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Webster - Letter to the Editor


Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Letter in response to MMPA letterI find it rather disturbing that someone thinks a 3,000 animal unit confinement dairy farm is the light of the future.A bit of simple math will shed some real light on the issue.So far this winter I've lost at least two neighbors who were dairy farm families. I hear that there are some others that may be facing the same fate. Most of the family dairy farms here in SE, Minnesota have a milking herd size of some 120 cows. There are a few with up to 500 cows. One of my neighbors was up to that size and is one of the ones that went out of business.So, what we have here with a 3,000 animal unit dairy confinement operation is the equal of 27 Fillmore County dairy farms if we take the average. If that's the case this 3,000 animal unit confinement operation has the ability to put out to pasture another 27 dairy farms here in the area. I don't think that we can afford that. Do You?Let's see, 27 lost families have a very big impact on the local businesses, the local churches, the local school districts let alone the probable health risks associated with confinement livestock operations of any stripe.So, if we want to see a further decline of our rural society and our environment the confinement factory farm is surely the way to go.Now, I've seen enough heartbreak this winter and the tragedy affects us all. It is simply time to just say no to this wrong headed juggernaut of corporate takeover of rural America.Milk prices are affected greatly by these massive operations. They lower the price paid to my neighbors. When cost of production of 100lbs of milk runs about $15.00 and the price paid to the neighbors hovers around $10.00 it is easy to see why they cannot make it.This 3,000 animal unit hits the current maximum here in Minnesota. Our out to lunch state government cow towed (no pun intended) to the massive confinement operation folks and went from a 1,000 animal unit maximum to the 3,000 animal unit very recently. I think that these politicians had better change pace and support the people who sent them to St. Paul to represent them.I don't want to see 27 more families here bite the dust. I don't think anyone does.Jeff WebsterMember, National Sierra Club Agriculture CommitteeHarmony, MN

VanGorp - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Letter about Heartland

My husband and I have repeatedly racked our brains to figure out what the "up" side of having Heartland operate in Preston would be.

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Van Dixhorn - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Letter about Heartland

The main emphasis by those of us who want an EIS has been the safety of the project as it concerns people and the environment. I suggest there is another dimension. There is also visual pollution. We are s ..... 
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Trent - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Letter about Preston City Council

Well, it looks as though with the election of Steve Knoepke to the city council, things are right back where we were a year or so ago, which is exactly why we're in the mess we're in today. [Read the Rest]

Sauer - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Letter about rumors in Preston

It came to my attention today (2/2/04) there is a rumor about town that I turned down an offer to fill the Preston City Council seat vacated by Mr. Mike McGarvey. This is absolutely not true.[Read the Rest]

Scaife - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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Letter about LSP

The recent attacks against the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) by the Minnesota Milk Producers Association are unfounded, even to the point of absurd.

First, LSP is not "anti-growth.&q ..... 
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Denzer - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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Global warming described by, among many others, a British scientist as the world's most urgent crisis growing in seriousness with each passing day. In April 1993 the Union of Concerned Scientists published a "Warning to Humanity" endorsed b ..... 
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Davids - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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Letter of apology

I want to apologize to my constituents, my fellow legislators and Steve Roessler for the language I used during a secretly taped discussion I had with Preston Mayor Dave Pechulis last spring, a taped conversati ..... 
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Colbenson - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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Letter about President Bush

Its strange how you never know what you're going to get when you get a president that is appointed not elected. Baby Bush, few now recall, made noises about personal freedom and no more nation buildin ..... 
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