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Last Wednesday, Detroit Lakes resident Linda Wiedmann had a dilemma. On one hand she was to be at a meeting in the Detroit Country Club. On the other hand, she wanted to watch her great niece, Jordin Sparks, perform on "American Idol." She compromised and achieved both. Every now and then, she'd duck out of the meeting to head into the bar area where there were two televisions, one of which she switched over to the results show to see if her niece had been voted into the top two.
On the mayor's mind for years, the city is taking yet another look at building a convention, or conference, center in Detroit Lakes. At the long-ranging planning meeting earlier this year Mayor Larry Buboltz asked the Detroit Lakes Development Authority to look at bringing a convention center to town. The DLDA is now in the works of discussion and the possibility of hiring a consulting firm to write a feasibility report on the matter. Community Development Director Larry Remmen said when he last checked into the matter in 2004, he received a $4.5 million proposal.
Monday morning students and staff at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School gathered for a brief assembly. That assembly was to honor sixth-grade teacher Travis Nagel. Representatives from Wal-Mart honored Nagel with Wal-Mart's Teacher of the Year award. "It was a surprise to me," he said. "I didn't know anything about it." Although it was Wal-Mart giving Nagel a plaque, gift card and $1,000 for the school, it was the students who voted Nagel as No.
What is the Detroit Lakes/Becker County Airport worth? What is the land it sits on worth? What would that land be worth developed and sold to businesses? Those are a few of the questions the city of Detroit Lakes is looking into and will take to the county and airport commission for discussion. Alderman Ron Zeman has requested the city look into the property and see what it would be worth if sold to retail big box-type businesses, expanding Detroit Lakes.
This year's 10th annual Festival of Birds marks the largest yet. With the extra appeal of birding favorite David Allen Sibley, more than 250 people have already signed up for the May 17-20 event, representing 20 states. Detroit Lakes seems to be the right place to see many different species of birds. The area marks the spot where three transition zones -- prairie, hardwood and conifer forest -- come together.
Brothers H. Victor and Chester Anderson travel quite a bit together. Victor, being legally blind, says Chester is his eyes. Their most recent trip together is one neither will forget -- their trip to Washington, D.C., on the WDAY Honor Flight for World War II veterans. "From beginning to end, it was managed beautifully," Victor, 87, said of the trip. "They (organizers) didn't miss a thing." Five men from the area took part in the Honor Flight -- Chester, Lake Park; Victor, Frazee; Alwyn Martinson, Vergas, and Louis Mertz and Melvin Noeske, both of Osage.
When Bob Eliassen asked city council members and city staff if they had taken a drive out to Tower Road to see the site they plan to house an industrial park, he was surprised when all raised their hands. "You've looked and still vote yes," he said with dismay. The battle along Tower Road between city and residents has come to a decision -- there will be an industrial park in that location. Tuesday evening, Mayor Larry Buboltz got to exercise his right to vote, breaking a 4-4 tie -- Alderman GL Tucker was absent -- and voting in favor of the proposed Tower Road industrial park.
The lawyers of Becker County have a little extra pocket change they are donating to two good causes. The Becker County Bar Association donated $500 each to the Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes and Becker County Human Services. "Rather than throwing a party or lunch, we thought it should go to a good cause," attorney Steve Beitelspacher said of the excess money the association had in its treasury.
Have some extra mac and cheese, or extra canned corn? Saturday, along with your letters, stick a can or two of nonperishable food in your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up. Saturday marks the national food drive where the National Association of Letter Carriers collects nonperishable food items for distribution to food banks. Food collected in Detroit Lakes and surrounding towns will go to the Becker County Food Pantry. "Everyone at the post office participates, from the postmaster to the janitor.
Not only is the Minnesota Department of Transportation hearing complaints, it is responding as well. Thursday morning, Mn/DOT changed the signal lights at Highway 59 and County Road 6 from protected to protected permissive. "It used to have a green light, now you can use the green arrow or green ball," said Oliver Kendall, Mn/DOT engineering specialist in traffic. When turning from Highway 59 onto County Road 6, he said people used to have to wait a long period of time.