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The 12th annual Day of Caring was held on May 19, 2015 and Greenway Students had job sites helping our communities with various projects. Thank you to all who contributed money, time and resources.
We are all affected by accidents that occur on our roadways. Engineering has made our vehicles safer and improved highway design. Our officers patrol roads every day to encourage safe driving and enforce traffic laws. Engineering and enforcement, however, are just two legs of a three-legged stool as traffic crashes remain the number one killer of young people in Minnesota. The third leg is education.
We cannot begin to express the extent of our appreciation for your support for MyrnaLee Mania and the ‘Come Roll With Us’ campaign! This was truly a community effort and couldn’t have happened without your involvement. The feat of 351 wheelchairs rolling in succession for three minutes was astounding and somewhat very surreal! The overwhelming gratitude we’ve heard throughout the event & beyond has given us real purpose in pursuing ‘Accessibility For All’ as it now becomes Mobility Mania. We are committed to share your comments and concerns with a formed Steering Committee on Wednesday, June 17, 1-3 p.m., at the Grand Rapids Area Library. Please share an additional accessibility concerns you have with us so that we can address them at that time. You are welcome to join our efforts at any time, as well. Thank you again, for your efforts shown for this extraordinary accessibility awareness event!
In the United States, over 240 million calls to 911 are made each year for emergencies such as car accidents, heart attacks, robberies and fires.
Minnesota electric cooperatives and municipal utilities are owned, managed and operated by the customers they serve. That means we aren’t focused on stock prices or far away shareholders. We exist to provide reliable, affordable, safe and environmentally sensitive electric service to all our customers. Because we are consumer-owned, we are also responsive to the unique needs of our communities. Consumer-owned utilities have developed innovative and industry leading renewable energy projects. These projects allow our customers to invest in our renewable energy future in a fair and equitable manner.
The letter to the editor entitled, “Transparency in Grand Rapids City Council,” published in the Herald Review on April 26, 2015, presented serious questions regarding transparency of Grand Rapids City Council proceedings. In addition, it called into question the lack of a complete, accurate and permanent record of all city council proceedings and the availability of those complete, accurate and permanent records. These records are not only desirable but are required. The official response to this perceived lack of transparency and the lack of a complete, accurate and permanent record has yet to come.
Seven years ago my family underwent a drastic change in our lifestyle…we removed television from our lives. I wrote a letter to the editor at that time (April 13 2008) explaining some of the immediate benefits that we saw in our lives. At that time we pretty much removed TV completely from our family life. It was a short lived culture shock and the benefits to our kids and family life were tremendous.
Once again the community has shown great support to Bridges Kinship Mentoring. The turnout for the 7th Annual Taste of Itasca was incredible, as was the generosity of the food and drink providers sharing their talents with the attendees. The staff of the Timberlake was amazing in the hustle to make sure everything was perfect.
This time of year marks the beginning of spring cleaning for many of us, and is a wonderful time to give an update on Deer River Hired Hands as we celebrate 28 years of operation. Over the years Deer River Hired Hands has grown, from only having a handful of employees in the late 1980’s to having 69 total employees, of which 53 have a developmental disability. DRHH was founded by Mel and Lily Gullickson on the principle that people with developmental disability should have meaningful employment and the opportunity to earn a respectable wage. Today, all of our employees make at least minimum wage, have benefits and meaningful employment opportunities. We are able to continue to hold that founding principle to be true, in part by our affiliation with Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI). Together we provide more opportunity, resources, and employment to people with disabilities.