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The troops are ready to come home. "We can see the light at the end of the tunnel," said Minnesota National Guard Capt. Adam Gilbertson, company commander of Able Company, 2-136th, said via telephone Thursday afternoon. After what will be 22 months away from home, the men "look forward to coming back and being a part of the community. It's just a long time to be gone," he said. Although Gilbertson can't give exact dates, he said the men should be back in Detroit Lakes the last week of July.
Follow the meandering, narrow road through the woods and campers will find one of the remaining resorts in the area with rustic features and little to no commercialization. Valhalla Resort, located on Island Lake roughly 20 miles east of Detroit Lakes off Highway 34, is nestled into 80 acres of land owned by Len and Norma Jean Grotnes.
New dress. New location. New directors. New attitude. When Kasandra Meehl competed in the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant as Miss Perham 2004, she didn't have the mindset she has now, going as Miss Northwest 2006. In 2004, her goal was to be Miss Perham. When she competed for Miss Northwest though, her goal was to win Miss Minnesota. A feat she'll attempt June 16 in Eden Prairie. "My outlook is different," she said of this time.
Kayla Goetz is $1,500 closer to college tuition, thanks to her writing skills. Goetz earned not only the local Detroit lakes Municipal Electric scholarship, but also the state level Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association scholarship. "My parents knew and kept it from me.
The Detroit Lakes Development Authority is moving forward with a feasibility report for a convention center in town.
Detroit Lakes is moving forward with the whistle-free quiet zone railroad crossings, and it's doing it with the help of SRF Consulting Group, Inc. of Minneapolis and Fargo. The company will help determine gate timing for four-quadrant gates system.
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 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.
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.
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.