DL News Staff
Though the trial ended weeks ago, TEAM Industries and Edward LaBonte were back in court Friday. Judge Jay Mondry presided over a hearing Friday afternoon to determine whether the age discrimination case LaBonte brought against TEAM last summer deserves a new trial. LaBonte, 62, claimed he was wrongly fired during a round of layoffs in early 2003, in which many of the 32 terminated employees were over the age of 50.
Playhouse 412 and The Historic Holmes Theater is pleased to announce the final installment of this season's Sunday Recital Series, featuring local Christian vocalist, Robert Kohler. Kohler will be performing at the theater on Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m. A freewill offering will be collected to support the theater's new Yamaha grand piano and Playhouse 412's operating expenses. Kohler will be joined by Deb Bruns on back-up vocals and acoustic guitar, Linda Grefsrud on back-up vocals and piano and Randy Nubson, drums.
Rep. Tom DeLay says he is resigning from Congress and bowing out of a reelection race because it would be too "nasty." That's choice. DeLay wrote the book on nasty, and most members of the GOP caucus in the House went along with him. It's a good thing the DeLay era is coming to an end; Congress and American democracy will be the better for it. Power was DeLay's goal; whether it was power for its own sake or, as he maintains, power in service to heartfelt Christian and conservative goals, only DeLay knows.
About this time of year, I ask myself: What is an allegedly grown man like myself doing getting butterflies over Opening Day of baseball season? What mature person would waste time watching a bunch of spoiled millionaires throw around a ball? Who cares if Johan Santana's change-up is working? What does it matter if Joe Mauer goes four-for-four? Well, I care and it does matter. In this crazy world, baseball is a stable ritual, as inevitable as the seasons. It starts every April, just when the clocks move forward.
Anyone who writes for public consumption understands that there are those who might only take small bites, if any, and won't care for the offering. And that's quite allright. If the presentation happens to be one in the polarized political arena, well then right from the start at least half of your consumers won't care for the product. That's a given, and that's allright too. Disagreement is the natural byproduct of public discourse. It is inevitable. Nevertheless, one should always try to focus on facts and substance.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This month, sexual assault programs in Minnesota and across the nation are working to focus public awareness on the epidemic of sexual violence and encouraging all Americans to become part of the solution. Sexual assault has reached epidemic proportions. In the United States, sexual assault occurs every 2 minutes. Rape and sexual assault affect women, children, and men of all racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Last year alone Lakes Crisis & Resource Center assisted 70 victims of sexual assault.
When United Airlines beckoned "Come fly the friendly skies," travel by air indeed was friendly. No more. The "friendly skies" of every major air carrier have become downright unfriendly, uncomfortable and, for most travelers, little more than a teeth-grinding necessity. The airlines are getting away with treating customers like commodities -- bodies to fill seats, period. The airline industry has become one of a handful of businesses (oil companies, for instance) that need not honor the "service" in "customer service." The deterioration of the quality of the flying experience is ubiquitous.
The Becker County Highway Department has closed several roads due to high water and washouts. County maintenance supervisor John Okeson said County Road 157, which is in Walworth Township, is washed out in two places. Okeson said work crews are waiting for the water to go down before repairing the damage. He said the repairs would likely be done at the end of this week. County engineer Brad Wentz said several other roads incurred washouts last week due to the sudden melt. Another road is County Road 106 north of Audubon.
The main job of Minnesota legislators this year - funding a package of public works projects - may not be so hard after all. House Republicans unveiled a bill Tuesday that would spend nearly as much as Senate Democrats already approved. Differences remain, but there is optimism that they are can be bridged. "The Senate bill was met with a lovefest and I think the House bill will be met with a lovefest," said Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-Minneapolis. House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, predicted 110 of the House's 134 members will vote for the bill when it is debated a week from today.
The regional representative for U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) is visiting 10 northwest communities this week because of the flooding. Matt Ketelsen plans to meet with local mayors and officials to discuss the current flooding in the region and to update the senator on local concerns. Stops include Mahnomen, Ada, Hendrum and Moorhead.