DL News Staff
Recently I had the opportunity to take advantage of the wonderful hospitality and service offered by the Soon to be Again Holiday Inn of Detroit Lakes. On Friday, while boating with a friend, we pulled in to the shoreline at the Holiday Inn. When leaving, a young man called out from the dock to encourage me to lower my motor. After informing him that I was trying to lower the motor and it wasn't working, I shut the motor off and drifted back into shore. By that time, you and another of your maintenance staff were present.
It has been interesting to me to compare the progress of the Lake Park School Bond issue with the St. Mary's regional hospital decision to expand their campus. What they have in common is: 1) They are both building projects constituting considerable expense, 2) They both can provide a great deal of advantages for the communities they are being built in, and 3) They both have the capacity to financially impact local consumers.
I read with a sense of sadness your recent article on the hospital's plans for the development of what they call a new "St. Mary's Campus," which, according to the diagram accompanying your article, will convert our old neighborhood to a parking lot. Our family grew up at 210 Park Street. Our father, Jack Benshoof, was born in that home in 1910, and he and our mother, Helen, raised the five of us there in the 1950s and 1960s.
A few months before the election of last November, then-candidate Obama made a promise to Planned Parenthood (or is it Planned non-Parenthood?) that his first priority as President would be to enact the Freedom of Choice Act. This legislation would summarily deactivate any and all restrictions everywhere for the abortion rights agenda. It happened that considerable citizen resistance rose up soon after his Presidency began and Pres. Obama got the message that FOCA wasn't going to work out so smoothly as expected.
With the passing of our mother, Margaret Tembrock, after 90 years there are no longer Tembrocks living in Ogema. The children of Margaret and Ray Tembrock: Joe, Bill, Marilyn, Jim and Paul, wish to express our appreciation for the positive role your communities provided that helped us to lead fulfilling lives. We all agree that growing up in Ogema couldn't have been a better place to begin our lives. Keep up the good work for the current and future generations.
Many thanks are due to all of the people who helped make the 2nd annual Foodstock fundraiser a success.
Last Friday, our daughter and her friends were excited to get tickets to WE FEST. Although the weather was suspect, they thoroughly enjoyed their first true concert experience. As they were preparing to return home to Fergus Falls, the driver realized her battery was dead, and of course they were without jumper cables.
Was anyone surprised by Don Thorp getting the school board position? Not me. Do you realize, according to the school board minutes of April 9, 2007, the school board will have to let Superintendent. Deron Stender know by May 1, 2010 if they intend to renew his contract? That means, we won't be able to vote for new school board members until the present school board lets him know if his contract will be renewed. I am going to predict that something drastic would have to happen in order for that not to occur with the present school board.
It is with regret that there is far less discussion in the Burlington town hall than in the press. With people's mortgage escrow payment increasing as a result of this year's record breaking Burlington tax increase, I have received calls from upset neighbors. I reminded them that at the annual meeting, the people overwhelmingly voted down the Eagle Lake paving project and strongly supported the graveling and dust control plan. They ask me why doesn't their vote count for anything anymore? People now realize their promised gravel road plan died because of the Eagle Lake paving cost.
As a member of the Becker County Fair Board, I would like to start off by thanking all of the visitors, participants, and volunteers who supported, exhibited at, and spent time at this year's Becker County Fair. The fair board believed the 2009 fair to be an overall success. Record numbers attended the demolition derby, entered in the open class building and came to enjoy all the fair offered. Recent comments about the carnival necessitate some response. The carnival that was at the 2008 Becker County Fair was under contract to play the 2009 fair.