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Relay for Life is looking for a few good walkers. "Usually by now, we have 30 teams. Now we have 19," said organizer Michelle Bjorgan. The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is scheduled for June 22 at the Detroit Lakes High School football field. Teams can be anywhere from 3-15 people and of any age. They can be families, students, service groups, anyone. Relay for Life is one of the largest fund-raisers for the American Cancer Society. Teams walk throughout the night to raise money to fight cancer. New this year is a kids' carnival from 4 to 7 p.m. at the football field.
The Detroit Lakes Police Department is seeing a few changes this month. After the retirement of Captain Paul Goecke, Chief Kel Keena decided to restructure the department, having three sergeants rather than a captain and a sergeant. The city council approved the restructuring at its March meeting. With officer Tim Eggebraaten already a sergeant, two more needed to be promoted.
The Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes has had a successful winter season and is ready for a fun summer season. Summer Camp 2007 begins June 4, and is packed full of activities for kids age 5-18. The Club's winter fund-raisers -- Polar Plunge and Big Bash -- brought in between $51,000 and $52,000 for the club. "The community support is excellent, and we still appreciated that," Club Director Pat Petermann said. Those funds are 20 percent of the budget for the year, he added. The Boys and Girls Club also received several grants over the last few months.
Detroit Lakes now has miles and miles of streets within the city. But years back, there was one trail that led through town -- Woods Trail. There were three distinct trails on the Red River Oxcart Trail. Although it is thought that the first person passed through Becker County on the trails on Aug. 19, 1825, "all efforts to ascertain the date of the first travel over the road have been fruitless," according to the Becker County Historical Society. The Red River Trail was the only road connecting the settlements of Pembina, N.D., and Ft.
The Detroit Lakes Fire Department will not be providing Dunn Township with primary fire coverage. Last month, Dunn Township Supervisor Mike Johnson came before the Detroit Lakes Public Safety Committee to ask that the Detroit Lakes Fire Department consider covering the Otter Tail County township. This month, several residents voiced their opinion against that request. Some wrote letters, and some attended the Public Safety Committee meeting Monday afternoon.
The Detroit Lakes City Council held its second reading and passing of a motion establishing a one-year moratorium on billboards and electronic signs in the city. "We're here not for a ban, but for a delay," resident Glenn Gifford said. Some residents spoke in favor of the moratorium, citing the aesthetics of having billboards along Highway 10.
"I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7 Rev. Joe DeCrans said that Bible verse likely described the man hundreds were gathered to pay tribute to. Likely one of the largest funerals Frazee has seen, an estimated 1,600 people came to Frazee-Vergas High School to pay their last respects to Staff Sgt. Greg Riewer. Riewer, 28, was killed March 23 in Iraq while on duty with the Minnesota National Guard.
Looking for its own identity and less confusion, the city of Detroit changed its name to Detroit Lakes in 1926. In letters to the editor in 1926, two men -- William LaMayeau and John West -- wrote to the Becker County Record explaining to citizens why they felt the name of the city should be changed at the upcoming special election. LaMayeau, formerly of Detroit and now residing in Utica, N.Y., wrote that the special election was "giving the voters a chance to express their desire as to the changing or adding to the name of Detroit..." He added that being an automobile repairman, having
Detroit Lakes Development Authority members are keeping an open mind when it comes to designing the Gateway District. The former Hardee's and Orton's area will be redesigned once Highway 10 is re-aligned, and while the city has drawn up several plans, nothing has been chosen yet. New owners of the Mac's Hardware building, who Community Development Director Larry Remmen said he is not at liberty to name, asked the DLDA to take into consideration more parking for the corner business. Alderman and DLDA chair Jim Anderson said it was premature to discuss that with the owners, since there isn
About 15-20 Muskies Inc. members performed their yearly deed and cleaned up Detroit and Pelican lakes last weekend. By the looks of the ice though, the group wondered if maybe a week or two earlier would have been better. "This is the worst ice," Fargo-Moorhead chapter President Mark Stenger said. "Everyone has a lifejacket on." Better to be safe than sorry. "There are spots (of open water) out there that are bigger than a car," he added. Saturday morning, organization members hauled in lumber and garbage on their ATV's and sleds left behind by ice fishermen.