The Rockin' Robbins summer concert series produced by Willmar Rotary rocked it out of the park this summer. If you did not attend one of the four concert events this summer, you missed some of the biggest happenings in Willmar. Rockin' Robbins was a fabulous summer event over four straight Tuesday nights for the community, all for the benefit of the Robbins Island Regional Park. This year the concert series was expanded to a four-night schedule with these featured acts.
Despite occupying the most powerful office in the world, Donald Trump continues to attack his critics, often displaying and highlighting his own misogyny and his obsession with revenge. His uncontrolled tweeting tendency is unpresidential and contributes very little to his governing ability. His Thursday Twitter tirade against MSNBC critics is the latest display of his personality fault and dangerous tendency.
It's Willmar Fests time in our fair city and it is truly time to play. For more than seven decades, our city celebration known now as Willmar Fests and its predecessors have brought a variety of activities for community members, families and visitors to enjoy during the summer. This year's Willmar Fests is historic as it has been highlighted by the official opening of the Willmar Destination Playground at Robbins Island. Once again, Willmar residents have worked together and moved forward on a significant project.
Home and business internet users in rural Kandiyohi County now have a significant opportunity to address their critical need for high-speed broadband access. As Kandiyohi County Commissioners said this week: "The clock is ticking."
After a 75-hour special session and several sleepless nights, the Minnesota Legislature wrapped up multiple bills May 26 to pass the state's $36 billion budget. The Republican majority, the DFL minority and Gov. Mark Dayton had finally found the necessary compromises to complete the next biennium's budget and Minnesota seemed to be working again. If Minnesotans thought it was too good to be true, they were right.
Friday is the start of the traditional Memorial Day holiday weekend. It is always a memorable weekend for families and communities. The key is to make those days memorable for the right reasons. Remember: The most important thing is to remember the original purpose of Memorial Day. It is a day to remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country - the United States of America.
For nearly five months, the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton have been meeting and meeting and meeting. Yet, they seem unable to agree on much of anything. The Legislature's Republican majority and the DFL governor are matching staredowns to see which one budges first. After publically sparring Thursday over their opposing positions on proposed tax and spending plans, they resumed discussions Friday. There appears to be little movement toward any compromise or agreement.
Ridgewater College's leadership is transitioning to a new chapter as Doug Allen nears the end of his college presidency and Joseph Opatz prepares to take over as interim president for the upcoming school year. This is an opportunity for all at Ridgewater to move forward for the betterment of the college and the community. During Allen's 14-year tenure, Ridgewater has had significant successes accomplished during tough economic times.
Our children were told if they could dream it, Willmar would build it. So they dreamed what they wanted for the Destination Playground and now the construction phase has begun. The Destination Playground is a private-public partnership in Willmar. It is a continuation of the private-public partnerships which have been embraced in our community in recent years. The pre-build phase of the playground project has been underway for several weeks. On Tuesday, the building phase of the project kicked in.
The political race in Minnesota's 7th District's congressional seat in 2018 will be interesting. Republicans are again targeting Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-Detroit Lakes, a member of Congress since 1991, who has announce he is seeking re-election next year. Any political race, especially in today's political world, can be expected to get a little heated. However, there is no place for hatred, racism or bigoted rhetoric by anyone, Republican or Democrat or any other political party, in any political dialogue.