Toll of domestic violence
Our community has suffered a most unfortunate and unnecessary loss this past week through domestic violence homicide. Countless members of the community have contacted Someplace Safe in recent days to express their concern, outrage and heartbreak; many wondering what they can do to help educate others so the cycle of violence can be stopped. Unfortunately, domestic violence remains an all too common occurrence in our lives, and in the lives of those we know and love. In 2008, at least 35 Minnesotans lost their lives in domestic violence-related situations.
Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
The Stevens County Violence Prevention Task Force will be holding an informational meeting for community members to discuss domestic violence and its effect on us all early in the New Year; please watch for details. If you or someone you love is in an unsafe relationship or situation, no-cost confidential help and support are available. Locally, you can call Someplace Safe Stevens County Outreach at (320) 589-3208 or the 24-hour crisis line at (800) 974-3359 to speak with an advocate or for more information about the services offered.
Stevens County Outreach
In support of Riley Bros.
This is a very difficult letter to write. It concerns the Riley Brothers, Joe and John. As they have pleaded guilty to the charges against them, I must presume they are true.
I consider Joe and John friends and I write this more to express my loyalty as a friend. Joe and John have done more for Morris charities than any other group by a huge margin. I find both to be good family men and Morris would suffer incredibly if Riley Bros. were to close. They employ 160-plus people and most reside in Stevens County.
As I said, this is my personal opinion and I just want it known that I stand by them and would hope that the community will as well.