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Happy anniversary, Lions. The Detroit Lakes Lions Club celebrated 50 years last week with a dinner and program, while Mayor Larry Buboltz proclaimed Sept. 6 as Lion's Day. Chartered on April 25, 1957, A.T. Holcomb organized the Detroit Lakes Club, with Rev. E.W. Nelson being the first president. Fifty years later, the Lions Club has made history again with the appointment of its first female president, Debbie Haugen. "It was a good success. There were about 80 people there," she said of the celebration.
After nearly 100 years, the county and city are pondering whether to tear down the Berean Church, at the corner of Lake Avenue and Frazee Street, to build a parking lot. There's a lot of history in those walls. According to records at the Becker County Historical Society, the "new, dark red concrete and wood church" was built in 1908 "on a plot of ground used for a potato garden" by the congregation that would become the United Methodist Church.
For the last 30 years, Detroit Lakes has seen some major growth and one man has been in the corner office, seeing those changes through. City Administrator Rich Grabow is retiring the end of September after 32 years with the city. "It's been fun, but a lot of work," he said. After high school, Grabow left Detroit Lakes in 1964 to attend college. From there, he served in the military and landed in Fargo working in accounting for a couple companies.
Not only is an upcoming collectible sporting show a good outlet for collectors, but it's also a memorial to a man known throughout the decoy circuit -- Lawrence Bethel. "When Lawrence was alive, he and I talked about it," said organizer Mark Greenig of Detroit Lakes. Bethel passed away July 1, 2006. Now, it's a way to "promote the city 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.
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.
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.
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.