DL News Staff
Matthew Continetti, in a weekly standard editorial (Feb. 7, 2011, page 7) wrote "If the U.S.
One of the most important tasks Governor Mark Dayton and the Legislature will have to address in 2011 is how to eliminate Minnesota's projected $6.2 billion budget deficit for the 2012-2013 biennium. That won't be easy. Many Minnesotans oppose tax increases. Many others oppose cutting education and social services, which make up much of the state's expenditures.
Hope bloomed in Becker County this year as we painted our communities yellow with daffodils. The overwhelming support that Becker County residents, businesses and other groups showed to support the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days was incredible. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who participated in this campaign to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays, where cancer never steals another year from anyone's life. Although Daffodil Days involves giving beautiful flowers, it is really about giving hope for a future free from cancer.
ULTRA Snowmobile Club has existed in Becker County for more than 20 years. Before that many of us belonged to the snowmobile clubs that previously existed in the County. Many of us were responsible for mapping, obtaining easements for, clearing and signing the snowmobile trails that are used today. Three of our members are part of the Winter Trails Advisory Committee that meets monthly year round to plan and oversee the operation of the trails with the Becker County Park Board. The County manages the trail system and operates the groomers.
Literacy is important and should not be taken for granted. To achieve better literacy, people need to make better efforts to improve their reading skills and habits. Here are some surprising statistics about reading habits: 1) 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives; 2) An even larger number, 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college; 3) the "average" American reads at a 7th or 8th grade level and 4) 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
The Lakes Area Parrot Heads would like to thank everyone in our community who has supported our causes in the past seven years. It is with your generous contributions and assistance that we are a thriving. Our annual events continue to grow and benefit those in need. In the past year we have been able to donate to Habitat for Humanity, Mahube Giving Tree, Becker County Food Pantry, Adopt-A-Highway and many residents of local nursing homes to name just a few.
Neighbors, Friends, Teachers and coaches have had such a positive influence in our daughter's life, but we need to give a special thank you to Doc Seaworth and Coach Hogenson. Our daughter went down with a knee injury in a basketball game in Hawley. Between coach Hogenson and Doc Seaworth, she couldn't have been in better hands. After seeing patients all day, Doc received a call from Hogie and Doc drove over to Hawley on a Thursday night. He made sure she got the proper treatment the next day. The news is a torn ACL but we know she is in good hands.
West Central Initiative is proud of (and impressed with!) the work of our Community Action Agencies. In our role as a regional foundation and convener, we work with the Community Action Agencies in west central Minnesota to ensure the economic success and stability of our families. We believe healthy families create healthy communities. Community Action Agencies provide the triage to diagnose and quickly treat the barriers that keep individuals from being gainfully employed and financially secure.
I wonder if all the people who voted for Republicans in this last election in Wisconsin knew what they were getting into as far as collective bargaining to balance the budget is concerned. Of course governor Walker let the police and firefighters and state troopers keep their collective bargaining power so they could keep order in case this situation gets out of hand (or at the very least a lot of people congregate in one place and the governor needs to prevent too much dissent).
I would like to applaud the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission for approving the River Hills additional boat slip permit. I encourage the City Council to take the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve the request as well. I have lived on Detroit Lake for the past 38 years and I would have to say in my opinion the majority of the lake abuse comes from the non-lake property owners using the public accesses for lake access.