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Ground was broken on the picnic shelter that will honor Staff Sgt. Josh Hanson, who was killed last year in Iraq. People gathered at Maplewood State Park Saturday morning as Ed Jutz -- who is donating his services -- broke ground on what will become at 30-foot-by-50-foot picnic shelter, complete with bathrooms and a kitchen prep area. "This is no little groundbreaking, no little shovels," Dave Knopf said. Friends of Maplewood spearheaded the project, and Detroit Lakes resident Dave Knopf -- whose son, Justin, served with Hanson in Iraq -- got behind the project and fund-raising for it.
For miles before they even arrived in Detroit Lakes, the troops could see people were waiting in anticipation of their arrival home after 22 months away -- 16 of those spent in Iraq. Yellow ribbons and groups of people waving flags lined Highway 10 on Sunday long before the bus reached Detroit Lakes, the destination for the 2-136th Combined Arms Battalion, 1-34th Brigade Combat Team. Thousands waited along Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes and in the Detroit Lakes High School gymnasium.
For miles before they even arrived in Detroit Lakes, troops could see people were waiting in anticipation of their arrival home after 22 months away -- 16 of those spent in Iraq. Yellow ribbons and groups of people waving flags lined Highway 10 long before Detroit Lakes, the destination for the 2-136th Combined Arms Battalion, 1-34th Brigade Combat Team. Thousands waited along Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes and in the Detroit Lakes High School gymnasium. Whether they knew individuals in the unit or not, all were there to show their support. "We're here for all the troops.
The chili has been eaten, the parade has ended and once again, the Northwest Water Carnival has entertained those of Detroit Lakes and the surrounding area for another year. After a week of events for adults and children alike, Sunday wrapped up the annual celebration with the parade and water show. This year's admiral, Andrew Gag, said it was a success, rain or shine. "I truly enjoyed the opportunity to serve as the 72nd Admiral. It was great to see all of the people in town even with some of the rain.
Hundreds gathered Monday evening at the Frazee baseball fields to honor a guardsman killed in combat. A new scoreboard was placed at the field, and the field was renamed in honor of Staff Sgt. Greg Riewer, 28. He was an avid baseball player throughout his life. The Riewer family donated the scoreboard with memorial funds from an account set up in Greg Riewer's name. "This is exactly where Greg would want to be honored," his brother Jon Riewer told the crowd. Riewer was killed March 23 in Iraq when a roadside bomb hit his vehicle. He was serving with the Minnesota National Guard.
The U.S. Department of Transportation helped fund the Lake Country Scenic Byway road signs that will grace those towns along the route, but each town is looking for a little support for the bases. Tourism Director and Scenic Byway Board President Cleone Stewart said there will be two 10-by-10-foot signs with double sides at the Highway 59 and Highway 34 corner near Community Alliance Church, and one along Highway 59 South.
Three down, four more to go. Tanner Yocom, 15, plans to visit every continent before he graduates from high school. Last year, he toured Europe, and last month, he returned from a trip to Japan as a People to People Student Ambassador of Peace. He said he loved it and plans to return. "Everything is just so practical (in Japan). Why can't it be like that here?" he said. Before leaving for Japan, Yocom and the other students took culture classes that outlined the basic dos and don'ts of traveling abroad and what was expected of them as People to People representatives.
It was the game under the lights. One that drew a crowd of 500 people. One that people still remember and reminisce about. It was Sept. 4, 1950, and the Northside Eagles were taking on the Southside Colonels at Washington Park. Admission was 25 cents for adults and free for children. It was Detroit Lakes' two kid teams pitted against each other. "It was quite a thrill," Wendell Stonelake said of the two teams facing off. "For that time and place, it was a big deal. It was a really important thing growing up there," Nels Anderson said.
Rick Wamre worked his way from Detroit Lakes school newspaper writer to publisher of several successful magazines in Dallas. He claims "it's been pretty much of an accident all the way around." Wamre co-founded Advocate Publishing in 1991, and now publishes several neighborhood magazines in Dallas, with a circulation of 98,700.
Wednesday morning, the Detroit Lakes Library unveiled Minnesota's Sesquicentennial Banner. It will be on display through next Wednesday, July 18. Mayor Larry Buboltz and County Commissioner Barry Nelson were among the first to sign the journal that morning. A journal travels with the banner for people to record their thoughts and feelings about Minnesota. "It's a record of where the banner is traveling throughout the state," said Librarian Mary Haney of the journal. People can record their thoughts of what Minnesota means to them, or means to the United States.