DL News Staff
My name is Ben Pedersen and I graduated from DLHS in 2005. This is my first year teaching (in Elk River, Minn.) and almost every single day, I think about something that I learned during my 20-plus years in Detroit Lakes. The teachers in Detroit Lakes have given me the tools to succeed for a lifetime. Along with my family, they taught me how to be compassionate and understanding. This goes a long way when helping my own students learn and grow on a daily basis. I am also thankful for the community as a whole.
In response to an editorial in the DL Tribune, I guess I have to consider myself one of those nasty people that won't cross the aisle with an open hand. First of all, I have no time for politicians that tell me I'll get to see what's in a multi-trillion dollar health bill after they pass it. Second, those in power who passed the bill locked out a large number of legislators as they debated the bill. That's right, debated unopposed behind closed doors. Third, the ability to finance this bill was purposely overstated.
And the rich shall inherit the Earth! Does this sound familiar? Now we know what is taking place in this country. President Obama was held hostage by the Republican rich so that tax breaks would be extended to the rich. Does this make any sense? The Republicans would not extend unemployment benefits to people who needed them just so they could keep all of their money. Why would they want to give up any of their money to help people in this country? Where is the outcry in this country?
There has been a lot of criticism if not outright slander leveled against the notion that dairy farmers need a farm milk price that reflects the average cost of producing milk, specifically the Federal Milk Market Improvement Act of 2009 (S1645). Some call it welfare. Others call it anti-competitive or un-American or complain that it would guarantee a profit for dairy farmers and stifle innovation.
I am writing to recommend that readers get their hands on a new report entitled "Natural Resources: Recommendations for Minnesota's New Governor and Legislature" from Center of the American Experiment, a Minnesota think tank. This report is so interesting and so easy to read that it would even make a great Christmas stocking-stuffer for anyone interested in natural resources -- especially sportsmen and others interested in mining or forestry. As the president of a student organization at the University of Minnesota that focuses on environmental issues, I found this report to be one of the
I have just read and re-read Mr. Bergeson's Country Scribe article in Sunday's Record. If our society wasn't in need of such a message, I know I was, and wish to thank him publicly for injecting some sanity and realism into these unrealistic and supposedly overly complicated times. If some of you have not read it, please do, for it is a "breath of fresh air." Perhaps we as individuals and our governmental, educational and spiritual entities need to heed such a message and return to such a "basic." -- Lanny J. Waalen, Detroit Lakes
What is Supt. Deron Stender (Frazee-Vergas School District) up to now? Frazee residents, do you remember when school was changed to start and end earlier? If I remember right, supposedly the P.A.C.E. group suggested it, so the students that are in activities wouldn't miss so much of their last hour class. When my children were in activities, they missed the whole last hour class, so the 15-20 minutes wouldn't have made much of a difference. Later on, Supt. Stender suggested switching to a 4-day school week just like the MACCRAY school district.
On this Thanksgiving, like all others, it is important to remember those less fortunate. And those who will, next week and in the weeks to come, need your help and support more than ever. Next week, the National Child Nutrition Act comes up for authorization and support, or not. "It's this opportunity or we lose it," Rep. George Miller, of California said in mid November.
Do you believe every child deserves a family? We do. Thousands of children in America live in foster care, often moving from home to home, without the love and care of permanent families. Today, more than 114,000 children in the United States are in foster care through no fault of their own as victims of child abuse, neglect or abandonment and have been permanently removed from their homes.
Mark Dayton (DFL) leads Tom Emmer (R) by about 8,700 votes in the continuing race for governor of Minnesota, a margin close enough to trigger an automatic recount if certified by the state canvassing board Nov. 23. The Minnesota GOP is seeking "reconciliation" of the state's vote totals before the recount begins. Under Minnesota law, the vote totals and the total number of actual, identified voters -- the registered voters that signed in at the polling station -- are supposed to be "reconciled" or shown to be equal, within about six weeks after the election. The deadline this year is Dec.