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The fall caregiver retreat is going to be an interesting and fun one. Scheduled for Sept. 26, caregivers can plan on a day packed with relaxing times and some pampering. "It's kind of like vacation bible school with lots of activities and rotating," said Joy Crouch, of Hospice of the Red River Valley and a member of the Becker County Caregiver Support Team. The day begins at 9 a.m. in the Pavilion with registration and refreshments. Then from 9:30 a.m.
A former Detroit Lakes man who died Sunday morning in a plane crash in Kentucky is described by friends as outgoing and well liked. Kelly Heyer, 27, worked as a flight attendant and was aboard the Comair Flight 5191 when it took off on the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, Ky. "That's what everyone has been saying about him, and they're right on the money -- warm and caring," said high school friend Andy Van Dam, Detroit Lakes. "That's the sound bite of the week, and it's definitely true with Kelly." Heyer and Van Dam graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1997.
More than a shared border could eventually link Minnesota to Canada. A group from Manitoba, Canada, made a few stops along the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail -- with a stop in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge on Monday -- to get ideas on making their own birding trail.
This Saturday is a big day for members of the Boys and Girls Club. For two years they have been working to raise money and design a handicap-accessible playground, and it's finally going up. Besides some grant money and other larger donors, the kids raised about $14,000 with carwashes and more to fund the first and only wheelchair accessible playgrounds in the area. "We looked at a lot of stuff and did a lot of car washes," Tonya Anderson said.
For the first time ever, Lakes Crisis and Resource Center was on-site for the WE Fest celebration. "We felt with the influx of people, it was important to be on-site rather than a phone call away," Director Jan Logan said. Advocates for the Crisis Center, including Val Shepersky, took turns being at the festival 24 hours a day for the duration of the long weekend. The Crisis Center collaborated with the Becker County Sheriff Department and the medical group at the festival.
A silt fence or retaining wall. That is the question. The feud continues surrounding a retaining wall under construction at River Hills RV Park. Supposedly, the building of it has been halted, pending permits. When the wall was noticed and reported, letters and meetings started happening fast and furious. According to final Planned Unit Development plans and plans submitted for the Environmental Assessment Worksheet, there was a silt fence indicated on the map.
It's no secret there have been a few controversies when it comes to the new River Hills RV Park development along Highway 59 South. With Detroit Lakes city council final approval of the plat in June, developer Pat Onstad began the construction this summer. However, there is now a new complaint being looked into. Henry VanOffelen, a natural resource scientist for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, brought a retaining wall to the attention of some Detroit Lakes city officials.
Kasandra Meehl, 19, was crowned Miss Northwest 2006 last month at the annual Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes. Meehl, Perham, lives in Fargo during the school year and attends Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she is a junior, for mathematics education on the secondary level. Via e-mail, she answered several questions about pageants, future plans and her platform. Have you been in a pageant before? If so, what one(s)? In 2004, I was Miss Perham and ran the following year in Miss Minnesota 2005.
It's been 40-plus years since the camp closed, but campers and counselors are planning the first reunion of Camp White Earth. The one heading up the reunion is Guy Hatlie, who lives in California and has a cabin on Lake Sallie near Detroit Lakes. "A lot of prominent people from the area attended this camp," he said. The camp was open from the 1930s to 1960s. Hatlie said the owners passed away in the 1960s and left no records of the camp or the people who attended. So beginning with no contacts, Hatlie started searching on his own, and has contacted 60 people he has tracked down.
Detroit Lakes will likely be getting city-to-city bus service again. The city council enthusiastically signed a letter of support for Jefferson Lines to start making stops in Detroit Lakes. Greyhound Bus scrapped its route through Detroit Lakes in August of 2004. "We considered it at that point, but we didn't have enough drivers and buses," said Bonnie Buchanan, vice president of marketing for Jefferson Lines.