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Marzolf - Letter to the editor


Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

There is something to the idea that you can travel the world, only to find that the best spot is where you grew up. Through my work, I have traveled a good portion of the globe and I can now say, “Preston and southeast Minnesota is a special place.... one worth protecting.” The more I read about the Heartland Energy project, however, the more I am concerned that a special place is being put in jeopardy.

As a corporate trainer, I am often working with executives and their teams or organizations on ways to strengthen decision-making skills. A tool I frequently use is a classic training film called “The Road to Abilene.” Set in the mid 50’s, the film shows how a family in Texas ends up traveling to Abilene (over 60 miles) on a hot afternoon with no air conditioning, to get ice cream cones. Gradually the viewer realizes that no one really wanted to go to Abilene, but they ended up going. Why? Why, because no one spoke up to say it might be a bad idea, or it might be better done at night, etc. Is the Heartland (curious name) Project a possible “Abilene”? I can’t say for sure, but if it were heading for my backyard, given the Abilenes I’ve seen over the years, I would be asking some stronger questions.

In organizations I have worked with after an “Abilene” has occurred, here is what happened: 1) the loudest voice or voices (loud doesn’t mean right, by the way) pushed a questionable agenda, 2) dissent was discouraged, 3) there was a ‘rush’ to get it approved, and 4) the data used to support the rationale was flawed, incomplete or not objective.

To avoid a possible “Abilene” with Heartland, I would suggest the same questions I pose when in a corporate setting: Who’s agenda is being pushed? Who will gain--but, more importantly, who might lose? Does it seem like the process was rushed? If so, why? Lastly, if this were put to a referendum, would you vote yes or no to approve it? If you said no, let your voice be heard.

As a resident of Northfield, we faced a similar “large project,” except ours was to be an enormous hog factory using clay lined lagoons to store hundreds of gallons of waste. The owners swore it was to be “state of the art” and met state guidelines. When enough resistance prompted the MPCA to require an Environmental Impact statement, the owners withdrew. Roughly two years later, floods swamped farms in North Carolina us .....
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Benson - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter in praise of

local business owners

I’m not writing to complain about anything or to ramble on about some big issue important to the state. I just want to mention someone who many of us have come to ..... 
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Sauer, M.D. -Letter to the editor

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

The proposed Heartland Energy & Recycling project (a tire-burning facility) has, very properly, raised may concerns about air, water, visual and noise pollution. I would like to point out the probable increase in animal transmitted disease, as well. ..... 
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Watson - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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At the Preston MPCA meeting, I asked the MPCA panel if there were any differentiation between Industrial and Food Producing areas when it comes to types and levels of permissible, toxic, polluting emissions. There answer was a definite No with the ad ..... 
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Haugan - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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Letter about missing cans

To whom it may concern,

Please stop taking the aluminum cans from behind Christ Lutheran church. They are being collected as a fund raiser for our youth group. If anyone would like ..... 
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Underbakke - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff have worked with Heartland promoters for longer than two years to ensure smooth permitting of a tire-burning plant at Preston. MPCA’s approval of the plan is neithe ..... 
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Pechulis - Letter to te editor

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Travel Expenses

As Mayor of the City of Preston I do my diligence on all pertinent matters before the city council, I am not a rubber-stamp person. I feel the best possible way to find the information is to get pers ..... 
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Lanesboro Art Council - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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Letter about Art in the Park

On behalf of the Lanesboro Art Council Board of Directors, a big, big "Thank You!" to all those groups and individuals who worked to make the annual Lanesboro tradition, Art in the Park, a huge succe ..... 
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Mensink - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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When my parents lived on an acreage north of Spring Valley, they had a small windmill on their lawn for many years. It was getting a little rusty, but it was a memory of our parents. The building spot has been purchased by a family member and he inte ..... 
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