DL News Staff
This morning I attended the Frazee-Vergas School Board meeting, my first since the new Board took office in January. The decision before the Board was a painful one -- whether to offer a buyout to the current superintendent at a cost far higher than the average school district resident can stomach. The decision to make the offer and the subsequent vote did not come easy for most school board members. How could it?
My husband and I attended Monday evening's presentation of Poetry & Jazz at the Detroit Lakes Library. The impressive talents of poet Mark Vinz, jazz pianist David Ferreira, and bassist Jeremy Cahill blew us away! Their selections went from fun and witty to deeply moving in this enormously satisfying combination of music and the written word. Beautifully presented, it made me grateful for these Minnesota artists and for Mary Haney, the DL Library and the LARL system that provide wonderful cultural events free to the public (larl.org). -- Melinda Cloose, Frazee
It is interesting to read the DFL explanation (May 29 Becker County Record) as to all the sad ramifications of the GOP proposals led by the new legislators to try to get the Minnesota budget under control. So many people from all political persuasions say that legislators get to the Capital and all do the same thing...they are all alike. Well, this new group is different. They were elected promising to get the budget under control and they are trying their best to get that done. That means to cut the spending. It is great fun to spend money and for years the Legislature has done just that.
On behalf of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL), I'd like to thank Kelli Wegsheid for her great coverage in the DL Tribune of the Sarah Susanka event. I'd also like to personally thank Kelli for partnering with LARL-Detroit Lakes Branch by volunteering to transport Ms.
Recently, someone spent a lot of time, energy, money trying to convince us the world was coming to an end May 21. When Matt. 24:36 states that no one knows the day or time except the Father. Today there is a growing trend for people to become so busy trying to predict the end of the world and the rapture that they fail to produce quality fruit in their lives. There are people around us daily who feel everyday their lives are ending. From cancer and other illnesses, to suicides, casualties of war, natural disasters, debt and foreclosures, abuse, addictions, the list just goes on and on.
Are we headed to another Depression? In 1921, we had a severe depression. We don't remember it because it only lasted one year and was followed by a time of then unprecedented prosperity that we remember as the roaring 20s. In 1930 another depression began. That one lasted over 10 years and only "ended" because World War II broke out.
At the Memorial Day Service in our city park our mayor paid tribute to our veterans with some well chosen words. Especially pleasing was his announcement that construction on the Veterans Park will begin in a few weeks. Thanks to our council and city staff for this welcome news. The cooperation from these people has made this living memorial possible. It will give lasting evidence of the high regard this community has for its veterans. -- Don Schattschneider, Detroit Lakes
My husband and I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the teachers and other staff who work in the Detroit Lakes Schools; they do a tremendous job helping the kids in our community grow to be healthy and competent people. Today we want to acknowledge one teacher in particular -- Mrs. Lisa Conzemius, mathematics teacher at DLHS. Mrs. Conzemius is a great representative and model for all teachers and parents because she acts in a way that conveys she has the student's best interest at heart. As the parents of a student who had Mrs.
According to a Gallup poll, only 28 percent of Americans understand the true meaning of Memorial Day. While many Americans enjoy the traditional start of summer, I would like each of us to take a moment on Memorial Day to remember the true meaning of the holiday. I found this poem that I feel is worth consideration and underscores the need for us to demonstrate our gratitude and respect for those who died for freedom since the founding of our country. Freedom Is Not Free - by Kelly Strong I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze.
This spring, communities across the state are holding deployment ceremonies. The Minnesota National Guard is mobilizing 2,400 troops for a one-year deployment to support Operation New Dawn (Iraq). May they all come home safely. On this Memorial Day, we continue to be engaged in hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, and men and women will pay the ultimate price while wearing the uniform of our nation. Let us honor the memory of the 4,400 Americans who have died in Iraq, and the more than 1,500 who have died in Afghanistan. We also honor the sacrifices of our wounded; 32,000 U.S.