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The Detroit Lakes Police Department is seeing a few changes this month. After the retirement of Captain Paul Goecke, Chief Kel Keena decided to restructure the department, having three sergeants rather than a captain and a sergeant. The city council approved the restructuring at its March meeting. With officer Tim Eggebraaten already a sergeant, two more needed to be promoted.
The Detroit Lakes City Council held its second reading and passing of a motion establishing a one-year moratorium on billboards and electronic signs in the city. "We're here not for a ban, but for a delay," resident Glenn Gifford said. Some residents spoke in favor of the moratorium, citing the aesthetics of having billboards along Highway 10.
The Detroit Lakes Fire Department will not be providing Dunn Township with primary fire coverage. Last month, Dunn Township Supervisor Mike Johnson came before the Detroit Lakes Public Safety Committee to ask that the Detroit Lakes Fire Department consider covering the Otter Tail County township. This month, several residents voiced their opinion against that request. Some wrote letters, and some attended the Public Safety Committee meeting Monday afternoon.
About 15-20 Muskies Inc. members performed their yearly deed and cleaned up Detroit and Pelican lakes last weekend. By the looks of the ice though, the group wondered if maybe a week or two earlier would have been better. "This is the worst ice," Fargo-Moorhead chapter President Mark Stenger said. "Everyone has a lifejacket on." Better to be safe than sorry. "There are spots (of open water) out there that are bigger than a car," he added. Saturday morning, organization members hauled in lumber and garbage on their ATV's and sleds left behind by ice fishermen.
Detroit Lakes Development Authority members are keeping an open mind when it comes to designing the Gateway District. The former Hardee's and Orton's area will be redesigned once Highway 10 is re-aligned, and while the city has drawn up several plans, nothing has been chosen yet. New owners of the Mac's Hardware building, who Community Development Director Larry Remmen said he is not at liberty to name, asked the DLDA to take into consideration more parking for the corner business. Alderman and DLDA chair Jim Anderson said it was premature to discuss that with the owners, since there isn
Looking for its own identity and less confusion, the city of Detroit changed its name to Detroit Lakes in 1926. In letters to the editor in 1926, two men -- William LaMayeau and John West -- wrote to the Becker County Record explaining to citizens why they felt the name of the city should be changed at the upcoming special election. LaMayeau, formerly of Detroit and now residing in Utica, N.Y., wrote that the special election was "giving the voters a chance to express their desire as to the changing or adding to the name of Detroit..." He added that being an automobile repairman, having
"I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7 Rev. Joe DeCrans said that Bible verse likely described the man hundreds were gathered to pay tribute to. Likely one of the largest funerals Frazee has seen, an estimated 1,600 people came to Frazee-Vergas High School to pay their last respects to Staff Sgt. Greg Riewer. Riewer, 28, was killed March 23 in Iraq while on duty with the Minnesota National Guard.
Detroit Lake was once known for its pure ice. For years, ice was harvested by the ton to supply ice to cold storage businesses, homes and the railroad. Once automatic icemakers came around, though, ice harvesting was no longer needed and therefore ended one of the largest companies in Detroit Lakes at the time. Started in 1888, John West began harvesting the ice of Detroit Lake with just a few men's help.
Hundreds of people came out in the wind, rain and snow Sunday afternoon to pay respect to Sgt. Greg Riewer, who was killed in Iraq March 23. The body of the 28-year-old National Guard soldier was flown into Fargo and then brought to Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with a brief stop in Detroit Lakes for a service at the Minnesota National Guard Armory. "We have an American hero here today to honor," Rep. Collin Peterson said. People lined the streets of Detroit Lakes, Highway 10 and hundreds more in Frazee, including the Frazee Fire Department, standing at attention.
Winner. Someone who succeeds by striving or effort. W-I-N-N-E-R. L-I-B-B-Y. "As soon as I heard it, I knew I had a small chance of moving on," Libby Larson said of the word (mimetic, pertaining to mimicry)to that placed her third in state at a Spelling Bee two weeks ago. After a series of spelling opportunities, the 14-year-old eighth grader at Detroit Lakes Middle School tied with five others for third place at St. Cloud March 22. Larson started at the Middle School when the principal read 10 words over the intercom, and students with at least seven of the 10 correct advanced.