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The Detroit Lakes School Board selected Gehrtz Construction Services out of Fargo as the construction management firm for the approved building projects, which will break ground this summer. The district submitted a letter to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to see if it will approve a 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 calendar switch. The district is hoping to begin the 2019-2020 school year a little earlier than usual, which would allow it to end earlier in the spring.
A 10,880-square-foot retail and residential development has been proposed on south Washington Avenue. The four-story building, dubbed Midtown Development, will take a big part of the block and replace two vacant buildings — Burnside's bar and the former Quality Bait building. The development would have retail space on the ground floor and three upper stories for 30 apartment units. "It would be similar to McKinley Plaza, only not as large," said Detroit Lakes Community Development Director Larry Remmen.
Country Kitchen has some big changes in the works. Over the next few weeks the restaurant will be cutting back on its hours of operation, switching up the menu, and doing some front-of-the-house remodeling. "Our corporation has decided to focus on what we're known for: our breakfast," said Deborah Streiff who owns and operates the business with her husband David. "Rather than trying to compete with everybody and be mediocre at everything, we've decided to focus on what we're famous for."
Lakeshirts has taken a different approach to punishing people who shoplift from their store. Rather than the usual route of catching the culprits and pressing charges, they let a few teens who were caught stealing a good amount of merchandise this summer work off their crimes. "It was enough to prosecute...we could have done that, but we chose not to," said Frankie Hutchinson who has been managing the Lakeshirts store since last spring.
Detroit Lakes is about to get a little greener. The city park board is in the process of designing a roughly five-acre park on the corner of South Shore Drive and 270th Street, an area that Public Works Director Brad Green says was identified as needing a little love. "We try to find the needs of the citizens of Detroit Lakes. We try to cater to the community, and one of the things that has risen to the top is the south side of the lake," said Green, adding that the area was found to be "lacking" in green space.
For the past 14 years, Peggy Heglie has spent her time creating, building and protecting her Lakegirl brand. The clothing company began as a little gift shop down at the Shady Hollow Flea Market in 2002 and now sells to over 800 stores across the country. "We've been very lucky. It really has grown," said Heglie. Now, Heglie has taken another big step forward with her brand in deciding to sell it to Lakeshirts.
From drag racing to snowmobiling in the summer to just hanging out in their shop cracking jokes and playing pranks, a group of guys from the Cormorant area have built up quite a following on YouTube, showing how they have fun. “A lot of what we do is recreational, outdoorsy-type filming,” said Ben Roth, one of the seven guys who has helped create CBoysTV, the channel that has gained 342,000-plus subscribers after just two years online.
Police say the owner of a 2018 GMC Escalade XL stepped away from his running vehicle for just a few minutes Thursday morning, leaving it parked along the 1000 block of South Shore Drive in Detroit Lakes while he went into a residence. Within five minutes he came back, and the vehicle was gone.
The Becker County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in relation to the Nov. 10 shooting that killed former Lake Park Police Chief Jay Nelson. Morris Silas Dodd Jr., 54, of rural Ogema, is in custody in the Becker County Jail. He is facing charges for second degree manslaughter and felony possession of a firearm. In the original release, the sheriff's office stated they believed the incident was a hunting accident. Nelson was apparently traveling on a forest trail near Little Flat Lake when a bullet struck his vehicle and killed him.
After just two years in business, InLine Motion has outgrown its first shop, prompting a move to a newer, bigger building just west of town off Highway 10. The company, co-owned by Mechanical Engineers Lucas Hoffman and Marco Fenu, was a hit right off the bat. The pair landed their first contract engineering gig a few weeks in, and picked up their first design-build order just a few months later in December of 2016. Four months after opening their doors, they had already hit 40 percent of their sales goal, but they were also already starting to feel some growing pains.