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With several options to look at, the Heartland Trail connection from Park Rapids to Moorhead is a "blank canvas" at this point. Those are the words of Tim Browning, Department of Natural Resources Trails and Waterways Division regional manager. Browning, John Stewart and Laurie Young held the first of a series of open houses in Detroit Lakes Thursday evening. Others, including one in Park Rapids from 5 to 7 p.m. p.m.
For miles before they even arrived in Detroit Lakes, troops could see people were waiting in anticipation of their arrival home after 22 months away -- 16 of those spent in Iraq. Yellow ribbons and groups of people waving flags lined Highway 10 long before Detroit Lakes, the destination for the 2-136th Combined Arms Battalion, 1-34th Brigade Combat Team. Thousands waited along Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes and in the Detroit Lakes High School gymnasium. Whether they knew individuals in the unit or not, all were there to show their support. "We're here for all the troops.
Hundreds of people came out in the wind, rain and snow Sunday afternoon to pay respect to Sgt. Greg Riewer, who was killed in Iraq March 23. The body of the 28-year-old National Guard soldier was flown into Fargo and then brought to Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with a brief stop in Detroit Lakes for a service at the Minnesota National Guard Armory. "We have an American hero here today to honor," Rep. Collin Peterson said. People lined the streets of Detroit Lakes, Highway 10 and hundreds more in Frazee, including the Frazee Fire Department, standing at attention.