- Member for
- 1 year 3 months
The Detroit Lakes City Council's finance committee met last week to discuss a proposal from Holmes Center, Inc. for long-term management of the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. After the DLCCC was built, largely with donated funds and state grant money, Holmes Center, Inc. formed to manage the facility. The group signed a contract with the city to manage DLCCC for five years. That contract is up Dec. 15 of this year. With a notification requirement of 180 days prior to the contract's due date, Homes Center, Inc. -- a branch of the Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corp.
A Lake Park-Audubon High School comedy troupe laughed the judges to second place in the sub-section one-act play competition. Director Jim Hopkins' students performed "All in the Timing" by David Ives. They took second in sub-sections and fifth in sections. "I have not done this before, but I have seen other schools do it successfully," Hopkins said of taking the comedy skits to competition. "I knew it would fit the people I had this year." The students learned about the "strength of working together" and that comedy is hard to do.
Another VanMaasdam takes the cake. Or the $5,000 scholarship from Metal Sales Manufacturing anyway. For the second year, Metal Sales' parent company, Interlock, has given out three $5,000 scholarships to children of employees. Last year, Angie VanMaasdam received a scholarship. This year, her younger sister, Malisa, was awarded the same honor. "Without a doubt, this applicant, if I may, the top point earner, is who I'm here for," Jeff Mackin said.
Jose Mazquiz is one of many success stories to roll out of Lakes Learning Center. Not only did he take English classes, earn his citizenship and continues to take other classes to better his education, Mazquiz volunteers with the program to teach others English. "I'm returning the favor. They help me, I help them," he said as his reason for tutoring. Mazquiz is in the process of writing a book and is taking some grammar classes at the Lincoln Education Center, where Lakes Learning is housed. "We're proud of Jose," Instructor Elaine Graf said.
White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor opened ceremonies Monday in honor of the 21st annual American Indian Awareness Week celebration. "We as Indian people are spiritual people," she said, following the traditional pipe ceremony.
Gov. Pawlenty has approved $10 million in grants to end long-term homelessness in Minnesota, and Mahube Community Council in Detroit Lakes will be receiving $1.7 million of that for homelessness in surrounding counties. Mahube Executive Director Leah Pigatti said Mahube will be the fiscal agent and manage the project, and Hubbard County is the actual grantee.
The Pavilion Preservation Committee has reached its original goal, and members are looking for some help with a few upgrades. Last year, the city received a state grant of $283,000 -- if matched it with $284,000 in local dollars.
"Unleash the beast." "Throttle in a bottle." "Ignite your Mind." If that doesn't make consumers want to try energy drinks, what will? Energy drinks have become more and more popular among adults and teens. Maybe it's one of those days where you just need a pick-me-up. Or maybe there's a big game, and you need a little extra burst of energy. Maybe it's late at night, and you just need to stay awake for a little longer to finish that paper. Or, you're out at the bar and need a push to make closing time. Maybe reaching for an energy drink isn't the right decision.
Detroit Lakes Planning Commission approved a rezone for the proposed River Hills RV Park and a parking waiver for the county Thursday night. The RV Park, which has been annexed into the city, is zoned R-A, residential-agricultural district.
Although discussion hasn't ceased and no official votes have been cast, it is likely Detroit Lakes will change to a city manager form of government. For the past month, a city charter committee has been studying charter changes, cleaning up language and making some changes to the managerial structure of the city. One of the major changes will be moving from a city administrator to city manager.