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Some feathers may have been ruffled between the Detroit Lakes/Becker County Airport Commission and airport manager Darrell Lowe. The city and county commissioners have been receiving complaints related to Lowe's public relations skills. March 16, City Administrator Rich Grabow sent a letter to Lowe, informing him of some of the complaints and concerns of the commission. Questioning the possibility of breech of contract, Lowe retained Fergus Falls attorney Nathan Seeger.
For the most part, construction is going according to schedule with the Highway 10 project. "Generally, we've been pleased with the contractors, so hopefully that continues," said Tom Swenson, Minnesota Department of Transportation's project manager. Major phases of the construction are at Highway 10 and Roosevelt Avenue, and Highways 59 and 34.
The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce is ready to move. "We hope to make the big move next week," Chamber President Dave Hochhalter said Tuesday morning. Last week the chamber group moved files and other storage items to the new building located on Summit Avenue, and hope to move themselves this week, pending an occupancy permit. Hochhalter said if anyone is willing to help move, give him a call. The Chamber building is 2,400 square feet with both levels, and the new building is 2,700 square feet for the one level building.
A few weeks ago, Zack Taves and Tyler Leitheiser came before the liquor control committee during a special meeting. They had applied for a liquor license for what they were calling the Mighty Minnow, which is the Green Door. They were denied the license. Soon after the story appeared in the Becker County Record, Matt Wimmer called to say he doesn't understand how that could happen since Wimmer Properties owns the Green Door. He said the property and buildings located on West Lake Drive are still owned by his parents, Mitch and Deb Wimmer, or Wimmer Properties.
The Detroit Lakes American Legion is holding a Blue Star Banner ceremony Saturday, beginning at noon. Blue Star Banners can be seen hanging in windows throughout the county, and nation.
Ten years ago, John Flatt would have never thought he'd be a presenter at a national health care convention. Then he was an industrial arts teacher. Now he's the school-to-work program coordinator at Detroit Lakes High School. May 4-5 Flatt attended the national conference on Health Care Workforce Development in Arlington, Va. He sat in on a roundtable discussion and presented information on the school's connection to the health care community in Detroit Lakes. "We have a strong partnership between education and health care providers," he said.
The U.S. Postal Service is proposing to raise postage rates 3 cents next spring, the first Postal Service-initiated increase in five years. Yes, customers paid 2 cents extra beginning this year, but not for postal reasons. "They haven't told us what it's for," Detroit Lakes Postmaster Dale Storey said of the escrow account the increase paid for. The government started a $3.1 billion escrow account, and the Postal Service was responsible for providing the money. Hence the 2-cent increase.
This week is Long Term Care Week, a celebration of age. And Emmanuel Community employees are helping celebrate the week, honoring the senior citizens in their facilities. The theme, Community Treasures, defines how Emmanuel employees feel about their residents. Residents like Hazel Bimberg, Lamplighter Manor; Alice Nordstrom, Emmanuel Nursing Home, and Betty Matzueff, The Madison. In 1963, President Kennedy declared May Senior Citizen's Month. In 1970, it was changed to Older Americans Month. Now the week following Mother's Day is considered the Homes for the Aging Week.
The Detroit Lakes City Council has denied a liquor license to the owner of the former Green Door bar near the Pavilion. The action was taken at a special meeting Tuesday. Tyler Leitheiser applied for a liquor license for The Mighty Minnow, formerly the Green Door, for the remainder of the year. But several issues came up in the liquor committee meeting to show Leitheiser would not be receiving the license. Assistant City Administrator Lynne Krieger said she hadn't received several pieces of paperwork or fees for the application.
It may have taken 60 years, but World War II veteran Mel Klotz, 87, has received his medals of honor. After serving 18 months on Papua New Guinea during WWII, Klotz, of Detroit Lakes, earned three medals -- Army Good Conduct, Asiatic Pacific Campaign and Victory World War II. When he returned from the war to Camp McCoy, Wis., they were out of medals. He never pursued the medals after that, but once he got involved with the local veterans affairs, veterans service officer Dennis Warling made sure Klotz got his medals. "And finally, here they came," he said.