DL News Staff
October is Breast Cancer Prevention month. Being aware of what we can do to prevent breast cancer is so important. My mother and two aunts all had this cancer. Mom had one breast removed in 1963 (when no one spoke the "C" word and many thought it was a contagious disease). Twenty years later she had the other breast removed. Prevention is the key. Get your regular mammograms, doctor examination, and do personal breast examination. In the 1950s research was done which found abortion in a first pregnancy was a direct link to breast cancer.
They say a new type of mining in Northern Minnesota could bring several hundred jobs with it, but what must be investigated are the effects that this type of mining has on its environment and its communities. Sulfide mining has damaged ecosystems across the nation and left the taxpayer to pick up the cost and mess. With exploratory mines being established in the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Watershed, I think Minnesotans need to take a deeper look into the ideals and motivations of these powerful mining interests.
It is plain to see that the DL High School has a double standard when it comes to the dress code. After seeing in the newspaper the pictures of the homecoming "royalty" it is plain to see who is (not) following the dress code. I think the administration should get their act together. -- Brian Price, Detroit Lakes
Minnesota taxpayers pay too much and often for the wrong things. More importantly, the state's tax system fails to meet the needs of today, which is obvious when we see schools with overcrowded classrooms, some retreating to a four-day week, and communities cutting basic services like police and fire protection. The tired canard of "no new taxes" is not the solution.
This is kind of a bedbug story. We were on a little island during the war and it had its share of bedbugs. I don't know how they got there. They would get up in the corner of the mosquito nets in the daytime and come out in force at night. Some groups were really ate up. I never had a bite.
A report contracted by the League of Minnesota Cities was released on June 24th and it projects that by 2015 cities all over the state of Minnesota will "be broke." If we continue on this path, Greater Minnesota Cities in general will be at a 15 percent deficit by 2015 and a 32 percent deficit by 2025. What does this mean to our communities? It means a cut to services or a raise in your property taxes. Because we have a lower per capita tax base than the metro area, our cities are going to be hit even harder than the larger cities.
There have been a few accidents to make the news lately relating to driver awareness. There were a couple disastrous motorcycle vs. vehicle accidents in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and one involving a vehicle vs. a young rollerblader in Detroit Lakes. I'd like to call attention to another area where drivers should be aware and understanding; that is runners. With darkness fast approaching in the evenings and the sun slow to rise in the mornings, many of us runners are out in the dark. We run on the sides of the roads, along the lakes and on the sidewalks when available.
With National Wildlife Refuge Week being celebrated Oct. 10-16, it is the perfect time to give a great big thank you to the many people who take care of these wonderful places for the rest of us. In Becker County we are fortunate to have Hamden Slough, the DL wetlands and Tamarac to enjoy. The many employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are continually working to improve our environment for the variety of living creatures that inhabit it, as well as always having the time to help the public enjoy this environment.
To our friends in Detroit Lakes and surrounding towns, we (Landon's family) are so grateful for the ways in which you've supported us during this time of tragedy. Our lives have been torn up, and you've been there to help carry us through. We've been very aware of the many ways each of you have surrounded us with your love. We do not know yet the outcome of this horrific tragedy. But, we are living one day at a time, trying to do what's best for Landon, as well as trying to trust our Heavenly Father for the days ahead.
We are all victims in this dairy crisis of human devastation due to the failures and injustice of systems, and actions, or lack of them, and the conduct of greed and sepsis of corruption that sickens and destroys not only the innocent, but also the very ones who wield it for power and profit. No one wins...our pasts that were once futures have proven this. My name is LoriJayne M. Grahn, a Minnesota dairy farmer and consumer.