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Citizens will not be voting on any Detroit Lakes Home Rule Charter changes at the November election this fall. No public outcry was heard Monday evening when the Detroit Lakes City Council held a special meeting regarding proposed changes to the Home Rule Charter. Instead, the outcry came from the council. Council members voted at the regular July council meeting to pass the first reading of the amendments proposed by the charter committee. There was then a special council meeting July 17 to discuss more changes, where aldermen voted and changed some other amendments.
The Detroit Lakes City Council met last week for a special meeting to discuss some Home Rule Charter changes. The next meeting for public input will be Monday, July 31, at 5 p.m. in city hall. The council will also vote that evening for a second reading. All eight aldermen will have to vote in favor for the charter to pass. If passed, the charter will be put to a public vote in the November election. Mayor Larry Buboltz said. "It's been a lot of fine-tuning." Beside the more major changes in the charter, several changes were made to update it as well.
Former Wave columnist Jordan Fouquette is going through the ranks of the U.S. Naval Academy. In June, Fouquette's parents, David and Heidi, went to Annapolis, Md., to see their son during the Academy's induction and swearing in. They are planning another trip east for Aug. 10-13 for parents' weekend, after Fouquette finishes his six-seven weeks of Plebe Summer. Plebe Summer could be compared to basic training, filled with rigorous exercise, self-discipline and other training.
Dry, hot weather brings burning and water restrictions. The city of Detroit Lakes has a watering restriction in place June-August from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Water/Wastewater Plant Supervisor Jarrod Christen said it's the same restriction that has been in place past summers. Not just designed to conserve water, the ban is set in place to take the load off the plant and keep the tanks full. On average, the city uses 1.1 million gallons per day. In the summer, that can reach 2.4 million gallons a day. That's mostly due to lawn sprinkling, he said.
The Lake Country Scenic Byway that runs from Detroit Lakes to Walker is already state recognized. By next year, it should be nationally recognized. Soon, it will be locally recognized with appropriate signage. Tourism Director Cleone Stewart said the 88-mile byway that connects Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids and Walker has received 80 percent funding to pay for signs at each city to notify people they are on the scenic byway. The Lake Country Scenic Byway received $44,400 as part of a $22 million federal grant from the Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byways Program.
You've heard about the physical changes of the Highway 10 realignment project, but what about the environmental impacts? The Natural Innovations group hosted Tom Swenson and Paul Munsterteiger from the Minnesota Department of Transportation Thursday evening. The two men told about the project, its impacts on traffic, the environment and more. Munsterteiger, environmental coordinator, said the Highway 10 project is "a huge issue to get your arms around." He listed the types of drainage and water treatment ponds that will be used on the project.
Family members and friends received the worst news they could Saturday when a military representative told Keith and MerryLee Linden their son, Troy, had been killed in Iraq. The Detroit Lakes couple's son was the first from the area to be killed in Iraq. Army Spec. Troy Linden, 22, died when a roadside bomb exploded near the vehicle he was driving. He died in Anbar, a province in Iraq. Despite the sorrow that follows such news, the pride and love of a family was close behind. "He was very proud to be there (Iraq). Proud to be in the army, to be there and of his job.
Some laws are changing to ensure protection for young, inexperienced drivers. And while they are directed toward teens, they could protect adults as well if followed. Among those laws are cell phone use and seat belt use. Minnesota State Trooper Andy Schmidt said, "It is perhaps a sad fact but still a fact that statistics show 15-to-19 year olds have a higher rate of non-use of seat belts than any other age group.
In a special meeting Monday, the Detroit Lakes City Council voted unanimously to accept the low bid of AAA Construction for the building of the proposed bandshell in City Park. AAA Construction is also the company that refurbished the Pavilion. AAA Construction's bid was tabulated at $87,900. The other three bids came from R.A.
When three women from Lake Region Therapy Services headed to Arizona for training, little did they know they would be in the midst of wildfires. Erin Lindberg, Jane Flynn and Carolyn Pierce attended advanced courses while in Sedona with 70-85 other therapists from the United States, Canada and London. The three arrived on different dates, but all got an amazing view of the wildfires going on in Arizona. "When Erin got there, there was a small fire," Pierce said, "but they (firefighters) got that out right away." That was on June 11, she said.