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Becker County is showing interest in becoming a sustainable community. Earlier this month the Izaak Walton League and Natural Innovations brought Rolf Nordstorm to Detroit Lakes to speak about becoming a sustainable community. Becker County Housing and Economic Development Coordinator Guy Fischer, along with the city's seal of approval, is expressing his interest to Nordstorm that the area is interested in a sustainable future. "I'm happy the county, through Guy Fischer, was able to jump on this so soon," Alderman Bruce Imholte said.
Although no decisions have been made, the city is discussing the process of selling city-owned land. "In some cases, it's not really fair because people don't have a chance to bid," Alderman Leonard Heltemes said. Heltemes brought the issue to light after a small piece of property was sold last month to a man who requested it. The sale of property does come before the Detroit Lakes City Council for approval before a sale. Heltemes suggested that if a piece of land is worth a certain amount, it should be up for bid.
Let the building begin. Detroit Lakes' Menards is opening Tuesday for business. Residents have been awaiting the arrival of the home improvement store since the start of 2005, when Menards outbid Home Depot for the land near Wal-Mart for $1.3 million. The Detroit Lakes Development Authority had the public utilities 98 acres of land appraised at $476,000. Menards bought just 56.6 acres of that because the rest was deemed unbuildable since it was wetlands.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hoping to have the Highway 10 project done in two years instead of the initially planned three years. It used an incentive plan with construction bidders to ensure a quicker project. "It's a huge benefit to the public," Jeff Perkins, operations manager for Mn/DOT, said of getting the project done quicker. On Feb. 24, Mn/DOT let bids, with the low bidder coming back as Hoffman Construction Co. of Black River Falls, Wis. Monday, the company was accepted as the official contractors of the project.
The Detroit Lakes City Council gave TS Recreation its blessing to stay where it's located and continue business as usual. But, the city wants to spruce it up a bit. The council accepted owner Todd Simison's landscaping plan at Tuesday evening's meeting. The landscaping plan will take place in two phases. The first one, scheduled to be completed by the end of May, includes the planting of about a dozen spruce trees between the two existing buildings along the East Shore Drive edge of the property.
Dunn Township is asking the Detroit Lakes Fire Department to give residents the option of fire service. Dunn Township Supervisor Mike Johnson asked the Detroit Lakes Public Safety Committee Monday to take their request for fire protection into consideration. The Pelican Rapids Fire Department covers Dunn Township, but some residents are opposed to what the fire department is asking of them. Johnson said Pelican Rapids is building a much-needed fire hall, but is asking Dunn Township residents to pay too large a share of the project. The city of Pelican Rapids will pay 30 percent, Dunn T
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.