DL News Staff
It's that time of year again, yes flu season is here. Every year the flu leads to some 200,000 hospitalizations and even 36,000 deaths. The populations most at risk are the young children ages six months to five years, adults over age 50, and anyone with a chronic condition but everyone can do something to reduce the rates of influenza this year. Public health officials urge everyone six months of age and older to get vaccinated against the flu virus.
Here is a letter that I am sending to the Member of Congress from my District and the two Senators from Minnesota. If you or your readers think this concept has merit, I ask you to clip it out and mail it, or copy it and forward it to yours: I am sick and tired of the endless discussions of how to "ding" around with the current, many thousand pages of Tax-Law. Here are eight points that seem desirable to me, as a citizen. It requires totally scrapping the existing and confusing U.S. Tax-Code. That would be replaced by a simple to understand National Sales Tax, or NST. 1.
When Thanksgiving turkey is still digesting, the Christmas season, or should I say the Holiday Shopping season commences. Like a shot, the American public leaves the starting blocks, sprinting to the nearest big box stores on a treasure hunt of discounted popular merchandise. Hey, it's good for the economy, right? Retailers claim Friday after Thanksgiving is when they first operate profitably "in the black" for the fiscal year.
The holiday season is a time for many of us to reflect on our blessings. We are thankful for the love of family and the warmth of friends. I know this season I am feeling especially grateful to live in such a generous and caring community. Did you know we can be a hero to a child in need; we can help a family through tough times; we can give assistance to a senior citizen?
There's something special about a group of people gathering together on a cold, windy morning to participate in a 5k. It doesn't matter how many races I run or how large or small the event, every time I stand at the starting line I get an overwhelming surge of excitement and energy for what I'm about to do. This Thanksgiving morning was no different as I, and nearly 75 others, came together in Lake Park to run the first annual Families Forever Turkey Day 5k.
As a graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, it has been brought to my attention that there is an issue of cyber bullying in Detroit Lakes, especially via Twitter. In my public discourse class at Gustavus Adolphus College I have been researching the effects cyber bullying, specifically Twitter bullying, has on students and other members of the community. From my research I learned that students who have been Twitter Bullied may have lower self-confidence than other peers. This can have a negative impact on the student's academic achievement and also lead to depression and anxiety.
November is National Hospice Month and National Family Caregiver Month. As a provider of hospice services, we are intimately involved in the day-to-day lives of many caregivers, both personal and professional, and know the challenges and rewards of their roles. Caregiving is hard work. And, for those who unwittingly find themselves in this role, it can be overwhelming and daunting. They are daughters, husbands, parents, and dear friends who care for their loved ones; strangers down the street; and people who just show up to help.
Congratulations to Steve, Don and Tammie on winning seats on the Frazee-Vergas School board. I am confident they will do a good job in continuing the sucesss we have in our school district. I appreciated all the support I received and continue to receive. Also, congratulations to the district for passing the $700/pupil operating referendum. I believe the administration and school board made an honest effort to see what was needed and what would work best for the district. With the new school board and referendum in place, I believe more good things will be happening in the future!
Last year, more than 47,000 individual donors logged on to GiveMN.org and gave more than $13 million to nearly 4,000 Minnesota charities and non-profits in 24 hours during Give to the Max Day. The Marshmallow Foundation, local animal rescue and shelter, has been a participant in past years, but this fundraising event was not as highly publicized as we plan this year. With our services extending across seven cities, we rely solely on the donations we receive from events like these. Thursday, Nov.
Thanksgiving should be a time for celebration, not cruelty, yet approximately 45 million turkeys -- gentle birds who enjoy having their feathers stroked and gobbling along to music -- are killed every year for Thanksgiving dinner. Before they're killed, turkeys spend several months packed tightly together in filthy, dark sheds. To keep them from pecking one another in stress and deprivation, factory workers cut off part of the birds' sensitive upper beaks with a hot blade -- using no pain relievers.