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Once again, the Frazee-Vergas School District is attempting to pass an excess levy referendum on Nov. 7. This time around though, the school board members have shortened the number of years, lowered the amount they are requesting and specified what the money will go toward. "This is a different flavor," said Deron Stender, school superintendent. "The school district does not have an expenditure problem, but revenue problems," he said. This time around, the district is asking for $399 per student in the form of two questions on the ballot.
A former Detroit Lakes man died Sunday morning in a plane crash in Kentucky. Kelly Heyer, 27, worked as a flight attendant and was aboard the Comair Flight 5191 when it took off on the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, Ky. Heyer is described as outgoing and well liked. "That's what everyone has been saying about him, and they're right on the money, warm and caring," said high school friend Andy Van Dam, Detroit Lakes. "That's the sound bite of the week, and it's definitely true with Kelly." Heyer and Van Dam graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1997.
Detroit Lakes city officials are looking to cut the percentage of levy increases for 2007. And they did just that Tuesday morning. While it started out at a 34 percent levy increase, the budget committee worked numbers down to roughly 14 percent last week, and whittled the increase down further to 5.2 percent on Tuesday. It was working toward 5 percent, as the mayor had requested.
The fall caregiver retreat is going to be an interesting and fun one. Scheduled for Sept. 26, caregivers can plan on a day packed with relaxing times and some pampering. "It's kind of like vacation bible school with lots of activities and rotating," said Joy Crouch, of Hospice of the Red River Valley and a member of the Becker County Caregiver Support Team. The day begins at 9 a.m. in the Pavilion with registration and refreshments. Then from 9:30 a.m.
A former Detroit Lakes man who died Sunday morning in a plane crash in Kentucky is described by friends as outgoing and well liked. Kelly Heyer, 27, worked as a flight attendant and was aboard the Comair Flight 5191 when it took off on the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, Ky. "That's what everyone has been saying about him, and they're right on the money -- warm and caring," said high school friend Andy Van Dam, Detroit Lakes. "That's the sound bite of the week, and it's definitely true with Kelly." Heyer and Van Dam graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1997.
This Saturday is a big day for members of the Boys and Girls Club. For two years they have been working to raise money and design a handicap-accessible playground, and it's finally going up. Besides some grant money and other larger donors, the kids raised about $14,000 with carwashes and more to fund the first and only wheelchair accessible playgrounds in the area. "We looked at a lot of stuff and did a lot of car washes," Tonya Anderson said.
More than a shared border could eventually link Minnesota to Canada. A group from Manitoba, Canada, made a few stops along the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail -- with a stop in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge on Monday -- to get ideas on making their own birding trail.
For the first time ever, Lakes Crisis and Resource Center was on-site for the WE Fest celebration. "We felt with the influx of people, it was important to be on-site rather than a phone call away," Director Jan Logan said. Advocates for the Crisis Center, including Val Shepersky, took turns being at the festival 24 hours a day for the duration of the long weekend. The Crisis Center collaborated with the Becker County Sheriff Department and the medical group at the festival.
A silt fence or retaining wall. That is the question. The feud continues surrounding a retaining wall under construction at River Hills RV Park. Supposedly, the building of it has been halted, pending permits. When the wall was noticed and reported, letters and meetings started happening fast and furious. According to final Planned Unit Development plans and plans submitted for the Environmental Assessment Worksheet, there was a silt fence indicated on the map.
It's no secret there have been a few controversies when it comes to the new River Hills RV Park development along Highway 59 South. With Detroit Lakes city council final approval of the plat in June, developer Pat Onstad began the construction this summer. However, there is now a new complaint being looked into. Henry VanOffelen, a natural resource scientist for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, brought a retaining wall to the attention of some Detroit Lakes city officials.