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Where are the Spiritual Leaders?

Letter to the Editor

It is interesting that we have a bunch of Governors and presidential candidates that claim to be Christians and don’t seem to understand Christian principles. They say well it is the people that are being chased from their homes own fault so don’t let them move into our neighborhood. These same people had ancestors that came to this country in dire situations and were welcomed.

Now we have leaders that are so paranoid they shouldn’t be allowed to have a pointed stick for fear that if a loud noise happens they will poke any one close with it. They are sort of like that Australian double amputee that was the Olympic Runner that shot his girlfriend through the bathroom door because he was paranoid. He was living in a secure apartment in a gated community.

I don’t live in a gated community. I’m not afraid to walk down the street or road anywhere. I don’t have to worry about what will happen to me while I am asleep I’m a Christian. I have faith that if something untoward happens I’ll be in a better place.

We have so many that try to be leaders that spread fear and have no hope. The new leader of the House of Representatives working Bible was written by a German Atheist, his only trust is principle, it is no wonder he has no hope.

Where are our Spiritual Leaders, the Bishops and denominational leaders? Are they afraid for their jobs if they speak up about about what Jesus would do or say?

Jesse Nix
Emily, MN

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GoNorth Team and the Thriving Communities Initiative

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The GoNorth team would like to take this opportunity to inform the public about the upcoming community project we hope to carry out in the months ahead. Local governments, residents and businesses will all benefit as the area works together for the collective good. This will be an open and transparent process utilizing a proven program, The Thriving Communities Initiative (TCI) designed by the Initiative Foundation (www.ifound.org ), a regional foundation governed by a board of citizens of their fourteen county region that includes Cass and Crow Wing counties. The goal of the TCI and IRRRB process is to help local citizens create a common vision for the future of their area, select key projects to move that vision forward and implement those projects. This process has been carried out in more than sixty communities over the past twenty years. There have been many benefits in terms of positive outcomes that have impacted the quality of life and local economies in those communities. A number of open meetings have already been held sharing the process, and five local governments (Fifty Lakes, Little Pine, Fairfield, Outing and Emily) have been consulted and have confirmed their support for the program. The grant to the Initiative Foundation has been written and submitted. We are working on the IRRRB grant. If these grants are  approved, a public meeting will be held and there will be more information about how residents can participate.

Go North Team

Reports of “IRS” Scam calls being received

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that the Sheriff’s Office has recently received an increase in reports of a potential scam in which the caller indicates they are from the IRS and demanding payment to clear up a tax situation. The caller indicates they will take legal proceedings against the victim if the tax situation is not satisfied immediately with a form of payment. We have determined these calls to be a potential “phishing” scam, in which the caller is attempting to get personal or financial information. When the callers refuse to give them any information, the callers get very negative and demanding. This is an obvious attempt to obtain financial information from callers. The IRS and other legitimate organizations do not conduct business in this manner.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office recommends the additional tips to avoid potential scam and fraud situations:

•Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.

•Be leery if you do not remember entering a lottery or contest.

•Be cautious if you receive a telephone call stating you are the winner in a lottery or a prize

•Beware of lotteries that charge a fee prior to delivery of your prize.

•Be wary of demands to send additional money to be eligible for future winnings.

•It is a violation of federal law to play a foreign lottery via mail or phone.

•Never give your personal details to people you don't know - If you receive a call from someone who claims to be from your bank or any other organization, don't give them your details. Call the organization in question to check it is really them calling. Never click on a link or call a phone number in an email - use a phone directory to look up the correct number.

•Check your bank statements - If you see any unusual transactions, contact your bank or credit card provider.

•Review your credit report - Get your credit report from a credible agency. This allows you to check that no-one is using your name to borrow money or run up debts. See credit reports and credit repair for tips on how to check your report.

•Carry only essential information - Avoid taking important documents out of your home to minimize the chance of them being lost or stolen.

•Secure personal documents at home - Store your important documents in a fire and waterproof container or a safe deposit box in case your home is burgled or damaged.

•Destroy personal information - Shred or cut up your bills, statements and expired cards to prevent thieves from using them.

•Secure your mail - Secure your letter box with a lock and collect your mail regularly. If you move to a new house, notify the post office to redirect your mail. Mail sent to the wrong address could be used to steal your identity.

•Protect your mobile or Smartphone - Be wary when installing applications onto your phone. Scammers may send you applications designed to download malicious software onto your phone and steal bank account details.

Passage of ISD 118 Bond Referendum

Letter to the Editor

The members of the Northland Remer Education Association would like to thank all those who were so helpful during the last referendum process. Whether it was Mr. Mayclin attending over 50 meetings, the hours spent by the dedicated members of the Vote Yes Committee, or community members who helped spread the good word, we, the certified staff at Northland Community Schools owe you all a great debt of gratitude. The referendum would not have passed without your work.

We would also like to thank those who participated in this political process. The members of our communities asked many great questions and provided important insights over the last several months. We are completely aware of the magnitude of this decision and sincerely appreciate every vote whether it was “yes” or “no.” As we move forward into the planning and building phases of this project, we believe it is of the utmost importance to continue to seek out the opinions of our community members.

This is an exciting time. We believe that our school should be a shining example of our communities in appearance and performance. You have pledged your support to Northland Community Schools for the next 30 years. In kind, we pledge our continued support of your students.

As usual, just when the work seems to be over, the real work is about to begin. Thank you all again for your efforts so far. Thank you all in advance for your future contributions. Together we can make our new school a place that we can all be proud of. Eagle Pride School and Community Wide!

Thanks for your time & attention, Have a wonderful day.

Mrs. Carol Procopio
Remer, MN

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