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No parent plans on dealing with the death of a child, but that's just what Mike Metelak of Detroit Lakes had to do when his son, Lee, was killed in a car accident July 24, 2003. Metelak finds comfort in the fact that Lee was an organ and tissue donor and went on to save 18 other lives. Not only does it help with the grieving process, Metelak said, he's also proud of his son for his decision to mark his driver's license as an organ donor. "The day after the accident, the rest of the story is completed.
The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota recognized Detroit Lakes' Graystone Hotel at its 25th anniversary celebration. Mayor Larry Buboltz and Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation President Arlen Kangas attended the ceremony. "Why they picked the Graystone, I'm not really certain," Kangas said. "But it's a pivotal piece of property and (its loss would have been) very detrimental to historical preservation statewide." The 25th anniversary celebrated 25 of the state's significant preservation stories.
Depending on whether or not a proposed contract is accepted, some changes are in store for the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. Holmes Center Inc.'s contract for running the community center is up Dec. 15. The organization must agree six months before that date on a new contract with the city. Officials from the city and Holmes Center Inc.
Many people have likely seen Steve Martin's movie "Father of the Bride." Well, the Detroit Lakes Middle and High School students have more to offer with their version. "Father of the Bride" runs April 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. in the George Simson Auditorium in the Detroit Lakes Middle School.
After a thorough two-hour session Thursday, the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission approved the preliminary plat of the River Hills RV Park. The 130-unit planned unit development will be a cooperative for RV owners to purchase into the association. Community Development Director Larry Remmen read a long list of requirements the developer, Patrick Onstad, has met over the last year. "We're getting there," Tera Guetter, Pelican River Watershed District administrator agreed. Each site will have a 40-by-20 space for an RV, parking and deck if wanted.
From the moment they step onto the bus headed for boot camp, these recruits' lives are no longer their own. They now belong to drill instructors, there to break them down and build them back up as United States Marines. Recruits Nick Velasco, 19, St. Paul, and Jay Nordstrom, 22, Fridley, are scheduled for graduation from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego May 5. A day they are both looking forward to. When recruits step off the bus at night to step on the yellow footprints for the first time, they are also going to experience more demands than they ever thought they would.
The Lakes Crisis and Resource Center's annual banquet is Saturday, and the list of auction items is looking good. "Imagine" is the theme for this year's banquet, beginning with social hour at 6 p.m. at the Speak Easy restaurant in Detroit Lakes. "Imagine a world without violence," Director Jan Logan said as to where the theme came from. There will be live and silent auctions at the event.
Last week, I was yelled at, shot an M-16 (and hit the bulls-eye, by the way), marched for the first time since high school band, and got up way too early on a regular basis. That's right, I joined the U.S. Marine Corps for a week. And I graduated as an honorary recruit.
Looking into the crystal ball, you can see street construction plans for Detroit Lakes over the next five years. OK, so it's not so much a crystal ball as a report on Municipal State Aid and Detroit Lakes street systems.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to put traffic signals at the intersection at Highway 10 and Airport Road. Detroit Township doesn't necessarily have the same view. Although the township will make no decision until its Tues-day night meeting, township of-ficials met recently with city of-ficials to discuss paying for the signal light, among other topics. Total cost of the signal is es-timated at $240,000. MnDOT would pay $120,000 for the east and west legs on Highway 10.