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Did the nearly two and a half hour meeting Wednesday get the city, county and residents any closer to a solution to the parking dilemma than they were a couple months ago? That's the million-dollar question. "Every scenario has its plusses and minuses," County Administrator Brian Berg told about 15 community members Wednesday morning in the library meeting room. "Parking in this area has always been a problem," Detroit Lakes Administrator Bob Louiseau said.
The Becker County Historical Society and museum has seen historical changes over the last year. From re-organization to new staff, new paint to discussion of new location. Last year, it was understood that a priority for the museum needed to be cataloging the collections. The board decided in order to do that, there needed to be a re-organization as well. It submitted a request for proposal to contract with someone to do the collection cataloging, but with that couldn't afford someone to work full-time at the museum.
Fourteen children, 85 grandchildren and 141 great grandchildren. And the woman who started it all -- Hilda Keranen. Although St. Mary's Regional Health Center doesn't have records dating back far enough, Keranen, 93, said she was told in 1941 she was the first to give birth to a set of twins at St. Mary's. According to records at the hospital, there are records only back as far as 1959, when two sets of twins were delivered in the hospital. In 1961 and 1970, there was a set of triplets delivered each year, the only years on record for delivering triplets there.
The Detroit Lakes Development Authority is working on a purchase agreement for land in the Gateway District, and anticipating buying more in the future. The group moved forward on a purchase agreement with owners of the laundry for $393,000, which includes demolition of the land. Original asking price on the property was $389,500, so the authority felt it was a fair price. The land will be tested for solvents and other chemicals in that area. Other properties in that area, including Floral Impressions and Burger Time, are also being pursued.
With the televising of the 2006 Olympics' curling competition, the Detroit Lakes club grew by at least 50 members last year alone. Not only has membership grown, the physical club is making some changes as well. After 25-plus years, the ice making equipment has been replaced, the club room has been remodeled and the building has been insulated. Phase two for next year is re-piping the surface of the ice. With a membership of about 200, it's a vast increase from when the club "hovered around 80-100 for years," Vice President Keven Meacham said.
It began as a class lesson on Iraq.
After six houses -- with four of them being built in the last five years alone -- Habitat for Humanity of the Detroit Lakes Area is celebrating 10 years this fall. Officially 10 years old in September, the organization decided to move the celebration to November because in September and October they were helping sixth house recipient Raisa Fritz and her son Cameron get settled into their home near Maple Hills, east of Detroit Lakes. As part of their anniversary celebration, Habitat International has challenged the local chapter to find donors willing to make a $100 donation, and the intern
It's 6 p.m., and your family is sitting down to supper. The phone rings. You pick it up, say hello, there's a pause and then someone on the other end asks if you would like to buy a useless product. And the calls aren't just in the evening or weekdays. They don't end. In case you can't get the phone hung up quickly enough, there's a Do Not Call Registry through the Federal Trade Commission to file a phone number and cut back on those annoying calls. The Do Not Call Registry came to light in June 2003.
Motorists traveling Highway 10 east of Detroit Lakes have likely pondered the looming wall next to them and what is going to happen this winter. Being used as the main artery in and out of the city, the frontage road -- each lane is the standard 13 feet -- is viewed as a safety concern, especially for the impending winter months. At the final Highway 10 project public meeting last week, resident Tom Klyve brought up the question of snow removal along the frontage road at the lake.
Ever dream of being king or queen for a day? Well, Detroit Lakes is dreaming that dream.