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These days, with fewer state and federal funding opportunities available, many local agencies have started looking to each other for help. But for the Becker County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), cooperation and collaboration have been the name of the game for more than a decade. "It's been 10 years or longer that we've been partnering with the SWCD in trying to implement best management practices (on lands) within Becker County," said Bruce Albright, BRRWD administrator. Their biggest collaborative effort to date has been
Monday night marks the official kickoff of the Christmas season in Detroit Lakes, as Santa's Grand Parade of Lights steps off for another year. The festivities get underway with a community bonfire and refreshments in the Detroit Lakes City Park, starting at 4:30 p.m.
It all started with a message on an Internet forum for fans of the classic sports car known as the Pontiac Fiero. Having recently learned that he had terminal cancer, 18-year-old Tyler Shipman of Frazee posted a plea to anyone who might be able to help him realize a long-held dream. "I have an '86 Fiero GT that I've been slowly fixing up," he wrote on Oct. 29. "Well now here I sit at the hospital with cancer, and they can't treat it, and not knowing how long I'll be here ...
Once the turkey and stuffing have been consumed, football games watched, and "Black Friday" shopping completed for another year, it will be time to "Light Up the Lakes" with a month-long schedule of Christmas celebrations, shopping and entertainment. The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce kicks things off on Monday, Nov. 30, with Santa's Grand Parade of Lights. The festivities get underway with a community bonfire and refreshments in the Detroit Lakes City Park, starting at 4:30 p.m.
For 14 years now, the community of Frazee has officially kicked off the Christmas season on the weekend after Thanksgiving, by hosting its annual Festival of Trees. This year will be no exception, as the annual event opens Friday, Nov. 27, and continues Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28-29, as well as the following weekend, Dec. 4-6.
Though it wasn't by unanimous vote, the Becker County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to develop a contract with Wenck Associates, Inc., for planning and construction of a new solid waste transfer station, office building and possible material recovery facility. Initially, the Maple Plain-based firm would assist the county with the preparation and submission of a Capital Assistance Program grant application to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. According to Environmental Services Administrator Steve Skoog, the CAP grant would be for the construction of a new transfer stat
"Each day is a gift." So says Frazee's Daneele Shipman, describing how her family has learned to cope in the weeks since son Tyler, 18, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Tyler, a senior at Frazee-Vergas High School, first began experiencing back pain early this summer, but initially dismissed it as the after-effects of a tumble he had taken while out riding his ATV back in May. His parents, Daneele and Jay, brought Tyler to the chiropractor for an adjustment.
Could the former local skiing mecca of Detroit Mountain become a county park? That was just one of many possibilities mentioned during an informal discussion of "recreational opportunities" at the site that was held during Tuesday's Becker County Board meeting. County Administrator Brian Berg kicked off the discussion by noting that the Detroit Mountain property was now up for sale. Though the skiing lodge has been out of operation for some time, Berg said, the facility had been a "recreational mainstay" in the area for many years. "Do we want to pursue this?" he asked the board.
Though they no longer make their living as full-time, touring musicians, the members of GrooveLily still perform between 25 and 30 concerts each year -- and Detroit Lakes will be hosting one of them this Saturday. "Valerie (Vigoda) and I live in California now, and Gene (Lewin) lives in New Jersey, so the only time we meet now is when we get together for a concert," says Brendan Milburn, who has played piano for the group since its inception 15 years ago. "It feels like old friends getting together at a party," he adds.
Though he's only an occasional visitor now, Erik Askegaard has very fond memories of the community that he still considers his hometown. "My family moved to Detroit Lakes when I was 3 years old," says Askegaard, 49, a longtime Brainerd attorney who will become Crow Wing County's newest district court judge on Jan. 4. "It's a town I still miss very much. It was a wonderful place to be a kid in the 1970s." He and his family try to get back to the community at least once a month.