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Letter about 2014 investigation...


Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor



To the Editor,

The results of a 2014 investigation into the actions of the Houston County Zoning Administrator has been released

The law firm of Lockridge Grindal Nauen was hired by the County Commissioners due to the sheer volume of ethics complaints they were receiving about Bob Scanlon. This much needed investigation cost Houston County taxpayers $37,000.

According to this investigative firms findings, Mr. Scanlon abused his position to retaliate against frac sand oponents with bogus zoning violations, while showing favoritism to a certain pro frac sand individual.

The findings went on to say that Mr. Scanlon violated county confidentiality laws to retaliate against a family who voiced concerns about a mine next to their property. He actually went on to threaten that family with “removal of their house to meet set backs“. Something similar happened to a different neighbor who complained about the same mine. The list of inappropriate behaviors goes on and on.

Currently Planning and Zoning is in complete chaos. There are few if any mines in the county operating legally. Planning and Zoning is not even sure how many mines are in existence in Houston County.

The bottom line is this. Commissioners Steve Schuldt, Judy Storlie and Theresa Walter are fully aware of all of this, but they continue to enable, defend and support Mr. Scanlon. Since the Commissioners function as Scanlon’s boss, this tells me that they condone a county employee acting unethically, shirking his duties and mistreating their constituents. What an unacceptable and dangerous precedent set by officials elected to protect the public.

Susan Van Gorp

Rushford, MN

Letter about Gudmundson...

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Canton Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Gudmundson has done it again. He has the most disrespectful and sarcastic column I have ever read. He proceeded to “put down” the President of the United States by stating Obama has a degree “from a trade school”. Does G ..... 
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Letter about Our tax dollars at work...

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, At the Houston County Commissioner’s meeting April 14, the county engineer, an architect, and county personnel in financing did a presentation for a new highway department building. Those in financing explained how funds can be ma ..... 
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Letter about sharing opinions...

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, It made me proud to live in Fillmore County when I read and observed all the different and numerous opinions/commentary sent in and published in this last week’s Fillmore County Journal. Wow, there are many here who take the job of ..... 
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Letter about silica sand...

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Here’s the news you have probably heard: if Houston County bans frac sand mining, 1) it will be sued, 2) the County’s insurance (from MCIT the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust) will not cover such a lawsuit, and so 3) ..... 
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Letter about “How did we get here?”...

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, At the March 24, 2015, Houston County Commissioners meeting, they discussed removing the public comment section from their meetings because it’s creating a “hostile work environment” for county employees. During that discussio ..... 
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Letter about abortion...

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Did you know that abortion facilities in Minn. are unlicensed and uninspected? It’s true. The Department of Health has no authority over abortion centers. Is it right that these places, which perform one of the most common surgical ..... 
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Letter about Silica or Silica-Related Dust Exclusions....insurance policy notifications going out...

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Numerous commercial liability insurance companies have notified policy holders they no longer have coverage for: Silica or Silica-Related Dust; specifically “bodily injury” arising, in whole or in part, out of the actual, alleged ..... 
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Letter about April is National Donate Life Month...

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Although we tend to avoid dealing with decisions regarding our own or our loved ones’ deaths, discussions about individual wishes pertaining to organ and tissue donation help prevent delays or potential disagreements within familie ..... 
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