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Cardboard Boat Races at Moonlite Bay

Letter to the Editor

Many different events occur in our communities each summer that we have a chance to enjoy. I would like to take a moment to say thanks to all the people that make the Cardboard Boat races at Moonlite Bay so much fun.. The entire Bay and shoreline was packed with people enjoying the activities on Saturday, Aug. 13th.

A special thanks to Jessie and Rich and all the Moonlite Bay staff for hosting this fun filled event.

Also thanks to Moonlite for donating the proceeds from the event to the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club to support boating safety on the chain of lakes.

Thanks to Mike Haglund and Central Packaging for donating all the cardboard to build those fabulous boats.

Finally thanks to all the participants in the race for building their boats and paddling to the finish line. (21 Adult Boats and 12 kid boats...a record year)

John Pribyl,
Crosslake, MN

Carry a message of faith, citizenship, dignity and honor

Letter to the Editor

Jesse Nix writes (preying on the paranoid Tuesday 8/16) that we shouldn't be fearful, can trust the Lord, and need not carry. But Nix does carry! He openly carries the message of faith, the burden of responsibility for citizenship, and himself with dignity and honor. He has done more to civilize society than anything in my gun cabinet. While I agree that we need not fear I know we will both sleep better with Rick Nolan back on the job in Washington DC and his opponent, the self proclaimed "junk yard dog", back in the used parts department.

Tom Besnett
Timothy Township
Crow Wing County

Hillary An Exemplary Role Model?

Letter to the Editor

If, according to a number of polls, many of the well-educated women in this country are voting for Hillary Clinton, does this indicate they are holding up Hillary as an exemplary role model for their daughters to follow? A woman who has shown a compulsion for using the untruth to gain more power and avoiding all responsibility for her actions? Instead, she blames everyone else. It is apparent that Hillary has decided she and only she must be the first woman president of this country and no one had better stand in her way. She has mastered the duplicity of crooked politics since Arkansas when she and Bill first became involved. Actually, I feel sorry for her but, she has about as much empathy for the American people as she does for wallpaper on a wall. For example, Benghazi, which the Democratic party and a number of other people have discarded as old news, good only to wrap fish entrails in. Yet, despite pleas for help, four men lost their lives there and although Hillary Clinton knew the truth that it was a well-planned terrorist attack, proceeded to blame a video for their deaths. “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive” and Hillary has become so entangled in a complex web of untruths, which are hard to get rid of because, as you well know, spider webs are very sticky. Unfortunately, too many people who go to Washington, D.C. as our representatives become entangled in the “old boy’s club” and soon their  only concern is for their own future and getting aboard the gravy train of pork projects to enhance their importance to their constituents back home. At least Trump has created jobs. Obama and Hillary have only created a mess.

Dolores Zaske
Pine River, MN

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Eurasian watermilfoil in Roosevelt Lake

Letter to the Editor

It is confirmed, by the MN DNR and an independent nongovernmental specialist, that Roosevelt Lake is infested with the aquatic invasive species Eurasian watermilfoil. Judging from the size and maturity of the infestation, it may be a couple of years old. There are options with regard to this infestation: do nothing or treat with selective aquatic herbicides.

To do nothing will result in the Eurasian watermilfoil taking over much of the littoral area of the lake that is less than 15 feet deep and the strong possibility of spreading to other connected lakes. This would dramatically impair the ability to use the lake for swimming and boating and the associated tourism activities. Also important would be a significant drop in the property value for those who own lakeshore property value for those who own lakeshore property on the Roosevelt Lake and its connected lakes. Lack of action has been shown to be disastrous in other lakes. To do nothing does not seem to be an option.

Experts have advised that it is unrealistic to expect to totally eliminate the problem. They indicate that the best plan is to treat, monitor and manage and control the milfoil infestation.

The Roosevelt and Lawrence Area lakes Association (RALALA) board has elected to aggressively address the issue. RALALA has initiated surveys of its lakes to locate areas of infestation. It is in the process of obtaining the necessary permits to use aquatic herbicides on those areas where the milfoil is concentrated enough for effective treatment.

With the herbicides there are two options: treat with a lower cost – less effective 2-4-D herbicide or tryclopyr, a more expensive herbicide with a 90 plus % kill rate. In order to get control, RALALA has opted to be aggressive and use the tryclopyr herbicide on the main infestation of 5.66 acres at a cost of over $1800 per acre. This treatment will take place as soon as the permit is issued and weather allows and will be applied by a professional aquatic control company. This will be followed by monitoring, surveying, and treating as necessary to control and manage the Eurasian watermilfoil infestation.

In order to help finance the ongoing battle against Eurasian watermilfoil, RALALA is pursuing additional funding grants from city, county, and DNR funding. However those are not a “given” . Additional Help will be needed. Community involvement and support will be essential to the effort. Any one can help by joining RALALA and /or making a donation to RALALA at PO Box 139, Outing MN 56662. RALALA is a 501-C3 non- profit organizationwith one of its main goals to preserve and protect the quality of our lakes.

Roger Brekken
RALALA Board Member

Preying on the paranoid

Letter to the Editor

I really find it troublesome that it seems that a major part of our population seems to be paranoid. About half of them seem to be afraid to go outside without a side arm. Back when this country was first settled, a hundred years ago, they might have had an excuse. Now we are really quite civilized.

A cousin and I were talking the other day. He generally avoids some of the rougher parts of Chicago. But he travels much of the United States and has found no reason to carry. I have also found no reason and I have been in some of the rougher places in New York and several other cities. I have chosen to take the Christian attitude, the Bible says fear not, I chose to follow what I believe that I have nothing to fear. However we have a political campaign that seems to prey on those who are paranoid by giving those more to fear rather than actually saying or  concentrating on real problems or solutions. It is a shame that our local candidate for the congress has chosen the low road of fear and false innuendo about the present more honorable congressman.

Jesse Nix
Emily, MN

The value of flossing

Letter to the Editor

This dentist doesn’t need a study to tell him what he sees daily For those people who have written about the lack of evidence that flossing is beneficial to a person’s dental health (“Turns out, flossing may be overrated,” Aug. 3), I have two things to say:

1)“Slow news day? When you explain the results of this study to me, please speak in another direction so I don’t have to smell your breath.”

2)“Life is short. Smile while you still have your teeth.”

I don’t need a study to prove what I see the evidence of every day, thank you.

If you don’t think flossing has done or can do you any good, ask your dentist how many of your cavities have been — or are (if you haven’t had them fixed yet) — between your teeth.

The next time you have chicken or steak or broccoli or celery that gets packed between your teeth, wait as long as you can stand the pressure it creates between them. Then, when you finally decide to floss it out, give it a good smell.

As with everything, genetic makeup does make a difference. We all know or have read about the 95-year-old who attributes long life to a glass of bourbon and a pack of cigarettes every day. Similarly, there are people who don’t brush or floss regularly but don’t seem to get cavities or significant gum disease.

I have spent my entire professional career seeing the results of good and poor dental self-care. While rigorous studies may help in general understanding, I don’t need any study to tell me the very significant benefits that brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day have on a patient’s dental well-being, thank you.

Dr. Paul D. Amble
Grand Ave. Dental, St. Paul, MN

Floss your teeth

Letter to the Editor

Recent articles have questioned the value of flossing your teeth to prevent cavities, gingivitis, or periodontal disease because of a lack of scientific studies. The American Dental Association recommends on its website, “Flossing is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums.” As a retired dentist, age 93, my common sense advice for good oral hygiene habits is to brush and floss after eating. I will be going for my 6 month checkup and cleaning with a floss pick in my pocket.

Robert O. Uppgaard, DDS
Pequot Lakes, MN

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