DL News Staff
Big Stone II's demise is not a bad sign for wind, it is the opposite. Now is the opportunity to move ahead to the next economy, not to worry about what we lost with a big polluter. Let's give this gift to our future generations -- a better future. Take a deep breath and let's take a look at what the next energy economy will look like. We will move to an entirely non-fossil fuel economy based on solar and wind.
Fall has always been a time of exciting and anticipated change in Minnesota. If you're like me, you're excited about the change that could come to the Minnesota governor's office in the fall of 2010. Knowing the challenges we face and the uncertainty in our state, national and global economies, when the people of Minnesota head to the voting booth to pick our next governor it will be one of the more important elections we have ever faced.
Detroit Lakes High School, Wow. Great job, you're a role model. The Detroit Lakes High School has just concluded a week of caring. This opportunity for giving to the community is as important as academics. The following are some activities which the students were given under the direction of the student council and their advisor Mrs.
I've been a volunteer and for the last 17 years the Executive Director of the United Way of Becker County. To say I'm proud of and eternally grateful for the support the people of this county give the United Way is an understatement. I've seen how people coming together in a focused, community-oriented effort can improve individual lives and the communities in which we live. I pause to reflect on the generosity and kindness shown to the United Way and our community. Efforts like the Detroit Lakes High School Care Week.
The Avenue of Flags displayed on Memorial Day and Veterans Day at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes has grown from a humble beginning of a mere 43 veterans' burial flags to over 737, as of Veteran's Day 2009. As each year passes, new families have entrusted the volunteers of the Avenue of Flags with their loved one's burial flag. The flags must be replaced from time to time, and usually that requires a purchase of 30 to 40 flags each year. The cost of replacement is nearly $75 per flag.
I am writing this letter to address the allegations directed toward me by Winona LaDuke in the Nov. 18 DL Tribune. I assume Ms. LaDuke chose this medium rather than a simple phone call to draw attention to what she felt was an injustice at the hands of the Becker County Board of Adjustments. However, I am not about to justify the denial of her variance application, due to the fact it was not a unanimous vote. But, please allow me to set the table, so to speak, on how we address each and every variance request.
According to a new study released by the Environmental Protection Agency, researchers found mercury in every single fish they tested from 500 lakes and reservoirs across the country (AP story). Fish with potentially harmful levels of mercury were found in nearly half of the lakes and reservoirs studied. Mercury is a documented poison that can cause learning disabilities in children and neurological problems in adults.
The widely circulated story of the plight of the dairy farmer in Bagley, Minn., trying to find effective ways to care for his wife with Alzheimer's disease likely struck a chord with hundreds of others who are caring for vulnerable loved ones around the clock. National reports underscore the fact that a majority of frail elderly who need caregivers get the care they need from friends and family. The truth is, providing that care for a loved one with a chronic illness is a gargantuan responsibility -- and can be physically and emotionally exhausting.
The front page story of the Sept. 30, Becker County Record reminded me of stories my dad, Fred Engstrom, and my uncle, Albert, told about delivering mail for the Rochert Star Route during the early 1930s. The photo on the front page of the newspaper was given to me by Debbie Johnson. This car, equipped with skis and tracks, was the forerunner of the modern day snowmobile. Each summer Albert made an effort to bring his family from their home in Oklahoma to visit the old homestead where he grew up.
Thursday evening, November 5, I attended a performance of "West Side Story," this year's DLHS musical. Part of the reason I attended was to report to our son William (2003 DLHS graduate), who is always interested in DLHS performances as he was active in the band (All State Band two years), in USMC Band for four years, and is currently part of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Concert Band. The performance was very enjoyable. Sadly, it was only half there.