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The Humane Society of the Lakes' Mardi Gras fund-raiser is Friday, and just in time. The shelter is opening its doors to the public March 13. Board President Beth Pridday said money from the fund-raiser is earmarked for last minute needs for the shelter's opening and for things that couldn't be donated, for example a hairdryer for the dogs, kennels and more. "This is an extremely critical time," she said. "It's like moving into a new home, you need the extra boost." Mardi Gras Madness Casino Night is Friday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Speak Easy.
Residents at St. Mary's Nursing Center no longer have to rise and dine at 8 a.m. They now have the option of rising and dining when they feel like it between 6:30 and 9 a.m. The new, relaxed program Destination Home is just one of the ways St. Mary's is changing its style to accommodate the residents rather than the residents accommodating the nursing center. Director of Nursing Patti Boller said from the beginning, nursing homes have been run more like institutions, being very task oriented. "It was the needs of the nursing home and not the needs of the residents," she said.
Like most years, the Detroit Lakes fire and police departments attended training, answered numerous calls and went through some changes with retirements in 2006. The Detroit Lakes Police Department fielded about the same amount of complaints as in 2005, which was up from the previous four years. As expected, the department received the most calls in May-August, with the highest total around 1,100 in July.
Fire destroyed a Becker County home Saturday afternoon, leaving the family in the hands of the Red Cross. Detroit Lakes firefighters were called to the home of Tim and Kay Graham, located on Borah Road, off Highway 29 between Detroit Lakes and Frazee, around 3:10 p.m. Saturday. Part of the family was home at the time of the fire.
The point of the Holmes Theatre's Cabaret nights is to showcase local talent. Thursday's will include some young local talent. John "Mr. Jack" Hutchinson and Bill "Jazz Sticks" Mohn are performing and bringing along a few friends. Carrie Sorensen, 13, Andy Schupp, 13, McKay Galbrecht, 16, and Gustavo Orsano, 22, are sharing the stage with the local blues men. Sorensen, an eighth grader at Detroit Lakes School, will also be performing about half a dozen songs of her own. "She's got some great lyrics that people of all ages can relate to," Hutchinson said of his guitar student.
The Detroit Lakes Police Department is moving forward on operational structure changes. At the Tuesday night Detroit Lakes City Council meeting, the council approved the second reading and adoption of the ordinance stating the structure will be changed from chief, captain and sergeant to chief and three sergeants. They also approved the acceptance of the resignation of Captain Paul Goecke. He has served with the DLPD for nearly 30 years.
With an obvious success, the Lions Clubs' trips to Mazatlan for eye care have expanded to include a clinic in Cabo San Lucas now. In March, Lions from various clubs are on their fourth trip to Mazatlan, Mexico, to fit the poor with glasses. The man who got it up and running, Armand Radke, and his wife, Mari, are taking a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, this week to get the preliminary work done so next year another group of Lions can make the trip there and help correct even more people's vision. "Last year, I met the (Lions) governor from Cabo at a Lions meeting.
Monopoly players will not be charged for street repairs for now. Neither will those on Minnesota Avenue. Last month residents filled Detroit Lakes council chambers to question utility repairs and reconstruction of several streets throughout the city, mainly Minnesota Avenue from Willow Street to West Lake Drive. The issue was deferred to the street and park committee for February's discussion and then voted on Tuesday evening at the city council meeting. "These are the reasons we hold these public meetings, to get information," City Engineer Gary Nansen said.
SJE Rhombus is planning to become stronger and more successful with the help of a grant from Minnesota Job Skills Partnership. The $228,248 grant was awarded to SJE and Teamworks, Inc., of Park Rapids for customized employee training. "This is a big day for us," GL Tucker, operations team manager at SJE, said. "We've been talking about this for many years." The grant will be used toward specialized control panel training in technical training, hand tools, equipment and process and systems and panels.
After much talked about review and even a site visit, the Detroit Lakes City Council has decided TS Recreational is operating within guidelines to be located in an auto-oriented zone. After accidentally allowing a rezone to auto-oriented, the city followed up -- after many outraged citizens spoke against the business -- by looking into owner Todd Simison's business along Highway 10, east of Detroit Lakes. The follow-up included forming a committee to look into the type of equipment on the site, and city staff, alderman and a few others took a trip to the property to see firsthand.