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Some people may not know the similarities between "Dirty Sexy Money" character Brian and executive producer and writer Craig Wright, but they're there. Brian, a preacher, leaves the church to join the family business. Wright, a former preacher, left the church to join Hollywood. "I was already at odds with the church over a lot of things," he said earlier this month while in Detroit Lakes visiting. Wright now lives in Silver Lake, Calif., an area of Los Angeles between Hollywood and downtown.
Odiela Tietz and her daughters, Mary and Terry, visited the Holy Land to walk where Jesus had walked.
This year the Frazee-Vergas School District decided to change its kindergarten program to all-day, everyday, and so far, it's been a success. Kindergarteners are learning at such a higher rate, they are months ahead of where they were in previous years. "We're doing now what typically we were doing in February," teacher Tanya Mahoney said. Teacher Markay Larson said parents are surprised what their kids are learning now, compared to what their older children did just a couple years ago.
Construction has ended for the season, but contractors already have work ready as soon as they can begin next spring. "We worked as late as physically possible. The cold weather was forcing us to cease some operations, and the snow was definitely the end of the earthmoving for us," Hoffman Construction Project Manager Chad Johnson said last week. Designed as a three-year project, Hoffman Construction, of Black River Falls, Wis., found areas to accelerate the project to have it done in two years -- and paving Highway 10 early was the key.
Residents had one last opportunity to voice their opinions on the county purchasing the Berean Baptist Church property and building a parking lot, but the Detroit Lakes City Council passed the motion, despite the opposition. Besides the fact that neighbors didn't want a parking lot in their neighborhood, Tuesday night the focus turned to tearing down a historical aspect of the city.
At the close of a recent Detroit Lakes/Becker County Airport Commission meeting, everyone in the room was asked if he or she had any last comments. Long Lake resident Dave Brainard did. "My concern is the right thing gets done for this town 20 years down the road," he said. Whether the airport should relocate, add onto the runway or simply stay the same as it has for many years are the issues brought to the table. The commission says the airport is in the only location it can be and adding onto the runway will accommodate more and bigger aircraft.
All that voting paid off. Detroit Lakes has been crowned Capitol for a Day. As a part of Minnesota's 150-year celebration in 2008, people were asked to visit www.mn150years.org and vote in each biome for a city to be awarded Capitol for a Day. Detroit Lakes -- in the deciduous zone -- was up against cities like Perham, Alexandria, Bloomington and St.
With the anticipated Detroit Lakes City Council approval Tuesday, the county is moving forward on the proposed parking lot at the Lake Avenue and Frazee Street Bearan Baptist Church site. The Community Development Committee met Thursday and the aldermen present agreed the plan is a go. The parking lot will provide 74 parking spaces for the county, and the last house of the four purchased will either be left as a buffer or torn down and used as green space.
School shootings, mall shootings. No one can be sure when their last day on Earth is. Rachel Scott's dream was to be an actress. Reaching out to people with kindness and compassion was like second nature to her. Leaving a legacy is evident. Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine School shootings April 20, 1999.
Saturday brought the first major snowfall of the season, and Tuesday followed suit, dumping a couple more inches on the area. With questions and meetings just weeks ago about snow removal in the Highway 10 project construction areas, crews were put to the test the last couple days.