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Letter about Gov. Dayton to help protect our water from frac sand mining


Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor



To the Editor,

As a resident of karst country, I know how easily our water supply for the future can be polluted. I am concerned that frac sand mining is trying to push into our area with only weak state regulations in place to protect our water.

I was disappointed when Governor Dayton said he did not support a moratorium to study the environmental impacts of frac sand mining before we let it into our area. The best time to gather data to set strong pollution standards is before frac sand demand rises, and the activity speeds up.

Right now our legislature is considering Senate File 796 authored by Sen. Schmit of Red Wing. This bill goes a long way towards protecting our water in southeast Minnesota. The bill requires that frac sand mining in southeast Minnesota be a mile from a sensitive stream, that you cannot mine for frac sand within 25 feet of the water table and that frac sand facilities can’t use our limited groundwater. This bill gives some protections for our water supply in southeast Minnesota. Without the moratorium we need strong standards now. Gov. Dayton needs to support this bill and getting these strong standards adopted.

Call the Governor toll-free at 1-800-657-3717 and let him know how important this is to you and our region.

Harvey Benson

Harmony, MN

Letter about rebuttal to the writer from Harmony

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The April 15th Journal contains a letter critical of my recent factual analysis of the Obama/Biden gun control plan. The writer not only misrepresented my positions, but the letter was obviously meant to be insulting and demeaning ..... 
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Letter about “Armageddonate”

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Mr. Gudmundson is delusional - his words are a total departure from reality! I loved what he wrote! I’m sending a copy of his commentary to Stephen King! He might like to use it as a theme for one of his stories! Yvonne Nyenhuis ..... 
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Letter about Erding commentary

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Your article is right on Jeff; too bad that Yvonne didn’t do a little history reading before she wrote. Her opinions on history and gun control are not factual. Yes, Hitler & Stalin were dictators but what made them Dictators? ..... 
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Letter about the NRA

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

Letter about the NRA To the Editor, A recent letter condemed the NRA for: 1) “Promoting a climate of fear of the government” 2) “Defining Liberty in terms of no restrictions on guns” The writer further stated: 3) “our ownership of gu ..... 
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Letter about supporting clean energy

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I just returned from the 350.org march in Washington, D.C. where 50,000 people stood in the cold and listened to people from around the world beg us to take a stand, to be responsible and turn the tide of climate change away from non ..... 
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Letter about NRA letter

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, A couple of days ago I received a letter, a passionate defense of the NRA’s interpretation of the Second Amendment. Yesterday a 6 month baby girl was killed when her father was changing her diaper in a mini-van in Chicago. In a ..... 
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Letter about Greg Davids survey

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, One of the questions that Greg Davids brought up in his questionnaire was to put a 3.5 percent tax on our insurance premiums. I don’t know about anyone else, but my insurance premiums are a huge chunk out of our check already. He ..... 
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Letter about Farmers Elevator

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

Letter about Farmers Elevator To the Editor, In the last newsletter from the Farmers Elevator in Rushford to their customers, the manager and the board of directors are pondering the near lack of a quorum at the annual meeting. They don’t seem t ..... 
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