DL News Staff
With the apparent end of the snowmobile season at hand, the Becker County Parks and Recreation Department would like to take this time to thank all those individuals, organizations, clubs and businesses that assisted in clearing area snowmobile trails following the freezing rain and heavy snows of mid-January. We would especially like to thank the ULTRA Snowmobile Club, the Woods-n-Wheels ATV Club, Hideaway Resort, Ice Cracking Lodge and Rainbow Resort for your volunteer labor, equipment, meals and overall assistance in quickly reopening over 135 miles of affected trails.
In response to the recent article, "Protesting Tribal Government," readers deserve the facts. No reporter asked for my comments. The White Earth Tribal Council follows the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Constitution on enrollment of tribal members, a two-step process of approval by the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council and the Minnesota Tribal Executive Committee. No member of the Tribal Council arbitrarily handpicks and enrolls people. The 1997 resolution referred to in the article has not been in effect since I have been tribal chairwoman. Tribal Council meetings are open.
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and legend credits him with driving all the snakes from that island. As a financial counseling director for LSS, it made me wonder, what are the financial snakes that families today need to drive out of their lives? How is it that we all can "keep more of our green," especially in tight financial times? Many Americans today are carrying a credit card balance and making only minimum payments, and that means very little progress.
Minnesota has a proud tradition of excellence in education.
I believe that health care is as important as education. We have public education and need health care for everyone also. Everyone shouldn't expect to get every little thing they want done, but they should be able to have coverage that they can afford so that they will be able to carry on with their life. People who can afford to have the best health care should have what they can afford, but everyone else should at least be able to have pre-existing conditions covered and also have catastrophic coverage so they won't go broke if care exceeds what they can afford.
The Lake Park Area Community Choir donated $513 to the Becker County Food Pantry. The last cantata was held in December 2007. The account is closed, but $500 was always held over if music had to be ordered. March is Minnesota Food Share Month. Thanks to all who contributed to the choir in any way. It is missed by many. -- Diane Volrath, Hitterdal
The worst thing about what is being called the Great Recession is not the impact on the economy, but on our people. Millions are out of work and looking for jobs. The national unemployment rate is reported at 9.7 percent, but the real rate (including unemployed workers who are not receiving unemployment benefits) is 16.7 percent -- or a little more than one in seven Americans. Here in Minnesota, the official unemployment rate in December of last year was 7.4 percent.
Our people must be among the most generous people on earth. I am so glad to be living in this caring and giving community. The response to our plea for financial support was just outstanding. We did not meet our long term needs, but the gifts given will ensure that the flags will indeed be flying this year. Your readers gave gifts from so many locales, that you and the entire staff of your paper should be very proud.
I would like to once again extend a heartfelt thank you to our family, friends, and community for their generous and loving support of our family during Tyler's illness and death. We couldn't have made it this far without it. I would like to thank Red River Valley Hospice for their kind and supportive staff. I would like to thank the people who helped with Tyler's car restoration and both Gray's Auto Body and Stuart L. for donating the space to get it done. I would like to thank our church family, especially Pastor Cloose, for being there.
This letter is in response to the incident that took place on Pelican Lake on Monday the 15th of February around 4:40 p.m., when a young man was almost struck and his dog hit and killed by three snowmobile operators. With 28 years of law enforcement experience in Colorado, I wish to say a few words about this incident. If this was an accident, someone should have stopped and rendered aid to the young man and his dog.