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When three women from Lake Region Therapy Services headed to Arizona for training, little did they know they would be in the midst of wildfires. Erin Lindberg, Jane Flynn and Carolyn Pierce attended advanced courses while in Sedona with 70-85 other therapists from the United States, Canada and London. The three arrived on different dates, but all got an amazing view of the wildfires going on in Arizona. "When Erin got there, there was a small fire," Pierce said, "but they (firefighters) got that out right away." That was on June 11, she said.
The transformation at the former County Market building is complete: St. Mary's Regional Health Center's North Campus will soon be open, bringing a much more spacious dialysis unit with it. While the projected opening date is July 17, the building will be open to the public Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for an open house. People can take a walk through the newly remodeled facility and visit with workers about to move into the building as well. "So many people are curious as to what's going on," said LeAnn Mouw, director of development and community relations for St. Mary's.
The laughter and stories ran freely last weekend and Fourth of July as siblings Ray, George and David Wagner and Dorothy Rachar got together for only the second time in 50 years. The 50th wedding anniversary of Ray and Mavis Wagner are what brought the group together this time. While it might seem odd for siblings not fighting or feuding to stay away from each other that long, it's really a matter of miles. Ray lives near Richwood, Dorothy in Canada and George and David in Australia.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is making the local kidney dialysis unit a better place. The organization donated $15,000 toward a unit. "We felt it was a good thing just getting this set up," said Adeline Sherbrooke, Odd Fellows member. The dialysis unit is located in the former County Market building and is run by St. Mary's Regional Health Center and MeritCare. As part of St. Mary's remodeling and expansion project, the kidney dialysis department will be relocating to the North Campus of St. Mary's on July 17.
A couple area girls got to be a part of Microsoft's DigiGirlz technology day camp last month. Cecilia Erholtz, 14, and Jasmine Skarie attended the camp at the Fargo Microsoft campus. The camp, which is for girls in grades eight through 10, introduces them to business leaders and technology. Erholtz, who will be a ninth grader this fall at Frazee-Vergas School, said she heard about the camp from a friend. "I like to learn about computers.
Now may be the time to start thinking about running for Detroit Lakes City Council. This November, there will be several seats on the council up for election. They are Ward 1, Leonard Heltemes; Ward 2, Dave Aune; Ward 3, GL Tucker, and two at large spots, Matt Brenk and Walt Tollefson. Filing for the elections begins Aug. 28 and closes Sept. 12. There are no primary elections for city council. Election day is Nov. 7 this year. Each position is a four-year term, and there is no limit on the number of years someone can serve on the city council.
The city of Frazee will find out next week if residents and businesses will be able to take the next step toward calling Detroit Lakes for free. "It's all in the wait-and-see file right now," Deputy Clerk Marian Estenson said. "We'd sure like to see it pass as soon as possible." City Clerk Kelcey Klemm said Frazee first had to file a petition that required signatures from 15 percent of the customers within the 334 exchange.
The city of Detroit Lakes is looking into purchasing the property along Highway 10 that used to house Grover's Truck Stop. City officials met with landowners American National Bank Thursday to discuss the deal. Mayor Larry Buboltz said the purchase is part of the long-term planning for the city.
With so many stories of lost children now days, volunteers were happy to hear a positive ending to a recent ordeal in Becker County. Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Becker County Sheriff's Department was notified that a 2-year-old Fargo girl had wondered off near Height of Land Lake. She had been missing for several hours already. The little girl with brownish-blonde hair, whose name was not released, was staying with her father near the public access on the east side of the lake.
Taking a walk in the woods? Watch for those ticks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Lyme disease is on the rise. But, don't just check yourself, check your four-legged friends as well. Dogs are 100 times more likely to be bitten by diseased ticks. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and treat Lyme disease for humans and animals. "If you are able to check every day (for ticks), the possibilities are very low," Karen Bergeron, RN, MeritCare, said of humans contracting the disease. There are two kinds of ticks in the area -- wood ticks and deer ticks.