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PELICAN RAPIDS - Did you hear the one about the guy who wrote a book of jokes to help Chinese learn English? That would be Gerry Haukebo. Haukebo, a Pelican Lake resident, has written jokes for the book Did You Hear the One About...Classic American Jokes that was then translated into Chinese. The book is for Chinese people learning the English language. This isn't Haukebo's first time working with different languages. "I'm credited with starting the language villages in Bemidji," he said.
DETROIT LAKES - Financial support for the veteran's park has begun. Don Schattschneider appeared before the Detroit Lakes City Council last week to present a check for $1,100 as the first monies for the Veteran's Memorial Fund to build the veterans' park in the new Gateway District. The $1,100 is courtesy of the John Bridges American Legion Post. "It gives me the greatest pleasure to present (this check)," he told aldermen after presenting two other checks that evening for the American Legion Campground.
DETROIT LAKES - Sales at Lakes Liquors were noticeably different for May and June between 2007 and 2008. May showed an increase of more than $33,000, and June showed a decrease with about the same dollar amount. "It's because of a shift in the calendar," Liquor Store Manager Brad MacMaster said. In June 2007, there were more days for sales including an extra Saturday, while in June 2008, there was an extra Sunday in the month.
DETROIT LAKES - The traffic has switched over to the new highway, and now it's time for major disruptions to businesses where Highway 10 used to lie. The now old Highway 10, Roosevelt Avenue, Washington Avenue and more will be closed -- with access to businesses only -- for the next month or so. "It seemed to flow pretty good," Minnesota Department of Transportation Construction Project Manager Shiloh Wahl said of the traffic shift prior to Fourth of July.
FRAZEE - When some Frazee-Vergas School District residents decided to petition to reduce or revoke the November-passed referendum, little did they know they'd be doing it a second time. They found the previously circulated petitions were invalid because they hadn't asked for signers' birthdates to verify ages. "We were given the wrong information from the secretary of state of Minnesota, and they gave the wrong information to the attorney," Oscar Birkeland said. With those being invalid, the group decided to only circulate one petition this time.
DETROIT LAKES - The RDG Planning and Design feasibility study for a conference center in Detroit Lakes isn't making quite the positive impression that supporters might have hoped for. The Detroit Lakes Development Authority discussed the matter again on Tuesday afternoon, posing more questions and concerns about the possibility of bringing a conference center to town. The group will hold a conference call via the Internet with RDG in mid-July to get more information and answers. "There are concerns I have. I see our competition primarily as Shooting Star ...
DETROIT LAKES - Dave Peterson says his upcoming trek through Minnesota is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, but also to have an enjoyable vacation with his son, Josh. The two are participating in the Habitat 500 -- a 500-plus-mile bike ride to be completed in one week. They leave Monticello on Sunday, July 13. "I've never done it and always wanted to," Dave Peterson said. "It worked out we could both do it this summer, so we said let's do it." There are 119 riders taking part in the international ride, the majority of them from Minnesota.
DETROIT LAKES - The on-again, off-again plan by Scott Brevik to show outdoor movies in Detroit Lakes is on again. After getting approval from the city council to show family-oriented movies in the City Park bandshell on Fridays in June and July, Brevik decided he couldn't necessarily afford the copyrighting costs and said he couldn't show movies without some financial support. One resident in particular called him, was "willing to donate money out of pocket," and found other supporters as well.
Crews reached a milestone in the Highway 10 project today when the new highway was opened to traffic. Although all four lanes throughout the project will not be open until early August, Fourth of July travelers will be able to test out the new road, a goal of contractor Hoffman Construction. First planned for June 28, the opening date was postponed because of some rain delays and because that date was a Saturday.
DETROIT LAKES - When Bridget Miller was 20 weeks along in her pregnancy, she and her husband, Jesse, found out their daughter had congenital diaphragmatic hernia. "That just means her diaphragm didn't form," Bridget Miller explained. At 20 weeks into her pregnancy, Bridget was told her baby had a 50 percent chance of living. Two weeks before she delivered, she was told her daughter now had a 5 percent chance to live. "Somebody had to be that 5 percent.