DL News Staff
I lost a friend today. There are an estimated 18 suicide attempts every day by our warrior/veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. I don't know their names, but one to three succeed. I just lost a friend today. There has been tens of thousands of suicides by Vietnam veterans, enough for another "Wall." I have lost many of my friends today. No, freedom is not free. There has been an estimated 19,000 sexual assaults/rapes, every year for the past five years, that's 100,000, unless you are a bean counter, then it's only 95,000.
The lakes, rivers, forests and wetlands of Minnesota's "Arrowhead Region" are some of our country's most sacred resources. They are enjoyed by local residents, by people from all over Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, and by those from the far flung corners of the United States. I've been lucky enough to visit this area and hope to take my young children there in the near future. My children are depending on today's elected leaders to make the right decisions to ensure that these treasures remain intact forever. Legislation introduced in May by Rep. Chip Cravaack (H.R.
Thanks for great 'Quake the Lake VI' event in DL On behalf of myself and the Twin Cities Power Boat Association, I would like to thank everyone for attending Quake the Lake VI. The racers and crews truly put on a world class event in Detroit Lakes. We had a live video feed of the race into the Holiday Inn, courtesy of Jeff Jasperson and his professional staff. Spectators lined the roadway all the way over to the Lodge during the event.
Another Iditarod has come and gone, but there will be no relief for the dogs who are bred and stored like inventory for this grueling spectacle: They'll go from the frigid back country to the cold length of a six-foot chain. Dogs used to pull sleds spend most of their time tethered to ramshackle houses or overturned oil barrels. Their world consists of a muddy stew of their own feces and urine. Unable to socialize or interact as they need and want to, dogs can become depressed, anxious, and aggressive.
I recently moved to Detroit Lakes and had the opportunity to take my grandchildren to the Easter egg hunt at the Boys and Girls Club on Saturday, March 31. The Lakes Area Vineyard Church and Boys and Girls Club did an excellent job sponsoring this event. I was impressed with the large number of volunteers and their dedication to the project. There were many events for children of all ages to participate in. Once again, congrats on a job well done! -- Jean Mattson, Detroit Lakes
On March 22, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) introduced legislation to tighten payment limits on federal farm programs and close loopholes mega-farms use to evade payment limits. This is the most important step Congress can take to strengthen family farms. The Grassley-Johnson bill has a hard cap on marketing loan gains of $75,000 ($150,000 for a couple). The remainder of the payment limit would cap the total amount a farmer can receive in safety-net payments generally.
Regarding the Holmes Spun Theatre, I am really surprised and let down that the WE Fest is not included in the "History of Detroit Lakes." It is a major part of putting DL on the map with all the stars and the good news from the fest! Shame on you guys! I grew up in DL and graduated in 1950. I went to Holmes School and feel I have a part in the history of DL. Get with it you guys! Please humor me (and many others, I am sure). Thank you for giving me the chance to voice my opinion. -- Patricia Hinshaw Estby, Willmar
I was so happy to read the article written by Berit Ramstad Skoyles on the decline of writing skills. All the things she mentioned have bothered me for a long time and, unfortunately, I don't see much improvement on the horizon. If you didn't learn these skills in school, there is no need to despair. There are many places to garner the information you need. The public library, workbooks available in chain and book stores and the web are good places to begin. Berit, thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Lynn Hummel's recent column entitled "That amazing bakery aroma" brought back a few memories in regards to the smell of bakeries, breweries and mother's homemade bread. It also reminded me of the smell of Milwaukee some 26 years ago when one of my best assignments ever was to write a story about the Brewery Workers Local No.
At the Frazee-Vergas School Board meeting on March 12, the main item of discussion was the Marsden Custodial contract and whether to continue it or drop it. After some heated discussion, it was voted to discontinue the contact. Supt. Cheney had prepared for the board members, a rather detailed account of why the District might be better off going back to hiring our own custodians as we had done for many years. The end result was that where Marsden had claimed that it would save the district $8,000 per year it would appear that Marsden was actually costing us $38,000 more per year.