Dexter Forum Notes 03-02-19

The Dairy Queen is open.  This annual rite of spring is proof positive that we can survive the winter and survive the election season and just about any other adversity.

There is still a lot of curiosity about the fate of the old Country Market space.  We all have lots of great suggestions but they don’t necessarily line up with market realities.  The best we know is that it takes time to decommission all of the refrigeration units in the place.

We talked a bit about all of the trail construction going on around us and how the routes are determined.  Like everything else, there are all sorts of factors.  There are regulations involved when crossing rivers, crossing roads, crossing wetlands, crossing rails along with staying barrier free.  The whole trail system is a modern miracle in my opinion and a tremendous asset to our community.

Webster Township is trying to do the right thing by saving up to build a new fire station with cash.  The problem is that their savings rate is not able to keep up with the cost increases in a new facility.  They are trying to address the issue of response time for emergencies – most of which are medical.

We are always fortunate to have some of our elected representatives present to provide first hand information on current issues.  Lana Theis, our new state senator (replacing term limited Joe Hune), described her committee responsibilities which include the chairpersonship (is that a real word?) of the education committee.  During her time in the house Lana was strongly identified with the effort to lower our car insurance rates, which are the highest in the country, and she remains committed to that effort.

The next meeting of the Dexter Forum will be on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8:30 AM at the Dexter Wellness Center.

The Dexter Forum is supported by the Dexter Wellness Coalition as part of the 5 Healthy Towns initiative to “help connect with others in healthy ways”.  The purpose of the Forum is to create an opportunity for interested women and men to gather to discuss important issues facing our community.  All are welcome on a drop-in basis.  The group meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Back issues of the Forum notes are available on our web site   Just let John or Karl know if you would like to be added to our e-mail list which will get you meeting reminders and your own personal copy of the meeting notes.

The group is moderated by Karl Fink and John Hansen.


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