I stopped to take a good look at a picture that’s been hanging on the wall a long time, but in an area around the corner where we seldom pause to look at pictures. But I did pause for some reason. The photo was taken at an outdoor birthday party about 30 years ago. What caught my attention was that all of the friends there, nearly a dozen, are still friends. That’s not unusual, but it is worth thinking about. Then I found a picture of four senior baseball experts at a Twins game. More to think about.
The PartnerSHIP 4 Health and CERTs/GreenStep Cities are hosting a “Complete Streets Workshop” in Detroit Lakes on Friday, April 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those interested in improving the community, becoming more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly, and improving the health of lakes area residents, are invited to take part in this workshop at Ecumen-Emmanuel’s Forest Conference Center, 1415 Madison Ave., Detroit Lakes.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar received the “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Agricultural Retailers Association for her work to fully restore the agriculture hours-of-service exemption in the Senate’s Surface Transportation bill, which was signed into law last year.
All women of the ELCA are invited to attend the Cluster 7 Spring gathering on Saturday, April 13, at Immanual Lutheran Church in Osage. Registration is $10 and will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m., followed by a program and a noon luncheon, which is included in the registration fee. There will be a bible study and special music. Anna Olson, who grew up in the Amish community, will be the speaker. RSVP to Shirley Bergstrom at 218-847-6045 by Saturday, April 6. For more information, call Joan Westlake, Cluster 7 coordinator, at 218-847-8913.
The Frazee girls basketball team award winners for the 2012-13 season includes Ashley Bachmann (HOL All-Conference, Academic All-State), Josi Tappe (All-Conference), Heidi Seeger (Defensive Player of Year), Kennady Barlund (Most Improved), Taylor Tappe (Defensive Player of Year, All-Conference Honorable Mentioned), Amber Bauer (Lady Hornet Award), Alexis Tappe (MVP, All-Conference, HOL MVP, MGBCA All-Star Team) and Katie McCorquodale (All-Conference Honorable Mentioned, Academic All-State).
The Lake Park-Audubon students held their Jump Rope for Heart March 1st, as they raised $1,400 for the American Heart Association, which funds research, programs and education to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. Jump Rope for Heart is a program that promotes physical activity and heart health through jumping rope. It is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to slow down and use caution when encountering crews doing maintenance and road repairs on area highways. Pothole patching and crack sealing are necessary each spring during the freeze-thaw cycle. Motorists need to be aware that a maintenance operation is a slow-moving work zone and there may be multiple trucks and flaggers involved with lane closures.
Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Clinic Same Day Surgery Center will introduce a new electronic health record service, Sanford One Chart, to its patients beginning Thursday, April 4. One Chart offers many advantages — the most important is that patients can visit any Sanford clinic or medical center across the Sanford system, and their medical information will be available for the medical professionals who are caring for them. No need to have records faxed, photocopied or hand-transferred.
Nationally known comedian and ventriloquist Ian Varella will be the featured entertainment for the ULTRA Snowmobile Club’s “Snowball” fundraiser on Saturday, April 6 at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn. Varella’s juvenile alter ego, Alfred, travels with him in the trunk of his car, along with the various other personalities that populate his shows.
The deadline to submit essays for the 21st annual Great American Think-Off is fast approaching. This year’s question — “Which is more ethical: sticking to your principles or being willing to compromise?” — asks each of us how we can address important questions that require a combination of nuanced argument with conviction grounded in ethical belief.