DL News Staff
As a primatologist who has worked closely with chimpanzees who are refugees of the animal-testing industry, I was delighted to learn that the European Union has banned the use of great apes in experimentation. This move further isolates the U.S., which remains the only developed country that continues to torment chimpanzees in invasive experiments. We have long known that chimpanzees share nearly 99 percent of our DNA, that they are intelligent, highly emotional, have unique personalities, and forge deep, lasting relationships.
I watched the "Meet the Candidates, State Senate District 9" debate on Pioneer Public Television with great interest the other night. I confess I was taken back quite a bit and even a little offended by what Mr. Langseth said. These debates are meant to give us voters an opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say about important issues for Minnesota. I didn't appreciate at all Mr. Langseth calling a prison for sex offenders, "Pawlenty's Pervert Palace." That is offensive to me.
Interesting farm math for an owner of 200 acres of prime Minnesota, Iowa or Illinois farmland receiving $230/acre in annual cash rent: Costs: $30/acre in real estate taxes, leaving $40,000/year in spendable income, plus the taxpayers will pay about 60 percent of his renter's crop insurance premium ($25) to assure the rent is paid, good crop or bad. We'll also assume this farmland was inherited tax-free, very common. So the market value today will vary from $5,000/acre to $7,000/acre or a minimum value of $1 million in today's market, with $4/bu corn and $10/bu soybeans.
The Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) would like to encourage all Becker County residents who are interested in the outdoors and who value our public lands to attend the upcoming County Recreation Plan public input meeting. It will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
In Jim Nelson's letter to the editor of Sept. 5, 2010 he talks about honesty, insists on the facts, and proceeds to give his opinion. The errors and inaccuracies in Jim Nelson's Sept. 2 letter to the editor are too numerous to address. If you have questions about a school employee's contract I encourage you to review the contract at the District office and get the facts. The Frazee-Vergas School District operates ethically and with integrity. The District will continue to keep its focus on student achievement and professionalism. -- Deron Stender, Superintendent
The Mayor of Browns Valley is seeking to serve western Minnesota as our next state senator. His name is Jeff Backer and he has been a volunteer ambulance emergency medical technician for 16 years, president of his local Lions Club, active member in his church and successful small business owner. As a lifelong Minnesota resident, Jeff is truly one of us. Perhaps you've already seen the large group of "Backer backers" in blue at a parade or community celebration or maybe Jeff has knocked on your door during his door-to-door visits.
I am once again writing in response to a letter submitted by Jim Nelson, who is a retired teacher and Frazee-Vergas School Board candidate. The information in Mr. Nelson's Letter to the Editor, printed in the Sept. 2, 2010 edition of the Frazee Forum and the Sept. 3 edition of the Detroit Lakes Newspapers, is incorrect and incomplete, and a correction will be submitted. Mr. Nelson has run numerous letters, which reference either the details of my various tentative contracts, or my contract in combination with that of other individuals.
I have repeatedly stated that we need honesty from our Administration and School Board to build trust in our school. Trust then builds loyalty and pride in our school. I have insisted on being shown the facts and not just being told them. At the Monday, Aug. 9, School Board Meeting, as part of the Superintendent's Report, Stender clarified his hiring practice. He stated that they always hired the best candidate, the best person, regardless of who they are or where they're from.
I first met Glen Menze during the winter of 2009-10, while competing with him (and two other candidates) for the Republican Party endorsement for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 7th Congressional District. All four candidates agreed to abide by the endorsement, and unite to replace the Collin Peterson/Nancy Pelosi Congress. I was surprised and disappointed to learn that Glen chose to violate his word and run on the Independence Party ticket. It appears that Glen's ambition has caused him to "misunderstand" my position on energy policy.
Jeff Backer and Keith Langseth are squaring off in the race for State Senate in northwest Minnesota in what promises to be a very competitive race.