This article is being written during National Robotics Week and would be much better if a robot were writing it. We are all in an age where robots are assembling cars and are almost ready to drive and parallel park them. Robots are also patrolling our skies, cleaning our floors and doing heart surgery — and we are just in the infancy of the age of robotics.
Here’s a fact to ponder from the Minnesota Department of Commerce: Within this decade, there will be more Minnesotans older than age 65 than children enrolled in our public schools. The point: Senior citizens across the country hold the majority of the nation’s wealth and scam artists know it. As part of Financial Literacy Month, the commerce department and AARP held a tele-town hall meeting this week for Minnesota’s seniors, telling them about the importance of protecting themselves from financial fraud.
Even though this spring’s thaw has been slow in coming, Otter Tail Power Company reminds its customers and neighbors that electricity and water don’t mix. Remember that the spring thaw can cause high water levels that can reduce line clearances, and that increases the potential for accidental contact with electricity. Otter Tail Power Company Safety Director Eric Hamm urges flood response personnel to be especially alert when their work in flooded areas might put them in contact with energized electrical equipment including overhead lines, transformers, and substations.
A Lake Park man who was granted a new trial last year on a 2008 conviction for criminal vehicular homicide opted instead for a plea agreement that allowed his sentence to be reduced to time served. Jeremy Scott Nelson, 32, of Lake Park, was sentenced to 33 months in prison — approximately the amount of time he had already served since his arrest. The sentence was a downward departure from the 48-month sentence that would normally follow such a conviction, according to court records.
Winners at the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) State Contest at Ferguson Hall, University of Minnesota, on March 16 were Marissa Thompson, Junior B Division, and Maren Thompson, Intermediate B Division. Alternate was Ahna Thompson performing in the Primary Division. Marissa performed a contemporary selection, entitled “Butterfly Waltz” by Jane Montgomery. Maren performed a Baroque selection, an MMTA Level 9 syllabus piece, entitled “Passacaglia” by C.F. Witt.
I admit that I’m not the artist type. The only time I doodle is when I am writing something and don’t feel like I’m going anywhere, and when I do draw something, it takes a while. There is an exception to my lack of artistic intensity, though. For some reason, I am really good at drawing birds. A while back, I drew this grouchy looking eagle with one line for art class in about 20 minutes. It turned out to be pretty good and my art teacher, Mrs. Tweeton, entered Bad Feather Day in the Minnesota State High School League Visual Arts Competition.
Woods and Wheels ATV Club is hosting youth safety training on May 18. Did you know:
On Monday, April 29, the Detroit Lakes Scholarship Foundation, “Dollars for Scholars,” will award over 100 scholarships with a total value of over $175,000. The awards will go to graduating Detroit Lakes High School students to assist with their post-secondary education. The support for the awards comes from endowed funds along with donations by local businesses and organizations. The ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes High School and anyone is welcome to attend.
More student artwork has been added to the Trinity Student Art Exhibit. There are now 88 students participating from Detroit Lakes High School. There will be a Meet the Artists reception on April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church. The DLHS art department will provide food and refreshments. Everyone is welcome.
Mary Kay Independent Sales Director Jill Unruh of Detroit Lakes is on the road to success. Unruh earned the use of a new Chevy Equinox crossover as a result of her outstanding achievements in operating her independent Mary Kay business.