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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.
Detroit Lakes city officials have made a decision to light both Highway 10 and the new frontage road. Multiple reasons why the roadways should both be lit were given, making it an easy, unanimous decision. Curt Punt and Roger Moltzan from the Detroit Lakes Public Utilities Department met with the Public Works Committee Monday afternoon to ask whether the city wants to light or not light the area from Roosevelt Avenue to Country Inn and Suites.
Whether the city should clear sidewalks or not is still up in the air. Detroit Lakes Postmaster Paul Collins visited with the Detroit Lakes Public Works Committee Monday afternoon to determine whether the city should continue cleaning sidewalks or stop and require citizens to clean their own sidewalks. "I'm in the middle here," Collins said. Earlier this winter the post office sent out notices to some residents saying their mail would be held until sidewalks were cleaned.
Back in 1946, there were a total of 558 births in Becker County, which was down only one from the previous year.
Outdoor enthusiasts Gary Christensen and Ted Olson decided to try out some camping gear over the holidays. They picked the perfect place -- Detroit Lakes in the wintertime. Christensen, of Cottage Grove, and Olson, of Plymouth, met at their in-laws' -- Keith and Natalie Bellefeuille -- over the New Year holiday for a belated Christmas celebration. Christensen contacted his brother-in-law Olson about building a quinzhee -- hollowed out pile of snow. "I thought it would be a ton of fun," Olson said.