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The Battle Against Frac Sand Mining


Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

To the Editor,

I live in Saratoga Township near St. Charles. Last Sunday I walked in the Gladiolus Days Parade with township neighbors and other Land Stewardship Project members working to stop frac sand mining. Some people I talked to thought this battle was won by defeating the sand plant proposed at St. Charles. They didn’t realize this is still an issue. People need to know: the industry still covets sand found here.

I’ve read a lot about what the frac sand industry has done to western Wisconsin. People there say, “We don’t want others to go through what we’ve gone through.” Stop it before it’s too late. Quiet outdoor recreation becomes impossible when heavy industry takes over rural areas. Sand spills pollute water and land. Neighbors have furniture gritty with silica sand. Dust that’s too small to see is even worse, leading to deadly diseases like silicosis.

I’m concerned about vulnerable people in our township. Air pollution from diesel-fueled trucks hauling dust-producing sand would be especially harmful for our Amish neighbors, who travel in open buggies and don’t have air-conditioned houses to go into. Water quality is another huge concern, with our fragile karst topography where pollutants rapidly travel long distances.

Frac sand mining is just one example of devastation caused by fossil fuel corporations that don’t want our society moving on to cleaner energy. Explosions, spills, and leaks happen over and over, for the sake of profits. These corporations are unsustainable gluttons of natural resources and are dangerous to our health. They get rich, we get sick.

I want to thank the many people here who love their land and won’t let it be exploited for frac sand profits. Future generations should get to enjoy this beautiful place as much as we do. By working together, we can protect our community.

Laurie Sell

St. Charles, MN

Response to Yvonne Nyenhuis’ commentary regarding abortio

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

To the Editor, Yvonne Nyenhuis’ defense of the pro-choice position consistently misses the mark (“Concerning women’s healthcare,” Aug 25). She argues that facilities like Planned Parenthood provide essential healthcare to women, but that ..... 
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In response to “Working like a dog (or cat)

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

To the Editor, Pardon me…but I was overlooked by your writer of, “WORKING LIKE A DOG (OR CAT,)” on Monday, August 25’s news article. Let me introduce myself. I am “Gus,” a 16 pound, grey and white tabby cat, adopted by Gundersen Harmony ..... 
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In response to Col. Stan Gudmundson’s “WWII: Who really won, or lost?”

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

To the Editor, Right-wing radicals are becoming more delusional as they are propagandized by a far right media seeking profits in a highly lucrative market where more radical leads to greater profits. Their divisiveness and evil are becoming ever m ..... 
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Fillmore County Sports

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

R-P Kingsley and Vix-torius over Chatfield A year ago, Chatfield football had some dudes. Guys like Jake Neis and Jayme LaPlante were athletic, physical, play-making dudes. The Gophers rode them to a state title. A 2014 week one collision betwee ..... 
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Enrollment for new Dairy Farm Risk Management Program in Minnesota open now

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sept. 2, 2014 — USDA Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Debra Crusoe, tannounced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established ..... 
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Pick a Peck of Pickled Peppers, People

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

September is a wonderful time of year for many reasons. Story Hour starts back up at the Harmony Public Library, color crayons are on sale, nights get cooler, and gardens and farm stands are stuffed with good veggies. Cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

Chatfield Police Department Kay Ann Brandt, 50, Victoria, Minn.; 7/14/2014, Speeding - 65/55; Fees $130. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Ahmed A I Alkhalili, 27, Calmar, Iowa; 7/14/2014, Unlawful Passing - Against Signs; Fees $140. Robin ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

Nicole Ann Olson, 31, of Dodge Center, Minn., appeared in Fillmore County Court on August 22, 2014 facing one alleged count of Drugs - 1st Degree - Sale - 10 Grams or More - Cocaine/Heroin/Meth within 90-Day Period - Aid/Abet, which carries a maximu ..... 
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