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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.
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. Christmas is less than six weeks away. Going hand in hand with the holiday season is the sound of bells -- Salvation Army bells that is. The Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign kicks off Nov. 25 and runs through Christmas. Bell ringers and kettles will be stationed at Central Market, Wal-Mart, Kmart and the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes this year. "All the money stays in Becker County to serve the residents," coordinator Michele Baker said.
After receiving a $1 million donation to put toward new office spaces and a shelter for the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center, the city agreed to donate a piece of land to the organization. "After investigating that site, the crisis center found it wasn't suitable," City Administrator Bob Louiseau said Wednesday evening during a Detroit Lakes City Council meeting. With a new donated piece of land on Pelican Lane, the crisis center was back before the council last week to ask for a waiver of special assessments against the property.
"If I were president, I would make our first priority the health of our children, because the health of our children is actually the worst it's ever been. We act like a fat kid is cute. Well, a fat kid is going to get diabetes and it's going to shorten their life. Kids today are going to live a shorter life than their parents and that is a tragedy." Those words, though not president yet, help to show that Dr. Neal Barnard is concerned with the well being of those with diabetes.
Dr. Jim Knapp will be remembered as an intellect, a man of few words and a leader among his colleagues and friends. "He was very pleasant, not a lot to say. He was a man of few words," Carol Moran said. Moran started at St. Mary's as a nurse in 1961, and worked in obstetrics with Knapp -- who died Nov. 4 of pancreatic cancer -- until his retirement. She went on to say he was competent and "very good" with his patients.
After seeing the success of MACCRAY (Minn.) School District going to a four-day school week, Frazee-Vergas School is looking into it as well. That's not to say it will happen -- or happen soon. "The economy isn't going to get any better," Superintendent Deron Stender said. "I'm not saying it'll work, just that it will warrant an investigation." The MACCRAY School decided to drop Monday classes, since it would least affect sports and other extra curricular activities and games. The school year shifted a bit, with days obviously getting longer.
Members of the Frazee-Vergas School Board got the opportunity to experience a bounce in the meeting Monday night. First grade teacher Geri Lafreniere and third grade teacher Kathy Peichel not only came to discuss the impact stability balls have had on their students, but also to give the board a firsthand taste of what the balls are all about. "First of all, thank you for believing in us enough to match funds," Lafreniere told the board.
DETROIT LAKES - Last year, the students of Detroit Lakes High School earned the DifferenceMaker Award, a national honor, for their Care Week 2007. This year they're tackling the subject of diabetes. "It's been a growing thing with kids in the school. It's a cause that relates to kids in our school," student Reed Oistad said. When the students won the DifferenceMaker award, they received the chance to listen to national speaker Mike Smith, who came last week to present the school with the award and to getting involved. "He talked about motivation and being involved," Oistad said.
It's a horror no one can imagine living through. No matter how many books read or movies viewed, no one can grasp the life of a World War II Prisoner of War than the man himself. No food or water, extreme labor, watching people beat to death as an example, no toilet for 14 days in the bottom of a ship, no clothing. And that's just scratching the surface. Tony Cichy was drafted into the Army in April of 1941. He lived in New York Mills at the time, working with his father drilling wells.
In Detroit Lakes, Highway 10 West has seen nationally known businesses sprout up, and now the downtown area could as well.