DL News Staff
While some may be on vacation on August 10 and others say that no one is thinking of politics during the summer, I am pleased that our primary election has been moved to August 10. I am also very pleased with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who has helped make the voting process more accessible for American Indians and easier for people living overseas, including our military personnel. A quick look at the number of absentee ballots cast by military personnel shows that the number of votes cast increased by 300 percent in 2008!
On behalf of the American Heart Association, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the 300 plus participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, who contributed towards our recent Detroit Lakes Start! Heart Walk. Together we raised over $40,000. Specifically, I would like to thank the following committee members for their time and talents: Lori Dirckx, Wanda Hagen, Luanna Lake, and Tasha Nodsle.
Tired of gloom and doom news? Let me share a story of local human kindness. Last week, I was a volunteer Minnesota loon monitor, needing to get permission from a landowner for access to South Twin Lake. My hand knocked on the door of Tom Hauglid, who not only granted me access, but helped me lug my canoe down a punishing hill.
I was/am one of the individuals that was asked to help raise funds for the new Backyard addition. I would like to say thank you to all of the individuals and businesses I contacted. Every one of you said yes!
A recent experience influenced me to write this to the newspaper. I am 24 years old, and I own a home with my husband. A week or so ago, a few girls came over into my yard and asked to pet and play with my dog, Joesey. I figured it was fine, since I'd seen them in the neighborhood before, riding bike. I just assumed their parents knew where they were. I gave the girls dog treats to give to Joesey, and introduced myself.
The heavy rain event during the July 3 night allowed us a golden opportunity to see a superior and persuasive case for raingardens. Rain was still coming down heavily at 2 a.m. on the 4th and some continued until well after daylight. Over four inches fell in one event. Raingardens are functional. They filter polluted water from streets and parking lots and make the water clean enough to respectably return to our lakes and streams, something that storm sewers just don't accomplish.
It is with great disappointment for our valid and viable concerns of opposition to Marty Solmon being granted a conditional use permit to operate a gravel grading, excavating and hauling site in the back yard of our quiet, beautiful neighborhoods, that we write this letter to the editor. One hundred and seven individuals signed a petition that was distributed to over 100 residents who received letters from the County Planning & Zoning Office, informing them of the application.
June is dairy month, so it is time to thank the dairy farmers in our area. Dairy farmers supply us with milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and a rich variety of ingredients for our health. Not only do they provide us with delicious and nutritious treats, but dairy farmers in Minnesota have an annual output value of $4.6 billion, and create nearly 40,000 jobs in the state of Minnesota.
Late Thursday evening Republicans in the U.S. Senate filibustered an extension of jobless benefits for millions of Americans still looking for work during this recession. Every single Republican in the U.S. Senate voted to throw up a roadblock, kill the bill, while offering no solutions of their own. Minnesotans across the state are paying for the Republican stall tactics. Each week over 600 unemployed workers are losing their jobless benefits. These are hardworking Minnesotan who have been looking for work for over six months but haven't yet found a new job. Their task just got harder.
Local law enforcement came through once again to provide traffic assistance for the Humane Society Hawgs 4 Dawgs motorcycle run June 19. The riders were given an escort from Zorbaz to Richwood Road by Detroit Lakes Police Depoartment Officer Chad Jutz. The Becker County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota State Patrol and DLPD provided assistance at major intersections along the way to allow the riders to depart DL safely as a group. The Hawgs 4 Dawgs riders and planning committee thank you for your support. -- Humane Society of the Lakes Hawgs 4 Dawgs Committee, Diane Hughes