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Feel like a little singing? Then sign up for the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center's Spring Fest Idol competition. The Crisis Center's first Spring Fest will feature a karaoke contest and silent walk on Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m. The fest is taking place in April to bring attention to Child Abuse Month, Sexual Assault Month, Victims Rights Week, Volunteer Appreciation Month and Week of the Young Child.
Longtime Detroit Lakes City Administrator Rich Grabow is retiring Sept. 30, and the city is preparing for his departure by considering how best to look for a replacement. "I've been thinking and contemplating what would be the best thing to do," Mayor Larry Buboltz said at a meeting for council members to discuss the hiring process.
Written in 1813, Jane Austin's "Pride and Prejudice" was the first romantic comedy. The one all other romantic comedies -- like "You've Got Mail," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Knotting Hill," to name a few -- have patterned themselves after. Detroit Lakes Public Schools is performing its rendition of the classic tale April 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. in the middle school's George Simson Auditorium. Director Mark Everson said the play is based on the novel, but they pulled some things from the recent Keira Knightley movie by the same title.
Yesterday, Bethany Haugan told a story. She used lots of character appeal, voices and actions. Haugan was competing at state in speech. Accompanying her were Jamie Blackburn, Lindsey Boller and Whitney Westley as alternates. All four Detroit Lakes High School seniors compete in a different category, and Haugan's is storytelling. At competitions, she must draw three folk stories from a pool of 15 and then decide which she is going to tell.
When Jan Donahue's husband was deployed to Iraq for the second time, she went through a period of depression. She has turned that around and is touring with her comedy act now. Donahue's husband, Kevin, is serving with the Minnesota National Guard in Iraq. Besides her husband being gone three of the last four and a half years, she is raising their two teenage sons, was laid off from her state job and is trying to maintain two homes. "We need to work together and get our soldiers back," she said. "We're tough. We're strong.
Relay for Life is looking for a few good walkers. "Usually by now, we have 30 teams. Now we have 19," said organizer Michelle Bjorgan. The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is scheduled for June 22 at the Detroit Lakes High School football field. Teams can be anywhere from 3-15 people and of any age. They can be families, students, service groups, anyone. Relay for Life is one of the largest fund-raisers for the American Cancer Society. Teams walk throughout the night to raise money to fight cancer. New this year is a kids' carnival from 4 to 7 p.m. at the football field.
The Detroit Lakes Police Department is seeing a few changes this month. After the retirement of Captain Paul Goecke, Chief Kel Keena decided to restructure the department, having three sergeants rather than a captain and a sergeant. The city council approved the restructuring at its March meeting. With officer Tim Eggebraaten already a sergeant, two more needed to be promoted.
The Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes has had a successful winter season and is ready for a fun summer season. Summer Camp 2007 begins June 4, and is packed full of activities for kids age 5-18. The Club's winter fund-raisers -- Polar Plunge and Big Bash -- brought in between $51,000 and $52,000 for the club. "The community support is excellent, and we still appreciated that," Club Director Pat Petermann said. Those funds are 20 percent of the budget for the year, he added. The Boys and Girls Club also received several grants over the last few months.
Detroit Lakes now has miles and miles of streets within the city. But years back, there was one trail that led through town -- Woods Trail. There were three distinct trails on the Red River Oxcart Trail. Although it is thought that the first person passed through Becker County on the trails on Aug. 19, 1825, "all efforts to ascertain the date of the first travel over the road have been fruitless," according to the Becker County Historical Society. The Red River Trail was the only road connecting the settlements of Pembina, N.D., and Ft.
The Detroit Lakes Fire Department will not be providing Dunn Township with primary fire coverage. Last month, Dunn Township Supervisor Mike Johnson came before the Detroit Lakes Public Safety Committee to ask that the Detroit Lakes Fire Department consider covering the Otter Tail County township. This month, several residents voiced their opinion against that request. Some wrote letters, and some attended the Public Safety Committee meeting Monday afternoon.