DL News Staff
Would whoever hired Tom Mortenson please step forward? I would like to shake his/her/their hands. One of the very first days of Mr. Mortenson's employ by Becker County, the Izaak Walton League (Ikes) showed a film on "Troubled Waters." Afterwards, Tom introduced himself to me and gave me his business card. I was surprised that he had chosen to attend. A few days later, I stopped by his office to ask if he could come to an Ikes meeting. He promptly put it on his calendar, and was there within two weeks.
Recently, Lester Brown, the founder of the Earth Policy Institute and a leading thinker on climate change, predicted that we are one bad harvest away from mass starvation. The effects of climate change -- drought, desertification, excessive rainfall and a warming environment -- are a factor that can't be ignored as we contemplate this specter of world hunger and starvation. Already, U.N. estimates place the number of under-nourished people worldwide at one billion, easily one out of six of us.
Thank you very much to those downtown D.L. businesses and organizations, and to the various community groups/volunteers who provided the beauty of flowers and greenery to business exteriors, the parks, and a variety of areas throughout the Detroit Lakes community this Summer. What a delightful, warm, and inviting atmosphere the floral arrangements and gardens have given, not just to the visitors to our community but also to its' residents. The efforts you have made to once again bring the floral arrangements to the downtown business area are greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
Are Minnesotans going to stand idly by and watch our formerly vibrant, progressive state slide into mediocrity, because of unwillingness to pay the price of good education for our children? Our country's founding fathers believed in public education. They made a commitment to an enduring public school system only nine years after the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Through the Land Ordinance of 1785, the United States Congress provided for the establishment of townships, consisting of thirty-six, one-square-mile sections.
1.1 billion people face food shortages according to recent estimates by the World Bank. When grain prices double, people living on $1-2 per day and spending half or all that on food can no longer afford the calories needed. Rice, which feeds close to two billion people worldwide, has been more stable than corn and wheat, but now rice prices are rising, up 20 percent by December says the USDA.
After a recent trip to Kenya, Africa, I became aware of a need for soccer shoes to outfit teams playing in a city league in Kitale. Watching these high school aged youth play in a newly formed league, I saw that many of the players were playing barefoot and others were able to secure shoes only by renting them for the game. After talking to Dave Carter and asking for his help, he promptly got the word out and distributed posters about recycling soccer shoes for Kenya. So far over 25 shoes have been donated and will soon be sent over.
Outrage -- that was my first response to the "sea" of garbage at We Fest. I wondered why we allowed this mess to happen. In my head, I started formulating a letter to the editor determined that people should know about this filth. I was here to help my daughter with this service project on behalf of 4-H. Armed with latex gloves and garbage bags, we started picking up aluminum cans, food, clothing, lawn chairs, etc. We thought that next time, we would bring rakes to put it in a pile before putting it into the bags.
"Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, much less lying lips to a prince." (Proverbs 17:7) Our president prefers to give speeches while being a fool and purposely leading us into Marxist Socialism with his policies. But, we are also fools to allow him to do it. Our Tea Party (third party) patriots must keep up the pressure on Congress to immediately cut taxes, which will create many millions of jobs. They must also insist on capping the spending and stopping the automatic spending increases year after year in our government.
I volunteer for a wonderful organization called Let's Go Fishing. It's my privilege to take older adults, veterans and kids on "Free" pontoon fishing and scenic excursions. Fishing has always been an important part of my life but the opportunity to share my beloved sport has been a blessing to me. Often I get to watch a child's eyes light up as they board the large canopy covered pontoon and are handed a rod and reel provided by LGF. Watching their excitement and hearing a giggle and shout as they catch their first fish is very rewarding.
The 2011 Becker County Fair's Tractor Parade was a very successful event.