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Believing in Santa Children sometimes wonder about Santa Claus. A little girl in New York City asked that very question 114 years ago in New York City. We are reprinting the classic editorial response. From New York Sun, Sept. 21, 1897 Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in the Sun it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O'Hanlon. 15 West 95th St. Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus! Virginia, your little friends are wrong.
West central Minnesota is patiently waiting for a white Christmas this year. We likely will have to wait a little longer for the good blanket of snow to fall across the region. Christmas remains a time of celebration. It is time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the son of God. Christ was the gift of God to the world. The Christmas holiday is also a time for family and friends. Take time this weekend to slow down and enjoy the precious company of your loved ones.
Mayor Frank Yanish and most of the Willmar City Council Monday night voiced their support of the Municipal Utilities Commission concerning the organization's operations and pending investigation of General Manager Bruce Gomm for "activities disruptive to utility operations." They all may want to have the Utilities Commission get its own house in order by following the appropriate open meeting and data privacy laws of this state.
The Willmar Municipal Utilities and its commission have become dysfunctional and are in danger of costing the city of Willmar multi-millions over the next decade if the right decisions are not made in a timely manner. The utilities functionality may be the greatest issue the city has faced in decades.
The recent turmoil at the Willmar Municipal Utilities has now boiled over onto the public stage as its General Manager Bruce Gomm was placed on paid administrative leave Monday pending an investigation of "activities disruptive to utility operations." The Municipal Utilities Commission members have apparently made matters worse in the process of attempting to govern the utilities. First, the commission possibly committed an Open Meeting Law violation when it closed the meeting Monday for "preliminary consideration of possible misconduct." Those grounds for closure would now appear less than
Families across west central Minnesota will travel and gather together Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It is a day for thanksgiving as well as good family, great food, especially fabulous turkey raised and processed right here in west central Minnesota. The first Pilgrims' Thanksgiving was held in 1621 and remained basically a New England tradition. In 1777, a Day of Thanksgiving was declared to celebrate the American victory at Saratoga. President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a Thanksgiving holiday.
Voters in the New London-Spicer School District face a decision Tuesday on a $1.5 million technology operating levy. The district's levy plans call for $500,000 for three years to be invested in technology and training for students and staff. This investment in the district will address limited internet access and capacity issues as well as utilize technology to transform educational learning in the classroom. The West Central Tribune encourages NLS voters to vote yes on this proposed technology operating levy issue. This is the time for NLS to make an appropriate investment in technology.