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DNR was right to stop illegal silica sand mining in Houston County


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Marilyn Frauenkron Bayer, Houston County, MN

The DNR is to be commended for their decisive action to ensure important new laws to protect trout streams from silica sand mining are not ignored. The law is straightforward and requires silica sand mines within one mile of a trout stream to get a DNR Silica Sand Mining Trout Stream Setback Permit before they begin mining. The DNR was clear with the owners of the Erickson silica sand mine in Houston County that mining at their site would require this permit. Despite this, the mine owners started mining without the permit. Acting quickly, the DNR ordered mining stopped, in accordance with the law.

This case is particularly important because it is the first test of the new law. One can be sure many who would like to mine silica sand for fracking in southeasternMinnesota were wondering if the DNR was going to be serious about enforcing this permit requirement. I know citizens like myself were counting on the DNR to be just that. Well, it is clear now the DNR is serious which is very good news indeed. I know hundreds in Houston County, and thousands throughout the state, were glad to see this.

The misinformation about this issue coming from some Houston County officials is troubling and two issues need to be clarified. First, this DNR permit is about silica sand mining. It does not matter what the end use of the silica sand is. The law mandates if you want to mine silica sand within a mile of a trout stream you need this DNR permit. If you dig anything at the Erickson site it will be silica sand. Calling it “construction sand” does not change that.

Second, this is a DNR permit that is focused on protecting our trout streams. It is up to the DNR to ensure silica sand mines within a mile of a trout stream apply for the permit and set the requirements for receiving one. It is separate from a Houston County land use permit,which is also required. This regulatory structure is common. For example, very large factory farms require a local land use permit and a permit from the state Pollution Control Agency. They need both to operate and getting the county permit does not guarantee they will get the state level permit. Oddly, some Houston County officials seem surprised by this and that Minnesota state law applies to Houston County.

Look at the beauty of our region. The farms which have been here for generations. The trout streams that attract .....
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One Moment, Please... Cousins

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with my cousin from California. His wife is from Wisconsin, so they came back to visit her family, and coordinated their schedule to meet up with us in Minnesota. We found a meeting point ..... 
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Letter about “Bullying in politics”

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Stan Gudmundson’s ignorance of or contempt for one of the most basic and precious precepts of the American system of governance is on technicolor display in his August 4 commentary (Bullying in politics). Gudmundson asks, “Who ..... 
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Summary of Fillmore County Primary Election results

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Summary of Fillmore County Totals •Number of persons registered as of 7 a.m.: 11,789 •Number of persons registered on Election Day: 54 •Number of accepted regular, armed forces and temporarily overseas absentee ballots: 30 •Number o ..... 
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Preston Historical Society announces raffle winners

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Historical Society conducted the drawing for the winners of the recent raffle fundraiser at their August Society meeting. Proceeds from the raffle will be used toward the caboose restoration and other Historical Society projects. The ..... 
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New ambulance director selected for Spring Valley

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A new ambulance director has been named for Spring Valley. Todd Jones informed the Council that Brett Rima of Thief River Falls has accepted the position starting Sept. 2. Previously an offer of employment had been made to Ryan Marking and he decli ..... 
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College News 8.18.14

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Dean’s/President’s List •Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.: Stefani Elliott, Tia Gurtner, and Stephanie Prinsen of Chatfield, Minn.; Autumn Mulhern of Fountain, Minn.; Rebecca Bakke and Jacob Prinsen of Preston, Minn.; and Steven Koenen, M ..... 
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AWANA springs up in the Rushford Peterson Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Awana, an international non-profit ministry for children in kindergarten through high school, will see its first club in Fillmore County this fall, piggybacking on the success of clubs in Houston County (Spring Grove) and Winona County (St. Charles ..... 
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State loses 4,200 jobs in July - Unemployment rate steady at 4.5 percent

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 4.5 perc ..... 
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