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Could Detroit Lakes be the next sustainable community in Minnesota? That's a question the Izaak Walton League is asking city and county officials, offering help if the answer is yes. Rolf Nordstrom, director of Upper Minnesota Hydrogen Initiative and an Ike, spoke at a luncheon for city and county officials, staff and planners. He presented a sustainable community challenge, saying there are communities in Minnesota already jumping on the opportunity. "I don't believe the sky is falling, but there are cracks in the ceiling," he said.
Three decades will come to a close next weekend when Playhouse 412 hosts its final production. Founded in 1977, the local theater group has voted to dissolve.
What started out as just another assignment for two Detroit Lakes Middle School students has turned into an art showing at Fargo's Plains Art Museum. Morgan Nodsley and Alyssa Boyle have their pieces of artwork on display in the museum for the month of March, with an opening today (Sunday). Nodsley's oil pastel of pumpkins was just a classroom assignment her art teacher Kim Boe had the entire class working on. "We had to draw what you saw from where you were sitting," she said. In Boyle's case, the class was working on impressionist paintings, and she chose her scene because "I used to
Callaway is gearing up for a big celebration this summer. It is the centennial celebration of Callaway Days. The usual daylong event will be extended one day to fit in all the activities. "It's usually one day, but added two for the centennial," organizer Stacy Heinlein said. New this year, June 15 will be an all-school reunion. A dinner, followed by karaoke, will be in the Callaway Liquor Store. "If those who live in the area could please pass along the information to those out of the area," Heinlein said. June 16 is filled with activities for everyone.
Friends and family want a substantial memorial for Josh Hanson, a local Guardsman who died in Iraq last year. A log picnic shelter will be built in Maplewood State Park, just east of Pelican Rapids. Estimated cost is $50,000. The 28-year-old Minnesota National Guardsman was killed in Iraq on Aug. 30 when his humvee was hit by an improvised explosive device. He was serving with the 1st BDE 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota Army National Guard, ABLE Company 2/136th CAB from Detroit Lakes.
"We are Family," "Sister Act," "Family Ties" -- there are numerous songs, TV shows and movies to express family, but the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team is a unique one. Between the varsity and junior varsity teams, there are six sets of sisters. "(There's) definitely an advantage getting to play as a family.
That safe, healthy touch is what massage therapist RoxAnn Lindquist plans to share with hospice patients. "At 19, I knew I would be a part of Hospice, I just thought it would be as an LPN, not a massage therapist," she said. Not new to hospice, but new to Detroit Lakes' Hospice of the Red River Valley, RoxAnn Lindquist is the first massage therapist to volunteer her time to help relieve stress and make patients more comfortable in their last days.
A nonjudgmental, unconditional listener. That's Annie, the certified Reading Education Assistance Dog who listens to kids read at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. In it's fourth week, the reading program has been booked with kids taking 15-minute slots reading to Annie. "They can sign up or just take their chances," Librarian Mary Haney said, although the sign up sheets have been filled since the program began. The Read to a Dog program is Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. After 10 sessions with Annie, kids get a free book.
The Humane Society of the Lakes' Mardi Gras fund-raiser is Friday, and just in time. The shelter is opening its doors to the public March 13. Board President Beth Pridday said money from the fund-raiser is earmarked for last minute needs for the shelter's opening and for things that couldn't be donated, for example a hairdryer for the dogs, kennels and more. "This is an extremely critical time," she said. "It's like moving into a new home, you need the extra boost." Mardi Gras Madness Casino Night is Friday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Speak Easy.
If all goes according to plan, area residents in need of alcohol and drug addiction recovery will have a place to stay. The faith-based center Eternal Hope Unlimited has formed, and board member Scott Ailie is looking for some support. The project began last year when Todd Wesbrook came to Detroit Lakes to talk about the faith-based Trinity Mission he is a part of in Lafayette, Ind. Trinity Mission houses chemically dependent individuals and takes them through a 12-month Christian-based recovery program. "It stirred up interest," Ailie said of Wesbrook's visit.