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It's all good, according to the Frazee-Vergas School District audit report for 2007-08. "They're in sound financial shape" as of June 30, according to Brian Jacobson, CPA with Carlson Highland & Co., who prepared the report. "That's not looking forward. It (the 2007-08 audit that ended June 30) is just a picture of last year's activities and where they ended." But last year looks to be a success financially. "I think the report demonstrates the district's strong fiscal conservative nature. We have the taxpayers that have stepped forward and want to support the school district.
DETROIT LAKES - On Tuesday afternoon, Bob Watson got a call. It was from his grandson, Robert, and he was in trouble. He told his grandfather he was in jail in Toronto, Canada. He had been drinking and gotten into an accident with his rental car. Robert was calling his grandfather to ask for money, and asked him to please not tell his parents because of the embarrassment of the situation. Watson complied.
DETROIT LAKES - In a matter of just a few short hours, about 25 people chipped in and a playhouse was built for some lucky kid. As part of a leadership program, members from Ottertail Corporation companies, including Detroit Lakes' BTD, came together Wednesday afternoon to develop their community service skills. "Community service is one of the things we want them to work on," said Vice President of Human Resources for Ottertail Corporation Lori Talafous.
After nearly 150 years of combined volunteering, it's no surprise Charlotte Hoeglund, Darlene Eberhardt and Louanne Gerdes have served on almost every committee, in almost every capacity with the American Legion Auxiliary. "I started as sergeant of arms and worked my way up the ladder," Eberhardt, 83, said.
No one can deny the historic occasion coming in January when Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. One person who will be there to witness it firsthand is Detroit Lakes High Schooler Tanner Yocom. As an alumni of People to People -- he visited Japan last year through the program -- he was given the opportunity to be a part of the inauguration ceremony and tour Washington, D.C., Jan. 17-22. "I signed up long before the election," Yocom said. "I'm really excited to see it.
The Detroit Lakes Development Authority made recommendations to the city council to accept the RDG Planning and Design studies done around the city and the feasibility study for a conference center, but that doesn't mean it recommends going forward on all the projects. "By and large, it's a good plan," Community Development Director Larry Remmen said. "It's not showing this all has to take place overnight. It's a good framework" for a plan. He added that cost estimates will be more specific once the project is actually heading forward.
In what started out as an economic move, the MACCRAY School District switched to a four-day school week. That move is now seen as a benefit to education foremost and an economic benefit secondly. Frazee-Vergas is considering following the lead of the MACCRAY district, which is located in west central Minnesota. It is a consolidation of three communities: Maynard, Clara City and Raymond. "The interesting thing is that every school I talk to goes into it for the reason of economics," said MACCRAY High School Principal Gary Sims.
DETROIT LAKES - For the first time since legislation was passed over 10 years ago, allowing law enforcement officials to notify the general public about a Level 3 predatory offender moving to town, Detroit Lakes is seeing its first. Monday evening, the Detroit Lakes Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Corrections hosted a public awareness meeting about Level 3 offender Robert Baca, 44. He was released from prison today and checked into the Detroit Lakes Police Station about 12:30 p.m. He arrived by bus, after declaring his intention to move back to the Detroit Lakes area.
DETROIT LAKES - Around Easter, Erica Germain knew she was pregnant. She went to the doctor, and that's when she found out she was pregnant times three. "I looked at him and said 'are you kidding?' and he said he wouldn't be kidding about that," she said. She was excited from the start, which made her doctor happy. "We were prepared for one and got three." She called her husband, Royce, to tell him about the triplets and he was in disbelief.
The Detroit Lakes City Council accepted Alderman At Large Matt Brenk's resignation Wednesday night, in preparation for his new title of mayor. Now the council is opening Brenk's position up for a new alderman. Because of the city charter, Mayor Larry Buboltz said the council has the ability to fill the alderman at large position "basically any way they wish." The way the city is choosing to do so is simple. The city has opened the position to all applicants in the city of Detroit Lakes -- since the seat is at large, it doesn't matter what ward the applicant is from -- until Nov.