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When Guy Johnson showed up in Detroit Lakes for his 55-year class reunion, he got a bit of a surprise -- a classmate returned his lost class ring after 55 years. In 1952, Johnson lost his class ring, but after searching fruitlessly for it, "I long ago wrote that off." Turns out he had lost it in his dad's 1950 Nash. His dad went on to trade the vehicle in on a '57 Chevy.
Not only is the upcoming collectible sporting show a good outlet for collectors, but it's also a memorial to a man known throughout the decoy circuit. "When Lawrence was alive, he and I talked about it," organizer Mark Greenig said. Bethel passed away July 1, 2006. Now, it's a way to "promote the city (of Detroit Lakes) and Bethel's legacy." The first Lawrence Bethel Memorial Sporting Collectible Show & Sale is Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Washington Square Mall.
Thanks to the Humane Society of the Lakes, nine dogs, eight kittens, a chicken, a pigeon, a bunny, a goat and a horse will lead happier, healthier lives. Volunteers took part in an animal rescue last weekend where they found many neglected animals, brought them to the shelter and have found good homes for some of them already. In December, Lawrence Adams, rural Detroit Lakes, died and the humane society obtained permission to go on the property south of Detroit Lakes and take some of the animals.
The BNSF train depot in Detroit Lakes is soon going to be put to better use: White Earth has received a grant from the federal government to remodel the depot and make it a transit center. "They have four buses in their possession, and an architect and will (let) out bids for construction late this fall," said Kevin Anderson, transit project manager for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The Refuge in Detroit Lakes has been open one year and is ready to stabilize some hours and present its first gathering -- the Fall Harvest Music Festival. The Christian outreach and resource center is hosting the festival on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 2 to 8 p.m. in the City Park Bandshell. There will be barbeque turkey, a pig roast and lots of musical guests. "We want to do this every year.
Perham City Manager Bob Louiseau will become Detroit Lakes' city administrator this fall. After a day filled with interviews Saturday, the Detroit Lakes City Council moved to negotiate the hiring of Louiseau, scheduled to begin Oct. 1. Aldermen, Mayor Larry Buboltz and Public Utilities Commission representative Mitch Wimmer spent hours Saturday interviewing five candidates for the position that will be left vacant when long-time city administrator Rich Grabow retires at the end of September. "He's a known quantity," Buboltz said of Louiseau.
Perham City Manager Bob Louiseau may become Detroit Lakes' city administrator this fall. After a day filled with interviews Saturday, the Detroit Lakes City Council moved to negotiate the hiring of Louiseau, scheduled to begin Oct. 1. Aldermen, Mayor Larry Buboltz and Public Utilities Com-mission representative Mitch Wimmer spent hours Saturday interviewing five candidates for the position that will be left va-cant when long-time city administrator Rich Grabow retires at the end of September. "He's a known quantity," Buboltz said of Louiseau.
Emmanuel Community plans to expand again. But it will have to come up with a way to create less impervious surface if it wants to add on. Plans consist of a 16-unit memory care and advanced assisted living facility, with three private respite suites, which will be located off the existing facility between the south side of the building and the Northshore Townhomes. It will also expand the area for adult day services and the existing kitchen. Meeting rooms will also be added. "There's a need in the community and within our campus," Emmanuel's Steve Przybilla said about the addition.
After a day filled with interviews and debate, the Detroit Lakes City Council made a motion to negotiate with City Administrator Rich Grabow's replacement. The city authorized Jim Brimeyer, The Brimeyer Group, Inc., to negotiate with Bob Louiseau. Louiseau serves as Perham city manager and has served as community development director for Detroit Lakes from 1983-1990. Council members, Mayor Larry Buboltz and Public Utilities Commission representative Mitch Wimmer spent Saturday interviewing five candidates for the position.
Members of the Lake Region Builders Association met with U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson Monday noon to present him with a check for his support. Government Affairs Director Lisa Frenette explained the Builders Association of Minnesota supports those who have supported the organization and wants to keep those that are "good to our issues continue to stay in congress or legislature. Congressman Peterson has been very good to us." BAM-PAC, Builders Association of Minnesota Political Action Committee, is at the state level and raises money from Builders members to contribute to political races.