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Dry, hot weather brings burning and water restrictions. The city of Detroit Lakes has a watering restriction in place June-August from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Water/Wastewater Plant Supervisor Jarrod Christen said it's the same restriction that has been in place past summers. Not just designed to conserve water, the ban is set in place to take the load off the plant and keep the tanks full. On average, the city uses 1.1 million gallons per day. In the summer, that can reach 2.4 million gallons a day. That's mostly due to lawn sprinkling, he said.
The Lake Country Scenic Byway that runs from Detroit Lakes to Walker is already state recognized. By next year, it should be nationally recognized. Soon, it will be locally recognized with appropriate signage. Tourism Director Cleone Stewart said the 88-mile byway that connects Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids and Walker has received 80 percent funding to pay for signs at each city to notify people they are on the scenic byway. The Lake Country Scenic Byway received $44,400 as part of a $22 million federal grant from the Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byways Program.
You've heard about the physical changes of the Highway 10 realignment project, but what about the environmental impacts? The Natural Innovations group hosted Tom Swenson and Paul Munsterteiger from the Minnesota Department of Transportation Thursday evening. The two men told about the project, its impacts on traffic, the environment and more. Munsterteiger, environmental coordinator, said the Highway 10 project is "a huge issue to get your arms around." He listed the types of drainage and water treatment ponds that will be used on the project.
Family members and friends received the worst news they could Saturday when a military representative told Keith and MerryLee Linden their son, Troy, had been killed in Iraq. The Detroit Lakes couple's son was the first from the area to be killed in Iraq. Army Spec. Troy Linden, 22, died when a roadside bomb exploded near the vehicle he was driving. He died in Anbar, a province in Iraq. Despite the sorrow that follows such news, the pride and love of a family was close behind. "He was very proud to be there (Iraq). Proud to be in the army, to be there and of his job.
Some laws are changing to ensure protection for young, inexperienced drivers. And while they are directed toward teens, they could protect adults as well if followed. Among those laws are cell phone use and seat belt use. Minnesota State Trooper Andy Schmidt said, "It is perhaps a sad fact but still a fact that statistics show 15-to-19 year olds have a higher rate of non-use of seat belts than any other age group.
In a special meeting Monday, the Detroit Lakes City Council voted unanimously to accept the low bid of AAA Construction for the building of the proposed bandshell in City Park. AAA Construction is also the company that refurbished the Pavilion. AAA Construction's bid was tabulated at $87,900. The other three bids came from R.A.
When three women from Lake Region Therapy Services headed to Arizona for training, little did they know they would be in the midst of wildfires. Erin Lindberg, Jane Flynn and Carolyn Pierce attended advanced courses while in Sedona with 70-85 other therapists from the United States, Canada and London. The three arrived on different dates, but all got an amazing view of the wildfires going on in Arizona. "When Erin got there, there was a small fire," Pierce said, "but they (firefighters) got that out right away." That was on June 11, she said.
The transformation at the former County Market building is complete: St. Mary's Regional Health Center's North Campus will soon be open, bringing a much more spacious dialysis unit with it. While the projected opening date is July 17, the building will be open to the public Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for an open house. People can take a walk through the newly remodeled facility and visit with workers about to move into the building as well. "So many people are curious as to what's going on," said LeAnn Mouw, director of development and community relations for St. Mary's.
The laughter and stories ran freely last weekend and Fourth of July as siblings Ray, George and David Wagner and Dorothy Rachar got together for only the second time in 50 years. The 50th wedding anniversary of Ray and Mavis Wagner are what brought the group together this time. While it might seem odd for siblings not fighting or feuding to stay away from each other that long, it's really a matter of miles. Ray lives near Richwood, Dorothy in Canada and George and David in Australia.
A couple area girls got to be a part of Microsoft's DigiGirlz technology day camp last month. Cecilia Erholtz, 14, and Jasmine Skarie attended the camp at the Fargo Microsoft campus. The camp, which is for girls in grades eight through 10, introduces them to business leaders and technology. Erholtz, who will be a ninth grader this fall at Frazee-Vergas School, said she heard about the camp from a friend. "I like to learn about computers.