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For the first time, area Lions clubs decided to add a second eye care mission to Mexico earlier this year. But after bad luck followed by more bad luck, at one point, the group thought they might be in for a vacation rather than a goodwill mission. After holding eye care missions in Mazatlan five times, the group added a trip to Cabo San Lucas in February. "We had no idea what was there," Armand Radke said. Radke and his wife, Mari, are the organizers of the trips. "Even though we were there twice to set up, you never know until you're hands on." Thus began the adventure. Feb.
It's not about going to the doctor and getting medication to solve the problem, or going on a quick diet that won't last. It's about a lifestyle change. That's what participants in the CHIP program say. Twelve local people graduated about a month ago from the international CHIP, or Coronary Health Improvement Project, program, held in Detroit Lakes. They all joined for different health reasons, but learned it takes a lifestyle change to improve health. "Everybody was all over the place," Connie Thompson said of those who participated in the program.
Don Schattschneider and other members of a veterans committee came before the Detroit Lakes Community Development Committee to discuss the idea of a veteran's memorial park in the Gateway District. When the county courthouse was expanded this year, the memorials in the courtyard had to be removed, with the promise that another area of town would be dedicated to the veterans. The RDG Planning and Design consultants have proposed a space in the Highway 10 redevelopment area, which would include an avenue of flags, scaled down replica of the USS Minnesota and a reflecting pond.
Canadian travelers have always enjoyed the benefits of the United States, but now with the Canadian dollar and the U.S. dollar about the same exchange rate, this is the perfect time to welcome Canadian visitors with even wider open arms. "What we're trying to create is a 200-mile welcome mat," Explore Minnesota Tourism representative David Bergman said of getting Canadians to come to the area. And particularly to bypass the bigger areas like Fargo and Grand Forks and come to the smaller, resort towns like Thief River Falls and Detroit Lakes.
After three applications and then waiting for what seemed like forever, Shawn and Tresa Ohman finally got the news they had been waiting for -- they were chosen for a Habitat for Humanity home. "We could have gotten a conventional home loan, but we couldn't have paid for it," Tresa said. She said after being turned down the first two times for a house, of course she was disappointed, but she just kept applying in hopes of one day being rewarded with a home.
The Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes is getting a nice gift, thanks to reality television. Program Director Stacy Heinlein received word Tuesday that the club is a recipient of money from Oprah's Big Give. According to Oprah's Big Give Web site, the TV show "defies television convention with the bold idea of people competing to give rather than get.
After a roughly 10-year hiatus, the Boy Scouts are back in Lake Park-Audubon. Although she's not certain how many years Lake Park-Audubon has been without a Boys Scouts program, Cubmaster Tammy Donovan said a year ago when she became cubmaster, it was her goal to help charter a new Boy Scout troop for the area. With Cub Scout Pack 645 in place for years, once boys finished the Cub Scouts, they would either have to go to Detroit Lakes or Hawley to continue on into the Boy Scout program.
Alcohol statistics for underage drinking are staggering, and only getting worse. The death toll of Americans killed in the Iraq war hit 4,000 this week and was publicized in full force.
More discussion was held last week on the Detroit Lakes billboard issue, with the Community Development Committee eventually deciding to go back to the original recommendations of the sign committee. After this special community development committee meeting, the issue could be discussed at the regular CDC meeting Thursday and then will be on the city council agenda for the April 8 vote. The recommendations are billboards are to be 300 square feet and be located 300 feet from a residential district, 500 feet from churches, schools, parks or the library.
The Aqua Belle is ready to set sail to a new home. Although the name Aqua Belle probably doesn't ring a bell for most, it's likely that anyone who has driven South Shore Drive has noticed the red and white boat parked in a yard. Last week, at a Detroit Lakes Planning Commission meeting, Kevin Melicher asked for the removal of the Aqua Belle in order to build a more suitable guesthouse on his South Shore Drive property. "It does appear to have some history for some people, around the Detroit Lakes area.