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DETROIT LAKES - Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Robert Strand and his dog, Macho, have been practicing up for this week's U.S. Police Canine Association Region 18 Field Trials. "As long as we're on the same page, we're going good," Strand said of his training and competition with his K-9 Macho. The three-day long event begins today (Sunday) with registration. Then on Monday the competition begins. Strand said he is working daily with Macho to improve on their skills. "We're focusing on the events of competition, trying to fine-tune everything," he said last week.
As a tribute to all veterans, the White Earth Veterans Association is hosting The Wall: A Tribute to our Veterans on Aug. 20-25. The event will be held at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, but organizers Don York and Tim St. Clair stress the celebration isn't for any particular group of veterans, but rather any and all heroes. A large focus of the celebration will be on the Wall, a traveling wall with Vietnam veterans' names listed on it. There will also be towers on display, naming those that died in the terrorist attacks of 9-11.
Area families will have something new to do Fridays this summer -- watch movies outdoors. Tuesday evening the Detroit Lakes City Council approved Scott Brevik's request to show G or PG rated movies for families in the City Park on Friday evenings. "I was born and raised in Detroit Lakes and remember as a child many of the things from the summer growing up and would like to do the same for kids now," he wrote in his request. Brevik plans to host the movies in the city bandshell, where families can bring blankets and a snack and enjoy the film.
Kiddie Land may be gone, but artist Danika Leitheiser is helping keep the memories alive. "I remember the last I went there, I was probably 7," she said of the child entertainment park that was located in Detroit Lakes along Washington Avenue. At the urging of her father, Leitheiser decided to put her art skills to work and capture the park with her colored pencils. She donated a print of her original to the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce and will also donate one to the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.
Lace up your running shoes, there's another race in the area. New this year, the Run 'Round the Rose is set for July 19 around Rose Lake, located between Frazee and Vergas.
When the Becker County Senior Network hosted Senior Fest in 2004, about 400 seniors turned out for a day of celebrating ... well, seniors. This year, organizers are hoping for 400-500 seniors to come enjoy a day of pontoon rides, music and more. "This is even bigger and better (than in 2004)," organizer Joy Crouch said. "We haven't celebrated the seniors for four years, so we want to give back," organizer Judy Peterson agreed. This year Senior Fest is set for Tuesday, June 24, in the Detroit Lakes Pavilion.
If some Frazee-Vergas School District residents have their way, the excess operating levy referendum will be on the November ballot again. Fourteen people gathered Sunday evening to start the petition process to get signatures for either revoking the referendum or reducing it to $500 per student, rather than the $1,000 that passed last fall. "People are upset with increased taxes and possibly the loss of their home or farm," Oscar Birkeland said.
That New Year's resolution to quit smoking fell by the wayside, but you've decided now is the time to try again -- hopefully with more success. St. Mary's Innovis Health and the American Lung Association are ready to help. Starting June 10, Linnea Pajari will be holding eight sessions of Freedom From Smoking, which was developed by the American Lung Association.
Call it luck of the draw, or just plain good timing, but the city of Detroit Lakes is getting some help with funding for the work it's doing on its holding ponds. Through a state grant disbursed through Becker Soil & Water District, the city will receive 75 percent of its funds after completing multiple holding ponds around Detroit Lakes.
Yes, the ice is finally off the lake, but competitors in the June 7-8 Quake the Lakes may want to consider wearing wetsuits to stay warm. "If the crash doesn't get you, the hypothermia will," race director Ross Rolshoven joked. In its second year, Rolshoven is bringing back the entertaining boat races after about 3,000 people turned out last year for the two-day event. "Pretty much the whole beach was filled and then there were pontoons and boats that tied off next to each other off the course," he said of last year's turn out. This year the same eight classes of boat races will be fea