Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Hosanna is one of multiple Minnesota churches that have brought in new security methods after Sandy Hook and other violent incidents around the country.
In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and at the Sikh temple in Oak Creak, Wis., some Minnesota places of worship have been scaling up their security protocols. Hosanna! Lutheran Church in Lakeville has hired an armed police officer to sit in on services. Mary Caroll, Hosanna's executive director, told the Star Tribune that the officer's responsibilities go beyond violence deterrence and include helping lost children and assisting in health emergencies. “It’s kind of just being wise,” Carroll told the paper. “But also of being realistic. ... Every church has to weigh what they think is the right balance of ... evidencing their trust in the Lord and being wise in the ways of the world.” Hosanna's security has gained praise …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Florida professor James Tracy has said the devastating shooting in Newtown, CT, was part of a government and media conspiracy related to gun control.
On Jan. 10, Lakeville Patch brought you the heart-warming story of Holly Ryan, a school psychologist at Kenwood Trail Middle School who traveled back to her hometown of Newtown, CT, to help victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The story proved that those December events will forever resonate with folks, not only in Lakeville, but around the world. So much so, people on the other side of the fence are sharing their voice, and it's causing a whole new host of problems for Newtown victims. Florida Atlantic University Professor James Tracy has vocally questioned whether Sandy Hook has even happened. Tracy has said he believes that the school shooting could have been a performance by people he called "crisis actors." The reason…
Friday, January 4, 2013
With so many challenges on the table, Patch wants to know what issues you think are most important.
With another legislative session just around the corner, senators and representatives have no shortage of challenges ahead of them. Lawmakers plan to convene hearings on gun control in the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. They’ll review a recommendation from a governor-appointed task force to increase gas taxes and tab fees in response to a projected $50 billion shortfall in transportation funding. The DFL majority and defeat of the marriage amendment in the 2012 election could even prompt the Legislature to take up the issue of gay marriage. And looming over everything is a projected $1.1 billion deficit that legislators will have to close before adjourning for the year. With so many issues on the …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said Thursday that Minnesota’s permit-to-carry law allows some people with serious mental health issues to acquire firearms.
Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our newsletter In the days after the Newtown, CT, shooting, Dakota County has seen a big uptick in applications for permits to carry a pistol. Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said the county received 30 requests Monday and 26 Tuesday—about three times higher than the seven-10 applications processed in a typical day. "We have the staff to handle" the upsurge in applications, Bellows said. But what does worry him is the fact that some of the people applying for permits may have serious mental-health issues. And under current law, there's nothing he can do about it. “Since 2008, we’ve seen a significant increase from year to year, and this year is going to be the highest year ever,” …
Friday, December 21, 2012
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.
In an amazing Friday morning press conference in Washington DC, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." (What do you think about the NRA's solution? Tell us in the comments.) "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Patch will pause to remember the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Patch websites in Minnesota will go dark for a moment Friday morning to honor the memory of those killed one week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The brief Patch blackout is set for 8:30 a.m. CST on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Gov. Mark Dayton has called for a moment of silence in Minnesota one hour later, at 9:30 a.m. CST. In his statement (click on PDF thumbnail), Dayton also asked places of worship and government buildings that have bells to ring them 26 times "in honor of each life that was taken far too soon at Sandy Hook Elementary School." Twenty children and six adults died in the mass shooting. Newtown Patch's news hub has extensive coverage of the events of Dec. 14 and since, including the names of those who died…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
People all over the world want to know how to help Sandy Hook residents following Friday's horrifying mass shooting.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Update: For Lakeville and other local residents: "Tonight at 6 p.m. people will be gathering at 13964 Ember Way in Apple Valley for a candle light vigil to honor the Connecticut families. "These are just normal people trying to make a difference and not really knowing how to. Hope to see you there ..." Original post: In the wake of the unimaginable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday people from all over the world—in Connecticut, Minnesota, Canada and much farther away in Australia and India—sent an outpouring of support and want to know how they can help. (Read a letter from the Lakeville Area Public School District Superintendent about safety in at the schools following the Newtown tragedy.) If you want to be notified via …