DL News Staff
The legislative session is now over, but there is still work to do in St. Paul. As you well know by now, Governor Tim Pawlenty will be taking on the task of balancing the State Budget by himself. He is asking for our input as citizens and I have sent him a letter outlining reasons why he should reduce the cut he has proposed to Local Government Aid for Wadena and cities across Minnesota.
I believe that LP-A deserves a chance. This district has had to fight over and over again for what is best for LP-A's students and community. I was a student at Lake Park when the districts paired & shared in 1989. There was a lot of name-calling, animosity, and hard feelings between Lake Park and Audubon residents -- and students -- basically due to rivalry. It was a huge issue just to change the school name. Who comes first? Lake Park or Audubon? Why should their name be first? They aren't better than us!
I would like to respond to a letter to the editor in your paper recently concerning a visit to the Washington D.C. office of Sen. Klobuchar. Recently, I visited Senator Klobuchar's office in Washington, D.C., and I can tell you first hand what a wonderful experience it was. Sen. Klobuchar's staff went above and beyond to me and others with me to feel welcome. I watched them take personal attention to everyone who visited the Senator's office, which is no small task given the demands of being the only Senator in a state of over 5 million people!
Why is it that our honorable veterans, who made our country what it is, who are 85 to 90 years of age, must sit on benches at the band shell in the rain, wind and cold, to attend Memorial Day services when there is a beautiful renovated pavilion right next door? These men and all who served in all wars since should be welcomed into the pavilion with a cup of coffee and a doughnut (as when they arrived home from WW II on the train). They should be directed to front row seats so they can hear the program and be under shelter out of the wind and rain.
Last fall, a total of 13 people filed for a seat on the Frazee school board. Now that Kathy Kallis has resigned, there has been talk of appointing someone to the board, or having another election, or getting someone from the past who was on the board before. The board so quickly forgot that last November, we voters "voted" and Brenda Como was the top candidate of choice from the voters to be seated on the board. As all can see, we are in need of getting a person in there that has some new ideas and integrity.
A special thanks to that local "Brotherhood of Veterans," who have unselfishly donated their time and efforts as voluntary custodians of our national ensign. Through their efforts, flags are set out at Oak Grove Cemetery, guarded, and finally removed and stored until the next appropriate time for their display. A sudden gust of wind called the flags "to attention," providing a photo op that couldn't be ignored.
I would like to take a moment to explain what has happened with the repaving of Eagle Lake Road in Burlington Township. The board was unable to meet March 27 because of unprecedented flooding, and board Chairman Kathleen Froelich volunteering to help with the evacuation of nursing home residents. Because of this, the board was unable to give or discuss the new direction recommended by the residents at the annual meeting. Due to the timing, Clerk Angie Ewanika and Dave Heyer, Burlington Township's Engineer, proceeded to advertise for bids to resurface Eagle Lake Road.
The Detroit Lake Jaycees like to thank the following people and businesses for their contributions to the "Dollars for Dewey" benefit that was held on Friday, May 8, 2009. Sheriff Tim Gordon, Sheriff Doug Krier, Tim Eggebraaten, Vincent and the Van-Goes (John Hutchinson, Corey Bliss, Joe Wambach and Bill Mohn), Michael and Ben Walther, Matthew J.
Give Young Adults Complete Responsibly or None. What other country makes its citizens wait until they are 21 before allowing them to legally drink alcohol? The answer is none! Yes, "the land of the free", stands entirely alone with this requirement. What we have managed to do is make our young adults drink illegally and often unfortunately, use a vehicle to get out of town and away from their elders to do so. Who are we kidding? Alcohol is not the problem, but alcohol abuse is. By treating our young adults as irresponsible, as you would expect, they live up to it by drinking irresponsibly.
The new version of the Specter-Casey Dairy Bill S889 is ready to go. This time, the introduced Bill S889 will be identified as "The Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2009." The introduced Bill S889 has been re-written with a few changes, and both Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Senator Robert P. Casey (D-PA) have introduced the new dairy Bill S889. The major change is that the total economic costs on the dairy farms will determine the value of manufactured milk. Again, all manufactured milk will be classified as Class II milk.