DL News Staff
I am LoriJayne M. Grahn, a Minnesota dairy farmer. I am not a member of any organization, but all farmers stand on common ground where we have had enough! Enough of low milk prices, the corruption, and policies or programs where we keep paying more for less. Enough of giving us pennies instead of the dollars we justly earned. We need to unite and save our farms. We need a cost of production and no less.
My husband and I moved to the country for the same reason most people do. To get away from city life, enjoy the solitude, breathe the fresh air and gaze into the night skies. From our house and backyard we can watch our horses as they graze and play in the pasture. The evenings are filled with the usual sounds of the night along with dark skies and illuminating stars. Heaven on Earth, that is until recently. While sitting on our couch the other night we noticed a bright red light looming over the tree line that we had never seen before.
The arts are proven to help close the achievement gap. Did you know that when kids are allowed to use their right and left brains they will acheive more.
As a cancer survivor, I know the benefit of oral chemotherapy. The newest cancer medicines are highly effective because they are targeted to a specific cancer. They also cause fewer side effects and can be taken right at home. This convenience is no small factor for those of us in Greater Minnesota.
My son is a volunteer for a Republican candidate for governor. He got involved with this campaign because he is interested in the party, and has spoken of one day running for an office. During this campaign he has kept me informed of what goes on, and also has invited me to go with him to help. With what has been happening lately, upsets me. He has been telling me of debates that the districts have, and that some of those districts do not included the candidates from the private sector.
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.