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While Park Rapids School District passed its referendum, Frazee-Vergas and Lake Park-Audubon did not. The Frazee-Vergas School District asked two questions, with funds going specifically to certain needs of the district. The first question had monies going to fund all-day, every-day kindergarten. That voted failed with 1,233 "no" votes and 1,051 "yes" votes in Becker County. The question did pass in Vergas, located in Otter Tail County, with 94 "yes" votes and 85 "no" votes. Total votes for the district were 1,495 for no and 1,362 for yes.
It was the year for incumbents at the city level. Many ran unopposed, keeping their seats in city government. In Detroit Lakes, Leonard Heltemes, Ward 1, Dave Aune, Ward 2, and G.L. Tucker, Ward 3, ran unopposed and were all re-elected to a four-year term on city council. Aldermen at large incumbents Matt Brenk and Walt Tollefson had some competition with Beatrice Tessman and Bob Renney, also on the ballot for the two seats. Brenk and Tollefson won though, with 1,789 and 1,700 votes respectively.
It is a love story of sorts that just doesn't happen anymore. In 1944, Delia was on a bus near Chicago. She was in nursing school. Sitting on the bus, a young serviceman approached her and asked if he could sit next to her. She said yes. "In his uniform, he was very handsome. That's what I fell for," Delia said. The two started talking, exchanged addresses and continued to write back and forth. "We wrote a lot. It was kind of interesting," she said.
A Children's Service Program will hopefully soon be a permanent part of Lakes Crisis and Resource Center. LCRC received a $75,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, and is hosting its first Crisis Center Children's Breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Executive Director Jan Logan said when she came to the Crisis Center, she noticed "a distinct absence of formal children's programs." While United Way funds a portion of child services yearly, there hasn't been enough funding for a full-time social worker for children.
Last month, the Detroit Lakes City Council voted to require an amended Environmental Assessment Worksheet for River Hills RV Park and its infamous retaining wall. The process for revisiting the issue is "not something we go through every day," Community Development Director Larry Remmen said. While the city is required to prepare an EAW, it instead asks the developer to hire a consultant to prepare the worksheet. It is the developer's responsibility to incur the costs. Once completed, the worksheet is submitted to the Environmental Quality Board.
Q: What does knitting, folk music and baton twirling all have in common? A: Christine Lavin. Someone who can only be described as a well-rounded entertainer, Lavin is coming to the Historic Holmes Theatre Friday at 7:30 p.m. Lavin started out performing as a folk singer full time 22 years ago, although she's been playing and writing music since she was 13. As if releasing multiple albums and winning several awards wasn't enough entertainment for Lavin, she added baton twirling to the show as well. "I started out as a folk singer, but my work has gone way beyond that," she said.
Tanner Yocom is going places. Not only with his academic intelligence, but literally, places all over the globe. This past summer, the 15-year-old ninth grader at Detroit Lakes High School traveled Europe with EF Tours. As a seventh grader, he saw a poster inviting students to attend a meeting for the European tour. He did and became interested. After two years of meetings, Yocom joined people from Iowa and California to tour England, Germany, Italy and France. "I couldn't sleep that night, as to be expected," he said of the night before leaving for Europe.
Mommy. Grandma. Teacher. Tammy Torma has been called them all. In fact though, she's none of them to the kids calling her those titles. She is in fact their day care provider and was just named the 2006 Professional Family Child Care Provider from Becker County. When Torma, of Frazee, was pregnant with her son, who is now 9, she worked in Detroit Lakes. (Torma also has a daughter who is 17.) She said she had a difficult time having to find a day care for her son.
Christmas is going to be a great time for the Alfred and Lily Barnett family. On Dec. 17, Habitat for Humanity is dedicating its fifth home in Detroit Lakes, the Barnett home, located on the corner of Union Street and Roosevelt Avenue. "We hope to have them in for Christmas dinner," Habitat President Barb Thomsen said. Besides helping another family find a permanent residence, Habitat has some exciting news of its own. The organization has decided to begin building a house for a family every year.
On a roughed in stage, the Lake Park-Audubon students perform their first read-through without scripts. It's not quite the polished version audiences will see in a few weeks, but director Jim Hopkins is sure his crew will be ready for opening night. Lake Park-Audubon students are performing "The White Sheep of the Family" by L. du Garde Peach and Ian Hay on Nov.