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Svelmoe-letter to the editor


Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about land development

In 1965 a tornado destroyed the buildings that our family owned that was located between Canton and Mabel. Before that we had many wonderful memories of our home.

As the oldest child, I remember bringing cattle home from the woods, picking strawberries on the hillside, and seeing dew on a cobweb. I remember crossing the creek to see Dad in the field, old fishing holes and a calf being born by its shore. These memories have stayed with me all these years, and become part of who I am.

The landís beauty had far surpassed what I remembered. Trees had matured and filled in the woods. It had become a haven for wildlife. It was a place of beauty. Iíve moved away from the area, but, whenever we could, we have always driven by the old place. With each visit, my Spirit has been uplifted and refreshed by its beauty and the home it represented.

The last summer we drove by. It was different. Large machines had torn into the hillside, and disturbed the trees in the woods. I felt great sorrow as I saw what was happening. They were not rebuilding on the old location. It would have been a blessing to see a home for a new family there! Instead it looked like it was being massively developed in several areas. Someone was trading the beauty of the landscape into monetary gain, and the land would no longer be the same. It was being plundered.

Iím writing this letter to ask you readers to think about treasuring the land you possess. It and your family memories form a foundation of all our futures. They are not replaced. If destroyed, they cannot enrich our Spirits nor those of our children. These old homesteads, the beautiful woods, and their memories have a value beyond what is seen. They represent someoneís home and family. They represent our past and are part of our future. So, please remember your childhoods, the value of your family history, and the landscapes you are entrusted with. They are an irreplaceable treasure. I cannot stop what I saw taking place at our old farm, but if I can make you think before you develop then I have accomplished a lot.

Nancy Svelmoe (Fravel)

Missoula, MT

Adelsman - Letter to the editor

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about editorial

In response to Mr. Torgrimsonís article of September 1, 2003 (and other articles). Imagine if you will, you and your child. Your child never did like to listen to you. It seemed he was always getting into ..... 
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Stager - Letter to the editor

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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Letter about MPCA and Heartland

According to Mr Maustís article in the Fillmore County Journal dated 7-14-2003 and the Republican Leader dated 7-10-2003, he said the following ďLet the people from MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Contr ..... 
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McHan - Letter to the editor

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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Letter about religious monumnets

I am responding to the article in this weeks journal about Religious Monuments not being in public places. Do these people ever look at their money? On the back of every bill it reads "In God We ..... 
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Therneau - Letter to the editor

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Presidential Election

C.J. Johnson put a spin in the letter that was in the September 18th issue, that George W. Bush wasnít even elected President. It is a fact, The New York Times had 24 reporters covering the ele ..... 
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Rendahl - Letter to the editor

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about the administration

When todayís Republicans dominate, then business interests and short-term profits usually dominate. Health and environmental issues are of little concern, as the tire burning plant foes are discov ..... 
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PHAMA - Letter to the editor

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

Greetings and peace to the residents of Preston, Lanesboro, Harmony and the surrounding areas. We are writing on behalf of the Preston-Harmony Area Ministerial Association (PHAMA) concerning the controvers ..... 
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Holecek - Letter to the editor

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Letter about court case

I read in the Journal last week about those trees alledgedly cut by Lowell Stephas. The trees that were cut were box elders and one cottonwood. The cottonwood was in the roadway and should have been cut y ..... 
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Attwood - Letter to the editor

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Letter about joint law enforcement between Preston and Lanesboro

My admiration for Sheriff Jim Connelly was enhanced by his impartial presentation to the Lanesboro City Council on August 18.† According to news reports, he sugge ..... 
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