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Staff Sgt. Ray Priem, who has served in the Army Reserves for 24 years, spoke at the Memorial Day celebration Monday in Detroit Lakes. "He wasn't nervous going there (Iraq), but he's pretty nervous right now," Commander David Coalwell said as he introduced Priem. Priem, who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said he missed his son most while being gone.
Receiving a lot fewer comments then anticipated, the commission passed the Long Lake Area Land Use Plan Thursday night. Since the annexation of the Long Lake area, the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission has been working with residents to find a plan for the city that everyone can agree on. Some of the main concerns have been a road connecting to Highway 10 through the park, closure of Airport Road and commercial property in the residential area. In the approved plan, there are no plans for Long Lake Lane to link to Highway 10.
He's only 12 years old, but he'll be traveling the world this summer. Dakota Zick, Rochert, has been chosen as a student ambassador of goodwill for the People to People organization. He will be traveling to Australia and New Zealand July 14-28. "I had heard the name (People to People), but I didn't know anything about it," Connie Zick, Dakota's mother, said. Pres. Dwight Eisenhower started People to People 50 years ago.
Anyone driving west of Detroit Lakes can clearly see the Menards building is going up. After more than a year of speculation and wondering, the construction process has begun. In January 2005, Menards and Home Depot held a bidding war on the land near Wal-Mart. What began at $750,000 finished at $1.3 million, with Menards coming out on top.
The American Legion Campground is expanding. The Detroit Lakes Development Authority took the first step toward approving a $70,000 loan to the American Legion Club. The Legion leases and runs the campground, which the city owns. The total project is estimated at $90,000, which would add 27 sites.
Some feathers may have been ruffled between the Detroit Lakes/Becker County Airport Commission and airport manager Darrell Lowe. The city and county commissioners have been receiving complaints related to Lowe's public relations skills. March 16, City Administrator Rich Grabow sent a letter to Lowe, informing him of some of the complaints and concerns of the commission. Questioning the possibility of breech of contract, Lowe retained Fergus Falls attorney Nathan Seeger.
A few weeks ago, Zack Taves and Tyler Leitheiser came before the liquor control committee during a special meeting. They had applied for a liquor license for what they were calling the Mighty Minnow, which is the Green Door. They were denied the license. Soon after the story appeared in the Becker County Record, Matt Wimmer called to say he doesn't understand how that could happen since Wimmer Properties owns the Green Door. He said the property and buildings located on West Lake Drive are still owned by his parents, Mitch and Deb Wimmer, or Wimmer Properties.
The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce is ready to move. "We hope to make the big move next week," Chamber President Dave Hochhalter said Tuesday morning. Last week the chamber group moved files and other storage items to the new building located on Summit Avenue, and hope to move themselves this week, pending an occupancy permit. Hochhalter said if anyone is willing to help move, give him a call. The Chamber building is 2,400 square feet with both levels, and the new building is 2,700 square feet for the one level building.
For the most part, construction is going according to schedule with the Highway 10 project. "Generally, we've been pleased with the contractors, so hopefully that continues," said Tom Swenson, Minnesota Department of Transportation's project manager. Major phases of the construction are at Highway 10 and Roosevelt Avenue, and Highways 59 and 34.
The U.S. Postal Service is proposing to raise postage rates 3 cents next spring, the first Postal Service-initiated increase in five years. Yes, customers paid 2 cents extra beginning this year, but not for postal reasons. "They haven't told us what it's for," Detroit Lakes Postmaster Dale Storey said of the escrow account the increase paid for. The government started a $3.1 billion escrow account, and the Postal Service was responsible for providing the money. Hence the 2-cent increase.