safe and a necessity. When the Highway 10 realignment project started, the city and the Minnesota Department of Transportation discussed the ramp, but said there was a need for stormwater ponds in that area as well.
The Frazee-Vergas School District is reinstating its fall musical, with some assistance from community education. Community Education Director Sharyl Ogard asked the school board Monday night to bring back the play and help balance out the arts offered by the school district. She said community ed would help with the cost of the productions, and if the school charged an activity fee, it would help lower the cost as well. High School Counselor Ta Fett, who has also been involved with directing plays for many years, said the school board supports 10 sports at the high school and only one a
After discussion and a close vote, David Spies was denied tax increment financing for his condominium project on West Shore Drive, where Voyageur Lanes is now located. He asked for pay-as-you-go financing to help support the 21-unit venture, but ultimately four of the seven Detroit Lakes Development Authority members agreed it wasn't a blighted area and the DLDA should not be financing market-value housing.
The Aqua Belle is setting sail to her new home Monday morning. Brian Johnson is moving the boat/guesthouse down South Shore Drive to his business, The Bridge Marina Bar and Grill.
Some people don't make changes because they think, "'What can one person do?' But it's how a lot of things get started." So says Hazel Harvego, 88, who may be that one person for this area. Harvego has stopped using plastic bags to go grocery shopping, and is hoping others will follow suit. Instead she brings along three reusable, cloth bags and forgoes the use of plastic. She said part of her decision came from the fact that it takes 1,000 years for a plastic bag to go back into the earth. "What in the world is that made of?" she questioned.
Capital for a Day organizers in Detroit Lakes are hoping for a fun-filled day of entertainment for all ages Wednesday. From a dance Tuesday night to kick things off, to the closing community picnic Wednesday evening, the day will be filled with school performances, rain garden ribbon cutting, meeting dignitaries, fishing and much, much more.
Detroit Lakes planners had intended to create a rain garden in City Park anyway, but when the Festival of Birds organizers wanted to help, things started falling into place. Not to mention the Capital for a Day celebration happened to fall one day before the rain garden was to be planted. After Urban Conservation Specialist Gregg Thompson spoke in Detroit Lakes last year about rain gardens, the city decided it was time to take the lead and create some of its own. "This is a start," Park Supervisor Tom Gulon said, as his crew worked on digging out the area north of the Pavilion that will