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Since it opened in September 2006, Detroit Lakes' Sucker Creek Preserve has hosted students on school field trips, birders, hikers, and various other groups of nature enthusiasts. But on Sunday, June 17, it will be the site of a more spiritual gathering, as St. Luke's Episcopal Church plans to hold its 10 a.m. worship service in the park's amphitheater. The public is invited to attend. Sally Hausken, the founder of Sucker Creek Preserve, said she and fellow St.
Approximately 19 months ago, the Detroit Lakes office of the Hospice of the Red River Valley began working on a project to relocate its rapidly expanding operations to a new home. In the summer of 2005, it became apparent that the local hospice had outgrown its location on East Main Street, and that a move would be necessary to house additional staff needed for serving increasing numbers of patients and families. "We were taking care of 16 patients and families per day -- but we felt we should be able to take care of 50 patients and families per day," said Joy Crouch, community relations
Unless they have a soggy basement after a hard rain or a front yard that floods every spring, most people are completely unaware of the problems caused by storm water runoff. But here are just a few examples of its environmental impact: One quart of motor oil, when allowed to run off a paved driveway down into a storm drain, can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water.
Despite steady rains that soaked vendors, artisans and festival-goers alike on Saturday, a more temperate, sunny Sunday ended the seventh annual Street Faire at the Lakes "on a high note," according to organizer Mary Beth Gilsdorf. "I was impressed with how everyone stuck it out on Saturday," Gilsdorf said, noting that attendance was estimated at "between 1,000 and 2,000" for the first day, despite steady rains that continued from the start of the festival at 10 a.m.
When the World War II Memorial is dedicated on the Capitol Mall in St. Paul this Saturday, Detroit Lakes resident Truman Hermanson will be among those WWII veterans on hand to witness the event first-hand. "They've never really done anything for us World War II guys, and now, all of a sudden... they're going to do a bang-up job," he says.
Since the project to implement a new local trolley service in Detroit Lakes began taking shape earlier this year, it's grown so much that the "Catch The Wave" Trolley Committee is looking for a project manager. The committee, which operates under the umbrella of the DL Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be accepting proposals from prospective candidates through this Friday, June 8. "The project has grown to the point where it's bigger than our volunteers can handle," said Jo Johnson, who chairs the committee.
When Detroit Lakes High School mathematics teacher Lisa Conzemius received an e-mail this spring, informing her that she was to be the recipient of an award from a college in Terre Haute, Ind.
For more than 70 years, the Detroit Lakes American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars have each maintained a separate Color Guard, charged with providing military honors to deceased military veterans as well as presenting "the colors" (i.e., the American flag) at various ceremonies and celebrations, and marching in area parades. But on April 27, that tradition of maintaining separate entities came to an end, as a total of 24 members of both color guards voted to merge into one, incorporated under the name Lake Region Veterans Color Guard. "We had several preliminary meetings," said color
The caseload at the Becker County's Veterans Service Office is up -- way up. According to Veterans Service Officer Lauri Brooke, the caseload is up about 30 percent this year -- and it's not just new veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan either. "We're seeing a lot of veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam ... veterans who have never been in our office before," she said.
There's nothing that signals the start of summer quite like that first community parade, and in Detroit Lakes, the time is now. DL parade, ceremony Detroit Lakes' annual Memorial Day Parade gets underway at 10 a.m.