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The Avenue of Flags displayed on Memorial Day and Veterans Day at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes has grown from a humble beginning of a mere 43 veterans' burial flags to over 737, as of Veteran's Day 2009. As each year passes, new families have entrusted the volunteers of the Avenue of Flags with their loved one's burial flag. The flags must be replaced from time to time, and usually that requires a purchase of 30 to 40 flags each year. The cost of replacement is nearly $75 per flag.
I am writing this letter to address the allegations directed toward me by Winona LaDuke in the Nov. 18 DL Tribune. I assume Ms. LaDuke chose this medium rather than a simple phone call to draw attention to what she felt was an injustice at the hands of the Becker County Board of Adjustments. However, I am not about to justify the denial of her variance application, due to the fact it was not a unanimous vote. But, please allow me to set the table, so to speak, on how we address each and every variance request.
According to a new study released by the Environmental Protection Agency, researchers found mercury in every single fish they tested from 500 lakes and reservoirs across the country (AP story). Fish with potentially harmful levels of mercury were found in nearly half of the lakes and reservoirs studied. Mercury is a documented poison that can cause learning disabilities in children and neurological problems in adults.
The widely circulated story of the plight of the dairy farmer in Bagley, Minn., trying to find effective ways to care for his wife with Alzheimer's disease likely struck a chord with hundreds of others who are caring for vulnerable loved ones around the clock. National reports underscore the fact that a majority of frail elderly who need caregivers get the care they need from friends and family. The truth is, providing that care for a loved one with a chronic illness is a gargantuan responsibility -- and can be physically and emotionally exhausting.
The front page story of the Sept. 30, Becker County Record reminded me of stories my dad, Fred Engstrom, and my uncle, Albert, told about delivering mail for the Rochert Star Route during the early 1930s. The photo on the front page of the newspaper was given to me by Debbie Johnson. This car, equipped with skis and tracks, was the forerunner of the modern day snowmobile. Each summer Albert made an effort to bring his family from their home in Oklahoma to visit the old homestead where he grew up.
Thursday evening, November 5, I attended a performance of "West Side Story," this year's DLHS musical. Part of the reason I attended was to report to our son William (2003 DLHS graduate), who is always interested in DLHS performances as he was active in the band (All State Band two years), in USMC Band for four years, and is currently part of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Concert Band. The performance was very enjoyable. Sadly, it was only half there.
Jesus said that whosoever will confess me to men I will also confess them to my Father which is in Heaven (Matthew 10:32-33). So we are taking a stand to confess to Jesus that we believe in His word. The Bible and His words should not be added to or taken away from (Rev. 22: 18-19). But that is what is happening now in churches that are under the E.L.C.A., and their latest vote to allow same gender relationships to preach in their churches. If they believe that, then they must not believe in the words of the Bible that it is wrong and sinful to live in that kind of a relationship. (Lev.
A huge thank you goes out to our community for the overwhelming support of the school district operating referendum. Your support of this levy shows that you care about the future of our youth and how important it is for them to have a high quality and broad based education. We want to thank the school board and school administration for being good stewards of our money. It has been necessary in the past to trim some of our costs, amounting to about $2.2 million over the past 4 years. The cuts would have been much more serious if this levy had not passed.
For starters, I am most appreciative to our Congressman, Collin Peterson, for having supported HR 2454, the bill "to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy." Thank you! That bill, in a few different forms, is now in the U. S. Senate, and may I express my wish that those in our community and across our country watch its progress, and contact our senators to urge helping it along to the passage of a strong climate change bill. In August 2008, I was present to hear T.
As the healthcare debate continues we must keep our eye on the big picture. Healthcare reform is necessary and it is our legislators that need to keep this legislation moving. As a cancer patient, I see families and patients who have to make extraordinary decisions between treatment and bankruptcy, life-saving drugs and household expenses. We need reform that will give patients affordable and adequate healthcare.