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After this summer, parking woes should be lessened in downtown Detroit Lakes. City and county officials met Friday to approve a proposed $1.5 million parking ramp, which will be located at the back of the Washington Square Mall parking lot across from Wells Fargo. County Administrator Brian Berg said the structure will include the ground level and a second level, with the possibility of a third level at some future point if needed. It will allow for excess of 100 parking spots, around 125 likely.
The New Year is a big one for the local humane society. The organization has changed its name from the Becker County Humane Society to the Humane Society of the Lakes, elected a new president to the board, Beth Pridday, and is planning to open the doors of the newly constructed shelter within weeks. The humane society began fund-raising three years ago with a vision of a shelter.
Thanks to the Lake Park Area Community Choir -- and those who attended and gave -- the Becker County Food Pantry will get a boost in March. Diane Volrath, Lake Park Area Community Choir treasurer, said each year the choir, which performed for the 21st year in 2006, holds the money it raised in December and then turns it over to the Food Pantry in March because it's Minnesota Food Share Month.
With the upcoming April 1 retirement of Captain Paul Goecke with the Detroit Lakes Police Department, the department will undergo a structural command change. Rather than a chief (Kel Keena), captain (Goecke) and sergeant (Tim Eggebraaten), there will be a chief and three sergeants, with no captain. Keena said there are several reasons for his decision to make the change. "No. 1, I think the structure will serve current and future needs," he said. Secondly, it will provide opportunities for sergeants in different areas of police work, he added.
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Detroit Lakes Mayor Larry Buboltz appointed council members to new committees for 2007 and 2008. The community development committee is now chaired by Matt Brenk. Other members are Jim Anderson, Walt Tollefson and G.L. Tucker.
When the Fargo Theatre put out a call for nominations of local church basement ladies, Kathy Coyle decided to nominate Ruby Kiihn from Grace Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. The Fargo Theatre seconded the motion, because Kiihn was chosen as the favorite and will not only be honored at the first showing of "Church Basement Ladies" Thursday but also will perform with the DL Cloggers, a group Kiihn formed two years ago. "We were looking for something unique," said Margie Bailey, executive director of the Fargo Theatre, "and that was Ruby with the Cloggers. It set her apart.
After last month's oversight and accidental passing of a rezoning request, the Detroit Lakes City Council is taking measures to ensure it doesn't happen again. Last month, property owned by Todd Simison, along Highway 10 east of Detroit Lakes, was automatically rezoned from one and two residential housing to auto oriented business without the knowledge of seemingly anyone until it was too late. The city has 60 days to respond after a rezoning request is filed, which was overlooked on the Simison property. This month though, the council passed a 60-day rule procedures policy.
The Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Detroit Lakes, is hosting a Last Sunday at the Library series, beginning Jan. 28. The last Sunday of January, February and March speakers will come in to talk about "trouble spots around the world," head librarian Mary Haney said. Jan. 28, Mark Kuether, pastor of the Congregational Church, Detroit Lakes, will speak about his journey to Palestine and Israel. Last April, Kuether took a trip to the Holy Land for 10 days, visiting Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee.
After going through the summer with no dog, Detroit Lakes Police Department K-9 Officer Robert Strand is happy to have a canine companion once again. Strand returned to DL Dec. 17 with his 3-year-old German Sheppard dog, Macho. "He was the best bang for our buck," Strand said. "We got a good dog." Since being trained with his first dog, Chase, Strand was able to speed up the process this time around. With Chase, Strand went through a 12-week training program in St. Paul.