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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 Central Division National Antique Automobile Club of America Spring Judging Meet. That's a long name, but it's also a lot of prestige. For the first time, Detroit Lakes is hosting the national event, and Orlo Gilbert has been busy planning it for months, even years. "People are coming from all over the United States, not just regionally," he said listing Florida, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York as some of the further away states. Most of the cars will be brought in by trailer.
Empathy, helping people going through what you've just gone though. The MeritCare and St. Mary's Regional Health Center's dialysis unit is looking for just those people. Or anyone willing to volunteer his or her time for those going through dialysis. "The clinic is doing very nicely and is quite busy," said Mary Carlson, manager of volunteer services at MeritCare. The clinic, located in St. Mary's North Campus (the former County Market building on Frazee Street) opened last summer.
Last Wednesday, Detroit Lakes resident Linda Wiedmann had a dilemma. On one hand she was to be at a meeting in the Detroit Country Club. On the other hand, she wanted to watch her great niece, Jordin Sparks, perform on "American Idol." She compromised and achieved both. Every now and then, she'd duck out of the meeting to head into the bar area where there were two televisions, one of which she switched over to the results show to see if her niece had been voted into the top two.
If you see a man in an orange vest and hardhat near the Highway 59 bridge staring through binoculars, you're likely looking at Ron Radika. Safety, safety, safety. That's his main concern, and he's not afraid to tell those not fully following the safety rules to leave the work site. Radika, of R&L Consulting in Rice, is serving as a consultant on the railroad project.
Since approving a preliminary plat for the Tower Road Industrial Park, the Detroit Lakes Development Authority is learning the cost of screening. The Detroit Lakes City Council passed the preliminary plat at a 5-4 vote, and now it's up to the DLDA to live up to the landscaping buffer.
Gerald Johnson had volunteered with Emmanuel Community for about a year when he became a brief resident as well. During his three months in the nursing home -- where he was recovering from a broken leg -- he brainstormed ideas with Volunteer Coordinator Christine Burnside and came up with a group he's now leading. A blind support group was established, with the first meeting last month.
A place for teens to get together, play some fun, non-competitive sports, eat some food and fellowship with one another: It's coming to Detroit Lakes. Roosevelt Elementary teacher Keith Eckhoff is introducing Fellowship of Christian Athletes to the area, with its first meeting today (Sunday) at 5:01 p.m. in the high school. "I want to get FCA known.
On the mayor's mind for years, the city is taking yet another look at building a convention, or conference, center in Detroit Lakes. At the long-ranging planning meeting earlier this year Mayor Larry Buboltz asked the Detroit Lakes Development Authority to look at bringing a convention center to town. The DLDA is now in the works of discussion and the possibility of hiring a consulting firm to write a feasibility report on the matter. Community Development Director Larry Remmen said when he last checked into the matter in 2004, he received a $4.5 million proposal.
Brothers H. Victor and Chester Anderson travel quite a bit together. Victor, being legally blind, says Chester is his eyes. Their most recent trip together is one neither will forget -- their trip to Washington, D.C., on the WDAY Honor Flight for World War II veterans. "From beginning to end, it was managed beautifully," Victor, 87, said of the trip. "They (organizers) didn't miss a thing." Five men from the area took part in the Honor Flight -- Chester, Lake Park; Victor, Frazee; Alwyn Martinson, Vergas, and Louis Mertz and Melvin Noeske, both of Osage.