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The Detroit Lakes City Council and Mayor Larry Buboltz will have the opportunity to interview and talk one-on-one with the six candidates for city administrator next week. With Rich Grabow's impending retirement at the end of September, the city hired the Brimeyer Group, Inc., out of the Twin Cities to find the ideal candidates for the city position.
What is salvage and where does it belong? That's the question Detroit Lakes city officials are trying to determine. Aldermen approved the first reading of an ordinance amendment pertaining to salvage operations and where they should be located. After a lengthy bout with TS Recreational, located along Highway 10, the council and planning commission decided to put a stricter, better worded, plan into place for future salvage issues. The ordinance defines salvage as inoperable motor vehicles, construction and agriculture equipment, household appliances, etc.
Habitat for Humanity of Detroit Lakes members have not one, not two, but about half a dozen things going on at the moment. First up is the golf scramble set for Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Forest Hills Golf Course. Registration begins at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost for the Sprint-Habitat event is $75 per person, or $175 per hole for sponsorship. Individual fees include 18 holes of golf, cart and one ticket to the social.
Who needs a corn maze when there is a several-mile-long maze of orange cones in Detroit lakes? Despite all those cones, detours, etc., the Highway 10 realignment and Highway 59 bridge projects are on or ahead of schedule. "Basically what I'm saying here is things are going well," said Jeff Perkins, resident construction engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Not only has the project so far been a success in terms of time, Hoffman Construction, contractor on the job, plans to speed up a few more portions of the project yet this fall.
Frazee-Vergas School District Superintendent Deron Stender is on board for another three school years. After a three-hour closed meeting in July, the board gave a recap on the performance evaluation of Superintendent Deron Stender Monday evening and approved a contact that will carry him through the 2010-11 school year. In the evaluation process, school board members were asked to rank their answers to 50 questions on a 1-5 scale, from unacceptable to outstanding performance. There was also a comment section for more details about the superintendent's strengths and weaknesses.
Sunnyside Care Center is showing its greenness. With Boyer Lake constantly on the rise, the shoreline around Sunnyside was washing away. So, Sunnyside applied for a Shoreland Habitat Program grant through the Department of Natural Resources and received the restoration last week. Sunnyside's Director of Environmental Services Gary Ziebell said four years ago he could mow the lawn right to the shore, but erosion from years of high water left four-foot drop-offs to the lake. "Wave action from high winds, and this lake tends to have high waves," has taken its toll on the shore, said J.P.
When Kurt Philion's friend was killed in Iraq, he decided it was time for him to do more with his running abilities. For a couple years Philion, 24, had been taking part in relays with his parents and sister during the Fargo Marathon. "Running is kind of relaxing," he said. "I've been a runner all my life, just relaxed running." His sister then inquired if he'd be willing to run the half marathon. "In my mind, I thought 'no way would I do more than seven miles,'" he said.
Morrison Eye Care will have a new home in Detroit Lakes, and the Detroit Lakes Development Authority has agreed to help. The $1.2 million project came before the DLDA committee, asking for a $90,000 loan to build a 6,100-square-foot building on Washington Avenue. It will be located where the Pit Stop building was, next to St. Mary's EMS. Community Development Director Larry Remmen said the $90,000 was basically being used for property acquisition, which has already been done. Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation is financing the loan.
Ever since Carly Nelson was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and successfully went through treatment, she's known there's more to life for her. "I recognized there was something bigger here on earth for me," she said. After a two-year long process filled with prayers and a pivotal conversation, a mutual friend introduced her to Don Goering, also a cancer survivor, and the two co-founded Angels of Courage Retreats. The medical world is about treating the physical aspect of the disease, which is obviously needed, but there's a spiritual and mental side of recovery as well.
Over a year ago, a bill asking for $283,000 in matching funds from the state passed. Those funds were designated to restore the Detroit Lakes Pavilion and build a new bandshell. Completed this summer, the bandshell was officially dedicated last night (Tuesday). Mayor Larry Buboltz said without legislators Sen. Keith Langseth and Rep. Paul Marquart, the project wouldn't have happened. "Without that help, it wouldn't have been possible," he said. Marquart and Langseth were instrumental in passing legislation for the funds, and they were on hand Tuesday for the dedication.