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Crews reached a milestone in the Highway 10 project today when the new highway was opened to traffic. Although all four lanes throughout the project will not be open until early August, Fourth of July travelers will be able to test out the new road, a goal of contractor Hoffman Construction. First planned for June 28, the opening date was postponed because of some rain delays and because that date was a Saturday.
DETROIT LAKES - When Bridget Miller was 20 weeks along in her pregnancy, she and her husband, Jesse, found out their daughter had congenital diaphragmatic hernia. "That just means her diaphragm didn't form," Bridget Miller explained. At 20 weeks into her pregnancy, Bridget was told her baby had a 50 percent chance of living. Two weeks before she delivered, she was told her daughter now had a 5 percent chance to live. "Somebody had to be that 5 percent.
DETROIT LAKES - It's no secret increasing fuel prices are affecting everyone. The city is no exception. Sixty percent of budgeted funds for fuel are already gone in only the first five months of the year.
DETROIT LAKES - Detroit Lakes resident Scott Brevik said he wanted to show movies in the city's bandshell as something for families to do together on a Friday night, but without some financial support, that's not going to happen. Brevik got approval last week from the Detroit Lakes City Council to show movies at the bandshell, but he said he was disappointed the city wouldn't kick in any money for the cause. "There's interest in it, but in order to do a movie, you have to go through legal rights and it's $250 to get a movie," he said.
DETROIT LAKES - With several options to take a look at, the Heartland Trail connect from Park Rapids to Moorhead is a "blank canvas" at this point. Those are the words of Tim Browning, Department of Natural Resources Northwest regional manager of the Trails and Waterways Division. Browning, John Stewart and Laurie Young held the first open house in Detroit Lakes Thursday evening.
DETROIT LAKES - After a meeting of the minds and hours of discussion, the city of Detroit Lakes has identified major projects to look at and prioritized them accordingly. Topping the list is the Gateway District as priority No. 1. No. 2 is the half-cent sales tax, No. 3 is trails, parks and lake quality, No. 4 is wastewater and water, and No.
DETROIT LAKES - Not only did the Detroit Lakes student council's Care Week provide support for the community, it also earned the student council national accolades. Student council advisor Bonnie Mohs received word a couple weeks ago that the group had won the National DifferenceMaker Award, developed by Mike Smith and given out by the Alliance for Student Activities. "His basic philosophy is 'Every day, you should try to make a difference in the life of at least one other person,'" Mohs said of national speaker Mike Smith.
DETROIT LAKES - For the last seven years, Janell Girodat has lived with cancer. But that doesn't mean it has taken over her life or that she doesn't put up a good fight each and every day. And people are noticing. Girodat, of Kindred, has been chosen as the torchbearer for this year's Becker County Relay for Life, scheduled for Friday. "Her name was brought up and we had heard what an inspiration she was to the high school kids," Relay for Life organizer Michelle Bjorgan said.
An amazing journey to Costa Rica has taught April Asleson both about the medical field and not taking things for granted. The 2004 Detroit Lakes High School graduate is a student at St. Cloud State University and traveled to Costa Rica May 19-28 with seven other St. Cloud students through the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children program. An experience, she said, she'll never forget and hopes to repeat in the future. "It was amazing. Everything there is complete opposite of how it is here. Like the people are just so warm and loving," she said.
DETROIT LAKES - It may have been "top secret" up to now, but the Historic Holmes Theatre has finally lifted the curtain for a little sneak peek at its 2008-09 season. Though season tickets won't go on sale until early August, and individual show tickets a few weeks after that, Holmes Theatre executive director Amy Stoller Stearns is hoping to generate a little "buzz" by giving the public an early glimpse into what's in store. Now entering its sixth year of operation, the Historic Holmes Theatre attracts over 40 percent of its audience from 20-plus miles away, making it "a truly regional th