DL News Staff
In the fall of 2009, I noticed a lot of fatigue. I had mostly stopped golfing, fishing, going to the cabin, and I suspended most projects. My wife had a bad cold, and I thought that was my problem, too. I also had some issues with depression and anxiety, which I never had before. I had a lot of headaches, a strange kind of stiff neck, fever and chills that came and went, new back pains, and generally not feeling well. As the year continued, I developed something called brain fog. Those of you who know me may say that's nothing new. Brain fog, I believe, has similarities to Alzheimer's.
Once again the people of Detroit Lakes and surrounding areas have made this community a better place to live. August 11, St. Mary's Senior Housing and Assisted Living residents had the opportunity of cruising on the "Lets Go Fishing" Pontoon around beautiful Detroit Lakes. Two groups of Residents took in the fresh air, beautiful sun shine and great experience.
The Minnesota State law states that if one member of the Superintendent negotiating team (which in Frazee was Laine and Cook) meets with the Superintendent, it must be an open meeting. At the July 12 Frazee-Vergas School Board meeting, Board Chairperson Laine stated she was in to see Stender on Tuesday, July 6. She admitted that she got his contract proposal and had a "conversation" with him, but that there was no "meeting." Board member, Steve Jepson stated that he was not given the separate technology contract for $1,200 that Stender had with the school district.
As other papers and sources have reported, Spanky's Stone Hearth Restaurant suffered a major fire early Saturday morning. Around 1 a.m., kitchen staff saw flames engulfing the kitchen's ceiling and immediately called for help. Over the course of the next five hours, six fire departments from Vergas, Frazee, Perham, Dent, Detroit Lakes, and Pelican Rapids arrived on the scene and bravely fought to save my restaurant. To all those firemen and women, I would like to express my deepest and sincerest gratitude.
The Republicans are hounding the Democrats to put people back to work as if they had a plan to do this. If Republicans do, why don't they say where the jobs are? I know where the jobs are! They are overseas in China and other places where our businessmen have sent them to make money for themselves and the stock market. Businessmen didn't care, or maybe didn't foresee that we (the U.S.) was becoming a service nation and our manufacturing base was being eroded along with the good pay.
Minnesota needs a governor with a strong record of creating jobs and strengthening rural Minnesota. Margaret Anderson Kelliher has such a record of accomplishment in her leadership role as Minnesota's Speaker of the House. In the ten years I have served with Margaret in the Legislature I have experienced first-hand her extraordinary leadership and commitment to putting people to work and fighting for the "bread and butter" issues important to rural Minnesotans. Margaret led the charge to support important construction projects that created thousands of new rural jobs.
Six months ago, thousands of DFLers gathered in classrooms, cafeterias, and libraries to begin the process of picking their next governor. I was honored to receive the overwhelming endorsement of the DFL party -- an endorsement from thousands of Minnesotans who, like me, believe our best days are yet to come. DFLers chose me to be their next Governor because they know I'm going to stand up and fight for them. They know that I never quit, I will never back down, and I won't rest until 204,000 Minnesotans are back to work. On Aug.
While some may be on vacation on August 10 and others say that no one is thinking of politics during the summer, I am pleased that our primary election has been moved to August 10. I am also very pleased with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who has helped make the voting process more accessible for American Indians and easier for people living overseas, including our military personnel. A quick look at the number of absentee ballots cast by military personnel shows that the number of votes cast increased by 300 percent in 2008!
On behalf of the American Heart Association, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the 300 plus participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, who contributed towards our recent Detroit Lakes Start! Heart Walk. Together we raised over $40,000. Specifically, I would like to thank the following committee members for their time and talents: Lori Dirckx, Wanda Hagen, Luanna Lake, and Tasha Nodsle.
Tired of gloom and doom news? Let me share a story of local human kindness. Last week, I was a volunteer Minnesota loon monitor, needing to get permission from a landowner for access to South Twin Lake. My hand knocked on the door of Tom Hauglid, who not only granted me access, but helped me lug my canoe down a punishing hill.