DL News Staff
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.
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, I joined 71 citizens who braved a misty, cool, fall day to demonstrate our freedom of expression for LIFE. We joined men and women of all ages all across the United States, Canada, and other countries who held up signs stating these facts: Adoption, the Loving Option, Abortion Kills Children, Pray to End Abortion, and Jesus Forgives and Heals. For one hour, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., we stood 12 feet apart, along both sides of the highway, quietly praying and/or softly singing and holding our signs.
I am writing in response to a published letter from a Laurel Malmstrom of Henning appearing in the Record on Sept. 30. She was commenting on how angry she was on seeing an American flag being flown upside down at a Tea Party gathering in Fergus Falls recently. The flag being flown upside down is by no means a sign of disrespect. It is an age old distress signal used by signalmen (usually seamen) in earlier times. The current U.S.
Sunday's musical at the First Lutheran Church was an extravaganza not to be missed. The combination of vocal and instrumental music was one terrific performance after another. It was obvious the audience was delighted from the first note of music and throughout the show. It ended too soon. What a tremendously talented community we have. Thank you to everyone involved in presenting this wonderful program to us.