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By Dirk Mateer Like most people, I feel the sting when it costs $55 to fill up the family minivan. As a result, Ive been driving around town more often in our Civic, which gets twice the gas mileage. I suspect many of you are wrestling with similar choices. As someone who studies and teaches economics, I have had other, more troubling thoughts concerning the current price spikes: As gas prices have inched higher, I began to wonder if we would experience a repeat of the cost-push stagflation of the 1970s.
By Tammy Swift Its in the genes. Along with the genes for Ill make this Halloween costume even though its 11:30 p.m. and Im dead-tired, and I cant afford to get sick when everyone else has the flu, Moms possess another special set of genes. Their DNA is wired for gift appreciation. In other words, they will receive a childs handmade offering a jelly jar embellished with elbow macaroni and painted chartreuse as if it were a Prada handbag. They recognize the labor and love that went into that humble gift.
By Jacob G. Hornberger I'm always intrigued by people who complain that Latino immigrants who don't learn English aren't "assimilating" within American society. Consider my hometown of Laredo, Texas, where I was practicing law in the 1970s. The jury pool for judicial trials consisted of citizens whose names had been taken from the voter rolls. Before jury selection, the judge would ask the jury pool (through a Spanish interpreter) whether there was anyone who could not speak or write English. Inevitably about 20 percent of the group would raise their hands.
Dont build jail by courthouse If Stevens County builds a jail, I don't believe it should be next to the courthouse in Morris. There just is not enough space. I saw what happened in Ravalli County, Mont., where I was a reserve deputy sheriff. At first it was fine, but as county government grew and the number of deputies increased, the law enforcement center and the courts slowly took up more space in the courthouse.
Perhaps because I love to knit, I also like to look for patterns in things. You know, knit one, purl two kinds of things. Well, last week had a pattern to it and it had nothing to do with needles or yarn. On three separate days, someone came into my office, sat down and wanted to talk about the best way to promote Morris. Their questions were not about putting an ad in the paper, but instead were focused on promoting a positive attitude about the community within the community. "There's just so much about Morris that's worth supporting," said one of my visitors.
Ben Karlen, senior music major at the University of Minnesota, Morris will have an original composition featured on a CD, titled "Holidays of the New Era." Karlen is one of only a few undergraduate students to receive this honor, which is usually afforded primarily to faculty or graduate students. Karlen said he was surprised to have his piece recorded at such a young age. His composition, "O Magnum Mysterium," was inspired by the text of the same name. The composition took about a year to write and is about five minutes long.
"In case you can't tell, I love 'em," Sam Schuman said to the commencement audience that filled the UMM P.E. Center for the 43rd ceremony on Saturday. Sure the audience members could tell, without any doubt, as Schuman helped usher the graduates into the world beyond with the official commencement address. The commencement was Schuman's last in his role as UMM chancellor. Upon taking the podium for his address, he reminded the grads of advice he shared with them several years ago.
Minnesota's small towns and rural areas will be on center stage early this June to show how they are "Working Better Together for the Common Good" - the theme for the combined Symposium on Small Towns and Minnesota Rural Summit, June 6-7 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Budget deficits and changing priorities pull more and more federal and state resources out of rural areas and leave growing responsibilities for all kinds of community and economic issues to local leadership. Relative to a metropolitan area, the per-capita leadership requirements of small towns are staggering.
Before you start your engine for a summer road trip, remember to buckle up. The Stevens County Sheriff's Office will conduct added patrols from May 22 to June 4 in a statewide "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement sweep. The Safe & Sober effort is coordinated by the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Previous May efforts have helped increase Minnesota's seat belt use rate from 79 percent to a record high 84 percent over the last three years.
Lakeshore property owners are reminded that removing aquatic plants or altering shoreline may require a permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. DNR staff members who issue permits for shoreline alteration or aquatic plant removal can help lakeshore owners avoid harming the lake or river near their home, said Steve Enger, DNR Division of Ecological Services. "Aquatic plants and natural shorelines provide habitat for fish and wildlife, help maintain water clarity and protect shorelines from erosion," Enger said.