DL News Staff
Prayer is and has been an important part of America's history, reflecting the faith of our founding fathers. Dependence on God has provided a bedrock of faith on which the United States was founded and which still operates today. Actually, it predates our Constitution. The Continental Congress called for a day of prayer in 1776. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln wrote these words, "that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord." His prayers had a profound influence on the period of history when in 1863 the Civil War had gone on for two years.
It's hard to believe we have to talk about this again. As a former LP-A High School student, I can recall the days of the consolidation with great apprehension and triumph. It took so much time and effort from the whole community to show how much we love our school, our kids, and teachers. Over a decade later, we find ourselves trying to overcome another obstacle -- improving our facilities. Our schools are deteriorating, outdated and need more than repairing. People around the area must read the papers and hear new stories relating to LP-A and wonder, why can't LP-A get it together?
The students and staff of the LP-A High School are having a busy spring. 1. At the recent sports award banquet, it was announced that an amazing 56 percent of the high school students are involved with at least one sport. The number of students involved with extracurricular activities is even higher when you add music, drama, FCCLA, and a number of other activities. 2. The high school band recently held another innovative, entertaining spring concert, which along with the choir department displays the strength of the performing arts programs in LP-A. 3.
For any community to thrive it must have creative, capable, contributing members. As we work toward a prosperous future economy for Minnesota communities, where do we look to find those citizens who will contribute to the creation of this prosperity? We will look to today's children. Child development is a foundation for community and economic development. As children grow, the basic architecture of the brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Brains are built from the bottom up, one skill builds upon another.
My knowledge of organ donation was nil until that fateful day in July 2006. That was the day the doctors at Innovis Health in Fargo declared my 42 year old son "brain dead," but instead of shutting down the machines it was disclosed that my son, Alec, wished to be a "donor." From that moment on I have been tuned in and turned on to organ donation.
I'm writing to respond to an article published March 21 by Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor. I'm the person that she refers to that was forced to leave an open meeting. It's supposed to be an open meeting where the people have not only a right but also an obligation to question the actions of elected officials. In the article the chairwoman mentions someone yelling. There was someone yelling, but it wasn't me. There was a man there that had been drinking. He was yelling and calling them names.
It was my honor to work with the choirs of the Detroit Lakes Middle and High Schools on April 9 and 10 as a part of the 36th Annual All-City Choir Festival. As a 1997 graduate of DLHS, it was a special experience for me. I left reminded of enriching formative experiences and filled with hope for the continued growth and success of music education in the lakes area. ISD 22 is fortunate to have a talented music faculty and a student body committed to the art of singing. The preparedness of the middle school choirs was nothing short of amazing.
Do you remember the movie "Ground Hog Day" starring Bill Murray? It came out about 20 years ago. The story centers on Bill Murray waking up each day to relive the day before, Ground Hog Day. Things get worse and worse each day with each new same day until he gets events on that day right. We are now looking at three Levy votes in eighteen months. I keep thinking this is my personal "Ground Hog Day" adventure. Two years ago the School Board could see there was a financial "train wreck" on the horizon.
When did protesting the actions of the government become un-American? The recent news about Americans who are protesting governmental actions has brought a very interesting response. Whether it is a doctor in Florida, or a large corporation like AT&T, they are all being accused of being un-American. When did protesting the actions of the government become un-American? The United States was founded on dissent. Those who call these Individuals "un-American," do not understand the true meaning of their words.
The annual study comparing Minnesota commercial property taxes with other states was recently released. This report by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties shows for the umpteenth year that Minnesota is at a decidedly competitive disadvantage among its peers. Legislators have seen this data for years showing the disparity in business climate, but the graph showing tax burdens really struck me this year. I challenge legislators to put themselves in the place of a small business owner. We are struggling -- period.