DL News Staff
According to a Gallup poll, only 28 percent of Americans understand the true meaning of Memorial Day. While many Americans enjoy the traditional start of summer, I would like each of us to take a moment on Memorial Day to remember the true meaning of the holiday. I found this poem that I feel is worth consideration and underscores the need for us to demonstrate our gratitude and respect for those who died for freedom since the founding of our country. Freedom Is Not Free - by Kelly Strong I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze.
This spring, communities across the state are holding deployment ceremonies. The Minnesota National Guard is mobilizing 2,400 troops for a one-year deployment to support Operation New Dawn (Iraq). May they all come home safely. On this Memorial Day, we continue to be engaged in hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, and men and women will pay the ultimate price while wearing the uniform of our nation. Let us honor the memory of the 4,400 Americans who have died in Iraq, and the more than 1,500 who have died in Afghanistan. We also honor the sacrifices of our wounded; 32,000 U.S.
Although the origin of the phrase "all gave some, some gave all" is unclear, it denotes the ultimate sacrifice made by the men and women of our armed forces who have died defending our freedoms. Memorial Day, which we celebrate each year on the last Monday in May to honor our deceased family and friends, provides us the perfect opportunity to remember those who have given all for our country. This year, as you enjoy the holiday, don't forget about the brave soldiers serving us in Afghanistan, Iraq and in all corners of our globe and pray for their safe return.
Minnesota's two racetracks, Running Aces and Canterbury Park, provide hundreds of jobs and contribute millions to state and local governments. The vendors and local communities that partner with them receive significant revenue from their relationship. The agricultural businesses that support the horse racing industry -- stables, feed, veterinarians and others -- offer jobs throughout rural Minnesota. Most Minnesotans do not realize the widespread economic benefits from Minnesota's two licensed and regulated racetracks.
All Lake Region Electric Co-op board of directors, management, some employees and members at the large district meeting (at the Community Center in Vergas in February 2010) heard discussion by members regarding the cost of distributing the News Flashes newsletter with the November 2010 billing statement. The November newsletter stated that the board, management and employees were working hard to control costs and cited a savings of $70,000 annually by redesigning the newsletter and including it with the billing statements.
In the past several weeks much has been written and discussed about an apparent buy-out of Supt. Stender's contract. Some very interesting facts came to light at the May 9 school board meeting. It was interesting to find out that Stender had mentioned a buy-out to attorney Hastings even before the Pemberton Law Firm had been hired by the District. This leads a suspicious mind like mine, to wonder what was going on between Stender and the law firm out of the Cities. There was a rather large amount of money spent with that firm and apparently Stender was doing all of the telephone calling.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Kathy Larson, the DLHS Choir Director, the accompanists, the chaperones, the bus drivers, and everyone else who helped in any way to make the New York City DLHS Choir trip possible. Thanks also to everyone who bought items from the fundraisers. The students performed, saw amazing sights, experienced culture including four Broadway plays and had many new learning experiences in New York City, all while having a great time. We appreciate this amazing opportunity this great group of students were able to have. -- Nancy and Lee Brekke, Detroit Lakes
Twelve musicians sat in a circle, fiddles in hand, as the instructor played a tune with short shuffle strokes and then with long saw strokes. I sat across the room with pen in hand, watching and listening as a lesson in democracy began to unfold. It was MooseJaw Dance Weekend, a yearly gathering of folk dancers and musicians at the Maplelag Resort up in Callaway, Minnesota. These fiddlers would be playing together with a host of other musicians for the big dance later that evening, so this was half workshop and half rehearsal.
The day is Friday, April 8, as I put pen to this paper. Today is opening day at Target Field in Minneapolis, the new home of the Minnesota Twins. I would like to take this opportunity to connect with you on a very important issue, a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Four years ago, the Twins reached their destination of finding a new home, outside the Metrodome. No one can deny the Twins ran a great campaign for a new stadium, and rightfully so. The Twins had the luxury of a booming housing market and robust economy during their efforts.
Buried deep in a House appropriations bill is a recipe to destroy wild rice. Let me rephrase this. HB 1010 rambles on for a good 77 pages, and buried on page 37 is the following "...the water quality standard for sulfates in Class 4A waters is 50 milligrams per liter, applicable to water used for production of wild rice during periods when rice may be susceptible to damage by high sulfate levels...." (A week before it was set at 250 mg/L.) In either case, the rice won't make it. This bill passed out of the House on March 29, and is on its way to the Minnesota Senate.