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Local farmers concerned about new layer of regulationt


Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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Public comment sought on GEIS report
By John TorgrimsonMonday, September 3, 2001

The public is invited to comment on the draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) that was recently released by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) at Minnesota Planning.

The 204 page draft is the culmination of three years of work by the EQB, various consultants and a 24-member Citizens Advisory Committee. Funded by the 1998 Minnesota Legislature, the GEIS is a comprehensive statewide study reviewing the economic, environmental and social factors related to the changing livestock industry in Minnesota. The draft contains 76 consensus recommendations developed by the Citizens Advisory Committee.

The recommendations deal with the following broad areas: public health, air quality and odor policy, water quality, land use policy, role of government policy, social and community policy, animal welfare policy, and economics policy.

Following the comment period, the EQB is scheduled to approve a final report in December. Public meetings are scheduled in the area for 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Rochester; and 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Mankato.

Pat Troendle and Ed Taylor of Duschee Hills Dairy in Lanesboro, said that they have concerns about the report. Troendle is a member of the Minnesota Ag Alliance and participates in MARL, the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program. Taylor belongs to several organizations dealing with agriculture. The Journal talked to both men about the GEIS report.

Journal: What are your concerns with the report?

Troendle: The first draft I read had 26 water quality recommendations. They never considered what the economic results would be if we would implement all of those recommendations.

Taylor: If these 76 recommendations were all implemented it would take a huge chunk of the state budget.

Troendle: The concern for the Ag Alliance is that commercial agriculture is represented and able to comment on the report. We’re concerned that some of the recommendations, as they stand now, would really take some of the privacy of running your own farm business away from the farmer.

Journal: How so?

Troendle: There are several comments that state that records should be kept on all land manure applications, which is a good idea, but they want these records available upon reque .....
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Land use issues dominate County Board meeting

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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Monday, September 17, 2001

Last Tuesday, while tragic events were shaping the future of the world, the County Commissioners were meeting to discuss fishing easements, zoning changes for agriculture land, and fairground bleachers.

It h ..... 
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Former Spring Valley woman witnesses New York terrorism

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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By Carol ThouinMonday, September 17, 2001

It was 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11 when Lisa Vehrenkamp began her day as a Vice President in the Marketing Function at American Express on the 33rd floor of the World Finan ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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