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When Mollie Kuether applied to be an exchange student for the upcoming school year, she had no idea she'd be going to a country that wasn't even an option. Kuether, 16, heads to Zimbabwe, Africa, sometime around the first of August for nearly a year. She will spend her junior year at a private school in the capitol city of Harare through the Rotary Exchange Program. Kuether, Detroit Lakes, said three different counties in Africa were in her top 10 choices of where to be placed because she's always felt Africa would be "intriguing" to visit.
This summer more than 100 people are climbing mountains to bring awareness to breast cancer. One of those climbers is Detroit Lakes native Bryan Woodward. There will be six mountain peaks being sought in the Pacific Northwest, Eastern Europe and Africa. It is the 10th anniversary of the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer, presented by Safeway. Woodward and his team, Minnesota NIce Climbers (combination of Nice and Ice), will be climbing Mt. Hood, which stands at 11,237 feet, in Oregon June 9-10. Other mountains being climbed are Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier, all in Washington, Mt.
The Big Detroit Lake overlook on highway 10 near Holiday Inn now looks even more open, with the stone wall and overlook missing. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-owned wall is coming down because of poor condition due to age and Highway 10 construction. The three monument plaques will be saved and restored in whatever the new wall or landscape will include. Detroit Lakes Public Works Director Brad Green said last week Mn/DOT called, wondering if the city was interested in replacing the wall, given the current condition of it.
While Habitat for Humanity is in the process of building a home for someone else, the organization is looking for a home of its own. "As we continue to try to grow as an organization, we need to try to find a place to call our home, our Habitat home," Executive Director Brian Smith said. Over the last two years, Habitat --the local chapter has been in existence for 10 years -- has acquired some tools and a trailer. Now board members are looking for a storage space to keep those items and others they pick up along the way.
The Central Division National Antique Automobile Club of America Spring Judging Meet. That's a long name, but it's also a lot of prestige. For the first time, Detroit Lakes is hosting the national event, and Orlo Gilbert has been busy planning it for months, even years. "People are coming from all over the United States, not just regionally," he said listing Florida, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York as some of the further away states. Most of the cars will be brought in by trailer.
Empathy, helping people going through what you've just gone though. The MeritCare and St. Mary's Regional Health Center's dialysis unit is looking for just those people. Or anyone willing to volunteer his or her time for those going through dialysis. "The clinic is doing very nicely and is quite busy," said Mary Carlson, manager of volunteer services at MeritCare. The clinic, located in St. Mary's North Campus (the former County Market building on Frazee Street) opened last summer.
Last Wednesday, Detroit Lakes resident Linda Wiedmann had a dilemma. On one hand she was to be at a meeting in the Detroit Country Club. On the other hand, she wanted to watch her great niece, Jordin Sparks, perform on "American Idol." She compromised and achieved both. Every now and then, she'd duck out of the meeting to head into the bar area where there were two televisions, one of which she switched over to the results show to see if her niece had been voted into the top two.
If you see a man in an orange vest and hardhat near the Highway 59 bridge staring through binoculars, you're likely looking at Ron Radika. Safety, safety, safety. That's his main concern, and he's not afraid to tell those not fully following the safety rules to leave the work site. Radika, of R&L Consulting in Rice, is serving as a consultant on the railroad project.
Since approving a preliminary plat for the Tower Road Industrial Park, the Detroit Lakes Development Authority is learning the cost of screening. The Detroit Lakes City Council passed the preliminary plat at a 5-4 vote, and now it's up to the DLDA to live up to the landscaping buffer.
Gerald Johnson had volunteered with Emmanuel Community for about a year when he became a brief resident as well. During his three months in the nursing home -- where he was recovering from a broken leg -- he brainstormed ideas with Volunteer Coordinator Christine Burnside and came up with a group he's now leading. A blind support group was established, with the first meeting last month.