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With a little help from her grandparents, teacher and community, sixth grader Anya Butzer is making a difference. When Anya's mom, Jane, noticed Anya's teacher, Linda Mickelson, was also collecting pop can tops, she mentioned it to Anya, and the Detroit Lakes girl took it from there. Anya looked up information on the Internet -- how the Ronald McDonald House program worked and what she could do. She also called the charity directly and was mailed 20 houses to set out around Detroit Lakes for pop-top collections.
The Minnesota Legislature is out of session and politicians are happy to get out and talk about what was achieved and what should have been achieved. All are happy there was no special session this year, though. "We wrapped up on time, but there were tough discussions at the end last week," Sen. Joe Gimse of Willmar (R-District 13) said last week as he traveled through Detroit Lakes with Sen. Betsy Wergin of Princeton (R-District 16). Sen.
Answering the call to serve their country, five brothers served in World War II together. This Memorial Day is a day to honor the Martin brothers and other servicemen and women who have served or are serving in the military. Jeanne Teiken, Detroit Lakes, said her father, Bernard, and four uncles from Callaway all dealt with their time in the war differently, but it affected all of them. All five gone now, she said her father used to tell stories of his time in the war, but her uncle Lloyd (Gene) never talked about it. He was at Pearl Harbor when the bombing occurred.
Awaiting the call of their fourth grandchild to be born, Dean and Kathy Rogers know just how important it is to savor and appreciate each day. After suffering a heart attack in August of 2006, doctors found Dean's kidneys were not working properly and he needed a transplant. While other dates of heart attacks and dialysis may be months and years, ask him when he got his transplant and Dean, 60, has no problem remembering Oct.
From a lump in the throat to laughter in the belly, the first Lakes Area Student Produced Film Festival at Detroit Lakes High School was a hit. Ten student films were viewed and about a dozen judges scored each from 1 to 10. The winning film was Janaye Johnson's documentary on high school counselor's Janell Girodat battle with cancer. Johnson was awarded $100 for her film. Arvig Communications Systems provided cash prizes for the top four finishers. Second place was a documentary on the area high schools' Day of Caring. It was produced by Angie Lindquist and Danica Maloney.
Surrounded by some dreary, windy, chilly weather, the sun decided to shine on Detroit Lakes Wednesday -- the perfect time for Capital for a Day festivities. "It was really a fabulous day," organizer Amy Stearns said Friday after all the festivities had settled. "It was really a great opportunity to get a whole variety of people together to celebrate Detroit Lakes and showcase our community to the broader state." The day kicked off with coffee and a visit from Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau and other dignitaries and representatives.
Birders winged on over to Detroit Lakes Thursday for the kick-off of the 11th annual Festival of Birds. Through different workshops and fieldtrips Thursday-Sunday, beginners and experienced bird-watchers had the opportunity to meet one another and hopefully check off some of those must-see birds. Each year a theme bird is chosen, and this year it was the Connecticut Warbler.
Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary is the best. Best in the District, that is. The service club was recently awarded the prestigious "Best in District" award at a convention in Dickinson, N.D. The district includes all of North Dakota, upper Minnesota and Thunder Bay, Canada. "The club has grown so much in the last four years," Club President Tera Guetter said. "We've grown tremendously." As proof of the club's growth, in 2003, the Breakfast Rotary Club was awarded the same title in the "50 members and less" category.
Now that the Detroit Lakes Area chapter of Let's Go Fishing with Seniors has established itself, organizers are looking for funds to pay for the pontoon, fishing gear and other supplies needed for the first year of operation. The pontoon is here and was on display during the Capital for a Day celebration and will also make an appearance at the upcoming Street Faire at the Lakes, May 31-June 1.
Now may be the time to plan for future donations, or as a professional advisor, time to get more information on how to advise those ready to donate. With the help of a grant from the Dakota Medical Foundation, St. Mary's Health Foundation is sponsoring a professional advisor seminar on May 22. Giving Point Principal Shannon Schweigert, along with others, will speak on integrated charitable planning. Seventy-five percent of gifts for non-profits and foundations come from individuals, and 78 percent of decisions to give are because of encouragement from professional advisors -- i.e.