DL News Staff
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.
I would like to thank the voters from Becker County and Detroit Lakes for turning out in the primary. Their votes decided the choices for Congress in the fall general election. The candidates of the three major parties have differing views of which voters should be aware. The starkest view is that on carbon taxes.
The death of Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Dewey reminds us of the service our law enforcement officers provide the citizens of Minnesota, around the clock, every day of the year. With the state facing a $6 billion budget deficit, we have seen cuts in funding for core services such as police protection.
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.