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After a day filled with interviews and debate, the Detroit Lakes City Council made a motion to negotiate with City Administrator Rich Grabow's replacement. The city authorized Jim Brimeyer, The Brimeyer Group, Inc., to negotiate with Bob Louiseau. Louiseau serves as Perham city manager and has served as community development director for Detroit Lakes from 1983-1990. Council members, Mayor Larry Buboltz and Public Utilities Commission representative Mitch Wimmer spent Saturday interviewing five candidates for the position.
Members of the Lake Region Builders Association met with U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson Monday noon to present him with a check for his support. Government Affairs Director Lisa Frenette explained the Builders Association of Minnesota supports those who have supported the organization and wants to keep those that are "good to our issues continue to stay in congress or legislature. Congressman Peterson has been very good to us." BAM-PAC, Builders Association of Minnesota Political Action Committee, is at the state level and raises money from Builders members to contribute to political races.
What is salvage and where does it belong? That's the question Detroit Lakes city officials are trying to determine. Aldermen approved the first reading of an ordinance amendment pertaining to salvage operations and where they should be located. After a lengthy bout with TS Recreational, located along Highway 10, the council and planning commission decided to put a stricter, better worded, plan into place for future salvage issues. The ordinance defines salvage as inoperable motor vehicles, construction and agriculture equipment, household appliances, etc.
The Detroit Lakes City Council and Mayor Larry Buboltz will have the opportunity to interview and talk one-on-one with the six candidates for city administrator next week. With Rich Grabow's impending retirement at the end of September, the city hired the Brimeyer Group, Inc., out of the Twin Cities to find the ideal candidates for the city position.
Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center CEO Stu Omberg is quick to point out the positive impact the facility has had on Detroit Lakes. He's also willing to point out it still needs some help. Members of the Detroit Lakes City Council and city staff and staff from the DLCCC gathered together Thursday for a special city council meeting in the DLCCC. The point of the meeting was to report the current state of DLCCC affairs. For the DLCCC to run current programs, the center needs to generate over $300,000 in non-earned revenue.
Habitat for Humanity of Detroit Lakes members have not one, not two, but about half a dozen things going on at the moment. First up is the golf scramble set for Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Forest Hills Golf Course. Registration begins at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost for the Sprint-Habitat event is $75 per person, or $175 per hole for sponsorship. Individual fees include 18 holes of golf, cart and one ticket to the social.
Who needs a corn maze when there is a several-mile-long maze of orange cones in Detroit lakes? Despite all those cones, detours, etc., the Highway 10 realignment and Highway 59 bridge projects are on or ahead of schedule. "Basically what I'm saying here is things are going well," said Jeff Perkins, resident construction engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Not only has the project so far been a success in terms of time, Hoffman Construction, contractor on the job, plans to speed up a few more portions of the project yet this fall.
Frazee-Vergas School District Superintendent Deron Stender is on board for another three school years. After a three-hour closed meeting in July, the board gave a recap on the performance evaluation of Superintendent Deron Stender Monday evening and approved a contact that will carry him through the 2010-11 school year. In the evaluation process, school board members were asked to rank their answers to 50 questions on a 1-5 scale, from unacceptable to outstanding performance. There was also a comment section for more details about the superintendent's strengths and weaknesses.
When Kurt Philion's friend was killed in Iraq, he decided it was time for him to do more with his running abilities. For a couple years Philion, 24, had been taking part in relays with his parents and sister during the Fargo Marathon. "Running is kind of relaxing," he said. "I've been a runner all my life, just relaxed running." His sister then inquired if he'd be willing to run the half marathon. "In my mind, I thought 'no way would I do more than seven miles,'" he said.
Sunnyside Care Center is showing its greenness. With Boyer Lake constantly on the rise, the shoreline around Sunnyside was washing away. So, Sunnyside applied for a Shoreland Habitat Program grant through the Department of Natural Resources and received the restoration last week. Sunnyside's Director of Environmental Services Gary Ziebell said four years ago he could mow the lawn right to the shore, but erosion from years of high water left four-foot drop-offs to the lake. "Wave action from high winds, and this lake tends to have high waves," has taken its toll on the shore, said J.P.