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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.
Detroit Lakes is about to grow by a fairly large portion. About 222 acres worth. Tuesday evening, the Detroit Lakes City Council approved a notice of intent to Detroit Township for annexing 222.04 acres around the Richwood Road area. The annexation area follows Richwood Road to North Tower Road, down and around Mud Lake. The city has received a petition signed by 54.5 percent of landowners in the area asking to be annexed. There are 22 landowners in the area, with 12 of them coming on board for the annexation.
Connie Lund likes to take the Christmas message and write it into an original and unique storyline. This year she has written "The Mountie's Christmas" for her students at the Adventist Christian School and Koinonia for Kids. She has a group of nine full-time students from the Christmas school and nine home-schoolers from various areas. Not wanting kids to have to complain about playing a sheppard in another Christmas play, she pulled the story into a different setting. "I started to put the Christmas story in some other context," she said.
Although she's written some books for herself, this is the first piece of writing Angela Cox has shown the community. Cox, 14, wrote "Jesus, the Gift from God," a narrative that will be read at this afternoon's (Sunday) Candles, Carols and Lessons at Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. The program director Mark Berg asked the eighth grader if she would be interested in writing a piece for the program. She accepted. His guidance to her was simply to write on the subject of "gifts." "Some of the greatest gifts you can't put in a box," Cox said.