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For any community to thrive it must have creative, capable, contributing members. As we work toward a prosperous future economy for Minnesota communities, where do we look to find those citizens who will contribute to the creation of this prosperity? We will look to today's children. Child development is a foundation for community and economic development. As children grow, the basic architecture of the brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Brains are built from the bottom up, one skill builds upon another.
My knowledge of organ donation was nil until that fateful day in July 2006. That was the day the doctors at Innovis Health in Fargo declared my 42 year old son "brain dead," but instead of shutting down the machines it was disclosed that my son, Alec, wished to be a "donor." From that moment on I have been tuned in and turned on to organ donation.
I'm writing to respond to an article published March 21 by Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor. I'm the person that she refers to that was forced to leave an open meeting. It's supposed to be an open meeting where the people have not only a right but also an obligation to question the actions of elected officials. In the article the chairwoman mentions someone yelling. There was someone yelling, but it wasn't me. There was a man there that had been drinking. He was yelling and calling them names.
It was my honor to work with the choirs of the Detroit Lakes Middle and High Schools on April 9 and 10 as a part of the 36th Annual All-City Choir Festival. As a 1997 graduate of DLHS, it was a special experience for me. I left reminded of enriching formative experiences and filled with hope for the continued growth and success of music education in the lakes area. ISD 22 is fortunate to have a talented music faculty and a student body committed to the art of singing. The preparedness of the middle school choirs was nothing short of amazing.
Do you remember the movie "Ground Hog Day" starring Bill Murray? It came out about 20 years ago. The story centers on Bill Murray waking up each day to relive the day before, Ground Hog Day. Things get worse and worse each day with each new same day until he gets events on that day right. We are now looking at three Levy votes in eighteen months. I keep thinking this is my personal "Ground Hog Day" adventure. Two years ago the School Board could see there was a financial "train wreck" on the horizon.
When did protesting the actions of the government become un-American? The recent news about Americans who are protesting governmental actions has brought a very interesting response. Whether it is a doctor in Florida, or a large corporation like AT&T, they are all being accused of being un-American. When did protesting the actions of the government become un-American? The United States was founded on dissent. Those who call these Individuals "un-American," do not understand the true meaning of their words.
The annual study comparing Minnesota commercial property taxes with other states was recently released. This report by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties shows for the umpteenth year that Minnesota is at a decidedly competitive disadvantage among its peers. Legislators have seen this data for years showing the disparity in business climate, but the graph showing tax burdens really struck me this year. I challenge legislators to put themselves in the place of a small business owner. We are struggling -- period.
The "blarney" is getting thick when Representative Murdock and Governor Pawlenty start taking credit for the Perham Resource Recovery Facility in the 2010 bonding bill. As chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee I would like to share some facts: 1. Governor Pawlenty did not have the Perham Resource Recovery Facility in his bonding bill recommendations. 2. Representative Murdock voted against the House bonding bill which contained the Perham Resource Recovery Facility. He cast "no" votes all three times it was heard on the House floor. 3.
Baseball season is here, and many fans are eager to see vegetarian and 2009 home-run derby winner Prince Fielder hit a home run, or Minnesota Twins vegan pitcher Pat Neshek return to strike-out form. These powerhouses get all the protein they need from veggie burgers, veggie dogs, and vegetarian versions of other stadium favorites, as well as wholesome foods such as vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
I am astounded at Principal Helen Kennedy's ability to ignore her own attitude toward the MCA testing. I tried to use the MCA test scores as a measure of the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth District's ability to engage and educate American Indian students. I was told repeatedly by Principal Kennedy that those scores didn't mean much.