DL News Staff
Eight important Burlington Township facts: 1. The Burlington Township levy is set by the taxpayers at the annual meeting. 2. The 2009 levy voted on by the taxpayers in 2008 went up 32 percent (to fix Eagle Lake Road). There will be no assessment to the residents along that road. It has been 27 years since anything has really been "fixed" on that road, just always "patched." With some of the big dips and holes forming under Eagle Lake Road, we do not want to have an issue like the death of the little girl in Fargo.
I need to make a comment on the advertising of the local businesses on the "purchase $500 and receive $500 in free groceries." I recently went to a furniture store in Perham, with that type of advertising. I honestly thought you would get a certificate for $500 to buy groceries. I made a purchase over $500, but they were out of certificates. I returned a week later and picked up my certificate, only to find out that you have to register online or mail it in and then you have to send them grocery receipts in the amount of $100. Then they will mail you a certificate for $25. This goes on for 2
It so happens, this person had an exotic fish in an aquarium. This particular fish was very active; it moved with great speed. The aquarium was large enough to accommodate its normal activity fairly well. One day the owner walked into the living room and to his dismay found the cat with this fish in its mouth. Immediate action was taken to extricate this exotic fish from the cat. The fish was still alive, somewhat damaged, but was immediately replaced into the aquarium. Now the question was, how did the fish escape the aquarium?
From the trials of history and the embryo of social allegiance, we've finally matured to a defining cohesive social partnership in this country. These times clearly exercise the spiritual muscles that sustain us and the mutual inner desire to identify what is good. Together, we have set aside the segregating serums, which have plagued our growth and have tainted the fibers of love so evident in our blueprints of life.
February is Career and Technical Education Month. In recent years, Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in our public schools have been "left behind" due, in part, to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. This is unfortunate. CTE is essential for a strong, well-educated workforce. Our workforce is the engine that drives our local, state and national economies and determines our status in the international marketplace. Career and Technical Education gives students opportunities to enhance their mastery of basic skills such as reading, writing, science and mathematics.
The situation confronting Minnesotans eventually having a senator take his rightful seat is becoming more bizarre by the moment. One week ago, the committee that meets to discuss state-local government operation reform, technology and elections, voted to stop a very sensible and logical voting requirement from taking place. This requirement was a simple photo ID, aka driver's license, or such like. Our Minnesota representative from District 9B, a member of the pre-mentioned committee, stated that this shouldn't be allowed because our senior citizens are not "used" to presenting a photo ID wh
On Friday, Feb. 20, the Senate Tax Committee heard from over two dozen citizens at a hearing held in Moorhead. On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank the more than 100 people who braved the inclement weather to attend the meeting. The citizens of Moorhead could not have been better hosts. The views of those who testified were wide-ranging and heartfelt, and we appreciate all of you taking time out of your day to speak to us.
At its regular monthly meeting, Burlington Township did it again. They essentially gave the checkbook to an engineering firm to do a job. The board was briefed on the work that had been done so far and what the next step was. The board needed to decide if they were going to hold to the road specifications set by themselves or deviate to allow for steeper back slopes. What was going to happen with this driveway and that driveway? After explaining several things, it came down to getting things done. Who was going to talk to the landowners about work outside the right of way?
The State of Minnesota desperately needs a cash flow of $7 billion for the next biennium. To meet this shortage will require increases in our property taxes. You can determine if your tax bill is correct and comparable with others in your community. The key is to review the local assessors "field card" for your property designated by parcel numbers. The field card is the assessor's itemized work sheet. It lists the buildings, acreage, amenities, depreciation and dollar values. There can be errors. To err is human.
As state leaders continue the enormous task of closing the largest budget deficit in Minnesota history, we're asking citizens around the state to get involved. Beginning in less than two weeks, House and Senate members of both parties will begin holding town meetings in a variety of locations, including meetings in Brainerd and Bemidji. Those meetings will be held on Friday, February 20 in Brainerd at 10:30 a.m. at the Washington Educational Services Building located at 804 Oak Street and in Bemidji at 3:30 p.m.