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DETROIT LAKES -- Detroit Lakes dancers are high kicking their way to the sections competition Feb. 2. Coming off first and second places in January competitions, the danceline crew is ready for the challenge of sections. Although the Minnesota State High School League has only been recognizing danceline as an official sport for about three years, the Detroit Lakes team has been performing for about 10 years, coach Ronita Hackel said.
FRAZEE -- After offering the Frazee administrator position to one candidate who turned it down, the city has offered the position to another candidate who had pulled her application. The Frazee City Council offered candidate Matt Klemetson the position of administrator. He came back with a counter offer, which was in turn countered by the council. Klemetson then declined the job offer. Klemetson lives in Ulen and serves on that city council.
DETROIT LAKES -- A "copycat" incident backed by high expectations and standards brought multiple Detroit Lakes High School students what they consider an unfair punishment.
FRAZEE -- After interviews and a job offer, Frazee is still without a city administrator. Last week, the Frazee City Council offered candidate Matthew Klemetson the position. Klemetson counter offered, which the city declined. The city council then went back and counter offered again, and Klemetson declined the position. Klemetson, who lives in Ulen and serves on that city council, works for Harland Financial Solutions in Fargo.
The Detroit Lakes Boys and Girls Club is changing its image, and as a direct result, increasing the number of kids it serves. "It used to a place for poor kids to roughhouse," board member Tim Dodd said. But that has definitely changed, said Executive Director Pat Petermann, adding that a large portion of the kids come from two-parent working-class families.
Anyone interested in con-tributing ideas on a convention center in Detroit Lakes, take note: now is the time to step forward. The Detroit Lakes Development Authority has set up a focus group to help with the convention center feasibility study.
At Frazee-Vergas' regular school board meeting and annual re-organizational meeting Monday night, the board was in agreement that basically nothing would change. For the 2008 calendar year, board officers stayed the same with Dana Laine as chairman, LaRaye Anderson as vice chair, Kathryn Kallis as clerk and Nancy Dashner as treasurer. Of the 17 committees the board members sit on, for the most part, the same members were reassigned to the same committees.
Looks like 2008 is going to be the Year of the Dog. In Detroit Lakes, anyway. The Detroit Lakes Police Department is hosting the annual U.S. Police Canine Association Region 18 Field Trials June 15-17. The city last hosted the event in 2000. Police Sgt. and K-9 handler Robert Strand and his dog Macho -- who have been working together since December 2006 -- will be participating in many events throughout the trials. Strand said with 75-90 K-9 teams, 15-20 judges and all their families, hosting the trials is a real benefit for Detroit Lakes.
Several years ago, the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center staff noticed the bricks on the outside of the building by the pool were turning white. After investigating, they found moisture from the inside was being forced outside. "It obviously concerned us as to what's going on," CEO Stu Omberg said. They found the problem wasn't the pool but rather the air. In the world of pools, air pressure should be tested at negative. The DLCCC's was positive.
Good news. According to Mayor Larry Buboltz, Detroit Lakes is doing "very, very good," and has seen "many, many positive" things happen in 2007. The mayor addressed the Detroit Lakes City Council Tuesday evening for his State of the City speech. Financially, the city is in fine form, although Buboltz hopes to see the return of local government aid in 2008.