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When the Valdez family was planning a vacation to Hannibal, Mo., Robin Valdez decided to do some research and see what activities there were for her kids. She came across the National Tom Sawyer Fence Painting Contest on July 7, a date they planned on being in town. On a whim, she checked when the state competition was and where. It was June 23 in St. Cloud -- she was just in time.
Four local Minnesota National Guardsmen were honored for their bravery and efforts when an improvised explosive device took the life of one of their own. Sgt. Brian Ness of Winona; Staff Sgt. Justin Knopf of Detroit Lakes; Sgt. 1st Class James Bakkila of Perham, and Staff Sgt. Dane Ronning, formerly of Audubon and now of Fargo, were awarded the Bronze Star Valor Medal for their efforts to save Staff Sgt. Joshua Hanson, who died Aug.
Part professional engineer, part amateur meteorologist. That describes Project Manager Chad Johnson of Hoffman Construction, the company in charge of the Highway 10 and Highway 59 project. "My friends joke I'm obsessed with the radar, and I am," he said of watching the weather each and every day during construction season.
The Humane Society of the Lakes is adding a younger crowd to the shelter with a Junior Humane Society. Kids ages 8-16, and parents, are encouraged to attend the first ever meeting Tuesday and become a part of the organization. "It's basically to have them learn about activities," said Shelter Director Erica Borsheim. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., youth are welcome at the puppy and kitty social, where they can tour the shelter and check out the residents. The meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m., where kids and parents can learn how to help at the humane society. Borsheim said she hopes to have the
Three weeks before his birthday, Dale Storey decided it was time to sell his last stamp. The Detroit Lakes man will serve his last day as postmaster on June 29 after 34 years in the Postal Service. Working his way up the ladder, Storey started out in Walhalla, N.D., as a part-time clerk. From there, he moved to Grand Forks, N.D., for 19 years. He served in various positions including clerk, city carrier, supervisor of carriers, manager of mail processing and manager of customer service.
After years of abuse, Joe Johnson is turning that energy into something positive -- and he's ready to share his story to benefit others. "I found a way out, to motivate my life to use that pain I went through and become something great," he said. Not only has he found his way out, he wants to help other young people (or any age for that matter) see that they don't have to turn to a destructive life just because that's what they've known. Johnson, 26, of Frazee, has set a goal to become a mentor to kids with similar problems.
Not only is the Lions Club of Detroit Lakes celebrating its 50th year next month, it is also swearing in its first woman leader. "I feel honored to be the first female president," said Debbie Haugen. "There are other women involved (in Lions), so hopefully we'll have another in the future." Haugen has been with the service organization for three years. She has served as 2nd vice president and 1st vice president, and as of July, president. She succeeds Del Bergseth as president. Doug Friendshuh will take her position as 1st vice president.
Wanted: Someone to be responsible for 75 full-time employees, a total budget of $26.3 million, with five years of city management experience and experience in economic development. Tuesday evening, the Detroit Lakes City Council approved the next step in hiring a replacement for City Administrator Rich Grabow, who is retiring the end of September. The city hired consultants Brimeyer Group, Inc. to find candidates for the city to interview. Application deadline for the position is July 17. From possible candidates, finalists will be selected by Aug. 14, and interviews will be Aug. 24-25.
The airport's worth and future is the discussion coming to the Detroit Lakes City Council, Becker County Board of Commissioners and Airport commissioners. Last month, City Council Alderman Ron Zeman asked for the values of airport property to help determine if the airport land would be more valuable as an airport or sold off as retail. According to the county assessor's office, the airport sits on five parcels of land: The largest is 164.90 acres, valued at $2,677,300 total. That breaks down to $957,000 for land and $1,720,300 for buildings on that acreage.
Detroit Lakes is looking into a conference center, but the idea is not without opposition. Tuesday evening the council passed motions to include state bonding support for a conference center and to fund 51 percent -- up to $40,800 -- of a feasibility study on the conference center and redevelopment area. Community Development Director Larry Remmen said, based on a previous study, the total project for a conference center is estimated at $8 million.