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For the most part, construction is going according to schedule with the Highway 10 project. "Generally, we've been pleased with the contractors, so hopefully that continues," said Tom Swenson, Minnesota Department of Transportation's project manager. Major phases of the construction are at Highway 10 and Roosevelt Avenue, and Highways 59 and 34.
The U.S. Postal Service is proposing to raise postage rates 3 cents next spring, the first Postal Service-initiated increase in five years. Yes, customers paid 2 cents extra beginning this year, but not for postal reasons. "They haven't told us what it's for," Detroit Lakes Postmaster Dale Storey said of the escrow account the increase paid for. The government started a $3.1 billion escrow account, and the Postal Service was responsible for providing the money. Hence the 2-cent increase.
Ten years ago, John Flatt would have never thought he'd be a presenter at a national health care convention. Then he was an industrial arts teacher. Now he's the school-to-work program coordinator at Detroit Lakes High School. May 4-5 Flatt attended the national conference on Health Care Workforce Development in Arlington, Va. He sat in on a roundtable discussion and presented information on the school's connection to the health care community in Detroit Lakes. "We have a strong partnership between education and health care providers," he said.
The Detroit Lakes American Legion is holding a Blue Star Banner ceremony Saturday, beginning at noon. Blue Star Banners can be seen hanging in windows throughout the county, and nation.
This week is Long Term Care Week, a celebration of age. And Emmanuel Community employees are helping celebrate the week, honoring the senior citizens in their facilities. The theme, Community Treasures, defines how Emmanuel employees feel about their residents. Residents like Hazel Bimberg, Lamplighter Manor; Alice Nordstrom, Emmanuel Nursing Home, and Betty Matzueff, The Madison. In 1963, President Kennedy declared May Senior Citizen's Month. In 1970, it was changed to Older Americans Month. Now the week following Mother's Day is considered the Homes for the Aging Week.
The Detroit Lakes City Council has denied a liquor license to the owner of the former Green Door bar near the Pavilion. The action was taken at a special meeting Tuesday. Tyler Leitheiser applied for a liquor license for The Mighty Minnow, formerly the Green Door, for the remainder of the year. But several issues came up in the liquor committee meeting to show Leitheiser would not be receiving the license. Assistant City Administrator Lynne Krieger said she hadn't received several pieces of paperwork or fees for the application.
It may have taken 60 years, but World War II veteran Mel Klotz, 87, has received his medals of honor. After serving 18 months on Papua New Guinea during WWII, Klotz, of Detroit Lakes, earned three medals -- Army Good Conduct, Asiatic Pacific Campaign and Victory World War II. When he returned from the war to Camp McCoy, Wis., they were out of medals. He never pursued the medals after that, but once he got involved with the local veterans affairs, veterans service officer Dennis Warling made sure Klotz got his medals. "And finally, here they came," he said.
While the plan for the proposed River Hills RV Park is going forward, there is one issue to cover -- park dedication fees. At the Community Development Committee's Monday afternoon meeting Alderman Bruce Imholte brought up the fact that a park dedication fee had never surfaced in the nearly year-long discussion of the RV park.
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.