DL News Staff
Becker County is set to sell over 600 acres of public land on Oct. 23. Most everyone would agree that selling small parcels (less than 5 acres) of tax-forfeited land is probably a good idea. However, many of the parcels are over 40 acres, and some are as large as 160 acres. That is not a good idea. Selling public land as a short term budget fix is short-sighted. One of the main reasons that Becker County is a great place to live is because of all the public land that we have. That land is open to hunting and many other outdoor activities.
Buckthorn is an invasive shrub that is becoming more prevalent in the Detroit Lakes area. The DNR would like to see it controlled, preferably eradicated. Surprisingly, there are a number of homeowners along North Shore Drive, East Shore Drive, and in the Timber Creek area that have buckthorn in their yards/hedges. If you don't know what buckthorn looks like, watch as the leaves change colors and drop off. Buckthorn retains its leaves and remains dark green. If it is a mature shrub, it will have deep purple berries that robins love to eat and spread the seeds to new locations.
In a time when the term "more government" conjurs up unpleasant thoughts, I want to say thanks. After many years in the works, the Cormorant Watershed District has completed a "clean water" project on Lake Bejou. As a result of their passion and tenacity, this project has come to fruition. Kudos to the entire team - the Watershed District, Olson Construction, and Houston Engineering. A ditch and a swamp have been made into a beautiful stream bed and pond. The runoff that used to put thousands of gallons of muddy water into our beautiful lake will now run clean.
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, I joined 71 citizens who braved a misty, cool, fall day to demonstrate our freedom of expression for LIFE. We joined men and women of all ages all across the United States, Canada, and other countries who held up signs stating these facts: Adoption, the Loving Option, Abortion Kills Children, Pray to End Abortion, and Jesus Forgives and Heals. For one hour, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., we stood 12 feet apart, along both sides of the highway, quietly praying and/or softly singing and holding our signs.
I am writing in response to a published letter from a Laurel Malmstrom of Henning appearing in the Record on Sept. 30. She was commenting on how angry she was on seeing an American flag being flown upside down at a Tea Party gathering in Fergus Falls recently. The flag being flown upside down is by no means a sign of disrespect. It is an age old distress signal used by signalmen (usually seamen) in earlier times. The current U.S.
Sunday's musical at the First Lutheran Church was an extravaganza not to be missed. The combination of vocal and instrumental music was one terrific performance after another. It was obvious the audience was delighted from the first note of music and throughout the show. It ended too soon. What a tremendously talented community we have. Thank you to everyone involved in presenting this wonderful program to us.
This town is engineered by greed and psychology. The confusing, smoky and temperature-controlled rooms are entwined with mesmerizing sounds that have arms. Arms you cannot see but if you get close enough, encircle and infiltrate your head and whisper sweet but empty promises in that tiniest part of your brain known as "hope." While "hope" is being fondled and caressed, your back pocket is getting raped. Another arm magically presents something cool and refreshing to numb your nerves.
The VFW Post 7702 would like to say 'Thank You' to the Frazee-Vergas Community for your support over the past few weeks. The Ceiling Tile Party was a success due to great businesses, organizations, and individuals buying ceiling tiles and donating money. The Fall Festival activities were a great success again this year. We have also resolved the sales and usage tax problem and appreciate the communities' help and support in resolving it. Your continued support is greatly appreciated! This is what makes the Frazee-Vergas area a great community to live in.
Minnesota is a great state. Our future greatness will be determined by how we face today's big challenges. For too long we have focused on the next election rather than focusing on ensuring a positive future for the next generation. Minnesotans are experiencing a tough economy and a shaky job market. Our schools, nursing homes and local governments are facing tough budget times. Health care costs and property taxes are skyrocketing.
Yes in a little over a month many school districts in our area will be asking for an increase, extension, or even a new operating levy. If you will be leaving the area and wish to have your vote count please secure an application for an absentee ballot. This can be done with a phone call or letter to the school district in your area. In my area contact the LP-A school district at 238-5914. It takes time to process the application so the earlier you apply for the application and return the ballot the easier it is for everyone.