DL News Staff
The 71st annual Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes kicks into high gear today (Sunday) and runs for eight days. A Northwest Water Carnival button gets you into most of the events for just $2. Josh and Kim Bettcher are co-admirals this year, and The Great Admiral's Hat Hunt will go on as usual. Scavengers can look both inside and outside on public property. Check for clues in the Becker County Record on Wednesday. Button Daze begins today and continuing through the end of the water carnival.
The Becker County Sheriff's Department has hired another deputy. Todd Glander, Detroit Lakes, began his duties as a patrol deputy June 30. He becomes the 12th deputy in the patrol division, filling a vacancy created when a second narcotics officer was named to assist with investigations in that regard. For the past 13 years, Glander has worked with the Detroit Lakes Police Department as a patrol officer.
A cheery "good morning" is a fine way to greet your friends early in the day, but it only scratches the surface. John Locke, the English philosopher, put more enthusiasm into his greeting: "With all the pent up love of my heart, I bid you top o' the mornin'." That was about 150 years ago and since then the greeting has been shortened to "Top of the mornin' to you." And the proper response is "and the rest of the day to you." All of which is my way of suggesting that we could put more sparkle into our everyday lives and friendships if we put more spirit into our hellos and goodbyes.
My hopes were dashed around 7:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July. I was thinking that with the increased gas prices, the partying would be kept at a minimum. Like clockwork they seemed to come out of the woodwork. Cars moving at less than a walking pace, roaring trucks with glass pack mufflers, people screaming at one another above the earth shattering noise. It's like the Mardi Gras has come to Detroit Lakes, or even worse. Firecrackers going off wherever they chose to drop them. No thought of us unfortunate victims who have to live en route to the beloved Detroit Lakes Beach.
U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson's decision to modify his gag order in the case of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. will help followers of the trial understand its complexities. Jury selection in the trial started Thursday. Rodriguez has pleaded not guilty to the kidnapping and murder of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin. The judge imposed the order June 5 when he apparently lost patience with attorneys who were taking every twist, turn and courtroom tussle onto the courthouse steps and re-arguing their positions in the media.
When DFL gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch visited the Worthington Daily Globe in June, he made it clear he felt education was a winning issue for him in his race against incumbent Republican Tim Pawlenty.
While Congress for some unknown reason remains stalled on reauthorizing the Civil Rights Act, the state of Minnesota has moved ahead in assuring another level of civil rights to a segment of its population in guaranteeing access to the polls on Election Day. One of the many provisions of state law, enacted by the 2006 Legislature, which took effect Saturday is one which will make it easier for American Indians to use tribal identification cards to register for voting on Election Day. Minnesota has long led the nation in voter participation in elections, and part of that can be credited to
North Korea calls to mind the bumbling schoolyard bully -- the compulsive troublemaker with a habit of hurling rocks that miss the mark. While it's a mistake to laugh off his fits of fury, it's just as foolish to take him too seriously. Cool disapproval may be the most prudent course -- and it's more or less the approach most experts favor in responding to North Korea's provocative missile tests. The worst way to react to a provocateur, they note, is to be provoked. They're right -- especially given how poorly North Korea's recent fireworks display came off.