DL News Staff
I have repeatedly stated that we need honesty from our Administration and School Board to build trust in our school. Trust then builds loyalty and pride in our school. I have insisted on being shown the facts and not just being told them. At the Monday, Aug. 9, School Board Meeting, as part of the Superintendent's Report, Stender clarified his hiring practice. He stated that they always hired the best candidate, the best person, regardless of who they are or where they're from.
I first met Glen Menze during the winter of 2009-10, while competing with him (and two other candidates) for the Republican Party endorsement for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 7th Congressional District. All four candidates agreed to abide by the endorsement, and unite to replace the Collin Peterson/Nancy Pelosi Congress. I was surprised and disappointed to learn that Glen chose to violate his word and run on the Independence Party ticket. It appears that Glen's ambition has caused him to "misunderstand" my position on energy policy.
Jeff Backer and Keith Langseth are squaring off in the race for State Senate in northwest Minnesota in what promises to be a very competitive race.
I would like to thank the voters from Becker County and Detroit Lakes for turning out in the primary. Their votes decided the choices for Congress in the fall general election. The candidates of the three major parties have differing views of which voters should be aware. The starkest view is that on carbon taxes.
The death of Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Dewey reminds us of the service our law enforcement officers provide the citizens of Minnesota, around the clock, every day of the year. With the state facing a $6 billion budget deficit, we have seen cuts in funding for core services such as police protection.
In the fall of 2009, I noticed a lot of fatigue. I had mostly stopped golfing, fishing, going to the cabin, and I suspended most projects. My wife had a bad cold, and I thought that was my problem, too. I also had some issues with depression and anxiety, which I never had before. I had a lot of headaches, a strange kind of stiff neck, fever and chills that came and went, new back pains, and generally not feeling well. As the year continued, I developed something called brain fog. Those of you who know me may say that's nothing new. Brain fog, I believe, has similarities to Alzheimer's.
Once again the people of Detroit Lakes and surrounding areas have made this community a better place to live. August 11, St. Mary's Senior Housing and Assisted Living residents had the opportunity of cruising on the "Lets Go Fishing" Pontoon around beautiful Detroit Lakes. Two groups of Residents took in the fresh air, beautiful sun shine and great experience.
The Minnesota State law states that if one member of the Superintendent negotiating team (which in Frazee was Laine and Cook) meets with the Superintendent, it must be an open meeting. At the July 12 Frazee-Vergas School Board meeting, Board Chairperson Laine stated she was in to see Stender on Tuesday, July 6. She admitted that she got his contract proposal and had a "conversation" with him, but that there was no "meeting." Board member, Steve Jepson stated that he was not given the separate technology contract for $1,200 that Stender had with the school district.
As other papers and sources have reported, Spanky's Stone Hearth Restaurant suffered a major fire early Saturday morning. Around 1 a.m., kitchen staff saw flames engulfing the kitchen's ceiling and immediately called for help. Over the course of the next five hours, six fire departments from Vergas, Frazee, Perham, Dent, Detroit Lakes, and Pelican Rapids arrived on the scene and bravely fought to save my restaurant. To all those firemen and women, I would like to express my deepest and sincerest gratitude.
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.