Recently Lakeland Public Television aired a debate between current District 10A legislator Josh Heintzeman and his opponent Democrat Dale Menk. Throughout the debate Menk repeatedly stated that Heinzeman does not listen to or represent all of the people of his district. Heintzeman was able to set the record straight in his closing arguments.
I find it very unusual that Pat Pickar, candidate for Crow Wing County Sheriff, has already picked his chief deputy if he wins the election and that person is not currently employed in the sheriff's department.
After watching the Minnesota House candidates' forum at CLC Monday night, it is obvious why the not-so-subtly-left leaning League of Women Voters prefers to sponsor forums rather than Debates: Democrat candidates have no arguments from which to debate, as their positions are untenable. Debates allow for rebuttal, where someone can respond to a topic. Or allegations and falsehoods. Forums provide an opportunity for leftist challengers to simply roll out accusations and demands for change, while debates demand that accusations be backed up by the accuser.
I have known Ruth Nelson for over 25 years and I can attest to her integrity and her passion for what is best for our school district. She is trustworthy, hardworking, and above all, always makes decisions based on what is best for our students. She worked earnestly to communicate with our residents about the importance of the recent bond referendum to improve our schools and we need her to be a part of this project for the next four years. Vote Ruth Nelson on Nov. 6. Marina Grabowski Brainerd
I have known Scott for over 30 Years. Goddard 4 U! Correct! Scott provides leadership with his experience and compassion. If you know Scott at all, you know nothing is more important than his family; not just his wife, daughter and son, and his immediate family, but his Crow Wing County family, and the counties around him.
Bill Brekken's "listen, learn and lead" approach to serving the residents of District 2, Crow Wing County's lake country, is "on target." As a leader of the Whitefish Lake association, I know Bill's leadership approach that he has demonstrated as a Gull lake association leader and his other past and present community service. Starting with his values for honesty, integrity and character, Bill has identified important natural resources, water resources, infrastructure and fiscal issues.
I'll be voting for Pickar for sheriff. Pickar and Schreifels are both more than qualified for their respective positions which they're seeking. Both have good moral and ethical integrity. Pickar relates well with people and will be a strong leader fostering current relationships. Pickar has instructed his team to run a positive campaign, and that has been evident. If Pickar is elected, it is that positivity and new energy he will bring to the office of sheriff.
Bill Brekken has a long and rich career, including impactful chapters in retail, finance, higher education, community development (as leader of the Brainerd Community Foundation), and real estate. These diverse experiences have helped shape Bill into the practical, solutions-oriented, leader that is eager to serve Crow Wing County as a candidate for county commissioner (District 2).
A letter writer in the Dispatch mentioned that they had coached and known a candidate for sheriff since elementary school and junior high in various sports. He used this example of that candidate's behavior as a child to show that his character would make him a good sheriff. In no way do I believe that a person's behavior as a child or in junior high translates into the qualifications necessary to lead a multi-million dollar department that is the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office.
I am a First Amendment supporter—and a Second, Third, Fourth, all amendments, the Constitution, separation of powers—citizenship knowledge requirements for all citizens.