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With another referendum attempt pending, the Frazee-Vergas School Board asked John Bulger from the Minnesota Department of Education to speak on what would happen to the Frazee School District if it were consolidated or dissolved. "It's extremely unusual for a district this size to talk about dissolution," he said. "To my knowledge, in 20 years, this is the first time to talk about dissolution of (a district) this size." Listing excellent facilities, good budgeting and great technology, Bulger didn't seem to find quite the danger the board projects.
The Berean Baptist Church property will not become a parking lot. Not this year, anyway. Becker County has asked that the parking issue be tabled, and the city council has complied.
Sizzling and frosty. Searing and cool. Fire and ice. St. Mary's Regional Health Center is hosting Fire and Ice, which replaces the group's 16-year tradition of Musical Memories. The hospital foundation and board held a joint meeting and "just decided it was time to do something new," said LeAnn Mouw, director of development and community relations. The new event -- set to be Saturday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. in The Fireside -- features culinary delights and wine.
Forming citizen commissions can mean a great deal of relief for a city council, but it can also bring a great many headaches as well. Cities representatives from around the area gathered Wednesday afternoon and evening to discuss timely issues with the League of Minnesota Cities. Issues included the 2007 legislative session, citizen commissions, open meeting laws, pandemic flu preparations and working together as cities. Attorney Scott Kelly spoke on behalf of the League of Minnesota Cities about citizen commissions, including the positives and the negatives.
Sarah Panzau uses humor to speak to teens about a topic very un-humorous -- drunk driving. On Aug. 23, 2003, Panzau went out for a night of drinking only to nearly kill herself in a one-car accident. The resulting list of medical ailments was two pages long.
The city of Detroit Lakes is looking for some financial help for a convention center and an extension of the Heartland Trail, and they're looking to state funding for a portion of it. Several Minnesota senators -- including DFLer Keith Langseth, chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee -- stopped in Detroit Lakes Thursday morning to hear presentations on why Detroit Lakes needs funding for these projects.
After roughly an hour of public testimony opposing the county building a parking lot in the Berean Church space, the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission denied the county's request for a waiver of parking space requirements and a conditional use permit to have a parking lot in a residential district. Last year the county came before the planning commission -- and ultimately the city council -- to request a waiver to only require 100 parking spaces for its 48,000-square-foot addition to the courthouse.
The stars aligned in White Earth this week. Circle of Life teacher Wendy Harstad was awarded the Minnesota No Child Left Behind 2007 American Star of Teaching. "Just watching students come in (to the gymnasium), I could notice a sense of community," Tracy Mulvenon said. She traveled from Washington, D.C., as a representative from the U.S. Department of Education to award Harstad the honor. Only one teacher from every state is being given the honor, and Harstad represents Minnesota.
The Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes, is offering students a bump up in their education. MSCTC has partnered with Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in management.
Emily Steinle is only 14 but she's already attended at least 12 funerals since 1999. There have been friends, family and friends close enough to be family. "It's just weird," she said of the amount of funerals she's attend thus far. "It's just something I grew up with.