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Watson - Letter to the editor


Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

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 added information that because there would be no competitors for using up the allowed pollution points Heartland would be able to function at a lower efficiency/higher pollution rate than it would were it located in an industrial area. Heartland has already stated that it will be burning the tire-derived fuel at a lower temperature that produces more pollutants.

When the area affected was addressed, we were told by the MPCA panel that the extremely tall stack would disperse the pollutants over a wider area than a short stack would. Ms. Jenny Reinertsen even tried to quell our fears about the Mercury emissions by saying that we needn’t worry about them, since most of the Mercury would come down in Australia. So, from what the MPCA tells us, it is reasonable to think this high stack they propose would insure that the toxic pollutants from Heartland will be distributed well across Fillmore County and beyond.

What will happen to the family farms of Fillmore County when the crops become contaminated by the toxic fall out from this tire burning plant? Certainly the crops, animals and dairy products cannot escape this contamination, since it will accumulate in the water and build up in the soil as well as fall directly from the sky onto the crops and animal feed. When Heartland filled out the Environmental Assessment Worksheet, there was no mention of the affect on surrounding farms. The specific questions asked by the MPCA seem not to necessitate giving this information.

Since the MPCA is a government agency, as opposed to a scientific one, it is reasonable to realize that its functions and decisions are politically based as opposed to environmentally sound. It is important for the farmers of Fillmore County to protect their interests by becoming involved in the political process that determines whether or not this area’s way of life is protected from political decisions that threaten its existence. Contact your legislators. Let your voice be heard. This is a democracy. We are the government.

Cari Watson

Preston, MN

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
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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
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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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Clausen - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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Last weeks Journal had articles addressing Forestville State Park and the proposed bike trail additions. Forestville is in peril of being shut down due to a lack of State funding and new additions to the bike trail are being considered with $950,000 ..... 
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Mioch - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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Letter from foreign exchange student

My name is Merle Mioch and I’m a German exchange student sponsored by PAX - Program of Academic Exchange. I arrived in Lanesboro last August, and have been staying with the Mensink family and ..... 
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Burt - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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Letter about “Operation Shoebox”  I wanted to send a letter of thanks to the community of Fountain and surrounding areas that played a part in any way in “Operation Shoebox”. When I received the box from an unknown person, I ..... 
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