DL News Staff
Lynn (Hummel) has captured the plight of coffee drinkers with clarity and humor. There are very few restaurants and churches that serve decent coffee, merely hot water disguised as coffee. We, and most of our friends, have stopped ordering coffee with our meals, preferring to drink water, which is still free. $1.60 to $2 is a bit much for the hot water they call coffee. It would seem to me that they would make more money and have satisfied customers if they would use enough grounds to actually make a more robust coffee. We would gladly order it then.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the kind folks of Ogema, White Earth and Waubun that I've had the pleasure to meet during the past 9 1/2 years I've been delivering the D.L. papers. I have decided to call it quits and spend more time with family doings and the grandkids. I especially will miss passing out hundreds of suckers to the precious boys and girls. Love to all of you. Barb and Glen Mills of Ogema will take over on Nov. 8. With fond wishes for a most happy holiday season. -- Judy Omundson, Detroit Lakes
We cheered as we read that the Minnesota Attorney General has filed suit against Ferrell Gas. We had the same experience as you described in your story and we also changed to another propane provider. Just yesterday as we drove past the corner of Richwood Road and Tower Road we wondered out loud if Ferrell Gas had anymore room for empty propane tanks. Now, that's a photo opportunity for your newspaper!
The Detroit Lakes Youth Soccer Assoc. would like to say "Thank You" to the parents, community members, businesses members, Lake Region Builders Assoc. and the city of Detroit Lakes, for the support you gave for our recent soccer fundraiser held at the Sand Bar in Detroit Lakes. It was very much appreciated by the many soccer players and board members. The money raised was to help finish the bathrooms and the concession stand at the Rotary soccer fields.
On behalf of the Damien Society, I wish to thank the community of Detroit Lakes and surrounding communities for our successful Damien Home Tour. This year's "Expect the Unexpected" theme amused us with a little of everything, from music and cooking demos to some stellar "performances" by our more talented Damien members. The Home Tour is the Damien Society's main fundraising project, the proceeds of which allows us to contribute to over 20 local charities.
A recent reprinting of an editorial from the Worthington Globe only contributed to misinforming the public and creating more fervor at the behest of a small group of people who have a gripe with another small group of people. Who are our victims this time? The same as the last time and the time before that. The smoking public and simple mathematics proves the lunacy of the claims made in said editorial. This editorial states: Based on phone interviews conducted with 800 randomly selected Minnesotans, 72 percent surveyed favor an increase in the tax on a pack of cigarettes.
With the end of the construction season and the township property taxes due this week, perhaps it is a time to evaluate the outcome of Burlington Township's performance. The residents need the information on how their taxes are spent so they can form their own opinion. This summer there was constant clamoring by Treasurer Linda Olson and Supervisor David Green that the township had loads of money.
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.