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Capital for a Day organizers in Detroit Lakes are hoping for a fun-filled day of entertainment for all ages Wednesday. From a dance Tuesday night to kick things off, to the closing community picnic Wednesday evening, the day will be filled with school performances, rain garden ribbon cutting, meeting dignitaries, fishing and much, much more.
Detroit Lakes planners had intended to create a rain garden in City Park anyway, but when the Festival of Birds organizers wanted to help, things started falling into place. Not to mention the Capital for a Day celebration happened to fall one day before the rain garden was to be planted. After Urban Conservation Specialist Gregg Thompson spoke in Detroit Lakes last year about rain gardens, the city decided it was time to take the lead and create some of its own. "This is a start," Park Supervisor Tom Gulon said, as his crew worked on digging out the area north of the Pavilion that will
Gerry Schlueter, who is serving as convention chairman for the upcoming barbershop chorus and quartet competition, is checking out his competition. As a part of a quartet out of Fargo, Schlueter has been going through the registrations to see who will be up against his quartet.
Cloning, Day of Caring, volleyball, cancer and friendships. A wide variety of topics will be seen at the first Lakes Area Student Produced Film Festival on May 15. Student filmmakers from the Detroit Lakes High School are preparing for their first film festival in hopes of winning cash prizes. It started with Laker Live, a video editing and advanced public speaking class for students, where a program is aired each Friday at the school and on ACS channel 14.
Judy Garland, Wally Szczerbiak, Jessica Lange, Gump Worsley and George "Pinky" Nelson will all be walking the red carpet in Detroit Lakes on May 14. During the Capital for a Day celebration in Detroit Lakes, Detroit Lakes Middle School sixth graders are dressing up as famous Minnesotans, taking a limousine ride, walking the red carpet from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Late last year, Minnesota residents had the opportunity, and the duty, to elect a capital for a day in each of the five biomes throughout the state. After being nominated by Tourism Director Cleone Stewart, Chamber President Dave Hochhalter and resident Mary Beth Gilsdorf, Detroit Lakes area residents were encouraged to go to the state's sesquicentennial Web site to vote for the city. They did, and the city took honors for the deciduous zone, getting more votes than bigger cities like St. Cloud and Bloomington. "I remember hearing about it and thought we'd never out do the bigger cities.
Several years ago, when Stephanie Lyman was pregnant with her second child, she made a decision to stay home rather than go back to work. Now she's turned that decision into a business and is being recognized for her work. Lyman, married and now with four children, has been named the Becker County Licensed Child Care Provider of 2008. Lyman said when she was pregnant with Emma, she thought to herself, "I can spend all my money on day care or stay home." She, obviously, chose to stay home. Being with children has been a career of the Detroit Lakes High School graduate's for many years.
Although funding for the Heartland Trail has passed, it could be a long, involved process before a route is finalized and the trail built. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed off on a bill to allow $15.3 million for state trails, and specifically $1.5 million for the Heartland Trail. The 49-mile multi-use trail runs from Park Rapids to Cass Lake mainly on an abandoned railroad grade. It also runs a few miles north to Walker.
A couple years ago, Joe Holm proposed the idea of Let's Go Fishing in Detroit Lakes. Paul Sukke was on board, but died before he could get the organization started.
Since almost the moment he was born, Duston Steeke had difficulty breathing. "He was on oxygen from the time he was born," his mom, Amy, said. Since that time, Duston, now 3, has had surgery on his heart and been sick multiple times, but looking at him, no one would ever know that.