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Not in my backyard


Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

"Not in my backyard," read a recent "Journal" article about the proposed trail that would connect Spring Valley to the Root River Trail system. "Not in my backyard," say the neighbors of the Reiland dairy farm and the Miller sawmill. "Not in my backyard," I say, thinking I can control my own sixty-two acres of woods. I will have no four-wheelers, logging or hunting here. But, I can hear four-wheelers speeding down the township road, the roar of chainsaws cutting the trees of the heron rookery, and guns in hunting season reminding me that the deer don't
know where my land ends and the hunter's begins.

Most of the oil from the spill near Lanesboro last year has not been recovered. Because of Fillmore County's karst topography, it could remain in a pocket of rock for millennia or contaminate a water supply fifty miles away fifty years from now. Karst topography consists of limestone bedrock that fractures unpredictably under thin soils that provide minimal filtration of contaminants. The county's sinkholes, blind valleys, caves, springs and disappearing streams are all karst features that make the interconnections between surface water and ground water complex and unpredictable. What happens in one backyard has implications for other backyards.

Wednesday, June 21: I have brought a sample from my well to the free water-testing clinic at the Canton Community Center. I feel secure with my well because it taps into old non-polluted water 280 feet deep and its casing and grouting comply with state well codes. I wouldn't have brought a sample if I hadn't volunteered to help at the clinic.

The testing today is for nitrates-nitrogen. My water has zero parts per million (ppm), but most other samples are showing more. Over ten ppm is not safe, especially for infants. Test results dating back to 1980 show about twenty-five percent of water samples in the county have unsafe nitrate-nitrogen levels. The karst topography, agricultural and non-agricultural runoff, leaking underground tanks, abandoned wells and continued use of wells that don't meet state codes all contribute to these unsafe levels.

I ask Donna Rasmussen, Fillmore County Water Planning Coordinator, how contaminants could get into a well like mine. She says they could enter the aquifer from which my well draws through an uncased well that penetrates the same aquifer. In addition, we are quickly consuming the finite supply of old water that was d .....
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The elusive Blue Racer

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, July 24, 2000

In an edition of this column published earlier this year (Fillmore County Journal Vol. 15, No. 34, May 29, 2000) we briefly examined how the physical geography of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, in combination with th ..... 
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Vanishing America

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

Ever since I read about Lilly and her general store in his book, Jailhouse Stories, Iíve been asking Neil Haugerud to take me over to the little burg of Amherst for a visit.

"Youíve never met Lilly?" Neil always ..... 
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Hauling

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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My family and I went to a wedding in Wisconsin on a recent Saturday morning. The wedding site was straight east of our place about one hundred twenty miles. There was no good way of getting there due to the negligence of the last glacier that failed ..... 
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The accidental artist

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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For Hong Kong native Peter Mak, the journey to Lanesboro isn't as far as it seems. You see, Mak's exhibition of art work at Cornucopia Art Center has a local connection. Mak's wife is Barbara Tammel, the daughter of Marilyn and Donne Tammel of rural ..... 
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What I do when I canít find anything to do

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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It helps if I make a list of things to do when I have the time. I think of all the nice things that I might be able to do for the people less fortunate than I am; such as giving advice to those in need of it and time to the timeless.

When the ..... 
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Journal Profile # 76

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Name: Tamara Hamlett
Home: Trotwood, Ohio
Profession: Domestic Engineer
Family: Husband Anthony, four daughters: Autumn-20, Candice-18, Olivia-13, Carmen-10, and one son Charles-8
Personal Hero: Laura In ..... 
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Meat Loaf Pie

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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1 can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 pound lean ground beef
1/3 cup ketchup
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon diced oregano
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese< ..... 
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