Because of water running over the road, Airport Road (the back road to Walmart) from Menard Drive to Longview Drive has been closed by the City of Detroit Lakes until further notice.
The Bill Ayers controversy that continues to reverberate from the campus of Minnesota State University Moorhead offers a fresh reminder that academic freedom and freedom of speech aren’t put to the test by bland, gauzy pronouncements. They are tested by unpopular speech, by ideas that many find disagreeable or even reprehensible.
You can take all the security precautions you want, but when a couple of self-destructive lunatics decide to create random, senseless mayhem, they will be as unstoppable as the weather. The thing to do is deprive the lunatics of their goal by refusing to flinch. Instead of going into full alarm, angrily searching for scapegoats, turning public areas into armed camps, we should keep calm and carry on, recognizing that life has risks, one of the smallest of which is dying in a terrorist attack. True, the lunatics usually die in the process of creating their mayhem.
May is arthritis awareness month, and keep in mind, it isn’t just one single disease. There are over 100 different types of arthritis and related rheumatic conditions. The fact that it is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. speaks to the number of those afflicted, as well as the disease’s debilitating nature. To find more information on the topic come to your local library.
By now many of you have heard of the sting operation “square hook.” I am writing about this because I am surprised by the number of people I have talked to recently that were unaware of this situation. This sting operation was the cooperative effort by the state law enforcement, tribal law enforcement, and our DNR. Arrests were made of 50 individuals involved in a poaching operation that had netted and sold tens of thousands of walleyes over the last couple of years. A few of our premier walleye fisheries were the targets of these poachers.
Where there are wetlands and cattails there will be red-winged blackbirds. Since 2008, my first red-winged blackbird observation has generally occurred in early to mid-March. Not this year! In fact, I have yet to see a single singing male redwing from any of the dry and brittle stands of last year’s cattail plants sticking resolutely from a still iced-over Lake Assawa that I live beside.
A Lake Park man was sentenced recently in Becker County District Court on a felony property theft charge. Ryan Daniel Goroski, 31, of 2027 2nd St., Lake Park, is accused of stealing over $6,000 in merchandise from Walmart while he was an employee there. According to the criminal complaint, a fellow employee reported to the store’s asset protection department that Goroski had allegedly been taking food from the store without paying for it.
The Detroit Lakes Middle School bands will present their final concert of the school year in the Spring Band Concert on Thursday, May 2. The sixth, seventh and eighth grade bands will perform. As always, the bands will be performing an eclectic variety of music. The listener will hear marches — both traditional and contemporary — serious programmatic works, cultural music, slow and melodic portions, popular and rock tunes and original contemporary band compositions.
Sunday, April 28 MUSIC
From dog pound to international stardom, Clancy, the nation’s only mercury-detecting dog, passed away on Sunday, April 21. He was 14. Clancy, who worked in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Mercury-Free Zone Program, will be remembered for his single-minded commitment to improving Minnesota’s environment. All he ever asked for in return was an ordinary tennis ball.