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The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to put traffic signals at the intersection at Highway 10 and Airport Road. Detroit Township doesn't necessarily have the same view. Although the township will make no decision until its Tues-day night meeting, township of-ficials met recently with city of-ficials to discuss paying for the signal light, among other topics. Total cost of the signal is es-timated at $240,000. MnDOT would pay $120,000 for the east and west legs on Highway 10.
Looking into the crystal ball, you can see street construction plans for Detroit Lakes over the next five years. OK, so it's not so much a crystal ball as a report on Municipal State Aid and Detroit Lakes street systems.
After being amended just over a year ago, Detroit Lakes is amending its assessment policy for undeveloped property again. The Detroit Lakes City Council approved the amendment Tuesday. Previously, the policy stated plans "shall be limited to 20 lots per development area." That is now stricken from the policy. The major change in the policy, however, comes with the percentage amount of assessments to be paid at what point in the development. For the last year, the developer had to pay 10 percent down, with a third of the assessable costs after three years, another third after five years
The proposed River Hills RV Park is one step closer to reality. The Detroit Lakes City Council approved the first reading of a request to rezone the property from R-A, agriculture-residential, to R-2, one and two family residential. The second reading will be heard at a special council meeting April 11 at 5 p.m. in city hall. The council also approved the first reading of annexing 35.73 acres into the city, located near Willow Springs. The property, developed by Don Lefebvre, extends to Highway 59 and will abut the former Ray J.
It was as if it appeared one day out of nowhere. Now, it's changing the Brend family for the next year. Or possibly forever. One day toward the end of February, 3-year-old Taylor Brend, Rochert, had an ear infection. Her mom, Kristi, took her to the doctor on a Saturday. That day, Taylor had a lump appear on her right side, above her stomach. "I swear it came in a day," Kristi said. The doctors weren't certain what it was, so they did an ultrasound and CAT scan.
The Detroit Lakes City Council's finance committee met last week to discuss a proposal from Holmes Center, Inc. for long-term management of the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. After the DLCCC was built, largely with donated funds and state grant money, Holmes Center, Inc. formed to manage the facility. The group signed a contract with the city to manage DLCCC for five years. That contract is up Dec. 15 of this year. With a notification requirement of 180 days prior to the contract's due date, Homes Center, Inc. -- a branch of the Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corp.
A Lake Park-Audubon High School comedy troupe laughed the judges to second place in the sub-section one-act play competition. Director Jim Hopkins' students performed "All in the Timing" by David Ives. They took second in sub-sections and fifth in sections. "I have not done this before, but I have seen other schools do it successfully," Hopkins said of taking the comedy skits to competition. "I knew it would fit the people I had this year." The students learned about the "strength of working together" and that comedy is hard to do.
Another VanMaasdam takes the cake. Or the $5,000 scholarship from Metal Sales Manufacturing anyway. For the second year, Metal Sales' parent company, Interlock, has given out three $5,000 scholarships to children of employees. Last year, Angie VanMaasdam received a scholarship. This year, her younger sister, Malisa, was awarded the same honor. "Without a doubt, this applicant, if I may, the top point earner, is who I'm here for," Jeff Mackin said.
Jose Mazquiz is one of many success stories to roll out of Lakes Learning Center. Not only did he take English classes, earn his citizenship and continues to take other classes to better his education, Mazquiz volunteers with the program to teach others English. "I'm returning the favor. They help me, I help them," he said as his reason for tutoring. Mazquiz is in the process of writing a book and is taking some grammar classes at the Lincoln Education Center, where Lakes Learning is housed. "We're proud of Jose," Instructor Elaine Graf said.
The Pavilion Preservation Committee has reached its original goal, and members are looking for some help with a few upgrades. Last year, the city received a state grant of $283,000 -- if matched it with $284,000 in local dollars.