DL News Staff
One of the rarest human gifts is the ability to concentrate. An ant is single-minded as it builds its hill. So is a barn swallow as it builds a nest in the eaves. Knock the nest down and one will be there again overnight, the product of hundreds of trips to the nearest mud puddle. But our oversized human brain leads us off in a thousand directions away from the task at hand, often paralyzing us into inaction. To numb our overactive brains, we drink martinis or watch hours of television.
This letter concerns the proposed ordinance changes that Becker County is considering and the subsequent newspaper article in the Wednesday, March 29 publication. I am writing to express a few concerns I have about this issue. While no one would argue that protecting the natural resources of Becker County is important, I am concerned that slowing down or stopping development entirely would have a severe impact on the economic future of Becker County.
Our nation's future does not look very bright considering all the rights that are being taken away from us. When our founding fathers established our government in 1775 the colonies were asked to pray for wisdom in forming a nation.
It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, I had the honor to be part of Mrs. Neff's second and third grade village at Rossman School. It all started with Mrs. Neff having me come into her class to share my experience of living in Kenya. She came up with the idea of going on an all-day safari to Kenya with the class. She planned the day and got volunteers to help. We began our safari in the library, where Captain Scott Lysford welcomed us to flight 55 from Detroit Lakes to Kenya over the intercom.
Long-term solutions are needed to wean Americans from being dependent on foreign oil, and that won't come overnight. "There is no silver bullet solution," Carl Kuhl, regional representative to U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., said Tuesday while in Bemidji meeting with people on the plight of high fuel costs. Coleman has several bills in the hopper, with provisions to strengthen efforts for renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel which are Minnesota specialties.
Come one, come all to Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge Saturday. A special dedication will be held at the refuge office at 11 a.m.
The Richwood Union Church needs a new roof, and supporters are looking for donations. They don't need much, perhaps $700, as volunteers will do the shingling themselves. It may seem an unusual request, especially since the church isn't well known and the last known worship service inside this humble structure was about a half century ago. A lot of years have passed since the bell was last rung and worshippers crossed the threshold to seat themselves in the dozen pews. The pump organ -- facing the wall in the left front corner -- awaits the expert fingers and feet of an organist. The
Following a course charted last month by a joint committee, the Detroit Lakes City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to Becker County to construct a parking facility in the Washington Square Mall parking lot, owned by the city. Last month, a Detroit Lakes-Becker County committee dropped plans for a $2.5 million parking garage and instead endorsed a $1.5 million parking ramp in the same location. The ramp will have 125 to 135 parking spaces and will follow the footprint of the existing parking lot as it slopes downhill.
Those who care about trees will find advice on pruning and related topics in The National Arbor Day Foundation's free booklet, "How To Prune Young Shade Trees." From pruning in the early years of a tree's life, to learning how to strengthen trees by removing branches, this illustrated, easy-to-follow guide offers timely and practical tips. "How a tree is pruned in its first few years of life will affect its shape, strength, and even its lifespan," said Arbor Day Foundation President John Rosenow.