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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Game on for ag, gymnastics and cross-country. Last week, the Frazee School Board met and decided on a few changes to the original list of positions and programs to be cut from this coming year's budget. The second reading of the ordinance finalized the cuts and what will be returned to the budget. One of two agriculture positions was slated to be cut from next year's budget. The staff development committee has a pot of money, and it decided to kick in $40,000 toward the $60,000-per-year position in order to keep both teachers employed.
The people at Mahube Community Council are doing great things. And they have the awards to prove it. Last week, Bonnie DeVore, childcare resource and referral director/grandparent projects coordinator, and Marcia Otte, family development director, were honored for two programs they have headed through Mahube. DeVore received the Best Practice Award for the Relatives as Parents Program, and Otte received her Best Practice Award for the Jump Start Vehicle Loan Program. They picked up their plaques March 14 during a ceremony in St. Paul.