DL News Staff
I am grateful for each person who is willing to serve his/her country in the military. I know that it is because of their service I am able to write this letter and voice my opinion. So it was with great interest that I read the article about Dr. Stacey Smith's, deployment (Wednesday, June 17, Becker County Record). I am pleased to see that someone in his position would be willing to serve his country through military service. It is not only him that is serving but also his family. It is a sacrifice for the entire family when someone is deployed.
Present conditions have served to provide some limitations in our traditional means of acknowledging this past Sunday through the buying of gifts and the other material items of Father's Day. In a way, perhaps that might be a positive. Therefore, I felt I would make up for that by sharing some thoughts and maybe providing some insight and understanding. Often we are burdened by the requirements of daily life, or words simply fail us at the appropriate instant.
The Twin City Power Boat Association and myself would like to thank the Detroit Lakes community for coming out to support our Third Annual Quake the Lake professional power boat racing. Although the weather didn't cooperate, we had hundreds of hard core fans brave the weather and cheer on their favorite drivers. We had an excellent amount of news coverage prior to the event as well as posters and T-shirts, etc. We know that a lot of people came from out of town to watch the race. We're already looking forward to Quake the Lake IV, next year.
It was one of those notoriously chilly mid-May mornings in our typical Minnesota town. The kind of start to a day that is irritatingly familiar to the not so long past blizzards of our spring. It was the second week since I had opened a small retail store in downtown Detroit Lakes. We offer a range of items, including craft and thrift. On this particular frigid day, a young woman entered my store, and she was obviously freezing, for her attire was definitely lacking any defense for such a cold day. She sought a jacket.
People in our community go hungry each day. It could be your neighbor, colleague, the person you see crossing the street or somebody that your child goes to school with. A recent study done by Second Harvest Heartland analyzed data in the state of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin to determine how many missed meals there are in various counties. According to the study, 16 percent of all meals are missed in Becker County in a year. In our opinion, that's 16 percent too many! The upcoming summer months are particularly difficult for our local food shelves.
Fathers are the strength of the family. It matters not how much money they bring in or the material possessions they amass. What matters is the love and the standards of life they teach their children. My own father died when I was 17. I missed his presence at my graduation. I missed having him walk me down the aisle on my wedding day. I missed him being there to see our children (his grandchildren). Though not present physically, he was with me because I knew what he stood for and have wonderful memories of him as I grew up.
Hi! My name is Beatrice Naticchioni and I've been an exchange student in Detroit Lakes this year. I came here in August 2008 and I left June 9 (Tuesday) to go back to my home country, Italy. This has been the most important year of my life. Being so far from what I've always knows as "normal" helped me open my mind to other cultures and new worlds. This experience was the greatest of my life.
The letter to the editor by Susan Syvertson regarding Lake Park-Audubon Schools that was published May 31 was at least a year old and ran because of an editor's error. As the author said, "it doesn't really apply anymore ... I don't want this inapplicable letter stirring up things." The newspaper regrets the error.
The legislative session is now over, but there is still work to do in St. Paul. As you well know by now, Governor Tim Pawlenty will be taking on the task of balancing the State Budget by himself. He is asking for our input as citizens and I have sent him a letter outlining reasons why he should reduce the cut he has proposed to Local Government Aid for Wadena and cities across Minnesota.
I believe that LP-A deserves a chance. This district has had to fight over and over again for what is best for LP-A's students and community. I was a student at Lake Park when the districts paired & shared in 1989. There was a lot of name-calling, animosity, and hard feelings between Lake Park and Audubon residents -- and students -- basically due to rivalry. It was a huge issue just to change the school name. Who comes first? Lake Park or Audubon? Why should their name be first? They aren't better than us!