DL News Staff
What is a public servant? A simple definition is a person who serves the public interests. This election we have the opportunity to elect a true public servant to the State Senate -- Browns Valley Mayor Jeff Backer. As the City Attorney for Browns Valley the last four years, I have been able to work closely with and observe Mayor Backer perform his duties.
In the past several weeks I have read articles from several people proclaiming to be telling the truth about contracts, salaries, etc. of various school personnel. I was delighted when Jim Nelson came forth and started quoting facts and figures on Independent Contracts and what the actual dollar amounts were. Since there are several ways to figure percentages, I have always had difficulty with this type of math. Thus I was delighted when Jim Nelson explained the correct way and actually worked out the dollars and cents of the contracts.
In spite of the good news that USDA is signing up nearly 32 million Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres, Ducks Unlimited (DU) is concerned the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) will still be losing more than 250,000 acres of CRP this year. Those acres are especially important for duck production. "Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack tried to keep environmentally sensitive land in CRP, but for a number of reasons, landowners in portions of the PPR were not as interested as we had hoped," said Scott McLeod, DU governmental affairs representative for agricultural policy.
This is in reference to the letter Beth Janu (a P.A.C.E. member) wrote. I have no problem with the comments she said I have made in the past. I was at most of the meetings mentioned in the last letter I wrote, so I can say the newspaper covered them pretty accurately.
This letter is in reference to the letter written by Supt. Deron Stender of the Frazee-Vergas School District, regarding distorted information . I want to make it clear, that all information I write about, I have the information to back my facts. When I write about my opinion, I try to clearly point out that it is my opinion or how I see things. Although, I cannot verify what everyone else writes, I think Supt. Deron Stender should look for his own/and his allies distortions in the facts. For examples: SOD- A quote from the Frazee-Vergas Forum (FVF) in the Feb.
Last Monday's evening storm took down tall trees and blocked our public street. Our neighbors, the Gedrose family, took prompt action and chainsawed away my problem. Thank you from a grateful 80 year old. -- Leo Christiansen, Detroit Lakes
As a primatologist who has worked closely with chimpanzees who are refugees of the animal-testing industry, I was delighted to learn that the European Union has banned the use of great apes in experimentation. This move further isolates the U.S., which remains the only developed country that continues to torment chimpanzees in invasive experiments. We have long known that chimpanzees share nearly 99 percent of our DNA, that they are intelligent, highly emotional, have unique personalities, and forge deep, lasting relationships.
I watched the "Meet the Candidates, State Senate District 9" debate on Pioneer Public Television with great interest the other night. I confess I was taken back quite a bit and even a little offended by what Mr. Langseth said. These debates are meant to give us voters an opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say about important issues for Minnesota. I didn't appreciate at all Mr. Langseth calling a prison for sex offenders, "Pawlenty's Pervert Palace." That is offensive to me.
Interesting farm math for an owner of 200 acres of prime Minnesota, Iowa or Illinois farmland receiving $230/acre in annual cash rent: Costs: $30/acre in real estate taxes, leaving $40,000/year in spendable income, plus the taxpayers will pay about 60 percent of his renter's crop insurance premium ($25) to assure the rent is paid, good crop or bad. We'll also assume this farmland was inherited tax-free, very common. So the market value today will vary from $5,000/acre to $7,000/acre or a minimum value of $1 million in today's market, with $4/bu corn and $10/bu soybeans.
The Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) would like to encourage all Becker County residents who are interested in the outdoors and who value our public lands to attend the upcoming County Recreation Plan public input meeting. It will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.