DL News Staff
The Republicans are hounding the Democrats to put people back to work as if they had a plan to do this. If Republicans do, why don't they say where the jobs are? I know where the jobs are! They are overseas in China and other places where our businessmen have sent them to make money for themselves and the stock market. Businessmen didn't care, or maybe didn't foresee that we (the U.S.) was becoming a service nation and our manufacturing base was being eroded along with the good pay.
Minnesota needs a governor with a strong record of creating jobs and strengthening rural Minnesota. Margaret Anderson Kelliher has such a record of accomplishment in her leadership role as Minnesota's Speaker of the House. In the ten years I have served with Margaret in the Legislature I have experienced first-hand her extraordinary leadership and commitment to putting people to work and fighting for the "bread and butter" issues important to rural Minnesotans. Margaret led the charge to support important construction projects that created thousands of new rural jobs.
Six months ago, thousands of DFLers gathered in classrooms, cafeterias, and libraries to begin the process of picking their next governor. I was honored to receive the overwhelming endorsement of the DFL party -- an endorsement from thousands of Minnesotans who, like me, believe our best days are yet to come. DFLers chose me to be their next Governor because they know I'm going to stand up and fight for them. They know that I never quit, I will never back down, and I won't rest until 204,000 Minnesotans are back to work. On Aug.
While some may be on vacation on August 10 and others say that no one is thinking of politics during the summer, I am pleased that our primary election has been moved to August 10. I am also very pleased with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who has helped make the voting process more accessible for American Indians and easier for people living overseas, including our military personnel. A quick look at the number of absentee ballots cast by military personnel shows that the number of votes cast increased by 300 percent in 2008!
On behalf of the American Heart Association, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the 300 plus participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, who contributed towards our recent Detroit Lakes Start! Heart Walk. Together we raised over $40,000. Specifically, I would like to thank the following committee members for their time and talents: Lori Dirckx, Wanda Hagen, Luanna Lake, and Tasha Nodsle.
Tired of gloom and doom news? Let me share a story of local human kindness. Last week, I was a volunteer Minnesota loon monitor, needing to get permission from a landowner for access to South Twin Lake. My hand knocked on the door of Tom Hauglid, who not only granted me access, but helped me lug my canoe down a punishing hill.
I was/am one of the individuals that was asked to help raise funds for the new Backyard addition. I would like to say thank you to all of the individuals and businesses I contacted. Every one of you said yes!
A recent experience influenced me to write this to the newspaper. I am 24 years old, and I own a home with my husband. A week or so ago, a few girls came over into my yard and asked to pet and play with my dog, Joesey. I figured it was fine, since I'd seen them in the neighborhood before, riding bike. I just assumed their parents knew where they were. I gave the girls dog treats to give to Joesey, and introduced myself.
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.