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Why Detroit Lakes? Better yet, why not Detroit Lakes? That's the question Pastor Dan Taylor posed to those who attended a public meeting on starting an addiction treatment facility in Detroit Lakes. Taylor accompanied Todd Wesbrook back to Detroit Lakes to discuss Trinity Mission, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Indiana. Taylor is the head of the operation, and Wesbrook works as a counselor at the facility. Wesbrook traveled to Detroit Lakes, where his family still lives, in March and presented information on meth counseling.
Just two months ago, Elaine Pechnik Reller was wondering how she was going to restore and transform her newly purchased Callaway store into a youth center called Callaway Corner. She got her answer when 22 kids from St. Cloud offered to come help work on the building this month. Reller, pastor of the non-denominational God's Church in Bejou, bought the Callaway store looking to turn it into a youth center for area kids. The St. Cloud kids from Joy Christian Center are coming at the end of the month to donate their time and help fix the roof, plumbing, etc.
Paul Renner's Timber Creek development came before the Detroit Lakes City Council last week. After many projects in the city, it seemed like a no-brainer to pass the acceptance of bids for street and utility improvements. It was a no-go though. The council rejected the bids, saying they couldn't change policy. Council members and Renner met Monday afternoon during the Community Development Committee meeting to discuss accepting the bids for street and utility improvements to Renner's Timber Creek Third Addition Phase 2.
While the Highway 10 realignment project is underway, there are still decisions to be made along the way. A group of Minnesota Department of Transportation representatives met with Detroit Lakes City Council representatives Monday afternoon to discuss a traffic light at Airport Road and Highway 10 and a frontage road along Highway 10, west of the city. Project Manger Tom Swenson said because of increasing development along Highway 10, including Wal-Mart and Menards, the city should consider putting in signal lights at Airport Road.
This time around, Becky Anderson is older, more mature and ready for anything. That's why she's even more excited for the Miss Minnesota pageant next week. "I feel better prepared," she said. "I feel I have the upper hand." Anderson, 21, traveled to the Miss Minnesota pageant a couple years ago as Miss Frazee. This year, she is going as Miss Northwest. Anderson, of Frazee, will be leaving June 11 for a week of fun and bonding with the other 16 contestants. The competition is June 17-18 at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
When Todd Wesbrook visited Detroit Lakes in March, he hadn't necessarily planned on coming back to the area for another business trip. Little did he know he'd be back a few months later, discussing bringing a branch of his organization, Trinity Mission, to the Detroit Lakes area. "One of first open meetings we had, someone came forward and asked who they make the check out to. I was like wait, wait," he said in a telephone interview. Wesbrook visited in March to talk about meth and other addiction problems in the area and how to deal with them.
Receiving a lot fewer comments then anticipated, the commission passed the Long Lake Area Land Use Plan Thursday night. Since the annexation of the Long Lake area, the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission has been working with residents to find a plan for the city that everyone can agree on. Some of the main concerns have been a road connecting to Highway 10 through the park, closure of Airport Road and commercial property in the residential area. In the approved plan, there are no plans for Long Lake Lane to link to Highway 10.
Staff Sgt. Ray Priem, who has served in the Army Reserves for 24 years, spoke at the Memorial Day celebration Monday in Detroit Lakes. "He wasn't nervous going there (Iraq), but he's pretty nervous right now," Commander David Coalwell said as he introduced Priem. Priem, who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said he missed his son most while being gone.
He's only 12 years old, but he'll be traveling the world this summer. Dakota Zick, Rochert, has been chosen as a student ambassador of goodwill for the People to People organization. He will be traveling to Australia and New Zealand July 14-28. "I had heard the name (People to People), but I didn't know anything about it," Connie Zick, Dakota's mother, said. Pres. Dwight Eisenhower started People to People 50 years ago.
The American Legion Campground is expanding. The Detroit Lakes Development Authority took the first step toward approving a $70,000 loan to the American Legion Club. The Legion leases and runs the campground, which the city owns. The total project is estimated at $90,000, which would add 27 sites.