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How ridiculous would have been the partial shutdown of Minnesota state government that was looming until a final agreement was reached Monday between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans?
It was 51 years ago that I entered the world of work, and I have always remained grateful that Roy and Kathryn Coombe were my very first employers. They hired this high school junior to work at their Biwabik Times in 1964.
I’m pleased that three the anti-nuclear activists (MDN 5-17-15) were recently freed by a federal appeals court.
Onions: To the Minnesota Legislature. The system is broken! These elected representatives of the people have hopelessly failed their constituents. They can’t get their work on time. They only care about getting re-elected and not about doing their work they are supposed to do. They wait till the last minute to theoretically pass bills. A PhD economist from Hamline University in St. Paul was interviewed by WCCO Television in the Twin Cities and gave his take on the Minnesota Legislature and their last minute term papers. If term papers were done the night before due they then ended up not being very good and he said that was true for bills passed at the end of the session. When the House passed a budget bill at the closing of the session, some representatives actually stated they had not read it! Can you imagine that? The citizens of the state are paying for this and now will pay for a special session because they can’t get work done on time after five months! We need to get rid of all of them and have ordinary working folks who are responsible to take over.
The governor and legislative leaders are acting like college students who in spring semester had four months to prepare for a final exam or term paper and frittered away about 120 days, and then crammed like sleep-deprived zombies the day and night before the test/paper D-Day.
A few weeks ago when U.S. Steel announced major layoffs at its Minntac taconite plant in Mountain Iron Gov. Mark Dayton was quick to journey to Virginia to show his support and concern for Local 1938 Steelworkers and also local legislators.
I would like to applaud the Virginia School District for implementing the All Day/Every Day Pilot Pre-K program at Parkview this past school year.
We know the news just keeps us guessing on military activities, so we can’t so much arrive at a conclusion.
These are remarks given by St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin at a Memorial Prayer Breakfast in Duluth two weeks ago during National Police Week.
This weekend is the annual unofficial start of the summer season.
As Memorial Day approaches, the same emotions come to me as they did last year, and the years before that, for as long as I can remember. It was always something personal for me, having lost a brother in the Air Force when I was 11. But with the passage of time it grew to include the countless others who gave their lives, especially in war to defend the honor of this country.
Onions: To the four Virginia council members who support the International Building Code. Why do we need this in our town of 8,500 people? Come on council members ,why don’t you enforce other ordinances such as our very unfair blue bag system. I have a single garbage can, but every day I can see people in my neighborhood who live with four or eight families to a large can throw everything in that can without a blue bag! Another ordinance that is surely not enforced is blight. You can see it all over town and never gets any better .....why? Another is speeding, which is awful on most of our avenues, but very seldom does a person ever see our police stopping speeders.
The small group of supporters of the International Property Maintenance Code they want to be imposed on the City of Virginia just don’t understand why anyone would be upset with the word “International” for a code that would regulate everything from the size of rooms to awnings for local property owners.
The Iron Range lost two highly respected sports figures this past week — men who loved sports, played the games the right way and helped shape boys into young men; girls into young women.
The 2015 Minnesota legislative session remains a work in progress with Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto on Tuesday of the K-12 education bill.
Gov. Mark Dayton is firmly dug in on vetoing a K-12 education funding bill that will likely lead to a special session sometime still this year.
We write in response to news media reports that Minnesota 4th District Congresswoman Betty McCollum has introduced a bill, H.R. 1796, “that will withdraw federal lands in the Rainy River Drainage Basin from the federal mineral leasing program.” “. . . [W]here federal mineral leases currently exist, my bill will require modern enforceable conditions on mining companies that protect both the environment and American taxpayers.”
To be sung to the tune of “Cover of the Rolling Stone”
Your 5/12 “OUR VIEWS” headline and the subsequent 5/14 front page headline, both regarding your uninformed opinions about the International Building Code discussions, were very irresponsible journalism. Actually, it wasn’t journalism at all, but simply wrongheaded, opinioned ranting.
In the early 1940s, the Post Office and soda fountain in Mountain Iron were located about a half-block east and on the same side of the street as the now statue of Leonidas Merritt.
A third call to action for all properties owners in the city of Virginia:
Common sense appears to have prevailed at the State Capitol in St. Paul.
Orchids: It was a very nice gesture on the part of Gov. Dayton to invite former Gov. Pawlenty to the ground-breaking ceremony for the first campground at Lake Vermilion State Park. Gov. Dayton is a first-class person!
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is an engaging personality and one heckuva political fundraiser.
Republicans have cleared the legislative decks for lawmakers to fail to do their job in reaching a budget agreement before the session’s constitutional deadline next Monday midnight.
It is terribly sad and, unfortunately, far too instructive of the current national lawless climate that has taken hold especially in some urban areas, that there were 117 law enforcement officers who gave their lives on duty in 2014.
The ridiculousness of the Virginia City Council wasting so much of its time on a proposed International Property Maintenance Code just grows and grows.
The Boy Scouts of Troop 129 would like to express a huge thank you to the Owners and Technicians of Anderson Auto in Mountain Iron/Virginia who treated the Scouts to a wonderful night of learning automotive maintenance.
We know the news just keeps us guessing on military activities, so we can’t so much arrive at a conclusion. When American service members return with something to say, I’m compelled to give them a listen. Their books are quite revealing. The call to serve must take iron nerve and commitment to promote the cause for freedom. Freedom which we enjoy and many around the world seek to acquire. A fellow trucker, I converse with, is from Palestine. He’s been here with family since ’84. He recalled his adolescence was living peacefully amongst Israelis. He expressed regret, that Hamas and Hezbollah reign terror upon Netanyahu. He asserts respect for Premier Benjamin and the cause for peace. Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad facilitates their conflict by supporting the incorrigible Hamas and Hezbollah with weaponry. Secretary Clinton referred to Al-Assad as a “reformer.” This disgusted my Palestinian friend, for the fall of Bashir would bring hope for a pleasant change. Peace and freedom aren’t one and the same. Freedom is a noble cause, for it encourages citizens of oppressed nations to remain within their borders, thriving within their free market. They’ll have no need for reformers promising utopia and serving the Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign Relations.
This is truly a great weekend on the Iron Range, specifically the Lake Vermilion area.
Each year when the second Sunday in May comes, I especially remember Mother’s Day of a decade ago, when my mother Ailie Lampsa was 95. She still had such a zest for living, and when my brother and I suggested a trip to the farm in Wolf where she had grown up, she agreed.
Aren’t moms the best. Can you imagine what they had to go through time after time just to bring us into this world. And after that what they went through to bring us up.
Onions: To the U.S. Forest Service for allowing deer hunters who hunt on federal land in the Little Thirteen Lake area to leave their portable deer stands in the woods all year long. They were told about this matter over five years ago, but nothing was done about it.
We strongly urge the Virginia City Council to resurrect cleanup days throughout the community — one in the spring and one in the fall — where residents can remove clutter from their residences and the outside of their property.
A healthy pot of money for school projects that must be done “cooperatively and for consolidation” purposes will just grow and grow and grow over the next 20 years.
Orchids: I was in the Virginia Kmart April 26 and was trying to redeem my points. You would not believe the wonderful service I received from Walt, Sandy and Nancy ... what a team they were to make my shopping experience a very positive time. Keep up the excellent customer service. (Submitted by Caroline Johnson of Northeast Minneapolis.)
The colleges of the Northeast Higher Education District (Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, and Vermilion Community College) have been serving the higher education needs of students across the Iron Range for nearly one hundred years. But right now, we must ask for your help.
Contemplating the just-passed Earth Day, 2015, I am grateful as always to live in northern Minnesota where we are privileged to enjoy abundant unspoiled open space, clean air, and a keen awareness of the cycle of seasons.
Onions: Hello anonymous whiners of Virginia! If you want to put up on a mural the two or three nationally famous Virginia residents who made it to the big time, go for it. Hold a bake sale or rummage sale and raise the money yourself. Do something good for the community instead of just whining all the time. The rest of us who are working for a better Virginia are pretty exhausted from hearing you whine.
The death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, a black man, following his arrest and death about a week later of a spinal injury apparently suffered while in police custody, is, of course, tragic.
Legislators and the governor will make final decisions in the next couple weeks on issues of paramount importance to Greater Minnesota. And at or near the top of that list is Local Government Aid funding.
A second call to action for all properties owners in the city of Virginia:
Orchids: A school bus full to all the wonderful individuals and groups who helped inspire and support our third grade students at Roosevelt Elementary School this past year. To Phyllis Starich, who once again taught, accompanied, and performed with our third graders at Gift Stock. What a great way to inspire our youth through music. To the Rotary Club — our third graders were fortunate enough to receive free dictionaries to enhance their reading and writing skills thanks to this generous group. To Matt Frericks who shared his knowledge and expertise of Minnesota wildlife through a hands-on presentation to all of the 3rd grade classrooms. To our Roosevelt P.T.S.A. This generous groups is always helping and supporting our third graders by providing books to our students from the Book Fair and sponsoring our year-end field trip. To the Leos Club. This group of Virginia High School students came into our classrooms and did seasonal projects with the third graders. Our students really enjoyed being with them. (Submitted by The Third Grade Teachers at Roosevelt Elementary School.)
An Open Letter to Mayor Cuffe and the Virginia City Council concerning the proposed International Rental Code ordinance:
Onions: It’s contract time again at Essentia-Virginia Clinic and the fun begins. It’s all so familiar, wanting to take away more and more and give us less and less. This has been going on for too many years and it’s time to put a stop to it. We are hard working employees who keep the clinic running and we shouldn’t have to fight so hard for what we deserve. Wages are the number one problem. We can’t even get equal pay compared to the other clinic sites and they don’t care that the cost of living keeps increasing, along with our list of duties. They want to take away parts of our insurance coverage, but keep the premium cost the same and increase it yearly. These are just a few of the things we are fighting. Who wants to work with this unfairness? We have to fight this and do not back down. We have to all stick together, that’s what we have a union for. This is the only way to obtain our rights. We absolutely can not let them win, or we will never get ahead. We must not weaken. A satisfied employee means better attitudes and better production, certainly something that the general public sees. Hopefully we can come to a beneficial resolution for all parties.
My family moved to Virginia eight years ago, bought a beautiful historic home by 5th Avenue. We take a lot of pride in our home and gardens.
A huge theater load of Onions to Eveleth-Gilbert High School drama department, and School Board. For a student who was very vocal in keeping the schools separate why is he in E-G High School plays, instead of just staying in Virginia High School activities? Does it have anything to do with the fact that the directors have no confidence in getting any of our students to come out to audition?
One day I searched through my computer archives, which is like sorting through your closet, and it occurred to me — as it always does — that we have way too much stuff. And it always happens when it’s springtime because that is traditionally the time for “spring cleaning.”
Onions: There are many fundraisers which if I am able to support I gladly will. When you place an order and then have someone call to verify your order, and then you go to pick up your order to be told they don’t have what you ordered and told that’s all they have!! I still paid. If these fundraisers want to be successful they need to get the orders correct. I know it’s not easy. Also, some fundraisers that are to deliver your order, then they tell you to pick it up!
It’s tough to score legislative funding or tax credits for a new professional sports stadium when your proposal is the last one to be considered.
A call to action for all property owners in the city of Virginia:
Whether Greater Minnesota truly benefits from the 2015 legislative session, which was heralded by members of both political parties as the year of focus on rural issues, will be known in the next four months.
One evening last week I think I missed it.
Let’s cut through all the International Property Maintenance Code fog that has engulfed the Virginia City Council like a heavy smog with a bad odorous stench and is now one reading and one final vote away from becoming law in the Queen City.
After attending the Tuesday Council meeting on the proposed building code I can say only one thing: We must pass the code before we know how we’re going to enforce it.
Onions to the understaffed and uncaring Essentia Health Emergency Room.
Onions: To Virginia Councilors Sipola, Littlewolf, Jorgensen and McReynolds. Since when does little Virginia, Minnesota, need an International Housing Code? There has to be some of you who can tweek what we do have. Is Duluth, Eveleth, Hibbing, etc. going in this direction, too? International means global and next thing we know, we will have those three foreign countries breathing down our necks. If our own City Council cannot figure out on THEIR own and use their brains, we are in deep trouble.
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