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Monday, September 11, 2000


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To the Editor,

As a property owner and taxpayer in Fillmore County and Pilot Mound Township, I am concerned about the growth of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. Eagle Bluff is located approximately five miles NW of Lanesboro, MN. I own property that adjoins the state land near the learning center.

Since 1989 I have seen Eagle Bluff expand on state land and slowly, but surely, take control of this land to fit their personal goals. This spring I was surprised to see a new expansion of Eagle Bluff ideals. What once was a beautiful, isolated stretch of approximately one and a half miles along the Root River now has a bulldozed road along that same stretch of river.

When I saw that new road (trail?) it devastated me. They butchered a beautiful piece of wilderness. They plowed right through a major turkey roost. Why? If they truly wanted the nature experience, did they need to alter the land to the extent they did? Who gave them permission to doze that land? Did Eagle Bluff get all the permits required, especially along the Root River? Is it in the flood plain? Did they need an environmental impact statement? Did the DNR approve it? As a private landowner, would I have been allowed to do the same?

Eagle Bluff has “slowly” expanded since 1989. As a landowner abutting state land, I have seen Eagle Bluff take more state land for their needs and post it for no firearms hunting. As more private land is closed to hunting, state land is the best option we have. Eagle Bluff is taking what is left, slowly but surely.

Eagle Bluff was established on state land, has expanded on state land, received monies from state funds, yet is a private, non-profit organization. They directly compete with local business for room, board, and entertainment facilities. If you have a private business, such as a B&B, restaurant, campground, canoe rental, rent your facility for weddings, etc., in the community, you would do well to question what is going on at Eagle Bluff. You, as a general public, are paying through your taxes and license fees for you own demise.

Eagle Bluff has done a superb job of showing and teaching our future generations about nature and the outdoors, but I am not willing to sit back and watch their expansion without voicing my concerns. My biggest questions are:

1. Being a non-profit organization, how did they qualify for state land use?

2. How were they able to receive state monies to fund proj .....
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Arnold Tieskotter

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Arnold Tieskotter, 87, of Harmony, a retired farmer, died Tuesday, August 15, 2000, at Harmony Community Nursing Home.

He was born Jan. 16, 1913, in Winneshiek County, IA. On December 26, 1942, he married Mildred Kobriger in Castalia, IA, and ..... 
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Ralph A. Youngs

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Ralph Youngs, 86, of Chicago, formerly of rural Chatfield, died Wednesday, August 16, 2000, in an Evanston, Ill., hospital.

Mr. Youngs was born December 26, 1913, in rural Chatfield. He attended rural grade school through the eighth grade and ..... 
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Arnold Edmund Tieskotter

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Arnold Tieskotter, 87, of Harmony, died August 15, 2000 at the Harmony Nursing Home.

He was born January 16, 1913 to Henry William and Clara (Shimek) Tieskotter of Decorah, IA. He farmed in rural Castalia, moving to the Preston area in 1951. ..... 
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Vera Roesler

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Vera Roesler, 94, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, in Howard County Hospital.

Vera Fisher was born January 8, 1906, in rural Greene, IA. When she was 8, her family moved to the Lime Springs area where she spent the rest of her life. She married H ..... 
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Donald H. McDougall

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Donald McDougall, 70, died Wednesday, August 23,2000, at Bear Creek Care and Rehabilitation in Rochester following a three-year illness.

He was born September 14, 1929, in Dover. He was a 1948 graduate of Dover High School, where he was on th ..... 
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