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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.
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.
The proposed River Hills RV Park is one step closer to reality. The Detroit Lakes City Council approved the first reading of a request to rezone the property from R-A, agriculture-residential, to R-2, one and two family residential. The second reading will be heard at a special council meeting April 11 at 5 p.m. in city hall. The council also approved the first reading of annexing 35.73 acres into the city, located near Willow Springs. The property, developed by Don Lefebvre, extends to Highway 59 and will abut the former Ray J.
After being amended just over a year ago, Detroit Lakes is amending its assessment policy for undeveloped property again. The Detroit Lakes City Council approved the amendment Tuesday. Previously, the policy stated plans "shall be limited to 20 lots per development area." That is now stricken from the policy. The major change in the policy, however, comes with the percentage amount of assessments to be paid at what point in the development. For the last year, the developer had to pay 10 percent down, with a third of the assessable costs after three years, another third after five years
Another VanMaasdam takes the cake. Or the $5,000 scholarship from Metal Sales Manufacturing anyway. For the second year, Metal Sales' parent company, Interlock, has given out three $5,000 scholarships to children of employees. Last year, Angie VanMaasdam received a scholarship. This year, her younger sister, Malisa, was awarded the same honor. "Without a doubt, this applicant, if I may, the top point earner, is who I'm here for," Jeff Mackin said.
A Lake Park-Audubon High School comedy troupe laughed the judges to second place in the sub-section one-act play competition. Director Jim Hopkins' students performed "All in the Timing" by David Ives. They took second in sub-sections and fifth in sections. "I have not done this before, but I have seen other schools do it successfully," Hopkins said of taking the comedy skits to competition. "I knew it would fit the people I had this year." The students learned about the "strength of working together" and that comedy is hard to do.