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DETROIT LAKES -- Staff at the Detroit Lakes Public Library will no longer have to worry about heat. With Becker County, which has provided the library building with heat at a reduced rate for years, replacing its heating system because of the addition to the courthouse, the city needed to take action on heating the library. After getting quotes on replacing the boiler to provide either natural gas, electric or both, the decision was made to install natural gas. The city's public utilities electrician Al Johnson said electric would be too costly for the city because lines would have to be
Minnesota Department of Transportation engineers Tom Lundberg and Jeff Perkins met with members of the public and the city council Monday afternoon to discuss the Highway 10 project. Whistle-Free Zone The city has never strayed from its decision that it is sick of train whistles and wants to be rid of them as soon as possible. An issue has come up at the Washington Avenue crossing, though. "I don't want to underplay it if there are problems," Alderman Bruce Imholte said. The project will hopefully go through, with just the obstacle of a "longer review period," Perkins said.
Next school year, Frazee-Vergas Schools will run past the Memorial weekend in 2009. "The way next year works out, we will go past Memorial weekend, and because of state law, we can't start school before Labor Day," School Board member Dwight Cook said. During the 2008-09 school year, there will be a two-week period off over Christmas for "winter break." Both Christmas and New Year's fall on a Thursday this year. But that's not the only time students will have off.
DETROIT LAKES -- The city of Detroit Lakes and Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation are shuffling around a couple of properties. In July 2001, the city of Detroit Lakes and MMCDC entered into a loan agreement to renovate the Graystone Annex Block. Community Development Director Larry Remmen said the city was required to be involved simply to make sure MMCDC would stay in line with the requirements of the grant. The city didn't actually have any money involved in the loan agreement.
DETROIT LAKES -- Plans are in the works for Voyageur Lanes on Little Detroit Lake to be torn down and the bowling alley relocated, with a condo to go up in its place. But, the details aren't ironed out quite yet. David Spies brought plans to the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission to discuss demolishing Voyageur Lanes on West Lake Drive, and building a 27-unit condominium in its place.
DETROIT LAKES -- It started with a phone call, which led to another couple calls and now those having difficulty pumping their own gasoline are being helped. It began when a senior citizen in the area called Judy Peterson, the Becker County coordinator on aging. "I received a call from a senior, and she just asked the simple question 'is there anyone who could fill our gas,'" Peterson said. With Grover's full-service gas station closed and no other known gas stations advertising to pump gas, Peterson made some calls to find a station that would help.
DETROIT LAKES - Yes, tax season is upon us once again. And Mahube Community Council and AARP Tax Aide Assistance are here to help. Ten volunteers housed in Mahube are ready to assist with tax return forms. Volunteers are available to do federal, state, rent and property tax refunds, although they do not work on filing for businesses. "We don't exclude anyone, no income limitations, but we're more for elderly and lower income," Dave Birchem said. Birchem has volunteered with the program for nearly 10 years.
DETROIT LAKES -- If it were up to the majority of Becker County Republican voters, Mike Huckabee would be the next U.S. president. Super Tuesday night, the Republicans gathered in three locations -- Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Wolf Lake -- to cast their non-binding vote as to whom they want to represent them in the next election. "With the religious nature of this area, it's not too surprising that Huckabee would win," John Moberg said.
DETROIT LAKES -- Yes, tax season is upon us once again. And Mahube Community Council and AARP Tax Aide Assistance are here to help. Ten volunteers housed in Mahube are ready to assist with tax return forms. Volunteers are available to do federal, state, rent and property tax refunds, although they do not work on filing for businesses. "We don't exclude anyone, no income limitations, but we're more for elderly and lower income," Dave Birchem said. Birchem has volunteered with the program for nearly 10 years.
DETROIT LAKES -- Having received the Detroit Lakes City Council's blessing at the end of 2007, Becker County is going to build a parking lot at the Berean Baptist Church site. Now, the question remains of how to screen it from the rest of the neighborhood. Before the decision to go forward with the parking lot last year, city and county officials heard several times from neighbors and other community members that they were not in favor of a parking lot in their neighborhood.