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To the Editor


Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday July 2, 2001
As a citizen of the Preston area, I am concerned about the environmental impact the Pro-Corn Ethanol Plant expansion will have on our water resources. The following data is available on the Department of Natural Resources website: www.dnr.state.mn.us

Prior to 1998, the average water consumption for the city of Preston was 61 million gallons per year (MGY). In 1998, when the ethanol plant began production, that amount increased to 114 MGY, an 87% increase. Both of Prestonís city wells were pumping at capacity at that time, so a third well was drilled near the Branding Iron Restaurant. Data from 1999 and 2000 are not available on the DNR website, but I assume that with each increase in production at the ethanol plant, water consumption increases.

Prestonís current Water Appropriation Permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources allows the city to pump 145 MGY from the Jordan aquifer. In order to allow the ethanol plant to expand, the city has requested an amendment to their Water Appropriation Permit, allowing them to pump 185 MGY. This is three times what the city was pumping prior to construction of the ethanol plant.

Pro-Cornís EAW (p.6) for the current expansion project states: ďWater use for the Preston area may need further evaluation in the future. The DNR recently conducted an aquifer test at Preston using the new city well. DNR staff indicated that during the test it appeared that the South Branch Root River is in hydraulic communication with the Jordan aquifer. The implication from this test is that there may be limits to how much water may be pumped from the well, particularly during periods of low flow.Ē

Has further evaluation of water use for the Preston area been done? Who will pay for this evaluation? The Water Appropriation permit must be granted by the DNR before increased production at Pro-Cornís facility can begin, yet excavation for the plant expansion is already underway. Other permits cited in the EAW that must be in place before increased production at Pro-Cornís plant can begin are:
1) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) for RO water discharge (public comment period open until July 9) 2) NPDES Storm Water Permit 3) Above-ground Liquid Storage Tank Permit
4) Wastewater Treatment Agreement with City of Preston
5) Plan review by the fire marshal

I recognize the positive economic impact the ethanol plant can have for the short term. H .....
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To the Editor

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001The Journal asked Sandra Benson, Fillmore County Recycling Education Coordinator to respond to Ms. Dornís letter.

I understand the frustration Patty Dorn and others may feel if they think that all of their efforts at ..... 
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Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, July 2, 2001

I disagree with Rory Kramer's assessment of the Fillmore County Journal (Letter to the Editor, June 11, 2001). I find it a much more interesting paper than it was ten years ago. For one thing it be ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Ronald Thorson

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

Ronald was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Decorah to Levi and Esther (Rotvold) Thorson. He graduated ..... 
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Leonard Hare

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Leonard Hare passed away on May 29, 2001 in St. Paul, MN.

Leonard spent his childhood in Fillmore County and moved to St. Paul in 1946. On March 1, 1947 he married Agnes Hanson. Leonard served in the United States Army doing overseas duty in ..... 
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Karen Theresa Kiehne

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Karen Theresa Kiehne, 56, of Harmony died of cancer June 15, 2001.

Karen Sage was born May 28, 1945, in Waukegan, Ill. She graduated from Warren High School in Waukegan. She married Kenneth Kiehne on June 14, 1964, and they lived in Californ ..... 
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Gilma Thoen Walsh

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monica Marie Westphal, 81, died June 14, 2001 at the home of her daughter in Spring Valley.

Monica Nedved was born May 24, 1920, in Pocohantis, Iowa, and married Dale G. Westphal on Feb. 10, 1940, in Fairmont, Minn. The couple lived in Pocoh ..... 
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