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Part professional engineer, part amateur meteorologist. That describes Project Manager Chad Johnson of Hoffman Construction, the company in charge of the Highway 10 and Highway 59 project. "My friends joke I'm obsessed with the radar, and I am," he said of watching the weather each and every day during construction season.
Not only is the Lions Club of Detroit Lakes celebrating its 50th year next month, it is also swearing in its first woman leader. "I feel honored to be the first female president," said Debbie Haugen. "There are other women involved (in Lions), so hopefully we'll have another in the future." Haugen has been with the service organization for three years. She has served as 2nd vice president and 1st vice president, and as of July, president. She succeeds Del Bergseth as president. Doug Friendshuh will take her position as 1st vice president.
After years of abuse, Joe Johnson is turning that energy into something positive -- and he's ready to share his story to benefit others. "I found a way out, to motivate my life to use that pain I went through and become something great," he said. Not only has he found his way out, he wants to help other young people (or any age for that matter) see that they don't have to turn to a destructive life just because that's what they've known. Johnson, 26, of Frazee, has set a goal to become a mentor to kids with similar problems.
Although the rain may be putting a damper on some plans, it hasn't been affecting Highway 10 road and Highway 59 bridge construction. Project Manager with Hoffman Construction Chad Johnson said, collectively, the crews have only lost about two days because of the rain. "We don't need anymore of that, that's for sure," he said at the monthly update meeting held at city hall. He said the weekend rains don't affect the construction, and during the week, it's just the storms that have accompanying lightening that slows them down.
Detroit Lakes is looking into a conference center, but the idea is not without opposition. Tuesday evening the council passed motions to include state bonding support for a conference center and to fund 51 percent -- up to $40,800 -- of a feasibility study on the conference center and redevelopment area. Community Development Director Larry Remmen said, based on a previous study, the total project for a conference center is estimated at $8 million.
The airport's worth and future is the discussion coming to the Detroit Lakes City Council, Becker County Board of Commissioners and Airport commissioners. Last month, City Council Alderman Ron Zeman asked for the values of airport property to help determine if the airport land would be more valuable as an airport or sold off as retail. According to the county assessor's office, the airport sits on five parcels of land: The largest is 164.90 acres, valued at $2,677,300 total. That breaks down to $957,000 for land and $1,720,300 for buildings on that acreage.
Wanted: Someone to be responsible for 75 full-time employees, a total budget of $26.3 million, with five years of city management experience and experience in economic development. Tuesday evening, the Detroit Lakes City Council approved the next step in hiring a replacement for City Administrator Rich Grabow, who is retiring the end of September. The city hired consultants Brimeyer Group, Inc. to find candidates for the city to interview. Application deadline for the position is July 17. From possible candidates, finalists will be selected by Aug. 14, and interviews will be Aug. 24-25.
Although the rain may be putting a damper on some plans, it hasn't been affecting Highway 10 road and Highway 59 bridge construction. Project Manager with Hoffman Construction Chad Johnson said, collectively, the crews have only lost about two days because of the rain. "We don't need anymore of that, that's for sure," he said at the monthly update meeting held at city hall. He said the weekend rains don't affect the construction, and during the week, it's just the storms that have accompa-nying lightening that slows them down.
The troops are ready to come home. "We can see the light at the end of the tunnel," said Minnesota National Guard Capt. Adam Gilbertson, company commander of Able Company, 2-136th, said via telephone Thursday afternoon. After what will be 22 months away from home, the men "look forward to coming back and being a part of the community. It's just a long time to be gone," he said. Although Gilbertson can't give exact dates, he said the men should be back in Detroit Lakes the last week of July.
Follow the meandering, narrow road through the woods and campers will find one of the remaining resorts in the area with rustic features and little to no commercialization. Valhalla Resort, located on Island Lake roughly 20 miles east of Detroit Lakes off Highway 34, is nestled into 80 acres of land owned by Len and Norma Jean Grotnes.