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What do you do when you're not sure what career you want to pursue? Career counselor probably isn't the first thought. Not so for Peter Vogt. The Detroit Lakes native -- Class of 1985 -- started out at Minnesota State University Moorhead majoring in math. That is until he realized it was boring. "I never thought I had to enjoy what I was doing. It never occurred to me," he said last weekend during a trip back to Detroit Lakes to visit family. So he made the switch to mass communications because he enjoyed writing and was good at it.
Sept. 9, 1907: "A number of women met with Mrs. Bohlauder. The Bay View Reading Circle, having decided to change its course of study and in having been recommended that a women's club take its place, dissolved, in order that this club might be formed." That comes from the minutes of the first meeting establishing the Library Club in then Detroit. This week, the club celebrates 100 years. "They started as a study club, and study they did," Librarian Mary Haney said. Preserved are the booklets from each year the Library Club has existed.
Where are they now? No, this isn't about '80s hair bands or washed up child actors. It's about the animals rescued a few weeks ago by the Humane Society of the Lakes. The humane society rescued three dogs, eight kittens, a chicken, a pigeon, a bunny, a goat and a horse three weeks ago from an all but abandoned home just outside of Detroit Lakes. Less than a year earlier, they took six dogs from the same location.
The area Family Readiness Group is throwing a party Sunday. Lakes Area Armed Forces Appreciation Day is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16, from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Becker County Fairgrounds Fieldhouse. The event is for all veterans, family and friends -- basically "pretty much the whole community," said co-organizer Doug Newman.
Originally scheduled to open in June 2008, then bid to open Dec. 1, the Highway 59 bridge is likely to open even earlier. "Realistically, I predict we'll open by Nov. 1, a month ahead (of schedule)," Hoffman Construction Project Manager Chad Johnson said. That's if the weather cooperates, he added. Hoffman will receive a $300,000 incentive to open the bridge by Dec. 1. To move along the process, crews will be paving at Highway 10 and Highway 59 during night-time hours. Medians will be poured this week during the day and then night paving of the lanes will begin next week.
After years of warnings from the state fire marshal, Frazee-Vergas Schools plans to install fire sprinklers throughout the elementary and high school buildings.
The preliminary levy and budget for 2008 for the city of Detroit Lakes shows a 14.29 percent increase. Finance Officer Lou Guzek said 10 percent of that is directly related to Local Government Aid cuts and the remaining is due to inflation and street repairs.
Happy anniversary, Lions. The Detroit Lakes Lions Club celebrated 50 years last week with a dinner and program, while Mayor Larry Buboltz proclaimed Sept. 6 as Lion's Day. Chartered on April 25, 1957, A.T. Holcomb organized the Detroit Lakes Club, with Rev. E.W. Nelson being the first president. Fifty years later, the Lions Club has made history again with the appointment of its first female president, Debbie Haugen. "It was a good success. There were about 80 people there," she said of the celebration.
For the last 30 years, Detroit Lakes has seen some major growth and one man has been in the corner office, seeing those changes through. City Administrator Rich Grabow is retiring the end of September after 32 years with the city. "It's been fun, but a lot of work," he said. After high school, Grabow left Detroit Lakes in 1964 to attend college. From there, he served in the military and landed in Fargo working in accounting for a couple companies.
After nearly 100 years, the county and city are pondering whether to tear down the Berean Church, at the corner of Lake Avenue and Frazee Street, to build a parking lot. There's a lot of history in those walls. According to records at the Becker County Historical Society, the "new, dark red concrete and wood church" was built in 1908 "on a plot of ground used for a potato garden" by the congregation that would become the United Methodist Church.