U.S. Army will grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline, Hoeven says time to ‘rebuild trust’

30, 2016. It also ordered an environmental assessment, but that will not be conducted following Tuesday’s decision.A memo dated Tuesday from Douglas Lamont, a senior official with the Army’s Civil Works department, said that he believes there is “no cause for completing any additional environmental analysis,” in part because of previous assessments by the Corps in 2016.Confused about Dakota Access controversy? The tribe was not immediately available for comment.The 1,172-mile line will bring crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale region to Patoka, Ill., and from there connect to the Gulf of Mexico, where many U.S. Recommended for youOne-in-five U.S. This one-mile stretch under the river was the last uncompleted section of the line; the pipeline is expected to be operational late in the second quarter.”The discord we have seen regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline doesn’t serve the tribe, the company, the Corps or any of the other stakeholders involved. John Hoeven, R-N.D., in a statement.Jury finds 8 Dakota Access Pipeline protesters guilty, judge levies ‘unconscionable’ finesNumerous activists who have been protesting in North Dakota have vowed to stay, although the primary protest camp is located on a flood plain on Army Corps land and is in the process of being cleared.Their protests, along with those of climate activists, resulted in the Obama administration’s decision to delay a final permit that would allow construction under the Missouri River. House approves most DAPL protest bills
Recommended for youOne-in-five U.S. Now, we all need to work together to ensure people and communities rebuild trust and peacefully resolve their differences,” said Sen. District Court in Washington D.C.N.D. Army Corps of Engineers will grant the final easement needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, according to a court filing Tuesday, Feb. Army Corps to smooth the path to finishing the line. Republicans want Trump to drop outDeal struck for sweeping cuts to prison terms for drug sentences in MNMinnesota caucuses: Super Tuesday draws fervent crowdsThe line had been delayed for several months after protests from Native American tribes and climate activists. The $3.8 billion line, which is being built by Energy Transfer Partners, needed a final permit to tunnel under Lake Oahe, a reservoir that is part of the Missouri River.The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose reservation is adjacent to the line’s route, has said it will fight the decision. Construction equipment sits near a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site off County Road 135 near the town of Cannon Ball, N.D., Oct. refineries are located.The tribe had fought the line for months, fearing contamination of their drinking water and damage to sacred sites on their land. The Army Corps had previously stated that it would undertake further environmental review of the project. This primer will get you up to speedThe Army informed the chairs and ranking members of the House Natural Resources and Senate Energy & Natural Resources committees of their intent in a letter on Tuesday.President Donald Trump, days after being sworn in, issued an executive order directing the U.S. 7. Josh Morgan / ReutersWASHINGTON — The U.S. Republicans want Trump to drop outDeal struck for sweeping cuts to prison terms for drug sentences in MNMinnesota caucuses: Super Tuesday draws fervent crowds Tuesday’s filing was made in U.S.

Canadian police stop man clearing snowy street with Zamboni

Central Saanich police spokesman Dan Cottingham said on Tuesday the man told them he had bought the machine second-hand to drive around and spread fertilizer on his farm just outside British Columbia’s provincial capital, Victoria. VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Police stopped a “well-intentioned” man on Vancouver Island on Monday night, Feb. “I think he had good intentions and just because of the height of the snow he thought he would go out and help,” Cottingham said.The man was sent home with a warning for driving an unlicensed vehicle on a public road.A Zamboni, named after its inventor, Frank Zamboni, looks like a modified tractor with a large reservoir at the front to store snow that its conveyor system picks up as the machine drives along. 6, after he tried to clear a snowed-in neighborhood street with a Zamboni, a vehicle for cleaning the ice and a fixture in arenas across hockey-mad Canada.

U.S. Army grants easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

Army Corps to smooth the path to finishing the line. Recommended for youTrump advisers say he’ll pick Pence as running mateWeinerman to challenge Gazelka in Minnesota Senate race Senate District 10: DFL endorses candidates The line had been delayed for several months after protests from Native American tribes and climate activists. The $3.8 billion line, which is being built by Energy Transfer Partners, needed a final permit to tunnel under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, a reservoir that is part of the Missouri River.President Donald Trump, days after being sworn in, issued an executive order directing the U.S. Construction equipment sits near a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site off County Road 135 near the town of Cannon Ball, N.D., Oct. Recommended for youTrump advisers say he’ll pick Pence as running mateWeinerman to challenge Gazelka in Minnesota Senate race Senate District 10: DFL endorses candidates 30, 2016. 7. Josh Morgan / ReutersThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted the final easement needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, according to a court filing Tuesday, Feb.

WINTER WEATHER: Wind chill advisory in effect from midnight tonight to noon Wednesday

The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… COUNTIES AFFECTED… Make sure you wear a hat and gloves. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. A wind chill advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has issued a Wind Chill Advisory which is in effect from midnight tonight to noon CST Wednesday. Lake Of The Woods-North Beltrami-North Clearwater-South Beltrami- South Clearwater-Hubbard-East Becker-Wadena- Including the cities of Baudette, Red Lake, Redby, Ponemah, Bagley, Clearbrook, Bemidji, Alida, Ebro, Lake Itasca, Long Lost Lake, Lower Rice Lake, Roy Lake, Upper Rice Lake, Park Rapids, Wolf Lake, Wadena, and MenahgaWIND CHILL VALUES… Expect wind chills to range from 20 below zero to 35 below zero between midnight and noon Wednesday with the coldest wind chills occurring around 6 AM Wednesday.IMPACTS…

Local students earn academic honors Fall 2016 at St. Cloud Technical & Community College

ST. They have earned recognition on the President’s List for a grade point average of 4.0 or the Dean’s list for a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9. View full list online at http://www.sctcc.edu/honors-fall-2016. BaxterPaul Hokanson, President’s ListTanner Molitor, President’s ListBerthaHannah VanHale, President’s ListBrainerdJeremy Albedyll, President’s ListAdam Cox, President’s ListBreezy PointDavid Thell, President’s ListBrowervilleMaKenna Hegseth, President’s ListAbigail Irsfeld, Dean’s ListBurtrumKaelin Smieja, President’s ListClarissaShana O’Brien, President’s ListFlensburgRose Waytashek, Dean’s ListHillmanSamantha Dullinger, Dean’s ListMegan Hoheisel, Dean’s ListLittle FallsGregory Bertrand, Dean’s ListNicholas Gorton, President’s ListGunner Kleinschmidt, Dean’s ListHunter Kleinschmidt, Dean’s ListAbby Kunkel, President’s ListGabrielle Nouis, President’s ListAmanda Rasinski, Dean’s ListTravis Tyson, Dean’s ListRachael Vosen, President’s ListLong PrairieTyler Bjorstrom, Dean’s ListEmily Lisson, President’s ListEmily Eckel, Dean’s ListMotleyMicayla Klinghagen, Dean’s ListPierzTawnee Herold, Dean’s ListAmber Kloss, President’s ListPreston Loidolt, President’s ListEric O’Hotto, Dean’s ListRoyaltonBrian Aschenbrenner, Dean’s ListTessa Gutzkow, Dean’s ListMadison Jasmer, Dean’s ListMorgan Leners, President’s ListCraig Maslonkowski, President’s ListUpsalaAlyssa Cogswell, Dean’s List CLOUD – St. Cloud Technical & Community College congratulates the following students for their academic achievement Fall 2016.

If you ghost do you throw shade? U.S. dictionary adds new words

It means to express contempt through indirect or subtle insults.”Ghosting,” meanwhile, is to abruptly cut off contact with another person, usually a former friend or romantic partner.Another new entry, “microaggression,” is a discriminatory comment or action that subtly – and sometimes unconsciously – expresses prejudice toward a member of a marginalized group.Other terms include “binge-watch,” meaning to view many or all episodes of a TV series in quick succession; “prosopagnosia,” an inability to recognize faces; “arancini,” fried rice balls; and “safe space,” a place intended to be free of bias, conflict and criticism.”This is a significant addition of words … Merriam-Webster on Tuesday added more than 1,000 new words and definitions, ranging from conversational to scientific, to its website, Merriam-webster.com.”Throwing shade,” for example, originated from black and Latino gay culture in the 1980s and has been popularized more recently through social media. and it reflects both the breadth of English vocabulary and the speed with which that vocabulary changes,” the dictionary’s chief digital officer and publisher, Lisa Schneider, said in a statement.The last time the dictionary updated its website and print edition was in 2014, when it added only 150 words, said a Merriam-Webster spokeswoman, Meghan Lungi. She said Tuesday’s update was its most significant in years. Merriam-Webster's website.The next time someone throws shade at you for ghosting them so you can binge-watch a TV show or retreat to your safe space, you can let them know your behavior has been recognized by the United States’ leading dictionary publisher.

Parenting Perspectives: Mom finds her limit — lice

And I panicked.Everything in the house that would fit went into the washer. She can be reached at astrnad@forumcomm.com. Alicia Strnad Hoalcraft / Forum News Service1 / 2Alicia Strnad Hoalcraft, Parenting Perspectives columnist2 / 2I’m a strong and powerful woman.I am cool under pressure and calm in a crisis.I am practical, efficient and organized. If you invite me over for an afternoon, I can do your taxes, rearrange your pantry and help you clean out your closet all while counseling you through whatever life struggles you’re currently facing. We found one live bug and some nits, so she’s not allowed to stay here right now.”My husband went to pick her up while I went to the store to get a box of lice treatment, even though I had already convinced myself that the staff at day care didn’t know what they were talking about. Surely, they were just being overly cautious about a toddler who is prone to really bad dandruff.After all, I was one of seven kids in a family that also took in dozens of foster children and we never got lice in our house once. I can oversee the nightly production of 10 daily newspapers without breaking a sweat. Follow her daughter on Twitter @lilmisscalliope. To put it in perspective, imagine you were terrified of dogs and then your toddler had puppies. It was lice. We vacuumed everything. We gave Callie the full lice treatment.She sobbed through the whole thing. But, I learned recently, there is one area in which I fail at cool, calm and efficient: lice.My daughter is 3 ½ now, so I figured I’d seen the worst of the common childhood maladies. This is the horror I faced when my daughter got pink eye.)I managed to help her keep her eyes clean and I dutifully put drops in three times a day — and by the end of the week of treatment, I didn’t even throw up when I had to give her the drops. And I still freak out every time I think about it.Turns out even the calmest and coolest of us have an Achilles heel.So I’ve had to let go of my independent streak and lean on my husband, who grew up in an area with more lice than Minnesota, so he has more experience with it.I’ve had to do my best to let go of my Type-A tendencies and stop obsessing over what is really a common childhood issue. She has lice. I laid awake all night, my head itching, fighting off thoughts of burning my house down to make sure all those bugs were dead.I did my best to apply my usual efficiency and practicality to this situation, doing everything the experts said we needed to do to ensure no one else in the house got lice and to make sure my daughter didn’t catch it again. And though I cringed every time my daughter wanted to snuggle because I was terrified she was getting bugs on me, I had to do my best to put my fears aside to do what was best for my child.Because in that moment, that’s all she needed in a mom — not strong, powerful, calm and cool, just a mom who was there for her despite the fear.Alicia Strnad Hoalcraft is hub manager for Forum Design Center. I’d even braved my greatest fear — pink eye.(I have an extreme phobia about eyes. Things that wouldn’t fit were bagged up and placed on the deck so the cold could kill any wayward bugs. Truly, I had reached the pinnacle of momness.But my struggles were just beginning.It was our day care provider who found the first bug and called me.”I need you to come get Callie. My house became a battleground and every piece of lint and every rogue itch became the enemy. Callie Hoalcraft gets a lice-removal treatment. I can plan a large party with ease. How would an only child manage to get them?But they were right. It’s not fair!”I did my best to stay calm for her — she was right, after all, that this wasn’t fair to her — but all I could think about was the fact that there could be tiny blood-sucking bugs anywhere in my house. “It’s not fair! She lives in Moorhead with her husband and their daughter, Calliope.

Dayton scheduled for early March prostate surgery

Paul Pioneer PressST. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton gives his annual State of the State Address in the House Chambers of the State Capitol in St. Dayton has publically fainted once before in 2016 and was hospitalized overnight.A round of tests carried out at Mayo Clinic last week indicated the cancer had not spread beyond the prostate. Paul, Monday, Jan. “However, after the surgery, I will be in constant contact with Lt. I am deeply grateful to you.” Dayton’s staff said the governor is expected to be under general anesthesia for two hours and will remain in the hospital overnight. Scott Takushi / St. He expects to resume his regular schedule March 6.Dayton announced at a Jan. 23, 2017. Mark Dayton is scheduled to undergo prostate removal surgery Thursday, March 2 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. According to a post on Dayton’s personal Facebook page, the surgery is expected to remove all of the cancer.”I am told that I will likely need to spend one night in the hospital,” Dayton said in his post. PAUL—Minnesota Gov. “You have lifted my spirits and given me both hope and resolve. The governor told reporters his father lived 25 years after his diagnosis before he died at age 97.”Many friends and strangers have shared with me their experiences dealing with prostate cancer,” Dayton said. 24 press conference that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.The announcement came just 16 hours after the governor collapsed about 45 minutes into his State of the State speech.He told reporters that the incident was not related to his diagnosis. Governor Tina Smith and my senior staff throughout my time at Mayo.”Doctors believe the early detection of the cancer means Dayton has a good chance of recovering, which in this case would mean at least five years of remission.Dayton’s father, Bruce, had also been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

2-year-old Wadena boy lone survivor of double-fatal crash

She was westbound on Highway 29 when she tried to pass a vehicle on the two-lane highway and collided head-on with an eastbound 2001 Chevrolet Tracker, the patrol said. on state Highway 29 two miles east of Deer Creek, southwest of Wadena.Mousseau was a passenger in a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero driven by 31-year-old Jessica Marie Lannes, also from Wadena. Jesse Grabow said he did not know what the relationship was between the Oldsmobile driver and the boy. 5, that killed two drivers near here in Otter Tail County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. 2-year-old Mason Mousseau was a passenger in a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero driven by 31-year-old Jessica Marie Lannes, also from Wadena. The boy, Mason Mousseau of Wadena, was hospitalized after the crash, but his injuries were not life-threatening, the patrol said.The crash happened about 3:18 p.m. She was westbound on Highway 29 when she tried to pass a vehicle on the two-lane highway and collided head-on with an eastbound 2001 Chevrolet Tracker, the patrol said.The Chevrolet driver, Lucille Marie Rehm, 63, of Wadena, died from her injuries, the patrol said.Airbags deployed in both vehicles and all three motorists were wearing seat beltsPatrol Sgt. BrainerdDispatch.com IllustrationDEER CREEK – A 2-year-old boy is the only survivor of a head-on car crash Sunday afternoon, Feb.

Northeast MN county dives into federal copper mining debate

Rick Nolan, D-Crosby, had called for local government resolutions to express opposition to the federal mining prohibition.The effort already has revealed, once again, the longtime schism between Iron Range and Duluth commissioners as well as the seemingly inevitable battle between environmental concerns and the quest for more Northland jobs.It’s also raised the age-old question of why the County Board is delving into federal issues it has no control over or direct involvement in.”We just should be voting on things that the county has responsibility for, and this clearly isn’t one of them,” said County Board Chairman Frank Jewell.”These resolutions have no impact. The County Board’s resolution is part of a region-wide effort to show support for copper mining in the Superior National Forest after the Obama administration decision to at least temporarily ban mining exploration over about 235,000 acres adjacent to the federal wilderness.The federal order also calls for an ecological study and a two-year prohibition on any mining in the area, with federal officials echoing environmental groups’ concerns over the impact of acid mine runoff into the sensitive BWCAW water environment.The decision, which came in December, could effectively end the Twin Metals mine proposal southeast of Ely along the Kawishiwi River. It’s going to be a whole bunch of people arguing about something at our meeting that we really have no control over.”The proposed Twin Metals underground mine would employ about 800 people, although no formal proposal has been submitted for review by regulators. Louis County Commissioner Keith Nelson1 / 2St. Not just among the board, but among our constraints. Mark Dayton and U.S. Louis County Commissioner Tom Rukavina2 / 2DULUTH — St. Louis County commissioners will likely approve a resolution Tuesday, Feb. It’s just stating our opinion on something,” Jewell said. But we’ll have an official resolution,” Rukavina said, noting that U.S. 7, calling on President Donald Trump’s administration to overturn a recently imposed copper mining prohibition near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Rep. Rep. This is nothing but a land grab,” Commissioner Tom Rukavina of Pike Township said of the federal action.The resolution in front of the board’s Committee of the Whole states that “the St. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken seeking their support in overturning the federal agency decision.A similar resolution already has passed the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools.A County Board effort to weigh in on the federal mining issue nearly passed Jan. “But what makes it worse is how divisive it becomes. This is our culture. Louis County Board of Commissioners hereby requests the Trump administration to immediately rescind the (Bureau of Land Management-U.S. Betty McCollum fervently opposing the project and Nolan in support. But the agency decision also can be overturned with a stroke of a pen by the new Trump administration, something Minnesota copper mining supporters are banking on.Copper mining supporters and opponents are expected to pack the County Board chambers in Duluth for the vote even if the outcome is presumed.Mining “is our way of life. Forest Service) proposal to withdraw 240,000 acres of land in Northeastern Minnesota from future leasing, exploration and potential development.”The county resolution calls the federal action “politically motivated” and says it will cause “irreversible damage” to the Iron Range economy by limiting the state’s expansion into copper mining.The resolution says the federal fears of potential water pollution are “based on hypothetical and unfounded fears of generalized impacts from mining.”The county resolution also would be sent to U.S. But the resolution, proposed by Rukavina and which was not on the public meeting agenda, failed to advance on a 3-3 tie vote after commissioner Keith Nelson of Fayal Township having left the meeting to attend a funeral.With Nelson back on Tuesday — and with Nelson now the author of the revised resolution — the effort is likely to prevail on a 4-3 vote, with Nelson and Rukavina joined by Commissioners Mike Jugovich of Chisholm and Pete Stauber of Hermantown voting in favor and Duluth Commissioners Frank Jewell, Patrick Boyle and Liz Olson likely opposed.Rukavina and Nelson have been sparring over how the county’s support for copper mining should be presented and worded but that bickering is not expected to change the result.”I think we might see some changes (in wording) but there’s going to be something and it will probably be 4-3. 24 when the board met in Gilbert. St. Twin Metals is in the Rainy River watershed that moves north into the BWCAW and on to Canada while PolyMet is in the St. Sens. Louis River watershed that flows into Lake Superior.The County Board voted 4-3 in December of 2011 to support the proposed PolyMet copper mine between Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt after two long and acrimonious meetings in Duluth and Ely.The Twin Metals issue hasn’t just split the County Board but also the state DFL party, with Gov. We have no ability to change the situation. It would be much larger than the proposed open-pit PolyMet copper mine about 35 miles to the south.

Heat hold off Wolves for 11th win in a row

Credit to my teammates, they were finding me on the open shot. Dragic had 11 points and four assists in the quarter, and Whiteside added nine points and five rebounds. He was just one of the hot shooters as Miami shot 60.9 percent from the floor in the opening half, including 11 of 14 from beyond the 3-point arc in building a 14-point lead.”The rim looks good,” Dragic joked. Marilyn Indahl / USA TODAY SportsMINNEAPOLIS — The Miami Heat have learned this season to overcome many different obstacles.Miami is now trying to learn how to deal with success and an offense that can overshadow its typically strong defense. Then it’s just one of those nights. “We made shots, had good offense, had good ball movement, but we didn’t get stops to win.” “We have to prioritize it and it has to be important to everybody. You can’t win like this, you can’t.”I think there’s an understanding of what we’re trying to do because there’s times it’s done well. 6, 2017. There’s no contest. He added nine assists for Miami, which has the longest current winning streak in the NBA and is one behind the season-high, 12-game streak by the Golden State Warriors.”We’ve gone through just about everything else; how to play with a ridiculously bad record, how to play with adversity, how to play through injuries, how to play without making excuses,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I want these guys feeling good about themselves offensively.”But our identity, when you put that Miami uniform on, is to defend, to do the little things, to make tough, physical plays and to take pride in that and not to give a 60 percent half to a team no matter how talented they are.”We’re very fortunate tonight. The Heat regained a 10-point advantage, but Wiggins had 13 points in the quarter as Minnesota sliced the deficit to five to end the third quarter.While the Timberwolves closed within a basket several times in the third quarter, they never led in the game.”It was one of our worst defensive nights,” Wiggins said. But if we continue to just bring this kind of game, it won’t be good enough to win.”With 22 seconds remaining, Wiggins stole the ball and drove for a layup. He added a free throw for a three-point play to close the gap to 114-113.Wiggins got another steal but missed a jumper with 10 seconds left.Whiteside went to the free-throw line and made one of two to set up the Timberwolves’ final possession.Wiggins’ jumper at the buzzer went off the rim as Miami held on.”We locked in,” Whiteside said. Goran Dragic scored 33 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, and Hassan Whiteside had 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Heat beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-113 on Monday night to extend their winning streak to 11 games.Dragic made his first seven 3-point shots and went 13 of 17 from the field for the game. I felt really comfortable shooting the ball.”Wiggins hit Minnesota’s first three shots of the third quarter as the Timberwolves closed within five points after an 11-2 run. We came in with a mental toughness and we got the win.”Karl-Anthony Towns scored 35 points, Wiggins had 27 and Ricky Rubio contributed 14 points and 13 assists for the Timberwolves (19-33), who lost their fourth game in a row.The Heat’s 40-point first quarter and 71-point first half were the most by a Timberwolves opponent this season.”I have to do a better job to get our team to play better defense,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We’ve had so many close games, we’re mentally tough. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) and center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) grab a rebound in the second quarter against the Miami Heat at Target Center in Minneapolis on Monday, Feb. “Now we have to be able to play to our identity when you’re dealing with a little bit of success, and not let human nature sink in. There’s no consistency to it, there’s not an urgency to it.”The Heat’s budding confidence from their streak showed early with a 40-point first quarter. “First quarter, the 3-pointer was really easy. The guys are gaining a ton of confidence offensively.”Rodney McGruder added 15 points for the Heat (22-30).The offensive success, such as Miami hitting a season-high 15 3-pointers on Monday, is heralded by Spoelstra.But the coach doesn’t want his team to forget the importance of defense, such as when they held after two shots by Andrew Wiggins were off the mark in the final minute to preserve the win.”Look, I’m not such a tyrant that I don’t want that,” Spoelstra said of the team’s confidence offensively. Miami shot 69.6 percent from the field in the first quarter and was 6 of 8 from 3-point range.Dragic scored 21 points in the first half by going 8 of 9 from the floor and 5 of 5 from beyond the arc.

Pequot Lakes: Task forces formed to chart community’s future

9, at Lonesome Cottage, Pequot Lakes. Wednesday, March 15, at Pequot Lakes City Hall.The steering committee also is creating a vision statement for the community.The Initiative Foundation’s TCI program is designed to help plan for the Pequot Lakes community’s future and to realize opportunities a realigned Highway 371 and resulting new traffic pattern could present. Chair is Bruce Meade (bmeade@paulbunyan.net).WorkforceBuild community support to improve technology infrastructure and continue to create strong partnerships between businesses and the school district to build, retain and attract a skilled workforce.The meeting will be at 4 p.m. Chair is Molly Zins (zend0007@umn.edu).EconomyDevelop an attractive and vibrant downtown center, create inviting gateways into the community and effectively market the community.The meeting will be at 7 a.m. People are invited to get connected to this work based on their area of interest:Quality of lifeExpand year-round recreational opportunities using existing facilities, preserving natural resources and connecting the community.The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Chair is Craig Fink (craigfink@live.com).A steering committee will help to unify and coordinate the activities of all three task forces over the coming months. Thursday, Feb. Thursday, Feb. Listed below are the dates, times and locations for each task force meeting. Monday, Feb. 23, in the Pequot Lakes High School Media Center. Anyone with an interest in catching up on the work of the task forces in the community is welcome to attend the Pequot Lakes TCI Steering Committee meeting at 3 p.m. After months of work together charting a direction for Pequot Lakes, those involved in the Thriving Communities Initiative formed three task forces Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Hungry Loon, Pequot Lakes. 24, to begin to further define and support the implementation of strategies and projects that have come forward as community priorities.

Pequot Lakes speech team competes with 500 students

28, with more than 500 students. 28, in Fergus Falls.The Pequot Lakes High School speech team participated in the 2017 Otter Orations in Fergus Falls on Saturday, Jan. Placing for the Patriots were: Courtney Rock, third in serious prose; Allie Miller, fourth in humor; Zach Bauer, fourth in great speeches; and Rock and Megan Buffington, fifth in duo.Receiving ribbons of excellence were: Addie Pierson in informative, Sydney Ellison in oratory, Savannah Ellison in discussion, Ashley Mixer in drama and poetry, Katie Maschhoff in humor, and William Moe and Miller in duo.The team will travel to Duluth Denfeld on Saturday, Feb. Pequot Lakes High School speech team members earned medals and ribbons Saturday, Jan. 4, for its next competition.
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Patriot Perspective: Who defines our culture?

David Walsh, one of the best speakers and authors regarding parenting that I’ve encountered, says: “Whoever tells the stories, defines the culture.”

The importance of this concept for raising healthy children and being a healthy community cannot be overstated. They are for-profit companies that want us to buy stuff, and they are incredibly scientific about getting us to believe that we deserve more, we deserve it fast, we deserve an easy life, and it should always be fun.Consider just how contradictory this message is from wanting our children to learn patience, grit, hard work and the importance of delayed gratification.Raising healthy children and being a healthy community today presents different challenges than it did 60 – or even 15 – years ago. 23-27 was Paraprofessional Recognition Week in Minnesota. Over the vast majority of human history, the responsibility of storytelling fell upon clergy, teachers, authors and elders in each community. Walsh argues in his 2007 book “No: Why Kids of All Ages Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It” that mass media preaches four consistent messages: more, fast, easy and fun.The mass media companies that produce the constant barrage of advertising we absorb from televisions, internet ads and other media sources don’t tell stories to teach ethics, social norms and community values. As parents and as a community we must pay attention to which storytellers our children are listening to and diligently teach them about bias and to be self-aware as they interact with media.We must learn and model strategies to filter the media we absorb and most importantly, we must ensure our children are absorbing a healthy dose of the stories we want them to hear.While we cannot eliminate media in today’s world – and I would never advocate that we try to do so – we can teach our children to be in control of how they interact with it and use it.Note: Jan. Dr. Dr. Thank you to our Patriot paras for the care you provide to our students! Cultural norms, family values and collective understandings were handed down from one generation to the next through stories that slowly evolved over time.The responsibility for storytelling began to shift significantly in the 1950s and 1960s as televisions became common and people spent more and more time listening to storytellers on TV.The invention of video games, the internet in the 1990s and most recently, social media platforms, has dramatically shifted the role of storyteller from community elder to media.Why is this important? What storytellers are most prominent in the lives of our children in Pequot Lakes?Understanding how this parenting concept has changed in recent years requires a brief look back in time.

Making the Grade-Feb. 2, 2017

ScholasticaThe following local students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at The College of St. Bemidji State UniversityThe following local students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Bemidji State University: Stephanie Malecha, Tatum Sheley and Michelle Wiuff, all of Backus; Alysha Brooks, Richard Case, Patricia Harris and Olivia Uhrinak, all of Breezy Point; Maddison Olson, Crosslake; Austin Williams, East Gull Lake; Anna Kunnari, Emily; Daniel Paul, Hackensack; Lexa Gifford, Lake Shore; Levi Espeseth and Caitlin Young, both of Merrifield; Caroline Rasinski and Elizabeth Thurlow, both of Nisswa; Elizabeth Goerges, Pequot Lakes; and Taylor Sawyer, Pine River. College of St. Scholastica in Duluth: Sydney Holt, Crosslake; Hannah Kostecka, Pequot Lakes; Jacob Mongan, Pine River; and Hope Rowland, Nisswa.University of Minnesota-DuluthThe following area students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Duluth.Breezy Point: Theodore Erickson, biochemistry; Eli Kohorst, pre-business; Morgan Larson, geography; Andy Lee, electrical engineering; Anton Sauer, cell and molecular biology; Jack Sauer, cell and molecular biology; Eric Schreiner, civil engineering; and Margaret Thompson, theatre.Crosslake: Alexandra Dischinger, teaching social studies; Erick Marks, mechanical engineering; Marissa Miller, integration elementary and special education; and Josh Senst, computer science.East Gull Lake: Tiana Egn, civil engineering.Fifty Lakes: Rachel Maschhoff, economics.Hackensack: Zachary Struss, chemical engineering.Jenkins: Mitchell Dallman, theatre.Merrifield: Ashley Grunewald, political science.Nisswa: Austin Domino, electrical engineering; and Tory Sanna, geographic information science.Pequot Lakes: Devin Cheek, computer science; Dominic Cheek, computer science; Adam Glenski, theory/composition; Megan Glover, psychology; and Anna Glover, art education.Pine River: Troy Fetter, accounting; Amanda Fleming, music education; Drey Loge, mechanical engineering; Jace Loge, marketing; and Samuel Ruohoniemi, teaching mathematics.University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireThe University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire named the following local students to the fall semester dean’s list: Emilie Froidcoeur, Emily, business; and Callie Czech, Pequot Lakes, business.

Lakewood OB department sees record year

Other high scores include a 23 percent C-section rate, which is lower than the national average of 32 percent. Lakewood also had 23 successful Vaginal Birth after Cesarean attempts. Along with this record, the OB department earned high procedural records in 2016 as well.Lakewood’s OB department ranked in the 99th percentile statewide in a national healthcare patient satisfaction survey conducted by Press Ganey. During 2016, the obstetrics department at Lakewood Health System in Staples recorded a record 475 deliveries, with five sets of twins. This number is up from the previous record of 468.

Pequot Lakes mock trial team defeats Chisholm

27. Sophomore Maddi Chiodi took the role of timekeeper, and junior Dylan Lerfald was bailiff.The Pequot Lakes mock trial team is 1-1 on the season after an opening round setback to Brainerd 229-223.Pequot Lakes competed against Cloquet High School on Friday, Jan. Senior Abby Person and juniors Michael Wallace and Isabel Glover worked together as attorneys for Pequot Lakes. 19.Pequot Lakes acted as the plaintiff in a fictitious case concerning a student who sued his high school after being suspended for making a video that criticized the school principal. Senior Mariah Friberg, freshman Will Middleton and sophomore Erin Bengtson acted as witnesses in the case. The Pequot Lakes High School mock trial team defeated Chisholm High School 203-185 on Thursday, Jan.

Crosslake: Council, P&Z commission discuss ordinances

The commission granted the resident a variance because it did not want to see multiple 1,200-square-foot structures instead.Nevin applauded the commission’s decision because he said the intent of the ordinance is to not have cluttered lake lots with multiple structures.Herzog’s remaining question, then, is whether the city should have individual size regulations for accessory buildings on lots between half an acre and an acre and a half in size. Ordinances pertaining to accessory structures, controlled access lots and campers were discussed.Accessory structures ordinancePlanning and zoning chairman Aaron Herzog said the accessory structures ordinance has been changed several times in the last few years, so now he would like to put more thought into it to avoid frequent changes.Quantity, size and appearance of accessory structures were the main issues discussed. A lot of people come up here to camp. The Crosslake City Council joined the planning and zoning commission Thursday, Jan. And some people come up here to buy hunting land and go hunting.”The council liked Wessels’ suggestion, so the planning commission decided to make those changes to the ordinance for the council’s review.Commission and council members all agreed that the format of the joint meeting works well and improves communication between the groups. As the ordinance currently stands, landowners with lots of two acres or less can build accessory structures up to 1,200 square feet with the height not exceeding 25 feet. Campers and tents are not allowed on lots without primary dwellings unless the landowner has a permit to build a house.The issue that arose from this ordinance is that residents with undeveloped land used for hunting have asked for permission to set up a camper on their land while hunting, but that is currently prohibited.Planning and zoning commission member Mark Wessels suggested changing the ordinance to allow for this but setting regulations that the camper or tent must be a certain distance from the property line.”We could require them to have a 200-foot setback from the lot lines. Another joint meeting has not yet been scheduled, but the groups decided to hold one about once every six months. He said other current regulations would remain in place.It was explained that a resident recently asked to build a 1,550-square-foot accessory structure on his 2-acre lot. An owner can also build more than one structure of that size and fill up to 25 percent of the lot with accessory buildings.There are, however, no architectural standards in place, which Herzog said he wanted.”We’d like to look at something and talk and have staff work out something so that we don’t end up with a pink pole barn sitting on a lot where the entire lake can see it,” Herzog said.While the group decided architectural standards would be hard to set and enforce due to subjectivity, further discussion on the quantity and size of accessory structures ensued.Council member Dave Nevin suggested changing the ordinance to say accessory buildings may not exceed the height of the lot’s main building and must have the same siding as the main building. He added that he would like a restriction on the number of buildings per lot as well.Council members Gary Heacox and Dave Schrupp said they don’t think the ordinance needs to change because there have been so few issues with it in the past year.Another suggestion was to set a specific percentage of area on the lot, such as 3 percent, that accessory buildings may not exceed.Ultimately, the planning and zoning commission decided to take another close look at the ordinance and bring potential changes back to the council at a later date.Controlled access lotsNext, the planning and zoning commission brought up the controlled access lot ordinance, with the main question being whether lakefront property owners should be allowed to grant permanent easements for water access to those who don’t live on the water.The council agreed such easements should not be allowed, and Herzog said the commission would make the appropriate changes to the ordinance and bring it back to the council.Camper ordinanceUnder the current ordinance, landowners who have a primary dwelling on their property are allowed to have two campers, two tents, or a camper and a tent on their lot for 14 days of the year. Nobody’s even going to see that camper back in there,” Wessels said. 26, to discuss various ordinances and enhance the working relationship between the two groups. “How many people do you know, their first visit to Crosslake was in a camper?

Telehealth appointments available through Essentia Health

With high resolution cameras, microphones and a secure network connection, the registered dietitian and patient can talk with each other as if they’re in the same room.This technology allows patients to get care in their communities and avoid lengthy trips to out-of-town specialists.Individuals are encouraged to check with their insurance plan to ensure it provides coverage for registered dietitian services. Telehealth uses technology, including video conferencing and online media communications, to support long-distance health care. Once the referral is given, call 218-828-2880 for an appointment at a nearby clinic. If so, telehealth services are covered just like an office visit.A referral is required from a primary care provider. Seeing a registered dietitian is now more convenient for those living in Crosslake, Pequot Lakes, Pine River, Hackensack and Baxter.Essentia Health clinics in these communities now offer telehealth appointments for medical nutrition therapy for obesity, diabetes, renal disease, food allergies and lipid/cholesterol control.

Cass County Triad to meet Feb. 21 in Hackensack

Coffee and dessert will be provided. All those interested in senior issues are welcome to attend. 21, at the Hackensack Hub.Jim Clark, executive director from Paws and Claws Animal Shelter, will be in attendance. Cass County TRIAD will meet at 1 p.m. TRIAD is senior citizens, law enforcement and community groups working together to enhance senior safety. Tuesday, Feb.