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MN Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program

Sheriff Tom Burch of Cass County announced today the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2014. Sheriff Burch proudly announced that the MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 15- $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 Sheriffs of the State of Minnesota.

The Members of MSA gives special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two or four year law enforcement degree colleges. “The Board of Directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform” said Sheriff Burch. MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice. MSA recognizes some students need outside help in meeting the costs of such training, even though they excel academically.

The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced by December 31st of the same year.

Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office starting September 1, 2014. Completed applications need to be returned to the Sheriff’s Office by October 15, 2014. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories:

1. Mandated POST Skills Program

2. In their second year of a two year law enforcement program.

3. In their third or fourth year of a four year college criminal justice program.

In order to qualify, students must have completed at least one year of the two year program or two years of a four year program. Students meeting these criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application form from their local sheriff’s office or online at www.mnsheriffs.org.

Necessary Changes in Crosslake were needed

Letters to the Editor

I don't understand why a certain group of residents show up to complain every time Crosslake council attempts to save tax payers a few hundred thousand dollars. It's the same sour grapes that we heard after the last election when voters, not council, caused a rash of resignations at the end of 2012 & early 2013. Four employees resigned in short order, two of those before the new council took office. The voters spoke loud and clear before the council had a chance to.

Now we're seeing a new round of resignations from the tax payer owned Crosslake Communications. Why are they leaving? Good question. Makes me wonder what they know that I don't. I do know that this city has wasted enough time discussing the sale of the company. It's not for sale. CharlesMead Advisors were hired to value the company along with evaluating the company. That revelation written about in the paper last week was publicly discussed at a televised council meeting months ago. Maybe those [letter] writers should pay attention at the council meetings? Why have a valuation done if it's not for sale? It's your company. Wouldn't it be nice to know if your company is swimming in red ink or black? It was also revealed at that meeting that our company has lost money for 8 of the past 10 years! And you wonder why council hired professional help? Tax payers are on the hook for a $3.2 million loan if our company fails. It is imperative that we learn how to fix this company, make it profitable, and pay off that loan!

Throwing stones at the people voters hired to manage our company is not productive. Especially the stone throwers who are on the telephone commission!! Mr Winkels and Mrs Schupp, how about some solutions instead?

Roger Roy
Crosslake, MN

Five Reason Why I Am Running To Become The New Mayor Of Crosslake

Letter to the Editor

My name is Darrin Mitchell. This year I am one of three candidates who running for Mayor of Crosslake. One candidate is our current Mayor who at age 78 has already served two terms and a City Council member who is not renewing his seat. The third is myself.

I am 52 years old, a conservative and a registered Republican. I am also a newcomer to Crosslake city politics. I am not a part of our current political establishment. I do not have any relationships with any of our current City Council members or any of the candidates who are running for Crosslake Mayor or City Council.

Today I would like to take this opportunity to tell you five reasons why I am running to become the new Mayor of Crosslake. (1) As your new Mayor it would be my first priority to foster a better way of communication with the citizens of Crosslake by using social media and our local newspapers to openly communicate the monthly actions of the City Council and to encourage a more open discussion on important matters to the city. The confusion surrounding the future of Crosslake Communications is a good example of how our current administration failed in this regard.

(2) As your new Mayor I would host a monthly meeting to meet with our local constituents to discuss city business and to be available to address the concerns of individual citizens.

(3) As your new Mayor I would host a monthly business meeting that would be open to all Crosslake business owners and managers. The purpose of this monthly business meeting would be to see what the city could do to help promote more local interest in Crosslake businesses and to examine the possibility of reversing regulations that prior administrations have passed that currently handicap the operations or growth of our local business community.

(4) As your new Mayor I would explore and consider implementing what other cities in Minnesota have done to offer incentives to draw new businesses to move to Crosslake to help fill the open business store fronts and office spaces that are clearly visible when anyone drives through our city.

(5) As your new Mayor I will be a goodwill ambassador of our city. I will attend local community monthly meetings and events to help promote community growth and involvement.

If you elect me as your new Mayor I recognize that I am being hired to serve “We The People” and I pledge to give this job my best and hope that I can earn your vote on election day.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter to the editor and may God bless our city and our great nation the United States of America.

Darrin Mitchell
Crosslake, MN

Businesses, Employees and the Government

Letter to the Editor

When businesses operate successfully, it's usually a result of two important factors. First, good conscientious employees, trained and dedicated to their individual tasks. Second, someone with a good idea to put it all together.

Compare to a football team. Needed are skilled, well-trained players, offering "110%" effort. There must also be a coach, offering "110%" effort through a well thought-out plan to utilize the particular skills of the players.

In nearly all large businesses today, the goal by the owners is to gather as much money for themselves as possible. If they already have $250 million, it's not enough!

One of the more common ways by owners to increase wealth is to short-change their employees, the ones who leave sick children at home to come in and work, "for the company". The owners disrespect their employees, even as human beings.

When the employees don't have healthcare, sufficient time off, or enough pay and compensation, it means they won’t have enough money for food, housing, reliable transportation, heating, or schooling of their children.

They turn to government for help, because their employers have turned their backs on them, even while smiling fixedly and offering flowery words.

The government must tax to get funds to help people survive. When it turns to the owners who caused this unbalance in the first place, the owners complain and whine about "redistribution of wealth", and claim to be "personally offended".

A. Martin
Merrifield, MN

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Faith in Action Explores Business Partnership Program

Faith in Action for Cass County is exploring creating a business partnership to help those in need in Cass County. The idea, dubbed Partners in Action, is simple. People often call Faith in Action requesting help with home repairs, yard work, and maintenance, but often volunteers do not have the professional skills to complete the task. The program would allow businesses to volunteer a self-chosen amount of time during the year in exchange for advertising and referral.

This summer brought an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Associate for the months of June and July to get the program off the ground. Starting this program has been a dream of Theresa Eclov, Executive Director at Faith in Action. Eclov stated, “Having a VISTA this summer enabled us to really explore and research if this is a feasible program”.

The VISTA, Kaila Forster, is a Global Business Leadership major at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Forster stated, “It has been exciting working on Partners in Action. Theresa had the original idea, and I was able to run with it. I spoke to electricians, plumbers, heating and cooling, construction, landscaping, cleaning, and snow removal businesses in the area to gauge if there was any interest in starting a partnership with Faith in Action. The feedback was positive and shows that there is  enough interest to look further into launching the program”.

Partners in Action aims to help people who do not qualify for any assistance, yet they do not have the money to afford hiring a professional. Faith in Action also has clients who can afford to hire a professional, and would like a recommendation on a business to call. Eclov stated, “This program would ensure that we match the businesses with people who need a service but cannot afford it and recommend the business to those who can. We will also provide screening of all potential clients to ensure the people using this program are truly in need”.

If you are a interested in becoming a Partner in Action, please call 866-675-5435, email cassfia@uslink.net, or visit the website at www.faithinactioncass.com. Faith in Action for Cass County is a volunteer non-profit organization providing transportation, respite, housekeeping, chores and small home repairs, meals on wheels delivery, and more to those in need throughout Cass County.

Pleasing to the Eye

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to the Town Square Shopping Complex in Crosslake; you have made one half of the entry into Town Square from Route # 66 onto Swan Drive "Park Like", with the removal of the weeds and brush on the North side of Swan Drive leaving what is not brushed an eye sore to potential retailers.

Please continue to finish the work on the rest of Town Square.

Thank You,
Carol Roy
Crosslake, MN

Ideal Green Market, a site with potential

Letter to the Editor

On August 12 the first shipment of goods was delivered to the Ideal Green Market (aka Ideal store) from the company that will probably be the first supply source for an Ideal-based food coop. The products were ordered directly from the company, either by phone or online, from a list of products that is available in printed catalogs and online. The orders were submitted by a few of the people who are currently working to organize a food cooperative in our neighborhood. These organizers have established a delivery site number with the supply company that identifies the Ideal Green Market as Drop site #D797463. People who want to order from this company and get the same delivery service, can view the catalogue of products and order at: https://www.azurestandard.com/getting-started-azure

Establishing a full-blown food coop at the Ideal Green Market will take a little more time. The steering committee is creating a business plan, which will lead to filing for a state business license. More volunteers for steering committee tasks are needed. Funding for startup working capital will need to be sourced. And volunteers must be found and organized.

Some of you may have met these Ideal Green Market organizers; at the store in Ideal, at area farmers markets and even in your own neighborhoods. That’s because right now they are busy meeting as many of the local food farmers, growers, producers, and gardeners as they can before the growing season ends. Their goal is to offer local organic, non-GMO food and household goods for sale at the Ideal Green Market.

A buyers club with Azure Standard is a simple way to begin the process of becoming a food cooperative. Anyone who would like to join in this effort to get good quality products by purchasing as a group should consider participating with the Ideal Green Market.

For more info:
web: www.idealgreenmarket.com
email: mary@idealgreenmarket.com
ph: Mary Plein 218-543-6479

Mary Plein
Ideal Township

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