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Sitting across the table from Peter Vogt at a Detroit Lakes coffee shop, who would have thought I'd be talking to a fashion industry expert? Dressed in a polo and jeans, Vogt can't help but laugh when he tells about the previous book he wrote, "Career Opportunities in the Fashion Industry." Honestly, I couldn't help but laugh as well. His next three books are likely what Vogt would rather be known for, though. As a career counselor, Vogt has published three books on guiding students on college and career choices and coaching students on finding a job after graduation.
The area Family Readiness Group is throwing a party Sunday. Lakes Area Armed Forces Appreciation Day is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16, from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Becker County Fairgrounds Fieldhouse. The event is for all veterans, family and friends -- basically "pretty much the whole community," said co-organizer Doug Newman.
Originally scheduled to open in June 2008, then bid to open Dec. 1, the Highway 59 bridge is likely to open even earlier. "Realistically, I predict we'll open by Nov. 1, a month ahead (of schedule)," Hoffman Construction Project Manager Chad Johnson said. That's if the weather cooperates, he added. Hoffman will receive a $300,000 incentive to open the bridge by Dec. 1. To move along the process, crews will be paving at Highway 10 and Highway 59 during night-time hours. Medians will be poured this week during the day and then night paving of the lanes will begin next week.
After years of warnings from the state fire marshal, Frazee-Vergas Schools plans to install fire sprinklers throughout the elementary and high school buildings.
The preliminary levy and budget for 2008 for the city of Detroit Lakes shows a 14.29 percent increase. Finance Officer Lou Guzek said 10 percent of that is directly related to Local Government Aid cuts and the remaining is due to inflation and street repairs.
Happy anniversary, Lions. The Detroit Lakes Lions Club celebrated 50 years last week with a dinner and program, while Mayor Larry Buboltz proclaimed Sept. 6 as Lion's Day. Chartered on April 25, 1957, A.T. Holcomb organized the Detroit Lakes Club, with Rev. E.W. Nelson being the first president. Fifty years later, the Lions Club has made history again with the appointment of its first female president, Debbie Haugen. "It was a good success. There were about 80 people there," she said of the celebration.
For the last 30 years, Detroit Lakes has seen some major growth and one man has been in the corner office, seeing those changes through. City Administrator Rich Grabow is retiring the end of September after 32 years with the city. "It's been fun, but a lot of work," he said. After high school, Grabow left Detroit Lakes in 1964 to attend college. From there, he served in the military and landed in Fargo working in accounting for a couple companies.
After nearly 100 years, the county and city are pondering whether to tear down the Berean Church, at the corner of Lake Avenue and Frazee Street, to build a parking lot. There's a lot of history in those walls. According to records at the Becker County Historical Society, the "new, dark red concrete and wood church" was built in 1908 "on a plot of ground used for a potato garden" by the congregation that would become the United Methodist Church.
When Guy Johnson showed up in Detroit Lakes for his 55-year class reunion, he got a bit of a surprise -- a classmate returned his lost class ring after 55 years. In 1952, Johnson lost his class ring, but after searching fruitlessly for it, "I long ago wrote that off." Turns out he had lost it in his dad's 1950 Nash. His dad went on to trade the vehicle in on a '57 Chevy.
Not only is an upcoming collectible sporting show a good outlet for collectors, but it's also a memorial to a man known throughout the decoy circuit -- Lawrence Bethel. "When Lawrence was alive, he and I talked about it," said organizer Mark Greenig of Detroit Lakes. Bethel passed away July 1, 2006. Now, it's a way to "promote the city and Bethel's legacy." The first Lawrence Bethel Memorial Sporting Collectible Show & Sale is Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Washington Square Mall.