Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Two recent letters from Steve Olson and Bob Uppgaard speak about our president claiming that "The Declaration of Independence and constitutional law changed that truth for hundreds of years, but now face challenges, in truly frightening ways, by an emerging lawlessness of authoritarianism in an ever-tightening grip called Trumpism" and that "The United States, which has historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates popular divisions and heaps scorn on democratic institutions."
Christ Community Church in Nisswa will hold an outdoor worship service at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, June 24. Bring blankets and chairs, though chairs will also be available at the church. A burger bar and dunk tank fundraiser will take place immediately following the ceremony. There will be a freewill offering for the food and dunk tank. All proceeds will go toward the church's camp scholarship program that helps send kids to summer camp.
The monthly bluegrass concert at Crosslake Christian Assembly of God Church will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 24, featuring old-time hymns and patriotic music performed on a variety of instruments, including banjo, mandolin, guitar, dulcimer, piano and more. Refreshments are served. For more information, call 218-851-7777.
The Brainerd Lakes Area Christian Convertible Club is open to anyone who enjoys driving with the car's top down. The group has three rides planned for this summer so far. All rides begin at 2 p.m. at Christ Community Church in Nisswa and will return to town around 7 p.m. The schedule is as follows: • Sunday, June 24: Mille Lacs/Aitkin/Crosby. • Sunday, July 22: McGregor/Big Sandy Lake. • Sunday, Aug. 26: Walker/Park Rapids. Anyone interested in participating should email Jeff DeVaney at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The second annual Drug Court Hog Roast Fundraiser will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 25, on the east lawn of the Crow Wing County Judicial Center. The mission of the Crow Wing County Drug Court is to enhance public safety by decreasing criminal recidivism through community supported, judicially supervised treatment of substance abuse. The program helps participants restore their lives through recovery, reunifying them with the community, and reuniting them with their families. The drug court program is a minimum of 22 months.
Pancakes for Progressives with area political candidates is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at the Nisswa American Legion. This event is an opportunity to meet Joe Radinovich, running for Congressional District 8; Michelle Lee, running for Congressional District 8; Pat Medure, running for House District 5B; John Purcell, running for House District 5A; and Alex Hering, running for House District 9A. Cass County DFL is the sponsor. Cost is $6 per person. Children 10 and under are free.
The Pequot Lakes Historical Society will host Ione Schaaf as its guest volunteer at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Schaaf was the Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce secretary from 1995-2006, working part of that time in the little building in the middle of town that used to have the tall chainsaw carving standing guard outside. Schaaf will talk about tourists and ma and pa resorts, and will share other stories and reminisce.
Republicans are in denial over the issue of separating frightened, innocent children from frightened, innocent parents on the U.S. southern border. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Republican) held a news conference justifying such cruel treatment of those simply trying to escape bad or deadly situations in their "homelands." (Nazis referred to it as "fatherlands." Pretty similar.)
This country is an ongoing invention. People came to this land to have the opportunity to create a "system" of life. At what point did people become mere players within the system instead of pioneering co-creators? While playing the game of life, an individual, as well as a city, must survive financially. Thus, economics takes precedence in social ventures, and money becomes the nucleus of many decisions. This mindset has crippled our creative capacity and has impelled us to cause severe damage to Earth's ecosystems (of which we are a part).
Line 3 has operated for nearly 50 years, and Minnesota refiners count on it daily to move significant volumes of crude oil. Line 3 has maintenance challenges, yet is safely operated with reduced pressure and volume. However, the volume reductions have created challenges for Minnesota and regional refineries to ensure adequate supply. Minnesota refiners, including those near the Twin Cities, have been unequivocal on the need for Line 3 replacement throughout the regulatory process.