DL News Staff
When United Airlines beckoned "Come fly the friendly skies," travel by air indeed was friendly. No more. The "friendly skies" of every major air carrier have become downright unfriendly, uncomfortable and, for most travelers, little more than a teeth-grinding necessity. The airlines are getting away with treating customers like commodities -- bodies to fill seats, period. The airline industry has become one of a handful of businesses (oil companies, for instance) that need not honor the "service" in "customer service." The deterioration of the quality of the flying experience is ubiquitous.
The Becker County Highway Department has closed several roads due to high water and washouts. County maintenance supervisor John Okeson said County Road 157, which is in Walworth Township, is washed out in two places. Okeson said work crews are waiting for the water to go down before repairing the damage. He said the repairs would likely be done at the end of this week. County engineer Brad Wentz said several other roads incurred washouts last week due to the sudden melt. Another road is County Road 106 north of Audubon.
The main job of Minnesota legislators this year - funding a package of public works projects - may not be so hard after all. House Republicans unveiled a bill Tuesday that would spend nearly as much as Senate Democrats already approved. Differences remain, but there is optimism that they are can be bridged. "The Senate bill was met with a lovefest and I think the House bill will be met with a lovefest," said Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-Minneapolis. House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, predicted 110 of the House's 134 members will vote for the bill when it is debated a week from today.
The regional representative for U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) is visiting 10 northwest communities this week because of the flooding. Matt Ketelsen plans to meet with local mayors and officials to discuss the current flooding in the region and to update the senator on local concerns. Stops include Mahnomen, Ada, Hendrum and Moorhead.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has released its annual donation report, Indian Gaming: Working for Indian People and Minnesota. The 28-page report details $15.7 million in charitable giving made by the community in fiscal year 2005 to Indian tribes, education and youth programs, and charitable organizations. "As Dakota people, we have a long tradition of sharing with others in need so it is important for us to give back to the larger community. Before Indian gaming, our community lived on dirt roads and many of us lived in poverty and struggled to survive. Times were hard.
Ten free white pine trees will be given to each person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during March 2006. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees for America campaign. "The white pines will add year-round beauty to your home and neighborhood," John Rosenow, the foundation's president said. "They are fast-growing landscape trees with soft needles and graceful branching. You can use them as specimen trees or as a privacy screen or windbreak...
The familiar winter stars head into the sunset during April, dropping westward as Earth leaves them behind in its movement around the sun. In the midst of them is Mars, the nearest of the outer planets. Being so close to the sun, Mars orbits at a higher speed than any planet further out--so fast that it's hard for Earth to shake Mars off in the orbital race. This month, the Red Planet postpones its fate by moving several degrees eastward against the background of stars, rushing past them like a salmon swimming upstream.
Support programs Help us help you. Submit your listing for support groups to Pippi Mayfield at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Non-offending parents group Lakes Crisis & Resource Center is offering a support/informational group for non-offending parents of sexually abused children. The focus will be supporting the parents, or any other significant person in that child's life, as well as providing information as to what they may be experiencing due to the victimization. The group will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 starting March 21. Registration is required.