Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor Individuals praised for work on memorial

To the editor:

As a member of the Clay County Veterans Memorial Committee, it is pleasurable for me to be able to report that the memorial site is just about finished. There are some final concrete and landscaping details left to do, as well as setting the benches on the main slab. These are chores that will not hold this project up very long.

One point that doesn't seem clear to some people is the matter of the basic work that has been done on the project. This has not been "donated" labor as some believe, but paid for by the committee from funds that have been donated by the public. This is not to say that there hasn't been some donated labor on the project, because there have been many hours spent by various people on the memorial down through the months. And the project wouldn't be in its finishing stages now if the volunteer work had not been done.

And that brings me to one of the main points of this letter. There are two people on the "committee" who deserve special public mention and praise for their unending work that they have done on this project. They are Leo Powell and Mike Hauck! These two men have been the driving force in getting the veterans memorial to the final stages. I know they have spent many, many hours each, a lot of them, or I should say most of them, involved in physical labors that most shy away from. Without their efforts, this project probably wouldn't have seen completion for another year! Speaking for the Clay County Veterans Memorial Committee, Clay County veterans and hopefully the rest of Clay County's citizens, thank you very much fellows! Your efforts have been noted � and appreciated by most of us.

One last point is the fact that this memorial is still in dire need of funds to bring it to completion. To any of you who have been holding off, waiting to see if this project was really going to fly, or to those who may want to make one final donation, now is the time to step up to the plate.

Thanks again to all who have contributed time and their money to the project and to those of you who may still want to contribute. And a final round of applause for Leo and Mike, veterans and citizens of Clay County, who have always gone the extra mile!


Bill Willroth, Sr.


Voters fortunate to consider Johnson

To the editor:

Once a teacher, always a teacher. The folks of District 17 are so lucky to have the choice of voting for Maxine Johnson for state representative. She impacted my life when she came to our small Minnesota community right out of college to begin her teaching career. Her enthusiasm, her intelligence and concern for each student was evident. I know she will bring those attributes and her skill as a communicator to the South Dakota Legislature and to her area constituents.

As a former teacher, she will continue to "reach one and teach one" with caring and competence. Maxine Johnson is South Dakota's gain and Minnesota's loss. Get to know her and vote for her.

Uvonne Jones VanHecke

Walnut Grove, MN

Being a host family was privilege

To the editor:

This past week, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, we had the privilege of opening our home to Up With People.

We hosted Charlene, a young lady from Canada, and Nadine, a young lady from Germany. They are the kindest, sweetest and most appreciative people I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

I am not ashamed to admit that Monday at 10:30 a.m., when we dropped them off at the DakotaDome to say goodbye, was a very emotional time. Although they were our guests for only four days we became very attached. We learned about them, their families and their future dreams.

I would urge anyone to be a "host family" for Up With People if given the opportunity. I know that our family will be first in line to sign up again as host families.

Jim, Dar and Jennifer Frye


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