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The billboard discussion has been laid to rest. Finally. After at least a year of meetings and discussion, the Detroit Lakes City Council voted unanimously to pass a second reading to amend the city ordinance relative to business signs, advertising sign and free standing signs, or billboards. While a majority of the changes in the amendment were agreed upon after a sign committee recommended changes, the one issue that has been repeatedly discussed maybe wasn't even an issue to begin with. "You're debating an issue that has not been an issue," Cyndi Anderson said.
Detroit Lakes teachers had a difficult decision this time around when voting for Teacher of the Year. But the ballots were tallied, and Shan Manke was award the honor Thursday evening. Starting six years ago, the Education Minnesota Detroit Lakes Teacher of the Year celebration was a small one, with about 10 people at the event. It has certainly grown in past few years. Nominated for the EMDL Teacher of the Year award were Manke, Bonnie Mohs and Pam Daly. Daly is a teacher at the Detroit Lakes Middle School, Mohs at the high school, and Manke at Roosevelt Elementary.
Different ages, different reasons, different futures, one common goal achieved. Next Tuesday, about 25 graduates will take part in the GED graduation ceremony -- among them Tim Erickson, 20, Elena Acosta, 28, and Rachel Williams, 65. "I wanted to have finished my high school education," Williams said was her reason for returning after all these years to complete her GED.
After a senior student missed out on her band trip to Florida, one teacher now has a complaint filed against him or her and the family is asking for reimbursement from the Frazee-Vergas School District. Because of data privacy issues, the teacher isn't being named. Debra Renollet spoke Monday evening on behalf of her daughter at the regular Frazee-Vergas School Board meeting. Before being allowed three minutes in front of the board, Renollet had to go through the channels of talking to the teacher, principal and superintendent.
For a first time painting on canvas, ninth grader Lera Hephner has proven she has a talent for it. As a part of her art class earlier this school year, the Waubun 15-year-old chose to paint David Bradley's "Pow Wow Princess in the Process of Acculturation." "I was very surprised I could do that," she said of the end result. During the class, students were assigned to do a 2-D drawing and painting. Although she has been drawing since she was little and playing around with water colors, this was her first attempt at acrylic paints.
Although millions of dollars were cut from the state bonding bill, Detroit Lakes' connection to the Heartland bike trial is safe. Gov.
The end of life subject can be a taboo one, but it doesn't have to be. It can actually be helpful and ease the stress for family members. Hospice of the Red River Valley and St. Mary's Innovis Health have partnered to present Dying Days: Questions at the End of Life. The presentation, they guarantee, is not depressing but instead is more along the lines of the recent comedy "The Bucket List," starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. "The hurdle is trying to explain the energy in this," Hospice's Joy Crouch said. Two years ago, the St.
Representatives from most, if not all, veterans groups in the area came out Tuesday evening to express their support, and urge Detroit Lakes City Council members to support a veterans memorial park. "We firmly request space in your gateway district for a proper veterans memorial," Don Schattschneider said to the Detroit Lakes City Council.
Billboards will continue to be banned from the downtown district in Detroit Lakes at this time. The Detroit Lakes City Council held a first reading of the billboard amendment Tuesday evening, taking the recommendation of the sign committee which had worked on the issue for a year.
Game on for the Highway 10 project. Tuesday evening, Minnesota Department of Transportation and Hoffman Construction representatives presented a recap of last year's construction season and what to expect in the new season. Sub-contractor Lunda Construction Co. of Black River Falls, Wis. started work on the Roosevelt Avenue underpass bridge last week, but snow this weekend slowed the process slightly.