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Detroit Lakes aldermen and city staff met Thursday and Friday to discuss long- and short-term goals for the city for 2007, but in a new twist this year, the newly-formed Community Strategies Committee gave some input on upcoming projects including the gateway district, downtown district and the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. Mayor Larry Buboltz said the committee -- including city staff, aldermen, community and business members -- was formed to discuss and make suggestions on "special issues, ones important to our community in the future." One of the biggest upcoming project
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board is planning another vote to pass a building referendum, and members are determined to get the word out. Scheduled for May 8, with voting locations set in Lake Park and Audubon, the proposed building bond would pay for a new building in Lake Park and significant remodeling to the Audubon school building. Board members met Wednesday night to discuss a plan of attack for the third attempt to pass the issue.
Callaway's newest asset for youth, the Callaway Corner, is just about ready for its kickoff party Saturday. The renovations on Callaway Corner are close to complete, with a little more carpentry and financial assistance still needed. The person behind the restoration is Elaine Reller, and she is quite thankful for help and progress she's gotten thus far. Last summer a youth group from St. Cloud came to help restore the youth center.
In an unusual move, possibly a first, the Detroit Lakes City Council took a road trip to visit the agenda item site in question. Council members, city staff and a few others toured the facility and grounds of Todd Simison's TS Recreational, located east of Detroit Lakes on Highway 10. In December, the city failed to meet a standard state-imposed deadline and the property was accidentally allowed to be rezoned without council action. Following that, the council was asked to decide if the business is operating within the bounds of a B-3, auto oriented zone. Simison said he has owned si
The New Year is a big one for the local humane society. The organization has changed its name from the Becker County Humane Society to the Humane Society of the Lakes, elected a new president to the board, Beth Pridday, and is planning to open the doors of the newly constructed shelter within weeks. The humane society began fund-raising three years ago with a vision of a shelter.
After this summer, parking woes should be lessened in downtown Detroit Lakes. City and county officials met Friday to approve a proposed $1.5 million parking ramp, which will be located at the back of the Washington Square Mall parking lot across from Wells Fargo. County Administrator Brian Berg said the structure will include the ground level and a second level, with the possibility of a third level at some future point if needed. It will allow for excess of 100 parking spots, around 125 likely.
Charlotte Hoeglund claims she's 86-plus years old, but judging by the laundry list of activities she's active in, it must be a young 86. To begin with, the American Legion Auxiliary honored Hoeglund for her 55 continuous years with the Auxiliary.
Thanks to the Lake Park Area Community Choir -- and those who attended and gave -- the Becker County Food Pantry will get a boost in March. Diane Volrath, Lake Park Area Community Choir treasurer, said each year the choir, which performed for the 21st year in 2006, holds the money it raised in December and then turns it over to the Food Pantry in March because it's Minnesota Food Share Month.
With the upcoming April 1 retirement of Captain Paul Goecke with the Detroit Lakes Police Department, the department will undergo a structural command change. Rather than a chief (Kel Keena), captain (Goecke) and sergeant (Tim Eggebraaten), there will be a chief and three sergeants, with no captain. Keena said there are several reasons for his decision to make the change. "No. 1, I think the structure will serve current and future needs," he said. Secondly, it will provide opportunities for sergeants in different areas of police work, he added.
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