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Once he found serenity, writer Tim Kessler has published his first children's book, "When God Made the Dakotas." Kessler, Detroit Lakes, is holding a book signing at Driftwood Books in Detroit Lakes on Saturday, Feb. 18, from noon to 2 p.m. Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, "When God Made the Dakotas" is a "a creation story set in Native American myth format." He writes, "My promise is that I will never let this land become so full of people and their doings that it will drown out the sound of my voice.
This is only her second year at Detroit Lakes High School, but agriculture instructor Trescha Mitchell is already having an impact on her students. She was named Region 1 Ag Teacher of the Year, and goes on to compete for State Ag Teacher of the Year in July. And her students are noticing. "She one of the nicest teachers in the school," student Travis Stanton said. "She helped put together a good FFA chapter." Fellow student Justin Lehmann agrees.
People have been hearing for the three or so years where all the roads are going with the new Highway 10 realignment, but what about the aesthetics of the project? A committee has been meeting with city officials and Minnesota Department of Transportation officials to make sure that once the roads are put in, the trees aren't forgotten. Mayor Larry Buboltz said the group wanted to meet and make sure they aren't "missing any opportunities." MnDOT has already committed to more than $400,000 in vegetation for the finished project.
Detroit Lakes is growing.
Looks like bands will be able to play longer this summer. Detroit Lakes City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance changing the city's noise ordinance from 10 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, Sundays on those two holiday weekends, and July 3-5. Before a vote of approval, alderman Leonard Heltemes made a motion to change the time from midnight to 11 p.m. "Eleven is a compromise.
It's been 10 years since Polar Plunge organizers first invited area residents to go jump in the lake. In February. In Minnesota. After taking up to a decade to recover, or perhaps just to forget exactly how refreshing that lake water feels this time of year, several Polar Plunge alumni will do it again starting 1 p.m. on Saturday. For the good of the Boys and Girls Club on the 10th anniversary of the Polar Plunge. Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce President Dave Hochhalter and City Engineer Gary Nansen are plunging again after 10 years.
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Pastor David Thompson has been at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Audubon, for three weeks. His office still isn't in order, but his mission for his new church family is. "I want to continue to communicate the gospel of Christ and share the message with others," he said. Thompson moved to Audubon from Wisconsin, where he served as director at the Schwan Center near Trego. Named after Schwan's ice cream founder Marvin Schwan, the center may have been beneficial but, "we never got a discount on ice cream," he said with a laugh.
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau touched down in Detroit Lakes Wednesday afternoon to talk about a new $2.5 billion transportation program, which includes reconstruction of Highway 34 from Detroit Lakes to Akeley. "When you think of asking for bonding, you think of long-term (results)," Molnau said.
MAC/NAPS is looking for a little support. The program has grown and needs businesses to help with operational costs. Mothers and Children, Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors is a program designed for mothers, young children and men and women over age 60 who are in need of grocery support. "This is a necessity," said Tracy Baker, nutrition education assistant at the University of Minnesota Extension Service. "We want businesses to be aware it's a fundraiser for a very important program." That program helps feed 300-330 people per month.