DL News Staff
Immigration, floods and ag disaster aid was on the minds of Minnesota's two U.S. senators during separate press conferences Thursday. Later that day, the U.S. Senate reached a compromise on delicate, multi-tiered package that won't get a final vote until after a two-week holiday recess. But even with Senate approval, that version is strikingly different from the U.S. House of Representative's proposal, which addresses border security and would deport most, if not all, of the illegal aliens in this country. U.S. Sen.
Wearing a bright green T-shirt emblazoned with the word "Mexico," 18-year-old Marco Tapia couldn't wait to join the biggest march for immigrants he's ever seen. The Mexican-born high school senior was part of a huge crowd - organizers gave estimates ranging from 15,000 to 40,000 - that walked from the St. Paul Cathedral to the Minnesota Capitol on Sunday in a show of support and sheer numbers for immigrant rights. "Hopefully this will change the way America thinks," said Tapia, who is living illegally in Minneapolis with his mother and sister. "We're not criminals.
About 30 remaining Minnesota National Guard soldiers left Halstad, Minn., at noon Sunday after officials there decided they were no longer needed. Local officials will continue patrolling the dikes until the Red River recedes to 36.4 feet, said Kevin Ruud, Norman County emergency manager. On Sunday, the river level there was 39 feet.
An informational meeting regarding Becker County Ditch 19 will be held in Callaway on Thursday, April 27. Questions have surfaced in recent weeks regarding the drainage system and the benefits area, as well as whether improvements last year led to a fish kill on Rock Lake. The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District is hosting the meeting.
It may have surprised some Minnesotans that House Republicans came out with a public works funding bill close to what the generally freer spending Senate Democrats proposed. The GOP bill would borrow $949 million, just $41 million less than Senate Democrats, that would be repaid by general tax dollars. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, another Republican, calls for a relatively diminutive $811 borrowing package. But there are a couple of reasons the House GOP had no choice but to put forward a big public works package -- politics and politics. Political reason No.
Spring is just around the corner and for foresters and local fire fighters this means one thing: Fire Season. Every year the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and local fire departments issue the standard warnings and regulations about wildland fire. Every spring we're called to hundreds of human-caused fires across northern Minnesota. Rather than going into a lot of specifics on rules and regulations, I thought it might be helpful to just pass along a few simple pieces of advice from a 15-year veteran Forestry technician and wildland firefighter from Roy Lake.
Honesty is one of the most important things in anyone's life. We are approached with different situations everyday, and we have to make a choice. We are either honest with those around us, and ourselves, or we are not. The idea of a simple white lie often invokes the thoughts of mediocrity. There is nothing wrong with covering up something small now and then. Everyone has lied to people they love, those they are indifferent towards, and those they hate. What are the consequences of lying? The truth is lying hurts the deceitful more than the person who is left in the dark.
The American Dream has been a big part of our culture for quite some time now. Ever since the baby boom, people have become obsessed with achieving this ideal, which they believe will truly make them happy. But exactly what is the American Dream? Is it money and power? Is it having the picture perfect family in a house surrounded by a white picket fence? Actually, the American Dream has different meanings to different people, and can sometimes be as elusive as it is desirable. Last week, this very discussion of the American Dream came up in my English class.
The adult choir of United Methodist Church, Detroit Lakes, presents "Rejoice, the Lord is King," today at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Director is Diane Jordan. *** The 39th annual Hawley Art Show and Sale concludes today (Sunday) at the Hawley Community Center. Exhibition hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rollag artist Kay Ornberg will give a live demonstration of fiber art. Admission is free. Many works of art will be available for purchase. *** Lakes Plus hosts a square dance, 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Odd Fellows Hall, Detroit Lakes. Roger McNeil will call tips.