5 years ago

Frazee-Vergas Forum

May 14, 2019

Franklin Fence in Vergas expanded its showroom, added weekend hours and a new estimator to better serve its growing customer base. Owner Tyler Schmid explained the 500-square-feet showroom addition used what was previously cold storage space. “Before our showroom was pretty small,” Schmid said. “Now we are able to showcase more of our products. We picked the products that are the most popular and have the best reviews from our customers to display.”

Frazee-Vergas School District Administration was alerted on March 10 that inches of wet, heavy snow that dropped during a storm caused damage to a lean-to and the Frazee Elementary Tamarac gym. Frazee Schools Superintendent Terry Karger informed the budget and facilities committee on Monday, May 6 that the minor damage to the Tamarac was fixed, and that the insurance company is working through the process with repairing the lean-to.

The Vergas City Council approved the resignation of Councilwoman Sandy Stall during its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 9. The council noted Stall moved from the city limits and now lives in Detroit Lakes. One must be a resident of the city to serve on the council. Vergas City Clerk Julie Lammers said Stall stated she would be submitting a letter of resignation, but the city had not received it by the time of the meeting. Stall began her service on the council after two members resigned in 2015. She continued serving up until her recent resignation.

25 years ago

Frazee Forum

May 13, 1999

Tuesday at noon marked the completion of the water tower steel raising work. A 300-ton crane picked up the bowl cap as if it were easy work. The base of the bowl weighs 60,000 pounds and the cap 50,000 pounds. It sits on 72 yards of concrete as the base. Now, the city must decide on a color and logo for the new tower. One idea presented at the City Council meeting Monday night was a tan colored tower to match the school’s exterior and the city’s logo with the lakes and geese flying overhead.

Dam monies erode quickly—The incidentals are starting to add up on the $220,000 dam removal project, eroding funds hoped to be used for restorative activities. At the end of Monday’s Frazee City Council meeting, dam engineer Marty Rye of the Short Elliott Hendrickson engineering firm said $64,232 was left for restorative activities.

No longer will the streets of Frazee be lined with little pink bags on Tuesday nights. Instead, garbage tote bins will line the streets. A decision was made to change the basic garbage service was made at Monday night’s Frazee City Council meeting. The change may result in a higher monthly garbage service bill for some, while others may actually note a reduction in total cost. It all depends on how many bags residents use or if they already subscribe to tote service from Northern Waste Systems. The City of Frazee currently bills $6 per month on its water bills for garbage pickup service. The price of totes or bags were in addition to the pickup service price. The 30-gallon (large) bags cost $2.17 each for residents. An estimated cost for garbage service for residents who use one 30-gallon bag per week is $14.68. Under the new system, residents with 35-gallon totes will be charged a total of $13 per month, or $15.50 per month for those choosing a 64-gallon tote. The entire garbage service bill will be included on the water bills.

50 years ago

Frazee Forum

May 16, 1974

The Frazee City Council hired a new policeman last Wednesday night. He is Laurel Tollefson, 22, of Detroit Lakes. Tollefson replaces Virgil Anderson who resigned his position to accept employment in Park Rapids. Tollefson is single and a graduate of Detroit Lakes High School. He attended college one year at Moorhead State and one year at Brown Institute. His former employment has been with KDLM, Snappy’s and C&M Industries, all of Detroit Lakes. Mr. Tollefson lives in Detroit Lakes, but will stay in Frazee on his duty days in Frazee.