DL News Staff
One more time the voters of Lake Park-Audubon go to the polls to tell the School Board and Superintendent that the majority of school district residents do not want this $21,000,000 School Bond. Supt. Hogie and the School Board paint gloom and doom scenarios that can only be fixed with this bond's passage. What they are not considering is a declining school enrollment each year. In the last 10 years, enrollment has declined by 126 students, with nothing to indicate that will change in the future.
Regarding the pre-election yellow fact sheet paid for by the informed taxpayers group. Once again the yellow cowards are publishing statements and questions with no truthful backup facts or figures. The statement (not allowed to vote on repairs and not owe a dime) needs an explanation. I know a few business owners and others who belong to the group. I do not understand their negative attitude. They have expensive homes located in town and on the lakes, including all the toys, many cars, trucks, and watercraft but don't want their taxes to go up.
For several weeks now I have been hearing and reading about many issues relating to the Frazee School District. These issues go from teacher contract negotiations to spending of district money, neglecting to inform the public about what is going on, etc. Trying to get clear concise answers to any of the above seems to be quite challenging to say the least. It appears that there wasn't any valid reason for the teacher negotiations to go on for the length of time that they did. No reason it would seem, unless it's what Mr.
Prayer is and has been an important part of America's history, reflecting the faith of our founding fathers. Dependence on God has provided a bedrock of faith on which the United States was founded and which still operates today. Actually, it predates our Constitution. The Continental Congress called for a day of prayer in 1776. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln wrote these words, "that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord." His prayers had a profound influence on the period of history when in 1863 the Civil War had gone on for two years.
It's hard to believe we have to talk about this again. As a former LP-A High School student, I can recall the days of the consolidation with great apprehension and triumph. It took so much time and effort from the whole community to show how much we love our school, our kids, and teachers. Over a decade later, we find ourselves trying to overcome another obstacle -- improving our facilities. Our schools are deteriorating, outdated and need more than repairing. People around the area must read the papers and hear new stories relating to LP-A and wonder, why can't LP-A get it together?
The students and staff of the LP-A High School are having a busy spring. 1. At the recent sports award banquet, it was announced that an amazing 56 percent of the high school students are involved with at least one sport. The number of students involved with extracurricular activities is even higher when you add music, drama, FCCLA, and a number of other activities. 2. The high school band recently held another innovative, entertaining spring concert, which along with the choir department displays the strength of the performing arts programs in LP-A. 3.
For any community to thrive it must have creative, capable, contributing members. As we work toward a prosperous future economy for Minnesota communities, where do we look to find those citizens who will contribute to the creation of this prosperity? We will look to today's children. Child development is a foundation for community and economic development. As children grow, the basic architecture of the brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Brains are built from the bottom up, one skill builds upon another.
My knowledge of organ donation was nil until that fateful day in July 2006. That was the day the doctors at Innovis Health in Fargo declared my 42 year old son "brain dead," but instead of shutting down the machines it was disclosed that my son, Alec, wished to be a "donor." From that moment on I have been tuned in and turned on to organ donation.
I'm writing to respond to an article published March 21 by Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor. I'm the person that she refers to that was forced to leave an open meeting. It's supposed to be an open meeting where the people have not only a right but also an obligation to question the actions of elected officials. In the article the chairwoman mentions someone yelling. There was someone yelling, but it wasn't me. There was a man there that had been drinking. He was yelling and calling them names.
It was my honor to work with the choirs of the Detroit Lakes Middle and High Schools on April 9 and 10 as a part of the 36th Annual All-City Choir Festival. As a 1997 graduate of DLHS, it was a special experience for me. I left reminded of enriching formative experiences and filled with hope for the continued growth and success of music education in the lakes area. ISD 22 is fortunate to have a talented music faculty and a student body committed to the art of singing. The preparedness of the middle school choirs was nothing short of amazing.