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Cheers to Lake Park-Audubon and Library Club, jeers to former VP Cheney

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Cheers to Lake Park-Audubon and Library Club, jeers to former VP Cheney
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A hearty old-fashioned Cheers to the Detroit Lakes Library Club. It's reassuring somehow that in this blurred digital age there is still a group of people that simply love good books, and respect the people who write them.

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Case in point: the club recently brought in pilot and author Philip Donlay to talk about his novels -- Category Five and Code Black.

There's something satisfying and yes, exciting, about giving local book-lovers the chance to meet with successful authors.

The Detroit Lakes Library Club is more than 100 years old and going strong.

Here's to the next 100 years.

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Jeers to former vice president Dick Cheney.

The CIA finally released two classified memos that Cheney had previously stated would justify the use of torture.

Surprise! Far from supporting torture, the memos, in fact, offer little evidence of how attacks were prevented from obtaining testimony using such disgraceful methods. As Amnesty International puts it, another myth debunked.

The CIA Inspector General's report, long kept secret and released only due to a lawsuit by the ACLU, revealed new details about the CIA's use of torture and underscores the need for full accountability.

Shameful stories have surfaced about mock executions, death threats to detainee's family members and even an incident involving a power drill being placed to the head of one detainee.

As reported in the Atlantic magazine, it is becoming increasingly clear that torture was Cheney's special project and that he was personally and deeply involved in it.

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Cheers to the Lake Park-Audubon Class of 2009, which has scored above the state and national average in the American College Test (ACT).

The 26 LP-A graduates (two-thirds of the graduating class) who took the ACTs earned a composite score of 23.2. That's the best score for LP-A in the past five years and compares to a state composite score of 22.7 and a national composite score of 21.1 this year.

Students who take the curriculum-based tests of educational development are quizzed in four areas -- English, math, reading and science.

The ACT is designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework.

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