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After the Watoto Children's Choir visited Detroit Lakes a year ago, a group of people from the Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes decided it was time to return the visit. From Dec. 29-Jan. 12, 18 adults and youth will travel to Uganda to build a schoolroom for those in need. "There's 60 million kids orphaned in Africa because of AIDS," Joe Milner said. The children have no place to live, many are living on the streets, taken to become soldiers or prostitutes.
People gathered in the Minnesota Community & Technical College Tuesday evening to hear from the Detroit Lakes mayor and aldermen candidates. During the Lakes Area League of Women Voters-sponsored forum, the three mayor candidates faced off first, followed by council candidates from Ward 1, Ward 2 and At Large. Jim Anderson, running for Ward 3, is unopposed. Q: With the economic crisis expected to last for a while, what belt tightening can Detroit Lakes do? Jim Vareberg: He said he couldn't say until he sees more of where money is being spent.
It will be fun and safe, but certainly not scary. The Detroit Lakes High School Key Club is hosting a Halloween Fun House for kids pre-kindergarten to fifth grade on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes High School Multi-Purpose Gymnasium.
Musicals are good and fun, "but it's nice to tackle a show we can sink our teeth into, something with such meaning," Kathy Larson said. That's just what Detroit Lakes students are doing this fall with Les Misérables. The producer/director said she chose the musical because she "fell in love with the music," but on the other hand, she was back and forth on doing the musical more than she ever has been. "You (the cast) have to be so deep in talent," Assistant Director Mark Everson agreed.
Since age 8, Jason Paulson had wanted to work in oceanography. Once he became college age, he joined the Navy in lieu of college. Now working aboard submarines with unmanned underwater vehicles, Paulson said it's sort of where he's always wanted to be -- working with the water. In July 2002, after graduating from Detroit Lakes High School, Paulson joined the Navy.
Ten of the 11 Frazee-Vergas School Board candidates fielded eight questions in two hours Monday evening during a Lakes Area League of Women Voters-sponsored forum. Candidate Dennis De Nio came late and was only able to answer the final two questions. Each candidate was given two minutes to introduce themselves and then was given 90 seconds to answer each question.
In the highest numbers of challengers in quite some time, the Frazee-Vergas School Board will have 11 candidates for three seats. Incumbent Dana Laine will see challengers Carey Alger, Corey Baker, Jason Bauer, Julie Slevin, Keith Janu, Steve Jepson, Brenda Como, Karen Riggle, Dennis De Nio and Todd Sisson. In the order they were interviewed: Dennis De Nio Age: 36 Family: married with three children in school Occupation: business owner of Apex Effect and Septic Saver Q: Did the referendum prompt you to run for school board?
Three men are aiming for the head position in Detroit Lakes, that of mayor. Alderman Matt Brenk, Jim Vareberg and Bob Renney are vying for the position. Matt Brenk Age: 55 Family: Married with five children, one granddaughter Occupation: Real estate Q: Why did you decide to run for mayor? A: First of all, I really like Detroit Lakes because it's a great place to live, work and enjoy life.
Detroit Lakes' Adult Basic Education is helping make getting a GED even more accessible. The Lincoln Education Center based facility is offering GED-i, or GED online. The program is for those not able to make it into the classroom but still interested in getting his or her GED.
Detroit Lakes is moving forward with the first step in RDG Planning and Design's proposal for a parking district. Tuesday evening, the Detroit Lakes City Council approved a purchase agreement for property along Front Street West and Minnesota Avenue. Total cost is $831,274. Money to fund the parking district would come from two sources.