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The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is making the local kidney dialysis unit a better place. The organization donated $15,000 toward a unit. "We felt it was a good thing just getting this set up," said Adeline Sherbrooke, Odd Fellows member. The dialysis unit is located in the former County Market building and is run by St. Mary's Regional Health Center and MeritCare. As part of St. Mary's remodeling and expansion project, the kidney dialysis department will be relocating to the North Campus of St. Mary's on July 17.
A couple area girls got to be a part of Microsoft's DigiGirlz technology day camp last month. Cecilia Erholtz, 14, and Jasmine Skarie attended the camp at the Fargo Microsoft campus. The camp, which is for girls in grades eight through 10, introduces them to business leaders and technology. Erholtz, who will be a ninth grader this fall at Frazee-Vergas School, said she heard about the camp from a friend. "I like to learn about computers.
Now may be the time to start thinking about running for Detroit Lakes City Council. This November, there will be several seats on the council up for election. They are Ward 1, Leonard Heltemes; Ward 2, Dave Aune; Ward 3, GL Tucker, and two at large spots, Matt Brenk and Walt Tollefson. Filing for the elections begins Aug. 28 and closes Sept. 12. There are no primary elections for city council. Election day is Nov. 7 this year. Each position is a four-year term, and there is no limit on the number of years someone can serve on the city council.
The city of Frazee will find out next week if residents and businesses will be able to take the next step toward calling Detroit Lakes for free. "It's all in the wait-and-see file right now," Deputy Clerk Marian Estenson said. "We'd sure like to see it pass as soon as possible." City Clerk Kelcey Klemm said Frazee first had to file a petition that required signatures from 15 percent of the customers within the 334 exchange.
The city of Detroit Lakes is looking into purchasing the property along Highway 10 that used to house Grover's Truck Stop. City officials met with landowners American National Bank Thursday to discuss the deal. Mayor Larry Buboltz said the purchase is part of the long-term planning for the city.
With so many stories of lost children now days, volunteers were happy to hear a positive ending to a recent ordeal in Becker County. Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Becker County Sheriff's Department was notified that a 2-year-old Fargo girl had wondered off near Height of Land Lake. She had been missing for several hours already. The little girl with brownish-blonde hair, whose name was not released, was staying with her father near the public access on the east side of the lake.
Taking a walk in the woods? Watch for those ticks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Lyme disease is on the rise. But, don't just check yourself, check your four-legged friends as well. Dogs are 100 times more likely to be bitten by diseased ticks. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and treat Lyme disease for humans and animals. "If you are able to check every day (for ticks), the possibilities are very low," Karen Bergeron, RN, MeritCare, said of humans contracting the disease. There are two kinds of ticks in the area -- wood ticks and deer ticks.
Why Detroit Lakes? Better yet, why not Detroit Lakes? That's the question Pastor Dan Taylor posed to those who attended a public meeting on starting an addiction treatment facility in Detroit Lakes. Taylor accompanied Todd Wesbrook back to Detroit Lakes to discuss Trinity Mission, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Indiana. Taylor is the head of the operation, and Wesbrook works as a counselor at the facility. Wesbrook traveled to Detroit Lakes, where his family still lives, in March and presented information on meth counseling.
Just two months ago, Elaine Pechnik Reller was wondering how she was going to restore and transform her newly purchased Callaway store into a youth center called Callaway Corner. She got her answer when 22 kids from St. Cloud offered to come help work on the building this month. Reller, pastor of the non-denominational God's Church in Bejou, bought the Callaway store looking to turn it into a youth center for area kids. The St. Cloud kids from Joy Christian Center are coming at the end of the month to donate their time and help fix the roof, plumbing, etc.
Paul Renner's Timber Creek development came before the Detroit Lakes City Council last week. After many projects in the city, it seemed like a no-brainer to pass the acceptance of bids for street and utility improvements. It was a no-go though. The council rejected the bids, saying they couldn't change policy. Council members and Renner met Monday afternoon during the Community Development Committee meeting to discuss accepting the bids for street and utility improvements to Renner's Timber Creek Third Addition Phase 2.