DL News Staff
The heavy rain event during the July 3 night allowed us a golden opportunity to see a superior and persuasive case for raingardens. Rain was still coming down heavily at 2 a.m. on the 4th and some continued until well after daylight. Over four inches fell in one event. Raingardens are functional. They filter polluted water from streets and parking lots and make the water clean enough to respectably return to our lakes and streams, something that storm sewers just don't accomplish.
It is with great disappointment for our valid and viable concerns of opposition to Marty Solmon being granted a conditional use permit to operate a gravel grading, excavating and hauling site in the back yard of our quiet, beautiful neighborhoods, that we write this letter to the editor. One hundred and seven individuals signed a petition that was distributed to over 100 residents who received letters from the County Planning & Zoning Office, informing them of the application.
June is dairy month, so it is time to thank the dairy farmers in our area. Dairy farmers supply us with milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and a rich variety of ingredients for our health. Not only do they provide us with delicious and nutritious treats, but dairy farmers in Minnesota have an annual output value of $4.6 billion, and create nearly 40,000 jobs in the state of Minnesota.
Late Thursday evening Republicans in the U.S. Senate filibustered an extension of jobless benefits for millions of Americans still looking for work during this recession. Every single Republican in the U.S. Senate voted to throw up a roadblock, kill the bill, while offering no solutions of their own. Minnesotans across the state are paying for the Republican stall tactics. Each week over 600 unemployed workers are losing their jobless benefits. These are hardworking Minnesotan who have been looking for work for over six months but haven't yet found a new job. Their task just got harder.
Local law enforcement came through once again to provide traffic assistance for the Humane Society Hawgs 4 Dawgs motorcycle run June 19. The riders were given an escort from Zorbaz to Richwood Road by Detroit Lakes Police Depoartment Officer Chad Jutz. The Becker County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota State Patrol and DLPD provided assistance at major intersections along the way to allow the riders to depart DL safely as a group. The Hawgs 4 Dawgs riders and planning committee thank you for your support. -- Humane Society of the Lakes Hawgs 4 Dawgs Committee, Diane Hughes
Concerning the Frazee High School picnic table, Superintendent Dale Stender wrote to the Frazee Forum on April 15. He stated: "Cost for one picnic table and one bench equals $2,456, plus shipping $487, and sales tax $202.33 -- for a total of $3,145.33." According to the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Minnesota Department of Education-Financial Management division, Minnesota Public Schools are tax-exempt organizations. They should not pay sales tax. Schools need to simply send a ST-3 form when making purchases.
An article in the Detroit Lakes Tribune headlined "No More Investigations" refers to the Becker County Taxpayers Association and officers. The Department of Revenue report signed by Gordon Folkman, director do the Property Tax Division, was taken out of context by the reporter who also writes "it will no longer deal with either of them." Can any citizen believe that any state agency can openly defy Minnesota Statutes section 273.0645, which requires the commissioner of revenue to review local assessment practices when petitioned by 10 percent of registered voters in a jurisdiction? In th
A recent letter writer claimed that my opponent would be preferred to me in the State Senate. In criticizing me for investing in our state infrastructure as chair of the Capital Investment Committee, it was not mentioned that $6 million went to Browns Valley for flood control.
This letter is to the person who went to Riverside Cemetery in Moorhead after we left and took our three hanging pots off my husband's family plot. You know who you are. On Sunday, May 30, we put out three pots of flowers: a geranium, a daisy and an impatiens plant. We went back late Monday to check on them, and they were all gone. Were you watching us set them out and thought it was an easy nab? Shame on you for stealing from the dead and also for stealing from us. I hope you like the plants. We did.
Editor's note: Corrine Frank of Detroit Lakes submitted the following text of her controversial Memorial Day speech in Detroit Lakes as a letter to the editor.