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Citizens speak out on mining


Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board at their November 22 meeting heard from four citizens during the citizen input portion of the meeting on the potential of significant growth of mining in the county, especially sand mining. About a dozen people were in attendance because of the mining issue.

Vern Crowson, Chairman Pilot Mound Township Board, explained they had invited Richard Frick and his associates to their board meeting the week before to gather information for the potential sand pit at the Randy Boyum farm. Crowson said he had to wonder about several things as a land owner himself. Frick had talked about a sand vein that runs for about a mile. Crowson wondered about how many land owners could be involved and how large of project it could be if they all chose to participate.

Crowson noted other counties have already decided to put a hold on new projects so the issue can be studied. He suggested new conditional use permits could make Fillmore County a leader in the "frac sand" venture.

Rita Leduc, Fountain, noted she had been doing a lot of reading on mining in Minnesota. She believes some state agencies are actively solicitating miners as the state has a large range of mineral resources. Leduc maintained that aerial surveys taken in the past have identified heavy metals in the region. A 2007 article suggests exploration has been done and potential project areas worthy of further exploration include Peterson Sill in Fillmore County. The exploration company was Prime Meridian Resources, a Canadian owned company. Leduc was concerned this county could be a target for heavy metal mining. She said this kind of mining has some of the same concerns as silica mining, plus other concerns.

George Spangler, Preston, explained they had chosen to live in this area for the pastoral rural environment and the trout streams. The move to Preston was after life in the Twin Cities where he worked as a professor at the University of Minnesota. Spangler urged the board to place "an immediate 10-year moratorium on future silica mining projects in Fillmore County." He suggested after the environmental and ecological effects are studied, a plan can be made to mitigate negative effects of the mining.

Silica sand is sought in the Mississippi valley for hydro-fracking and comes from St. Peters sandstone. The spherical sand is used for natural gas and petroleum recovery. His concerns were not only environmental, but also the effect on current manufac .....
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Government this week

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Nov. 28, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 28, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 28, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:0 ..... 
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Workforce provides employment and training services

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

Wanda Jensen, Administration Manager of Workforce Development, Inc. (WDI) summarized the programs they offer at the board of commissioners November 22 meeting. WDI is a private non-profit that provides employment and training services. WDI helps tho ..... 
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Chatfield street improvements completed

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, Inc., detailed the work completed by Rochester Sand and Gravel on the 2011 street improvements at the council's November 14 meeting. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent.

A total of $228,482.61 was approved as t ..... 
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Rushford seeks competitive bids for levee project

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

The city is rapidly closing in on the recertification of its levee system. After looking at several options to fund the city's share of the immense project, city consultant Mike Bubaby, of David Drown Associates, recommended the city use tax abateme ..... 
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Spring Valley talks dog park construction

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

It was as very light agenda on Monday night for the Spring Valley City Council meeting. After the approval of minutes and the November Accounts Payables, discussion turned to the report from City Administrator Deb Zimmer on a proposed Dog Park.
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Government this week

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

•Monday, Nov. 21, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 21, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 21, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m.

• Tu ..... 
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SEMEP seeks moratorium on silica mining

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

David Williams speaking for Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP) attempted to convey their concerns about the mining of silica sand in Fillmore County at the Planning Commission's November 17 meeting.

Originally, Con ..... 
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Snow; where to put it?

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

Terry Stackhouse, Spring Valley, addressed the county board at their November 8 meeting during the "citizens input" portion of the meeting. With memories of last year's endless snow and winter just around the corner, it is time to address problems b ..... 
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