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Misinformation threatens Spring Valley Ponds


Fri, Jul 14th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A front-page story in the June 12th edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press addressed my efforts to “turn an old hatchery into a world-class fish farm and park” and detailed many of the state permitting issues that have put the project on hold. In the article, I admitted to starting the project without some of the permits needed to get from the state. That was a big mistake.

But Jeff Broberg, president of The Minnesota Trout Association and the main critic of the project had harsh words for me in the article. “He’s an intentional violator,” Broberg charged.

Broberg must be a mind reader. How does he know what my intent was? I would never knowingly violate the law. For the past 18 months, I’ve been working with the regulators and I paid my fines so I could start moving ahead, but he won’t let this rest. I’m still working with the agencies to get my remaining permits approved. I’ve cooperated with them on every information request.

This type of inflammatory rhetoric is just a continuation of a long-standing misinformation campaign being waged by Broberg and MTA secretary, Mel Haugstad. The pair have been a powerful one-two punch in convincing the DNR to put up an endless series of roadblocks to reopening Spring Valley Ponds. Because Broberg recently served on the DNR’s Budget Oversight Committee, the DNR gives his objections more weight than they deserve. Haugstad formerly was the DNR fisheries manager for the portion of southeastern Minnesota where the farm is located.

Broberg and Haugstad apparently would like to see a pristine stream with no development whatsoever, but their opposition is based on erroneous or deliberately misleading information. Here are a few examples of the misinformation they have provided to regulators, the legislature, the press and other outdoor groups:

• At the April 19th meeting of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Broberg testified that Spring Valley Creek (into which water from the facility is discharged) is a “Blue-Ribbon” trout stream. But in a letter recently posted on the Trout Unlimited web site, Haugstad said, “it [Spring Valley Creek] naturally is a very warm stream with borderline summer temperatures for trout.” Similarly, in the write-up of a survey he did on Spring Valley Creek in 1987, he noted that “water temperatures were marginal for trout in most of Spring Valley Creek during an exceptionally hot summer.” Broberg’s characterization of the stream is not .....
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Open enrollment and athletic eligibility

Fri, Jul 14th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

An Associated Press story that ran in quite a few Minnesota dailies last week caught my attention. According to the article, the Minnesota State High School League has reacted to complaints of abuses of the state’s open enrollment rules by appointin ..... 
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A chicken in every pot

Fri, Jul 7th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Governor Tim Pawlenty, fresh from his Republican endorsement as a candidate for a second term to lead the state, proposed back in June to offer free tuition for the first two years to the top 25 percent of Minnesota’s high school graduating class at ..... 
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Friendship is fading

Fri, Jun 30th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A “friend,” according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is “a person whom one knows, likes and trusts; a favored companion; one with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade; one who supports, sympathizes with or patronizes.”

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The World Cup is the real Super Bowl of fútbol

Fri, Jun 23rd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Every four years the countries of the world get together to see which nation has the best soccer team. They call it the World Cup. Brazil won in 1994 and again in 2002. France won it in 1998. This year, Brazil is picked to lead the pack, but I have m ..... 
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“Necessity” is the argument of tyrants

Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King: and there ought to be no other.  Thomas Paine     This Congress has been missing ..... 
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We all need to pay our fair share for services

Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I am writing in response to Rushford Village Clerk, Judy Graham’s letter in the Tri-County Record last week and to articles in the Fillmore County Journal regarding the tri-city (City and Village of Rushford and Peterson) meetings.    ..... 
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The War on Queers

Fri, Jun 9th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

It is the War on Queers clear and simple. Sounds ugly doesn’t it, in a white supremacist kind of way, with all of its shaved-head, boot-stomping racism. And if I have made you angry by using the pejorative, queer, then good. You and everyone in this ..... 
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In search of the historical Jesus

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

In his commentary, “‘The Da Vinci Code’ and the Deity of Christ,” Mike Hopper attempts to prove that Jesus was divine, contrary to what Dan Brown implies in his book. However, Mr. Hopper fails to make his case.  First of all, ..... 
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