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Not only is the Minnesota Department of Transportation hearing complaints, it is responding as well. Thursday morning, Mn/DOT changed the signal lights at Highway 59 and County Road 6 from protected to protected permissive. "It used to have a green light, now you can use the green arrow or green ball," said Oliver Kendall, Mn/DOT engineering specialist in traffic. When turning from Highway 59 onto County Road 6, he said people used to have to wait a long period of time.
A physical location, a place to call home, has been pertinent to the Humane Society of the Lakes. "We've adopted more than half as many animals since we've opened (the new shelter) as we did all of last year," Beth Pridday, president of the humane society, said. The shelter has been open for six weeks, and tomorrow (Thursday) the organization is celebrating with a grand opening. "It's truly the success of having a building," she added. Before the building, there were about 20 animals for people to adopt. Now there are 40-plus to visit at once, from which to decide on a pet.
Detroit Lakes is moving forward on annexation of the Richwood Road and Tower Road areas. With no objections from the Detroit Township board or audience members Tuesday evening at a special Detroit Lakes City Council meeting, the city is proceeding with the orderly annexation of approximately 226 acres of land along Richwood Road.
The teenagers of Waubun, Ogema-White Earth School are learning about respect. Earlier this month, Youth Frontiers out of the Twin Cities hosted a courage and respect retreat for the seventh through eleventh graders, with the help of the seniors, in Waubun. "It's not just a lecture on respect," Youth Frontiers staff member and musician Eric Malmberg said. "It's about self, others and to stand up for the value of respect." Staff members that put on the retreats have storytelling, small group discussions, games and music to get the teens excited about the topic.
What makes a hero? Many people would describe a police officer, firefighter or medical team. True, but what about the woman who takes in two sisters and helps turn their lives around, or works with the mentally disabled? Or how about the teen that raises cancer awareness or helps initiate a Care Week at school? Those are the type of people United Way of Becker County recognized Wednesday afternoon. With a theme of "What Matters" for the year, United Way set its goal at $200,000. The organization reached that goal and then some at $227,279.
In 1940, when Eloise Irvine designed a Detroit Lakes logo, she figured it was for her graduating class. Now, 67 years later, that logo is still in use at Detroit Lakes Public Schools, and Irvine is amazed. "Here I thought it was just for our class," she said. "Other than that, it's crazy." When Irvine was a senior in 1940, the schools didn't offer art classes. She took part in the school newspaper, The Detronian, and the stencil work on it. She said her principal at the time, Mr.
Hold on to your armrests. Here's the Highway 10 project by the numbers: The project will cost $60-plus million, the most expensive project ever in Region 4 of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The total project cost is $62.65 million, according to Transportation District Engineer Lee Berget. The project cost is $48.45 million, not including building removal or right-of-way costs.
Polar Fest has been over for a couple months but now it's time to crown a princess. Due to a miscommunication and some major scheduling conflicts, the pageant was delayed until this Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Theatre. Cost is $8. "Have no fear, it'll be in February next year," said co-organizer Kimberly Bultema. Sharing in organization duties with Bultema are Cindy Moore, Cara Frank and Stacy Heinlein. This year's theme is Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. There are seven girls running for the Miss Teen Polar Fest crown and first runner up, and three vying for Miss Polar Fest.
Interested in learning the fox trot, tango, waltz or cha-cha? The Holmes Dance Club might just be the right spot. In existence for over a year, the club meets once a month to learn a brief lesson and then try out that dance and more all evening.
The first shovel has been turned. The orange signs are along the road. The Highway 10 realignment project has begun. Thursday was the "celebration on a long awaited project," Emcee Jo Johnson stressed at the Catch the Wave Highway 10 Connect Detroit Lakes Project groundbreaking ceremony. Held in the old Hardee's area, McKinley Street was blocked off to house the Community Band, picnic tables, a food stand complete with hardhats full of ice cream and a couple hundred community members.