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Not in my backyard


Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, June 26, 2000

In the usually quiet burg of Spring Valley, the hot topic of conversation has switched as of late. While recent flooding has left the community with much to contemplate, another issue is sizzling to the forefront. What’s behind all the ruckus is the proposed route that would connect Spring Valley to the Root River State Trail.

It all really started back in 1993, when Spring Valley signed up, along with Chatfield, Fountain, Wykoff, Preston and Ostrander, to develop a joint agreement for developing trails connecting these cities to the existing Root River State Trail and towns such as Lanesboro, Rushford and Houston. The connection, as outlined in the plans, would also head south to Ostrander and LeRoy, eventually connecting up with Mower County’s trail system. Representatives from each of the communities were selected to represent their interests on a committee, which has become known as the Joint Powers Board.

While the Joint Powers Board has been successful in obtaining options to purchase land from some local landowners, a group of concerned farmers from Spring Valley and Wykoff are digging in their heels and refusing to sell. Their beef is not only with the Joint Powers Board, but with Spring Valley City leaders, who they say refuse to hear their concerns.

At the crux of all the fuss is a portion of land that’s needed to connect Spring Valley’s existing in-town trail to the City Farm, a parcel of land about two miles east of town. The city-owned acreage is slated for a campground and recreational area to accommodate future trail users. That, in itself, is causing neighboring landowners concern, but worse is the threat of condemnation of their land for not agreeing to allow trails on their property. Condemnation is a legal practice that has taken place throughout the county, but to the group of Spring Valley/Wykoff landowners it’s an ugly word that is pitting neighbor against neighbor and town folk against farmer.
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"We’ve lived, raised our family and farmed in Spring Valley for 45 years," said Ruth Kaster, who along with husband, Floyd, operates a large family farm, just on the edge of town. The Kasters are one of the two so-called "hold-outs" and have refused to sell a parcel that would provide an essential link to what’s currently planned for Spring Valley’s trail system.

While the Kasters admit that very little of their land would be af .....
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Wykoff, MN

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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When you visit the heart of Bluff Country, take the drive on MN Hwy. 80 and you will find Wykoff, "The Gateway to Forestville."

Our limestone karst region is dotted with "sink holes" which indicate caverns below ground. You can visit one of t ..... 
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Whalan/Highland area

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Whalan, with a population of about 90, is one of the smaller towns on the trail, though one of the most memorable. The town provides excellent access to the [Read the Rest]

Stewartville, MN

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Stewartville is a small city with a friendly atmosphere located in the beautiful Root River Valley 10 miles south of Rochester. Known as the Gateway to the Historic Bluff County, Stewartville has much to offer, whether you come for a visit or stay fo ..... 
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St. Charles, MN

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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St. Charles, known as the Gladiola Capitol, and located at the Gateway to Whitewater State Park to the north and I-90 entrance to S.E. MN. Historic Bluff ..... 
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Spring Valley, MN

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Sample the Seasons in Spring Valley

Sample spring and rediscover the solitude and harmony of nature. Angle for trout, enjoy wild flowers, take up birding, scout for mushrooms -- these and more can be enjoyed in the countryside near S ..... 
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Spring Grove, MN

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Velkommen til Spring Grove

In a world of mass-produced, carbon copy, electronic images and impersonal life experiences, fine quality service and warm, friendly people are scarce as hen's teeth. But not in Spring Grove.

Spring G ..... 
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Rushford, MN

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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The first pioneers pole-boated up the Root River to the junction of Rush Creek, peered through 10-foot tall grasses, and learned what Indians already knew - this was astonishing beauty. On Christmas Eve 1854, the first four families gathered and name ..... 
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Peterson, MN

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Peterson, nestled in the narrow Root River Valley, was founded in 1867, when the railroad was built on land donated for the use by Peter Peterson Haslerud, who settled here in 1853. He owned and platted the village site and was the major force behind ..... 
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