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Peaceful trout streams pose dangerous consequences


Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The new fishing regulations are not the only thing trout anglers have to worry about this spring. For the first time in my memory some of the streams are dangerous. The summer of 2004 saw three or four rain storms that climatologists would class as “once in a hundred years”, or at most “once in a decade”. Then in March the area received a very heavy snow fall, as much as 30 inches is some places. Unfortunately, the weather turned unseasonably warm. The snow melt was accompanied by a heavy rain.All this water rushing down our rolling country side has deposited a huge amount of very fine mud into our streams and rivers. Last week I was fishing with my younger brother Jim. We were about a half a mile apart so I decided to see how he was doing. As I walked up the bank I heard him call. He was standing in the water not more than ten feet from shore. Although the water looked only a few inches deep, it was up above his knees. The water was only a few inches deep, but his legs were thigh deep in mud. I got a branch and handed him an end and tried to pull him out. Neither one of us were strong enough for this to work. Fortunately our truck was not too far away and I drove to our home and got Nathan Osmonson to help. With their combined strength, Nate was able to get my brother to shore. It was a warm sunny day so after we hosed layers of mud off Jim and he downed some Gatorade he stopped shaking. He vowed that from now on he would always fish with a friend or make sure he had his cell phone with him.Our tragedy was avoided but in many ways the real tragedy is the mud he was stuck in was the best top soil in Fillmore County. As more and more of our farm land goes to row crops, more and more of our soil ends up in the rivers.

Duke Hust, who lives in rural Lanesboro, was past chairman of the state council of Trout Unlimited.

When Congress plays God

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Congress spent more time passing legislation giving Terry Schiavo’s parents the right to sue in federal court than they did debating on whether to go to war in Iraq.  For the past 15 years, the brain damaged Schiavo has lived ..... 
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Bases in Iraq create occupier role for US

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

James Baker, in early February, warned that “any appearance of a permanent occupation in Iraq by the US will both undermine domestic support here in the US and play directly into the hands of those in the Middle East who...suspect us of imperial desi ..... 
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PCA/OEA merger will benefit industry at expense of citizens

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

There is a proposal in Governor Pawlentys’ budget to merge the Pollution Control Agency and the Office of Environmental Assistance. This is being brought forward under the guise of saving money and increasing efficiency. This always sounds good but t ..... 
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Mistrust of Maust was Heartland’s undoing

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Mayor Kurt Reicks & Members of the Preston City Council,  We're sorry to report that the Heartland Energy & Recycling project as has been presented, is no longer under consideration. We don't like to admit failure, but we hav ..... 
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A “Free Press” within a democracy

Fri, Feb 25th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

I believe I was in 5th grade when my dad was elected to the school board. The local headline, in our town of 2,300, read “Flaig wins by a landslide.” I recall that it was spring, and the two of us went to mass (on a week day!) to express our thanks f ..... 
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The devil is in the details

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Just when you were getting comfortable with the notion that it was the other guy that was getting screwed, ol’ George Bush put out his 2006 budget. And now you know it’s not just the poor that will be getting hammered, but people closer to home like ..... 
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A bad idea whose time has come, again

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

It’s that silly season - a time before the legislature has to agree on a budget and the real partisan fighting begins - when legislators can tease their constituents with the notion that they are going to sponsor a pork barrel bill in their name. [Read the Rest]

A View from the Potting Shed

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

OK men, now that I have your attention here is a reminder that Valentine’s Day will soon be here...Buy Fresh Flowers for Your Sweetheart!

Now is not too early to think about Valentine’s Day flowers. A tip to the wise – if you i ..... 
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