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For the first time ever, Lakes Crisis and Resource Center was on-site for the WE Fest celebration. "We felt with the influx of people, it was important to be on-site rather than a phone call away," Director Jan Logan said. Advocates for the Crisis Center, including Val Shepersky, took turns being at the festival 24 hours a day for the duration of the long weekend. The Crisis Center collaborated with the Becker County Sheriff Department and the medical group at the festival.
A silt fence or retaining wall. That is the question. The feud continues surrounding a retaining wall under construction at River Hills RV Park. Supposedly, the building of it has been halted, pending permits. When the wall was noticed and reported, letters and meetings started happening fast and furious. According to final Planned Unit Development plans and plans submitted for the Environmental Assessment Worksheet, there was a silt fence indicated on the map.
It's no secret there have been a few controversies when it comes to the new River Hills RV Park development along Highway 59 South. With Detroit Lakes city council final approval of the plat in June, developer Pat Onstad began the construction this summer. However, there is now a new complaint being looked into. Henry VanOffelen, a natural resource scientist for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, brought a retaining wall to the attention of some Detroit Lakes city officials.
It's been 40-plus years since the camp closed, but campers and counselors are planning the first reunion of Camp White Earth. The one heading up the reunion is Guy Hatlie, who lives in California and has a cabin on Lake Sallie near Detroit Lakes. "A lot of prominent people from the area attended this camp," he said. The camp was open from the 1930s to 1960s. Hatlie said the owners passed away in the 1960s and left no records of the camp or the people who attended. So beginning with no contacts, Hatlie started searching on his own, and has contacted 60 people he has tracked down.
Kasandra Meehl, 19, was crowned Miss Northwest 2006 last month at the annual Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes. Meehl, Perham, lives in Fargo during the school year and attends Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she is a junior, for mathematics education on the secondary level. Via e-mail, she answered several questions about pageants, future plans and her platform. Have you been in a pageant before? If so, what one(s)? In 2004, I was Miss Perham and ran the following year in Miss Minnesota 2005.
Detroit Lakes will likely be getting city-to-city bus service again. The city council enthusiastically signed a letter of support for Jefferson Lines to start making stops in Detroit Lakes. Greyhound Bus scrapped its route through Detroit Lakes in August of 2004. "We considered it at that point, but we didn't have enough drivers and buses," said Bonnie Buchanan, vice president of marketing for Jefferson Lines.
Detroit Lakes will be issuing bonds for a $2.2 million Lakes Homes and Program Development, Inc., project. The project will include new homes and headquarters for Lakes Homes in Detroit Lakes, Mahnomen and Fergus Falls. The city will issue the bonds but will have no obligation or financial resources in the deal. Cities are given $10 million a year for this type of issuance. Other action taken at the Detroit Lakes City Council meeting includes: September's city council meeting has been changed to Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. because of the primary election on Sept.
When Kris and Jess Buller, Detroit Lakes, decided to expand their family, they knew they wanted to adopt and they knew they wanted a sibling group. July 7-13, they made their first visit to see their children -- Ivan, 7, Anna, 5, and Micah, 3 -- in Russia. They are hoping to return in September to bring the children home with them. "For us, it's been a process," Kris said of adoption.
The street and park commission held discussions on allies and Ox Carts prior to the Detroit Lakes City Council meeting earlier this week. The City Council decided the city's liquor store fund would cover the remaining costs of the Pavilion renovation project and reconstruction of the bandshell. At the street and park commission meeting, members discussed what to do with money earned from the sale of land at Ox Cart Trail. The park board cleaned up the area and the city sold it for $18,500.
The railroad crossing at Roosevelt Avenue is scheduled to be closed Monday through Thursday, Aug. 10. How much of a problem does this pose for emergency personnel? Is this just a taste of how it will be next summer when the crossing is closed for months? Finding alternative routes will have to be the answer. Roosevelt Avenue is one of the main arteries to the north side of Detroit Lakes and to Highway 34, so there are other routes that will have to be used, such as Highway 59 and Washington Avenue. "We're working around them," St.