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Want to learn about floral designs and exhibits or become a judge for the Horticulture Society? Lakes Homes is hosting the exhibiting and judging workshop, sponsored by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, on Saturday, Sept.
After 20 years of service as mayor of Detroit Lakes, Larry Buboltz has decided not to run for re-election this November. "I decided a few months ago that I will not be running for mayor," he announced Thursday afternoon. Buboltz said it has been a great 20 years -- and 12 years previous to that as a city council alderman -- but it's time to move along now. So far, three men have filed for the open mayor position -- Alderman Matt Brenk, Jim Vareberg and Bob Renney. Filings are open until Tuesday at 5 p.m. "People have been extremely kind," he said.
Dick Beardsley Half Marathon runners passing mile seven will find something new this year. For a mile stretch, family and friends will host a Journey for Jess where there will be banners and decorations, bringing awareness to Jess Beecher and her fight with epilepsy. "It's more for recognizing it," event organizer Brent Wolf said. "It's raising awareness for the cause." Jess Marie Beecher lost her three-year battle with epilepsy on June 18, 2007, after she suffered a seizure and her brain was deprived of adequate oxygen for an extensive period of time. She was only 3 years old.
A worthy organization. A known family. A past working relationship. It all seemed to point in the right direction. That's why Dynamic Homes is helping out Habitat for Humanity with its latest house. "It's great to have somebody else stepping up for Habitat," Habitat President Steve Hanson said of Dynamic. It started about a month ago, when Dynamic Homes President Paul Okeson ran into Hanson at the Becker County Fair at the end of July.
Concentration, intricate details, colored beads and of course, laughter. Those are just a few of the things the organizers of the fall retreat for caregivers were experiencing when prepping for the upcoming event. Struggling at times to create an angel made of beads and wire, the ladies were on the floor looking for beads, commenting on the pains of bifocals and trying to get two wings to look similar. And all the while, laughter could be heard. "I made a wing! I did it!" Those were the shouts of joy heard around the room while attempting the angel making process.
Three years ago Patti Spry approached two teens about attending a Youth in Theology and Ministry camp and the results continue to grow each year. Spry, youth minister at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, asked Sydney Henderson and Tiffany Wirtz to attend the leadership summer camp at St. John's School of Theology Seminary. "They talk about community service and projects for our church," Henderson said. She and Wirtz decided to start a choir for high schoolers at their church. There was a children's choir already, but a missing spot for teenagers.
After having some problems with flowering rush growing in the water along their beachfront, some residents on Deadshot Bay took matters into their own hands -- literally. Last summer, the Deadshot Estates Condominium Association eradicated the flowering rush in its beach area.
What started out as a few guys getting together to play music has grown into a benefit concert, with a fortunate surprise along the way. "The guys in the band and I were sitting around and thought, 'well, we all have decent jobs, we should give back to the community,'" Mike Hokanson said. They decided to give back in the form of the Becker County Food Pantry. Four bands will be performing Saturday afternoon and evening from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park bandshell. The event is free, but organizers are asking for free-will donations of cash and non-perishable food.
From the pictures, stories and music chosen at his funeral, it is evident Chris Carlson was a country boy who loved his horse, hunting and outdoors. What the stories also told was of his dedication, out-going personality, love of family and crazy antics. Carlson died Sunday, Aug. 17, in an ATV accident. The Lake Park man was 29 years old. "This is a confusing time, a time we don't understand. Our hearts are breaking today," his aunt said Friday morning at the funeral.
Tuesday is the official closing and auction of Wisted Brothers Hardware Hank on North Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes. "We will officially be unemployed," Bruce Wisted said with a laugh. After being in the family business for 30 years -- it's been a hardware business for 62 years -- brothers Bruce and Ron are closing the doors and auctioning off all remaining inventory and the two buildings that house the hardware store. The sale begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The buildings are the "first items up for business." After the sale of the buildings, shop tools and inventory will be sold.