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A plan that will relocate Voyageur Lanes bowling alley in Detroit lakes and in its place house a new condominium is one step closer to approval. Tuesday night, the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission unanimously approved the request of David Spies Family Limited Partnership to build a condo on the West Lake Drive property. Developer David Spies said he has been working with the city for over a year to get approval for his plans. After coming before the planning commission at the start of this year, the commissioners sent Spies back with suggestions to improve the plan.
Death can be tough for adults, let alone for children. Confusion can be a part of the sadness, but David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is trying to help work through that confu-sion. In it's second week, the funeral home is offering STAR, or "What is a funeral anyway? A Special Time to Always Remember." Last week, program director Michelle Johnson helped explain what a funeral, hearse, eulogy and more is to six kids. This week, she talked with four kids. Kids start with a coloring book, telling the story of Grandpa Amos dying.
DETROIT LAKES -- Kiwanis is auctioning off the chance to take home a piece of history. Each year the Kiwanis holds a fund-raiser that includes dinner and silent and live auctions. After last year's auction, Ken Shroyer said he was looking around, thinking, "what would be unique" for next year's auction. He came up with an idea for wood he was already using for his own purposes. He had some of the mahogany wood from when the bleachers at the Detroit Lakes High School were replaced. The wood had bolt holes in it, so the project had to be made with smaller pieces.
DETROIT LAKES -- How many people in this area can say they actually know an astronaut? Turns out several people from the Becker County area, thanks to Dominic Pudwill Gorie. Gorie is commanding officer on the Space Shuttle Endeavour, up in space right now on a historic 16-day mission to the International Space Station. Wayne Pudwill, Detroit Lakes, and his family has gone to Houston to see his first cousin's four either launches or landings from NASA.
Last week RDG Planning and Design presented city officials with a rough plan for the redevelopment area, North Washington Avenue and West Lake Drive. It included ideas filled with green space, a parking ramp and the possibility of turning the newly refurbished County Market/St. Mary's dialysis building into a town square of green space. Although plans were grand and beautiful, they also brought some speculation from Detroit Lakes Development Authority members and the general public. Not only was surprise expressed at the DLDA meeting about taking down the St.
A man of many trades when it comes to the entertainment business, Pelican Rapids graduate Bruce Arntson is bringing his hit Nashville show to Fargo next month.
At 3 and 4 months of age, it's hard for these puppies not to wrestle around and act like, well puppies. But these particular puppies have big responsibilities ahead of them. Certified as a field trainer for the Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota, Linda Livingston Wiedewitsch is helping train several puppies and their foster families. "We are in training, too," said Jenny Berube of Pelican Rapids. She has been working with Vern, a 4-month-old yellow lab, since Dec. 28.
After surveys, meetings and public feedback, RDG Planning and Design consultants Marty Shukert and Cory Scott presented ideas for the redevelopment of Detroit Lakes at the Development Authority Thursday morning -- which were met with a very positive response. "The big idea, which focuses around the location of a turbine, of all things, is the use of a crescent," Shukert said, referring to the city utility's electrical-generating turbine located near the police station, which won't be moved. He said the crescent idea is based on one he encountered this fall in Bethesda, Md.
DETROIT LAKES - If you're interesting in birding, now is the time to sign up for the 11th annual Festival of Birds in Detroit Lakes. Only two weeks into registration, 80 people have already registered, and some of the fieldtrips are already half full. This year's theme bird is the Connecticut Warbler, and field trip sites have been added in hopes of spotting one. "We'll be traveling to two sites where we think there's a good chance," festival organizer and Tourism Director Cleone Stewart said.
DETROIT LAKES - While the cleaning of sidewalks will be discussed further at next month's Detroit Lakes public works and city council meetings, there will likely be a nuisance ordinance going into effect for the next winter season. Earlier this winter, the issue was brought to light when postal employees refused to deliver mail to any residences where sidewalks were not shoveled, citing possible injuries as the reason. Then it became a question of whether or not the city should plow the sidewalks at all or leave it up to residents, who would be fined if the task was not completed in a tim