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What is the Detroit Lakes/Becker County Airport worth? What is the land it sits on worth? What would that land be worth developed and sold to businesses? Those are a few of the questions the city of Detroit Lakes is looking into and will take to the county and airport commission for discussion. Alderman Ron Zeman has requested the city look into the property and see what it would be worth if sold to retail big box-type businesses, expanding Detroit Lakes.
Monday morning students and staff at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School gathered for a brief assembly. That assembly was to honor sixth-grade teacher Travis Nagel. Representatives from Wal-Mart honored Nagel with Wal-Mart's Teacher of the Year award. "It was a surprise to me," he said. "I didn't know anything about it." Although it was Wal-Mart giving Nagel a plaque, gift card and $1,000 for the school, it was the students who voted Nagel as No.
Have some extra mac and cheese, or extra canned corn? Saturday, along with your letters, stick a can or two of nonperishable food in your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up. Saturday marks the national food drive where the National Association of Letter Carriers collects nonperishable food items for distribution to food banks. Food collected in Detroit Lakes and surrounding towns will go to the Becker County Food Pantry. "Everyone at the post office participates, from the postmaster to the janitor.
The lawyers of Becker County have a little extra pocket change they are donating to two good causes. The Becker County Bar Association donated $500 each to the Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes and Becker County Human Services. "Rather than throwing a party or lunch, we thought it should go to a good cause," attorney Steve Beitelspacher said of the excess money the association had in its treasury.
When Bob Eliassen asked city council members and city staff if they had taken a drive out to Tower Road to see the site they plan to house an industrial park, he was surprised when all raised their hands. "You've looked and still vote yes," he said with dismay. The battle along Tower Road between city and residents has come to a decision -- there will be an industrial park in that location. Tuesday evening, Mayor Larry Buboltz got to exercise his right to vote, breaking a 4-4 tie -- Alderman GL Tucker was absent -- and voting in favor of the proposed Tower Road industrial park.
Screening became the No. 1 issue -- among Detroit Lakes Planning Commission members anyway -- for the proposed Tower Road Industrial Park. For residents, the issue was the existence of the park as a whole. The proposed industrial park has 28 lots and is located on the southwest side of Tower Road. It is zoned for heavy industrial, but the Detroit Lakes Development Authority has asked for zoning to be changed to light industrial.
Not only is the Minnesota Department of Transportation hearing complaints, it is responding as well. Thursday morning, Mn/DOT changed the signal lights at Highway 59 and County Road 6 from protected to protected permissive. "It used to have a green light, now you can use the green arrow or green ball," said Oliver Kendall, Mn/DOT engineering specialist in traffic. When turning from Highway 59 onto County Road 6, he said people used to have to wait a long period of time.
A physical location, a place to call home, has been pertinent to the Humane Society of the Lakes. "We've adopted more than half as many animals since we've opened (the new shelter) as we did all of last year," Beth Pridday, president of the humane society, said. The shelter has been open for six weeks, and tomorrow (Thursday) the organization is celebrating with a grand opening. "It's truly the success of having a building," she added. Before the building, there were about 20 animals for people to adopt. Now there are 40-plus to visit at once, from which to decide on a pet.
Detroit Lakes is moving forward on annexation of the Richwood Road and Tower Road areas. With no objections from the Detroit Township board or audience members Tuesday evening at a special Detroit Lakes City Council meeting, the city is proceeding with the orderly annexation of approximately 226 acres of land along Richwood Road.
The teenagers of Waubun, Ogema-White Earth School are learning about respect. Earlier this month, Youth Frontiers out of the Twin Cities hosted a courage and respect retreat for the seventh through eleventh graders, with the help of the seniors, in Waubun. "It's not just a lecture on respect," Youth Frontiers staff member and musician Eric Malmberg said. "It's about self, others and to stand up for the value of respect." Staff members that put on the retreats have storytelling, small group discussions, games and music to get the teens excited about the topic.