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After surveys, meetings and public feedback, RDG Planning and Design consultants Marty Shukert and Cory Scott presented ideas for the redevelopment of Detroit Lakes at the Development Authority Thursday morning -- which were met with a very positive response. "The big idea, which focuses around the location of a turbine, of all things, is the use of a crescent," Shukert said, referring to the city utility's electrical-generating turbine located near the police station, which won't be moved. He said the crescent idea is based on one he encountered this fall in Bethesda, Md.
At 3 and 4 months of age, it's hard for these puppies not to wrestle around and act like, well puppies. But these particular puppies have big responsibilities ahead of them. Certified as a field trainer for the Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota, Linda Livingston Wiedewitsch is helping train several puppies and their foster families. "We are in training, too," said Jenny Berube of Pelican Rapids. She has been working with Vern, a 4-month-old yellow lab, since Dec. 28.
DETROIT LAKES - If you're interesting in birding, now is the time to sign up for the 11th annual Festival of Birds in Detroit Lakes. Only two weeks into registration, 80 people have already registered, and some of the fieldtrips are already half full. This year's theme bird is the Connecticut Warbler, and field trip sites have been added in hopes of spotting one. "We'll be traveling to two sites where we think there's a good chance," festival organizer and Tourism Director Cleone Stewart said.
DETROIT LAKES - While the cleaning of sidewalks will be discussed further at next month's Detroit Lakes public works and city council meetings, there will likely be a nuisance ordinance going into effect for the next winter season. Earlier this winter, the issue was brought to light when postal employees refused to deliver mail to any residences where sidewalks were not shoveled, citing possible injuries as the reason. Then it became a question of whether or not the city should plow the sidewalks at all or leave it up to residents, who would be fined if the task was not completed in a tim
DETROIT LAKES - It's time to leave a legacy. The Frazee Area Arts Association is preparing for its 5th annual adult-oriented storytelling event, and adding a workshop this year to encourage others to leave their legacy to the next generations. Friday, March 28, storytellers will gather in the Frazee Event Center to present their concert of stories, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door. There will also be dessert and coffee during intermission.
DETROIT LAKES - Cautious without being over-cautious.
DETROIT LAKES - Although the billboard issue was tabled at the Detroit Lakes City Council meeting Tuesday evening, discussion was heard, which caused more confusion and frustration. Alderman Matt Brenk, who also serves as Community Development Committee chair, made a motion Tuesday to table an amendment to the billboard ordinance and extend a moratorium until the May 13 council meeting. The amendment would limit size and number of billboards in the city. With no discussion allowed before the vote to table, aldermen Bruce Imholte, Leonard Heltemes and G.L.
DETROIT LAKES - Preparing for their second season of playing together, the band Crashing Down has added a new member and is ready to play at the Boys and Girls Club's Big Bash, scheduled for Friday evening. A couple months ago Crashing Down band members Richard Chelmo, Jon Bromander and Pat Voigt decided to ask Hannah Meacham to come on board. "I wasn't doing anything at the time, musically," she said.
Minnesota and Becker County are celebrating 150 years. Now the question is what is being done and what would this generation like to leave for generations to come in Minnesota and Becker County. Cindy Bigger, with the Minnesota Extension Service in Fergus Falls, and Sheri Holm, with West Central Initiative, have been traveling through a nine-county area to discuss change with residents. The Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission held a series of meetings to discuss the Plan for Our Future: Many Voices-One Minnesota project to ensure a way of keeping Minnesota thriving in the future.
Detroit Lakes has a surplus number of dollars coming into the community. While that may come as somewhat of a surprise to some, RDG Planning & Design's Cory Scott backed up his statement with figures last week when he presented findings on Detroit Lakes -- and the surrounding area -- market, land use and supply and demand. "People are coming into Detroit Lakes to spend their money," he said. "Almost consistently, we have a higher supply than demand.