DL News Staff
It was one of those notoriously chilly mid-May mornings in our typical Minnesota town. The kind of start to a day that is irritatingly familiar to the not so long past blizzards of our spring. It was the second week since I had opened a small retail store in downtown Detroit Lakes. We offer a range of items, including craft and thrift. On this particular frigid day, a young woman entered my store, and she was obviously freezing, for her attire was definitely lacking any defense for such a cold day. She sought a jacket.
People in our community go hungry each day. It could be your neighbor, colleague, the person you see crossing the street or somebody that your child goes to school with. A recent study done by Second Harvest Heartland analyzed data in the state of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin to determine how many missed meals there are in various counties. According to the study, 16 percent of all meals are missed in Becker County in a year. In our opinion, that's 16 percent too many! The upcoming summer months are particularly difficult for our local food shelves.
Fathers are the strength of the family. It matters not how much money they bring in or the material possessions they amass. What matters is the love and the standards of life they teach their children. My own father died when I was 17. I missed his presence at my graduation. I missed having him walk me down the aisle on my wedding day. I missed him being there to see our children (his grandchildren). Though not present physically, he was with me because I knew what he stood for and have wonderful memories of him as I grew up.
Hi! My name is Beatrice Naticchioni and I've been an exchange student in Detroit Lakes this year. I came here in August 2008 and I left June 9 (Tuesday) to go back to my home country, Italy. This has been the most important year of my life. Being so far from what I've always knows as "normal" helped me open my mind to other cultures and new worlds. This experience was the greatest of my life.
The letter to the editor by Susan Syvertson regarding Lake Park-Audubon Schools that was published May 31 was at least a year old and ran because of an editor's error. As the author said, "it doesn't really apply anymore ... I don't want this inapplicable letter stirring up things." The newspaper regrets the error.
The legislative session is now over, but there is still work to do in St. Paul. As you well know by now, Governor Tim Pawlenty will be taking on the task of balancing the State Budget by himself. He is asking for our input as citizens and I have sent him a letter outlining reasons why he should reduce the cut he has proposed to Local Government Aid for Wadena and cities across Minnesota.
I believe that LP-A deserves a chance. This district has had to fight over and over again for what is best for LP-A's students and community. I was a student at Lake Park when the districts paired & shared in 1989. There was a lot of name-calling, animosity, and hard feelings between Lake Park and Audubon residents -- and students -- basically due to rivalry. It was a huge issue just to change the school name. Who comes first? Lake Park or Audubon? Why should their name be first? They aren't better than us!
I would like to respond to a letter to the editor in your paper recently concerning a visit to the Washington D.C. office of Sen. Klobuchar. Recently, I visited Senator Klobuchar's office in Washington, D.C., and I can tell you first hand what a wonderful experience it was. Sen. Klobuchar's staff went above and beyond to me and others with me to feel welcome. I watched them take personal attention to everyone who visited the Senator's office, which is no small task given the demands of being the only Senator in a state of over 5 million people!
Why is it that our honorable veterans, who made our country what it is, who are 85 to 90 years of age, must sit on benches at the band shell in the rain, wind and cold, to attend Memorial Day services when there is a beautiful renovated pavilion right next door? These men and all who served in all wars since should be welcomed into the pavilion with a cup of coffee and a doughnut (as when they arrived home from WW II on the train). They should be directed to front row seats so they can hear the program and be under shelter out of the wind and rain.
Last fall, a total of 13 people filed for a seat on the Frazee school board. Now that Kathy Kallis has resigned, there has been talk of appointing someone to the board, or having another election, or getting someone from the past who was on the board before. The board so quickly forgot that last November, we voters "voted" and Brenda Como was the top candidate of choice from the voters to be seated on the board. As all can see, we are in need of getting a person in there that has some new ideas and integrity.