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Protesters hold rally in Preston against Heartland


Fri, May 7th, 2004
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PRESTON - Megan, an 18 year old senior at Winona High School, came because she wanted to help stop the tire burning plant.

“The plant will not only effect Preston but the surrounding area,” she said.

Megan was just one of an estimated 250 people who came from as far as Minneapolis and LaCrosse to protest the proposed Heartland plant. The plant, if built, would burn an estimated 10 million tires to generate electricity.

The rally and march on Saturday, May 1, was coordinated by Citizens Against Pollution (CAP), a group made up of residents of southeastern Minnesota, northern Iowa and western Wisconsin who believe the tire burning plant will have a negative effect on them.

CAP spokesperson Linda Griggs of Houston said that the rally was called to raise awareness.

“We’re here to tell the town (Preston) fathers, the MPCA and other people out there that this is not a one town issue,” Griggs said.

Griggs said that Heartland will have a negative impact on the environment, economy and health of the people in the region.

“Before they built the amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo, they had an EIS done,” Griggs said. “But they won’t do one on Heartland.”

CAP was also collecting names on a petition calling for a full environmental impact statement on the tire plant that will be sent to the MPCA as part of the regulatory agency’s official public comment.

A number of individuals spoke at the rally, including Preston Mayor Dave Pechulis. Many of the speeches were critical of Bob Maust, the developer of Heartland and his son-in-law Rep. Greg Davids.

One speaker, a dairy farmer from Houston, said, Rep. Greg Davids says he is ‘neutral on Heartland.’ Do we really want someone representing us who is neutral on Heartland?”

One protester made a paper maché sculpture depicting Bob Maust, a two faced Greg Davids and the MPCA riding a mosquito.

Joe Mayer, the DFL endorsed candidate for the 1st Congressional District opposing Gil Gutknecht, said that he was encouraged by the turnout of people “participating in a democratic process.”

When asked if he thought that Heartland could get built in Rochester, Mayer said, “It would never get by without an EIS.”

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DFL offers up few facts in Davids’ investigation

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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LANESBORO - Rep. John Lesch, DFL from St. Paul, held a press conference in Lanesboro on Friday afternoon, April 30, to discuss the preliminary findings of an investigation concerning allegations of intimidation by Rep. Greg Davids.

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The Battle Over Heartland

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Preston: A town divided  By John Torgrimson  When you mention Preston to anyone in Minnesota nowadays they say, “Oh, isn’t that where that tire plant is being built?”  The bat ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Attorney Sandy Keith to mediate Heartland v. Preston

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Initially a closed door meeting of the Preston City Council had been requested by council member Steve Knoepke for the purpose of approving a mediator. Apparently, there was some miscommunication since not everyone appeared for the 5:30 p.m. meeting. ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Update on Church Hill development

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Northcountry developers Jeff Allman and Warren Kramer updated the Lanesboro City Council on development plans for Church Hill Properties at the regular council meeting held May 3rd. The new plans included an increase from sixteen to twenty-one units ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Board continues discussion on additional Zoning staff

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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As the demand for zoning permits continues to increase in the county, and the need for visiting each site to determine that county requirements are being met, has forced the county board to review options that would provide additional zoning office h ..... 
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Preston comes together to assist at accident

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Today (Thursday, May 6) I had the unfortunate experience of being one of the first on the scene of a horrible accident on Hwy 52 by Citgo in Preston. After doing what little I could to help, I stood nearby praying Godspeed for the individuals involve ..... 
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Behind the scenes at the Minnesota Book Awards

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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ST. PAUL - Minnesota has a rich literary heritage. We have our share of big names, like F.Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Robert Bly, and Tim O’Brien. But the big names only represent the surface of all the books written, and being written, in Minn ..... 
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County asks judge for reconsideration in zoning case

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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PRESTON - Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson has written a letter to Judge Robert Benson asking the court to allow the county to file a motion to reconsider the judge’s decision in the Slabaugh case.

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