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After last month's oversight and accidental passing of a rezoning request, the Detroit Lakes City Council is taking measures to ensure it doesn't happen again. Last month, property owned by Todd Simison, along Highway 10 east of Detroit Lakes, was automatically rezoned from one and two residential housing to auto oriented business without the knowledge of seemingly anyone until it was too late. The city has 60 days to respond after a rezoning request is filed, which was overlooked on the Simison property. This month though, the council passed a 60-day rule procedures policy.
The Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Detroit Lakes, is hosting a Last Sunday at the Library series, beginning Jan. 28. The last Sunday of January, February and March speakers will come in to talk about "trouble spots around the world," head librarian Mary Haney said. Jan. 28, Mark Kuether, pastor of the Congregational Church, Detroit Lakes, will speak about his journey to Palestine and Israel. Last April, Kuether took a trip to the Holy Land for 10 days, visiting Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee.
After going through the summer with no dog, Detroit Lakes Police Department K-9 Officer Robert Strand is happy to have a canine companion once again. Strand returned to DL Dec. 17 with his 3-year-old German Sheppard dog, Macho. "He was the best bang for our buck," Strand said. "We got a good dog." Since being trained with his first dog, Chase, Strand was able to speed up the process this time around. With Chase, Strand went through a 12-week training program in St. Paul.
The check usually looks real, it's the letter that gives it away. "An assistance check of $2,962.30 is hereby enclosed to help you pay for your tax and administrative expenses (International Clearance fees) involved with your winnings. We are sending you this check from your winnings to assist you to pay for the International Clearance fees involved, after which your money shall be released." Scams. They are trapping people one lucky winner at a time. A closer look at the letter congratulating the next victim shows it comes from a company in the Virgin Islands.
Smell that? Probably not. Carbon monoxide is a deadly poison gas in the air. As of Jan. 1, new single-family homes in Minnesota are being required to have carbon monoxide detectors installed. According to the American Lung Association, exposure to a low dose of carbon monoxide can be just as harmful as a high dose in a short period of time. Carbon monoxide poisoning is caused when carbon-burning appliances fail. The failure can be ventilation or maintenance. Dr. Wade Wernecke, emergency services at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, said St.
Detroit Lakes and Becker County saw a few major stories in 2006.
Christmas is filled with traditions and memories for everyone. Whether it is sledding at Grandpa and Grandma's house, homemade Pound Puppies or baking goodies, this is the time of the year most people look forward to. Here are a few favorite traditions and memories from people throughout the area. Brenda Houts Christmas is such a time of memories and traditions. From baking the favorite Christmas cookies, picking out the best present, getting to see all my nephews and nieces. It is so hard to pick just one.
Habitat for Humanity has lots to celebrate this month. On Sunday, the organization dedicated its newest house to the Alfred and Lillie Barnett family. Monday, it announced a grant that will fund 75 percent on a house in 2007. "We thank God and Habitat for Humanity," Alfred Barnett said. "It's truly a blessing for me and my family." The Barnetts, along with their five children, Ebony Barnett, Houston Moorman, Shanell Roberson, Dominique Barnett and Jasmine Roberson, moved into their new home just in time for Christmas.
If anyone is looking for Santa and his reindeer, they're hovering over Gary and Karen Klueneberg's house. Along with a few friends. Every year for the last 20 years, Gary Klueneberg has been adding Christmas lights and figurines inside and outside his house. "Karen takes everything off the walls and puts up Christmas," Gary said of his wife. Inside, the Kluenebergs have a village set up in the corner of their living room. It's no small, ordinary village though.
The city of Detroit Lakes is taking steps to make the development process around environmentally sensitive areas clearer. The Detroit Lakes City Council decided to table the issue until the January meeting to make some changes to the establishment of an environmental review policy. The policy states that the city wants to encourage development that is sensitive to the natural environment, reduce survey and platting costs for developers and avoid unnecessary Environmental Assessment Worksheets.